Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Mar 30, 2022
    Alicia from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any shots at a last minute planner getting into a character dining experience where Mickey will show up? A waitlist, a notification of a cancellation? It happens right? (not an actually question)

    Hello, Alicia!

    Thank you so much for stopping by planDisney with a great planning question. Wow! You will be arriving at the Walt Disney World Resort in just a few days! The magic is calling and the 50th Anniversary Celebration awaits you and your family. So many new experiences were created just for the party. My favorite is Disney’s Fab 50 Character Collection. You will find 50 golden statues displayed across all 4 theme parks. Your mission is to find them all!

    Yes, there is always hope of getting a last-minute Advanced Dining Reservation at a Character Dining location. Remember, Guests have plans that change all the time. If someone cancels a reservation, you have just as much of a chance of getting it as anyone else. I recommend that you keep checking the My Disney Experience app once you arrive. Many Guests canceled plans the night before. 

    My Favorite Character Dining experiences are those where I can see the Big Cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. However, during the phased reopening, keep in mind that some dining experiences may be modified or altered. I love Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the food is great, and you do not need a park pass reservation to dine here. Another favorite of mine is Tusker House Restaurant located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both of the locations and a few others have the option to join their Walk-Up List in the My Disney Experience mobile app. This allows you to add your party to the list without visiting the restaurant first. You can find this option by locating the restaurant in the My Disney Experience mobile app and tapping Join Walk-Up List to get started. Confirm your dining party’s details and you will be notified when a table is available. 

    Have a magical time!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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