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Old 07-15-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Chef Mickey or Crystal Palace for Dinner?

I have an ADR for Crystal Palace confirmed but I'm thinking the food is better at Chef Mickey..thoughts? I'm hoping for a cancellation since were not going till Dec. This is for dinner not breakfast
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have an ADR for Crystal Palace confirmed but I'm thinking the food is better at Chef Mickey..thoughts? I'm hoping for a cancellation since were not going till Dec. This is for dinner not breakfast
My choice would be Chef Mickeys. Our first (and only) dinner at Crystal Palace was horrible. The food was luke warm and my DH cut into raw salmon . I know we could have hit a bad night as restaurants have an off night every now and then and even though our experience was back in 2004, every time I suggest trying it again my DH and both DSs are adamant that they will not go back. They remember that experience like it was yesterday and have no desire to try again. With that said, we have eaten at Chef Mickeys many times over the years and have always had a great experience. But you will also find others who love CP, but will never go back to CM. Good luck deciding.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Lol! My experience was opposite. I think that the food at Crystal Palace is far far better. The only good thing at Chef Mickeys, in my experience, were the characters/fab 5.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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Lol! My experience was opposite. I think that the food at Crystal Palace is far far better. The only good thing at Chef Mickeys, in my experience, were the characters/fab 5.
Same for us...CP food was good-salmon was great,characters were great.At CM,the food was not so good-pretty bad,and characters were ok. Very easy for folks to have different experiences due to expectations and/or tastes,along with the consistency of the restaurants themselves.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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While we prefer the characters and atmosphere at CM, the food at CP ismuch better. We HATED the food at CM (dinner)--and we're not picky.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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I would make my decision based on the characters that you want to see. The question about which restaurant has better food is a toss-up.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #7
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We can't separate them and always have to do both. If pushed I'd say we prefer the food at Chef Mickeys.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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We can't separate them and always have to do both. If pushed I'd say we prefer the food at Chef Mickeys.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #9
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Chef Mickey, not a fan of the food at Crystal Palace.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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They also have alcoholic beverages at CM's if that is wanted
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:36 PM   #11
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Chef Mickey's.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #12
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I prefer the food at CP, plus you wouldn't have to leave the MK which is a pain and time sucker, IMO. Even if it is only to go to the CR...say you have a 5 pm ADR. You'd have to leave the MK by 4:30 at the latest, walk or monorail to the CR (walking is faster, unless you get the monorail at the exact right time), eat your dinner and then go back to the MK by walking or monorail, get back in through security and the gates, etc. You probably wouldn't be back in the MK until 7:30 pm. If you had that that same 5 pm ADR at CP, you'd walk up to the hostess at 4:55 pm, and be back out in the park by 6-6:30 pm.

If it were me personally, I always prefer to eat in the park I am in, rather than leave and eat at a resort. We have eaten dinner at CM because we stay at the CR and it's convenient, but we usually make this ADR on a 1/2 park day, and either go before or after.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:49 AM   #13
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We had dinner at Chef Mickey's in March...it was horrible and we will never go back. Unless you really want to see the characters, there is no way I would waste park time to go there.
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I have an ADR for Crystal Palace confirmed but I'm thinking the food is better at Chef Mickey..thoughts? I'm hoping for a cancellation since were not going till Dec. This is for dinner not breakfast
Crystal Palace is my favorite restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. Food is always hot and fresh and there is a great selection. Have yet to have a bad meal there.

Tried Chef Mickey's for dinner (Yuk) a few trips ago and never again. The food was cold and either overcooked (dry) or undercooked. Ended up getting sick after eating there. The service was the worst. Because I was dining solo, he apparently thought that I did not need anything to drink or to clear out any dirty plates or offer any drink refills (when I finally got a drink by asking another server for one) or when I waited 20 minutes for my check (and still had to flag down another server to get that too). Between the food & the service, won't go back here for dinner again.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:57 AM   #15
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We have enjoyed both, but prefer CP for lunch. You can not beat the potatoes at Chef Mickeys! I swear that and the roast make the trip there worth it for us! Have a Great Trip whatever you decide
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