View Full Version : Anyone do Chef Mickeys or any other character meal WITHOUT kids?

07-28-2003, 03:27 AM
I'm planning on getting PS for Chef Mickey's dinner our first day there (it's our honeymoon)... I think it'll be fun even though I figure it's geared towards kids. But I don't want to be the ONLY people there without kids and look all goofy and out of place.

07-28-2003, 07:17 AM
Myself and DBF have done CM on a number of occassions without children and never felt left out of the action or self conscious because we are on our own.

We are going in October and are having breakfast and dinner and expect to have a fab time.

Hope you have agreat time!!

07-28-2003, 08:23 AM
DH and I did Chef Mickey's our last morning on our last trip - no kids - and had a great time! It was a fun send off before we had to go home. We didn't feel out of place at all. We were seated very quickly which I believe was because we were only a party of 2 and could fit just about anywhere. We didn't even have PS's until a night or two before we went. Minnie Mouse took time to come see me and I had my picture made with her, and DH spent a few minutes with Goofy and got a picture with him. Just because we're old enough to get married doesn't mean we're not kids! ;)

07-28-2003, 09:01 AM
We did Chef Mickey's with no children and had a great time. We even have a picture of both Mickey and Minnie sitting at our table with us.

If you want to avoid the noise and a bit frenzied atmosphere, ask to sit in the back section where the windows are. It's much calmer there and there's a wonderful view of Cinderella's castle!

You still get great character interaction, but we really like the slightly calmer atmosphere.

07-28-2003, 10:06 AM
Hubby & I had New Years Eve Dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern this past year. We both had a blast. There were children but they seated us in a window table for 2 off the main dining area and we thought it was the best table in the place. Hubby had a great time getting kisses from Minnie. We are heading back in Dec. and are planning dinner at The Garden Grill with Mickey. Hubby says I'm the only (55 year old) kid he takes to DW. We love it.
:Pinkbounc :jester:

Dopey & Grumpy
07-28-2003, 11:50 AM
My DH and I have gone to the Crystal Palace, Cinderella's Royal Table (when it was called King Stefan's), and The Garden Grill for character meals. We plan on going to the Crystal Palace again and we want to try The Liberty Tree Tavern during our next trip in October. We have never felt out of place nor have any of the characters by-passed us because we were sans kids. They stay as long at our table as they do the tables with children. You'll have a wonderful time and congratulations on your wedding. Disney is the best place in the world for a honeymoon....:D

07-28-2003, 12:09 PM
DH and I did dinner at the Garden Grill and had a great time. I LOVE Chip 'n Dale. We did not feel at all out of place. Everyone is a kid at WDW! Enjoy.

07-28-2003, 12:42 PM
My son (age 20) and I went to the Cape May Cafe breakfast buffet at the BC last year and we had a good time. The characters stop by and greet you, and we took pictures.
I have to go to one character meal on each trip, it is part of the magic.

07-28-2003, 03:31 PM
Thanks for the reassurance :) We'll go ahead as planned to Chef Mickeys!!!

07-28-2003, 05:06 PM
my DH and i have done CRT and Chef Mickeys and enjoyed ourselves immensely! (i think DH especially loves having his picture taken with all the Princesses at CRT!)

07-28-2003, 05:24 PM
I've done Chef Mickeys and Crystal Palace with just my boyfriend. We thought the food and characters were great :) The characters do spend a little more time with you have kids but we found they were just as playful and patient with us. The waiters/waitresses are also really good about making sure that all of the characters come by your table.

07-28-2003, 07:50 PM
Hi, my fiance and I did Crystal Palace lunch on our last trip. We loved it! We chose this restaurant b/c it has Pooh characters, and Chris loves Tigger. I figured that this would be a great way to see Tigger without waiting in a lot of lines and getting nasty comments and looks. We are doing it again on this trip as I have lost a lot of weight since that trip and won't let those old pics into the outside world. As mentioned before, the servers are great. The woman who waited on us was wonderful about pointing out who was coming our way and was attentive without being too pushy. I think we also got one of the first tables at lunch b/c we were just a table of two.
I highly recommend this for anybody, no matter if you have kids or not. Anyway, we are all kids at heart :)
Skyway Waver
82 days left! :teeth:

07-28-2003, 09:01 PM
DH and I always do a character breakfast! We love it! And the characters always stop by our table for pics (and autographs) just like they do for the tables w/ kids. We have never felt uncomfortable. :) They are so much fun!! Y'all should definitely do at least one! We have done Villain's dinner (no longer available), Chef mickey's, Donald's, and Garden grill...all were great! We can't wait to bring our DS in a couple of years.

07-28-2003, 09:14 PM
Woo hoo! Now I'm excited! LOL!

07-28-2003, 09:35 PM
My boyfriend and I have done several character meals and had great experiences overall. Go for it!!! :D :)

07-28-2003, 11:43 PM
Here's another couple!

We have done character meals and don't feel out of place. The characters and wait staff make us feel right at home :)
I'm planning on some character meals for our up coming trip as well!

Honeymoon Dec. 2003 WDW!

07-29-2003, 11:08 AM
That's the only way we go!!!! DH and I don't have any children yet and we love Chef Mickeys & Crystal Palace.... you will have a blast!!!

07-29-2003, 11:33 AM
definitely - character meals are fun for everyone adults and children - besides isn't everyone 10 years old at WDW.

07-29-2003, 11:34 AM
On past trips it was always just DH and I and we have done several character meals including Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill (our fave) and the Villians dinner, and we have always had a great time. We never felt out of place.

07-29-2003, 12:05 PM
DH and i did 2 character breakfasts on our honeymoon and had a blast! we did chef mickey's and they brought us out a big chocolate cupcake piled high with white frosting and sprinkles on it for our honeymoon. it was so sweet of them!! and the characters spent just as much time with us as they did with the little ones around us.

we also did breakfastosaurus at AK. we liked this one better than mickey's honestly. it just seemed a bit more "grown up" to us. i don't know...anyway, we had a fantastic server and the characters were great there too!!

no matter which one you decide on, you guys will have a great time!! congrats and best wishes!!

07-29-2003, 12:48 PM
We have a ressie for 2 at the LTT for MNSSHP on Oct 5--5:30

It'll be our only Adults Only meal and I can't wait :)
Hubby will probably be incredibly embarrassed but he's going to HAVE FUN and he's going to LIKE IT ( or else! )

07-29-2003, 12:56 PM
We had dinner on our honeymoon at Chef M's. We were actually with another friend that night and had a great time. If you look at the photos, I am laughing so hard it looks like I am drunk.

First anniversary had lunch at Crystal Palace and loved meeting the Pooh characters (back then though Piglet wasn't around).

Several trips later and I ALWAYS have at least 1 (probably more like 4 or 5) character meals. I may be fast approaching 40, but that doesn't mean I don't want to dine with Mickey. The two of us have eaten at such character meals as the Garden Grille (2 of us and then 5 adults once), Cinderella's Royal Table (first time with 3 other adult friends and then once just us), Hollywood & Vine, Donald's Breakfast-o-saurus (you should see some of the photos of Donald kissing the 3 women in our party. Looks like he's swallowing our heads), 1900 Park Fare and hopefully in December we'll get to try LTT with 2 other friends. No kids -- well not physically. But when I get around a Disney character, I'm a kid all over again!

07-29-2003, 04:54 PM
Mom and I have a PS for Chef Mick's for breakfast. DH and I went with the kids in March....while it was great watching the kids's reaction to the characters, it was just crazy trying to load up their plates from the buffet, load up our plates, keep our eyes out for the characters, reassuring our 5 year old that they ALL will come by, take pictures, etc., etc. We made the mistake on doing this dinner on the day we arrived---we should have done something much more low key after traveling all day and being up since 4:30. I am looking forward to just Mom and I, watching OTHER people's kiddos having a great time, and me relaxing, sipping my OJ, and being able to eat my waffle at a leisurely pace. :p I do love my kids, I really do!!

Skuttle----your baby is darling!!!

07-29-2003, 07:59 PM
My husband and I used to go to character meals before we had our daughter. It was a lot of fun. The characters seemed pretty good at judging whether or not you were "into" the character thing. It will be fun so go and enjoy!

07-29-2003, 08:43 PM
Awesome Awesome Awesome !!! Thanks so much everyone... and please feel free to keep posting I love reading all the positive feedback. It has definitely removed any reservation I had and hopefully once hubby2b reads this his will be gone too! Hmmmm.... maybe I'll book another one in addition to CM! :) :)

07-29-2003, 09:03 PM
I have done character meals several times without children. My brother and I went when we were both in our teens. I have also gone with my mom when I was over 20. In two weeks my DF and I will eat several character meals. I have had no problems getting pictures or autographs from the characters even though I wasn't a little kid, either at meals or in the parks.

08-04-2003, 07:23 PM
We (Disney D & M) & I have done character breakfasts at 1900 Park Faire at GF & Ohana at Poly without any kids. The characters do spend time at the table & pose for pictures just like they do at tables with kids. Goofy always takes time to polish Disney Dad's bald head with his napkin. LOL Dining with Disney characters is fun for everyone, even those who are young at heart.:wave:

08-04-2003, 09:58 PM
Add DH & I to the list!!

At first, I was a little intimidated, too (what was I thinking?!?), but one trip, DH dragged me to Chef Mickey's & I was hooked. Now, it wouldn't be a Disney trip without at least one! In October, my parents will be along & so far, we've booked CRT, CP & LTT. I may just book Donald's, too, before we go - lol! Can't wait! :Pinkbounc :bounce: :Pinkbounc

Forever a Princess
08-04-2003, 10:47 PM
DH and I try to do at least 2 character meals when we go. We can't get enough of getting our picture with Mickey and the gang.

I once spoke to a CM about the "Adult kids" at the character meals. She said that the "characters" love the adults and love the challenge. Sometimes its harder to get a smile or reaction from an adult. Take my DH for example. The first couple of times he wasn't too interactive with the characters. Now he jumps up to have his photo taken with them.

What a blast! Have a great time on your trip.


08-05-2003, 03:52 PM
:) Our "kids" now ages 20 and 22, along with my DH and myself still enjoy going to Chef Mickey's. We plan on going there for breakfast, day 1 in February.

08-05-2003, 04:02 PM
Hubby and I did Chef Mickey's last year while we were down for his 30th birthday and just loved it!

I got "bonked" on the head because Pluto wouldn't stop licking :tongue: me! Then Minnie tried to run off with my husband, but she did try and give me Mickey :earsboy: ! Hubby say's the reason why she wanted him was because of the super short haircut and his "manly" body! :rolleyes: - He said she was tired of her mouse and wanted a man :p ! Anything to make his ego bigger :teeth:

You will love it! Hubby decided at 7 p.m. on Monday that he wanted to go Tuesday morning (we were leaving Tues. morning)! So I called PS and got a seating for 7:30 a.m. - The place was very peaceful - hardly anyone there and alot of one on one character time! (Chip was trying to show up my husband by flexing his muscles) It was great! We are going this year on 09/23 and taking my SIL and our two nieces (it will be their birthday that day) and my hubby requested Chef Mickeys! (Aren't they all kids, no matter what their age?)

You will love it!


08-05-2003, 10:34 PM
My DH and I have been to the world 3 times with no kids. We went for our 1st anniversary, right after our Ds was born and right after our DD was born. Now they are almost 1 and 3 and we decided to take them. We ate the Garden Grill and loved it! We are both young at heart...or big kids. The characters were wonderful and interacted woth us just as much as the kids that were there! It was great fun and I would proudly do it again!:wave:

08-06-2003, 01:24 AM
Does anyone find there's a difference between the characters in full costume versus one's whose faces are exposed? For some reason, I feel weird about seeing Cinderella or Peter Pan, but Mickey and Minnie don't phase me. Maybe I'll change my mind when I get there.

08-06-2003, 05:08 AM
Originally posted by goudaman40
He said she was tired of her mouse and wanted a man :p ! Anything to make his ego bigger :teeth:

ROFL! That is too funny :)

Hey this is great!... keep 'em coming folks!

08-06-2003, 10:49 AM
I love the character meals without the kids. I get to play more! Last August we went to Donald's Breakfastosaurus, with DH sporting one of his many Donald shirts (they share the name). Mickey was not too pleased, but Donald loved it!

This August we're doing the Crystal Palace before e-night. I need to add Piglet to my autograph book.

I also stand in line for signatures, especially villians. Great time with Jafar pantomiming that Malificient stunk!!

08-06-2003, 10:57 AM
My DW and I do this all the time and we're DINKS (Double Income, No Kids). We've been to CM's, 1900 Park Fare, Cape May Buffet, CP, LTT, etc. We always try to do a couple of character meals each visit. It's great to meet the characters and some of them seem to get a kick out of a couple of adults goofing around with them! :p We always have a blast and highly recommend it.

08-06-2003, 05:41 PM
We tried Hollywood and Vine (not offered anymore) for breakfast and loved it so much that we tried Crystal Palace and loved that also. I had the Minnie bride headband and the characters had a lot of fun with that.

This time we were going to try to get one of the Princess breakfast; I have the same question as someone else - does anyone feel funny with the "face" characters? I'm afraid I'll feel strange but am hoping that once I'm there it will be too much fun.

Have a great honeymoon!!

08-06-2003, 06:41 PM
diswedwish & maidmarion -

I felt the same way about the 'face' characters at first & DH definitely wanted no part of it. I wanted to have breakfast in the castle for so long, but was a little leery of it, fearing it would be a bit awkward/strange. How silly that was!!

So far, we've done the breakfast 3 times & will be returning this October. As a matter of fact, it's hubby's favorite meal. (hmmm...I can't imagine why it's the ONE place he always wants his picture taken - with Jasmine! lol)

Anyway, each of the princesses (as well as Prince Charming, Peter Pan, etc) always come right over, prepared with conversation - there's nothing strange or awkward about it - as a matter of fact, I find this meal to be the most 'magical!' Go and have fun! You'll love it!