• On May 2, 2017
    Rachel from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you have to stay at disney's contemporary resort to go to chef Mickey?

    Hi, Rachel! 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thank you so much for sending us your vacation planning question. We are here to help you plan a magical visit, including enjoying Walt Disney World® Resorts many character dining experience like Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet.

    I am happy to report you do not need to be a guest of Disney's Contemporary Resort to enjoy this popular character dining location, it's available for all guests. In fact, it's available for anyone, whether you're a Walt Disney World® Resort guest, or even a local resident looking for a chance to dine with Mickey, this mouse-tacular buffet is open to all. 

    Due to the popularity of Chef Mickey's, I do recommend making an advanced dining reservation. You can do this online up to 180 days before your desired dining date, or you can call and book your reservation by phone at 1 (407) 939-DINE, also up to 180 days prior to your visit. You can select the highlighted link above to get started making your reservation today! I know Mickey is ready to cook you up some fun.

    I hope this helps, Rachel! Please do not hesitate to send me any additional questions you may have. 


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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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