Chef Mickey Strategy

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Reservations' started by DisNikki, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. DisNikki

    DisNikki Mouseketeer

    Feb 15, 2011
    I'm so conflicted! We are usually rope drop people, especially when going to the MK because I am a sucker for the opening show. :hyper: Plus I like to use that morning time to fit in all the rides we can, leave shortly after lunch and then return after rest/swim/heat of the day.

    However, this year we want to eat at Chef Mickey's and would prefer to do breakfast. How can I have my Mickey waffles and eat them too?

    We have a 7:05 ADR right now and the park opens at 9. On another thread someone asked if they could do both a 7:10 CM and a 9 Pirates League and the response was basically "no way" would they make it to Pirates League on time. Does that sound right? Is there no chance of making RD with that time line? And, if you think it's too close, how do lunch and dinner compare? Aside from the slight price difference, of course, is the experience the same?
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  3. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    With a 7:05 I definitely think you could make it easily. It's a buffet, so you can rush yourself along..
  4. AlexandAndysMom

    AlexandAndysMom Mouseketeer

    Sep 6, 2009
    That was me! I'm really thinking about changing to dinner. Mainly because I just don't think we will wake up!
  5. lemondog

    lemondog <font color=darkorchid>My twins fight over who too

    Oct 5, 2004
    We do a 7:15 ADR at CM every trip on our MK day and we have never failed to make it to the entrance by 8:30. I think you will be fine!!
  6. yihjye

    yihjye Earning My Ears

    Feb 1, 2013
    Who needs sleep when you are on vacation?! I have not dine at Chef Mickey before, heard it was great thought!
  7. amos07

    amos07 Mouseketeer

    Aug 21, 2012
    I wouldn't see why you wouldn't make it. Even if it took you an hour to eat and you got in 10 mins late you would still be done by 8:15. If you needed to hurry the walk over to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary is only 10 mins.
  8. andersonfamily

    andersonfamily Mouseketeer

    Nov 13, 2010
    I think the key is to ask for your bill early. Sometimes at CM your waiter disappears for a while, and it does seem to take a while to get your bill paid. Double that time at 7:45 when half the place is suddenly trying leave at the same time.
  9. elgerber

    elgerber <font color=deeppink>Sometimes you gotta bite the

    Feb 17, 2000
    We have never had a problem with an early ADR at Chef Mickeys and getting to the front gate in plenty of time for opening.
  10. GoHerbie

    GoHerbie Mouseketeer

    Aug 22, 2008
    We're rope droppers too which means we have breakfast in the room.

    We've done and will do Chef Mickeys for "brunch." Their breakfast window goes until 11:30am or 12pm, which is lunchtime for us. We're in line for the MK before rope drop, and when it starts getting crazy later in the morning we skip over to Chef Mickeys. So you can have your Mickey waffles for brunch/lunch, no harm there!

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