During our visit to Walt Disney World last year, we didn’t do any special character meals. This time, I decided to treat my daughter to a character breakfast. Knowing that my daughter loves Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto, I thought she would love it. My friend Suzanne of Mom Confessionals raved about Chef Mickey’s and their Mickey Waffles, as well as the wonderful treatment her dairy-allergic oldest son got, so I kept an eye out and was able to snag a reservation. Hint: Definitely make a reservation and see if you can get an early one.
Our reservation was at 8:10 AM. We were staying at Port Orleans Riverside, so we were told to take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and tell our driver we needed to stop at the Contemporary. I took this to mean that they would stop at the Contemporary for us, but we were dropped at Magic Kingdom and then took a short bus ride to the Contemporary Resort. The buses had shown up to take us there pretty quickly, but I was glad that we built in plenty of time. We left on a 7:15 AM bus from our hotel and we were walking into at the Contemporary Resort by 7:45 AM. I went upstairs to Chef Mickey’s and I just told them we were 25 minutes early for our reservation. They gave me a little beeper thing and after we took our photo with the Mickey Statue, it buzzed and were seated within minutes. The place was already busy and packed. I guess everyone gets up early at Disney World!
There was a huge selection of foods for brunch. If you have a picky kid, there was literally everything under the sun. At this brunch, there was a lot to choose from. It’s $40 for adults and $24 for children. While I still thought the brunch was pricey, it was an experience that I enjoyed and my daughter had a great time. Everyone had the characters visit their table for several minutes and every child there was happy — which, was no small feat. We had Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto visit our table. Every child and adult felt special.
The huge smile on my daughter’s face made it completely worth it. My mom had a great time too.
Check out my video – which shows the full buffet.
Seeing that brunch was costing me $40 for the adults and $24 for my daughter, we all ate big breakfasts, knowing that was going to have to last me most of the day. Disney Dining plans are accepted but don’t count towards the tip.
The Disney Characters were very friendly and gave hugs, posed for pictures, and they signed loads of autograph books. While the brunch was pricey, I felt we got a lot of value for our meal and my daughter was thrilled. We were not rushed out and our server, Barbara, made sure I had a tea that I liked. Chef Mickey’s — you were amazing. Note: I paid for this myself. We were on a reduced price trip with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, but not all of our meals were covered. I felt that this was going to be a wonderful experience for my child and it was worth it.
When we were done, we paid the check, and then hopped onto the Monorail, right from the Contemporary Resort. 4 stops later, we were at the Magic Kindom to start our day!