Today Walt Disney World announced that three more of its restaurants will be re-opening this summer, including two more character dining options.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, character dining will return to Tusker House this summer. The modified character experience will be a family-style meal. The menu will be inspired by the flavors of Africa and guests can snap photos of Donald Duck and friends, dressed in their safari best as they promenade through the restaurant.
Cape May Café will also be re-opening with a date of May 18th at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The restaurant will be serving breakfast and dinner. But sadly Minnie’s Beach Bash Character Breakfast and the Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet will not return with the re-opening.
At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s will re-open for dinner on May 16th and will offer a family-style dinner complete with character appearances.
Both Cape May and Chef Mickey’s will begin taking reservations on May 7th. No opening date nor a date that reservations will be accepted has been mentioned for Tusker House. More details on the menu and reservations will be coming soon.
Walt Disney World has indicated that Mickey Mouse and friends will return to Chef Mickey’s starting on December 16th at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Disney has also indicated that along with the return of characters, there will be new menu items that will debut. When the breakfast returns it will now be an all-you-care-to-eat family style breakfast instead of the previous buffet offering.
As we have seen at other Walt Disney World character meals, the characters will parade though the restaurant instead of visiting tables as they have previously done.
While Disney has not specifically mentioned it, I would expect that they will be returning the price to what it was previously when it had characters.
Reservations for Chef Mickey’s character breakfast will become available on October 17th.
It’s been years since we’ve been to Chef Mickey’s. We considered the character interaction subpar and the buffet food barely average….and it’s the noisiest meal I’ve ever experience…ever. We ate at Garden Grill and Topolino’s last month when we were visiting Walt Disney World and I actually think the way they’re doing the characters is an improvement. With this and the menu changes…if they stay….might actually get us to return.
The other thing that’s important to note….
This significantly increases the number of character breakfasts and character meals available to guests on property. So, if you are looking for a character meal, this is really good news.
The temporary relocation of Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to the Convention Center is apparently back on to occur in late November through December.
The work was originally planned to take place from July 28th through August 13th but was subsequently cancelled.
During the kitchen refurbishment, the character dining buffet will relocate to the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Guests with reservations are being contacted to advice of the relocation.
Three weeks ago we had reported that Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort would be moving to the resort’s convention center due to the restaurant needing some unplanned maintenance. Walt Disney World has now announced that Chef Mickey’s will no longer be temporarily relocating to the convention center in late July.
The maintenance that was scheduled expected to begin on July 28th and last through August 13th has now been cancelled, and the restaurant will be operating as normal.
If you have a reservation at Chef Mickey’s in late July or early August please be advised that the character meal will be temporarily relocating to the Contemporary Resort’s Convention Center.
The unplanned maintenance is expected to begin on July 28 through to August 13 2017. During this time, the character dining buffet will relocate to the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
Guests with reservations are being contacted to made aware of the relocation.
Starting this Sunday (July 27), PhotoPass print packages and table-side sales will be discontinued at Walt Disney World restaurants.
This change will take place at Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare, ‘Ohana, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, and Tusker House Restaurant.
Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus will continue to offer the print packages for the remainder of the year, but will end on January 4, 2015.
With the discontinuation of the print packages, guests will be able to use the My Disney Experience app and website to view photos taken by PhotoPass photographers at restaurants.