Is chef mickeys really that bad?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by smileymomof3, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Julie711

    Julie711 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2012
    Agree!! We enjoy dinner there!
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  3. one2admire

    one2admire Mouseketeer

    Jul 31, 2010
    Of the times we've gone it was bad and we decided not to go back. However, I do feel that it is somewhere you should go at least once.
  4. Paradise18

    Paradise18 DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2010
    We don't enjoy Chef Mickeys. Well, except for DD, who enjoyed eating gummie bears at breakfast (the one and only time she has ever done that). The characters seemed a bit rushed and took a long time to circle around to us. That said, that was OUR experience. It won't hold true for everyone. If Chef Mickeys appeals to your family, I would say to give it a try.:thumbsup2
  5. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2007
    We have had no trouble with the characters or the food. The only trouble we have is that it's really loud which, as adults, is sometimes really annoying. But we like meeting Mickey and the gang over breakfast and do it every trip. :)
  6. bluejasmine

    bluejasmine DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    We have been once for dinner June 2011 and we enjoyed it! We will be back in Dec..I really enjoyed the prime rib, garlic mash potatos, potatos augratin! I know there was more but thats what stand out to

    Also had great character experience and wasnt that rushed at all! Waitress was super sweet!!
  7. DisneyHolidayFan

    DisneyHolidayFan DIS Veteran

    Sep 20, 2006
    We ate there in April and it was one of our favorite meals (breakfast). We will definitely try dinner next time. The grandkids had a great time and the characters were terrific - not rushed as many have indicated. It is probably just luck whether you have a good or bad experience. Many meals at Disney have been delightful one time and disgusting the next. You just never know!
  8. mitchsfan

    mitchsfan Earning My Ears

    Oct 30, 2010
    Here is my question: Will your children eat? .

    My kids loved meeting the Big 5 but it is noisy and the food is par maybe even below par a little.

    Since you have never been there and have 3 children under the age of 10, I would say go for the character interactions especially if you are on the dining plan.

    If you are not on the plan, it really may not be worth the extra 200 or so dollars that they will get you for breakfast. My son ate a bagel and my daughter had a bowl of cereal. It was not economically worth it for us.
  9. cmh314

    cmh314 Mouseketeer

    Nov 9, 2009
    I agree with this. We went to Chef Mickey on our 2nd trip because it was something we wanted to experience. We didn't go for the food. The food was very dissapointing for us, even though we didn't have high expectations to begin with and we don't plan to return. If you're looking for good food and the Mickey characters, the breakfast at Tusker House in AK is fantastic. But if you want the classic Chef Mickey experience, I would give it a try and decide for yourself. The reservations wouldn't be so hard to get if there weren't lots of people who do love it.
  10. scootch

    scootch DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2005
    It is hands down my kids favorite meal of the trip and I love it too! We have gone every years since 2004 and in 2011, we did it twice in one week.:thumbsup2
  11. AimeeMichele

    AimeeMichele Mouseketeer

    Jun 27, 2009
    I love Chef Mickey's! It's an absolutely must do on every trip! My nephews (ages 10 & 6) and niece (4 yrs) LOVE it there as well! The character interaction is great and it's super fun for them to wave their napkins in the air. I do like the food at dinner better than breakfast, but breakfast is fine (better than breakfast at 'Ohana IMO)
  12. jfelcie

    jfelcie Mouseketeer

    Jul 14, 2006
    We ate there with our 5 year old DGS in June. He loved the characters, the music, waving his napkin around and the general atmosphere. The service and character interaction was very good. Now for the food . . . We live near CT and Atlantic City casinos and frequent their outstanding buffets. Do not expect the same at Chef Mickeys! The food is just average by comparison. However,
    you are paying for the whole experience and is worth the visit. We would go again. You won't get to see Donald Duck at Mohegan Sun!:dance3:
  13. cel_disney

    cel_disney DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2007
    We had dinner there twice last week....once planned, once walk-in/unplanned...we have been many times in the past as well..

    We enjoyed the food and the experience both nights. We are a family of 4 - 2 kids ages 2 and 6.

    We enjoyed the food we ate - the scalloped potatoes were amazing both nights..and the mashed potatoes were very good too...I enjoyed the pasta dish both nights (it was a creamy cheese sauce with chicken one night and a shrimp and scallop puttanesca sauce another) and the ham....

    The kids enjoyed trying some of the grownup food, loved having a salad, and really liked a fall back of pizza after they did their experimenting but were still hungry..

    We were on the meal plan which made it affordable for us to go...not sure we would pick it if we were not on the DDP...

    Desert has declined...we miss the days of the old ice cream sundaes with the tubes filled with candies...fake M&Ms and reeses are not the same...

    Characters except goofy were at our table for a long time and really hung around long enough to make sure that our kids got a chance to warm up to them and interact....Goofy for the last 2 years has been very fast when visiting and my 2 year old is rarely ready to interact with him in time...
  14. Zeppelin

    Zeppelin DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2009
    1,345 Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner, Crystal Palace for breakfast...ditto for Tucker House for expensive as it is walked out of CRT feeling it was well worth the money...
  15. momneice

    momneice Earning My Ears

    Apr 11, 2012
    At our last visit we did not book a character breakfast. But once there decided it wouldn't be a disney trip without one. When I tried to book chef mickey was competely full. But the cast member told us to head over before 8am before the first seating. low and behold we were able to get a table. The buffet was excellant, maybe because it was just put out. It is a typical character breakfast the characters visit each table. Overall we were very pleased.
  16. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    The DDP dragged it down to mass-produced, over-priced slop. I always scratch my head when people on the DDP comment, "I'm glad I didn't pay for that." So you wouldn't go if you had to pay oop but you will on the dining plan? There you have it...
  17. DisneyHardin

    DisneyHardin DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2010
    DH and I at there for breakfast in Oct and thought it was really good. The breakfast pizza was my favorite. We had a terrible waitress and that sort of tainted the trip, but the food and characters were great.

    We are going to try it for dinner this trip.
  18. bsjmommy

    bsjmommy Disney Planner

    Jan 29, 2012
    We love it there!
  19. eagillinois

    eagillinois Mouseketeer

    Dec 24, 2008
    WE love it also and found late breakfast to be the best choice. Have fun!
  20. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
  21. lovingeire

    lovingeire DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 2012
    For a first trip I say do it! The food is mediocre at best. Some items are better than others. For example, I thought the eggs were horrible! However, the characters are big ones, their interaction is fabulous, the atmosphere is fun and the service was amazing! So mediocre food is not nearly as important as the rest of those things as my kids loved it because of the characters, not because of the food. I had high expectations, but with realistic ones it's an enjoyable experience.

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