Why you should CONTINUALLY check Disney Dining Reservations

Why you should CONTINUALLY check Disney Dining Reservations

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, Day One of our 2 Day Magic Kingdom itinerary, on our recent Disney World vacation, we kept a major surprise from the kids at the end of our first day in WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

Granted, it’s not hard to keep a surprise from a 5 year old and a 2.5 year old, but nonetheless, we hadn’t hinted a word about what we had in store for dinner Friday night.

I had heard that Chef Mickey’s was one of THE places to eat dinner and meet characters while in Disney World. With our plans being such short notice, all of the character dining reservations in any of the restaurants were booked. We figured as much when we started looking, and accepted that character dining wouldn’t be in our plans for this vacation. The kids wouldn’t know any different anyway!

However, a week before our trip, I got onto the Disney World app and decided to scroll through the Reserve Dining section, just for kicks…

Turns out a reservation at Chef Mickey’s had opened up for Friday night at 7:45PM! That’s why you keep checking, and double checking, and triple checking!!

I snatched it up without even thinking twice!

The reservation fit perfectly into our plans! The park closed at 6PM on Friday so we were able to close the park, hop on the monorail, and arrive at the Contemporary Resort with a little time to explore.

Our reservation was for 7:45PM, but I decided we might as well check in around 7:20PM, since we were already there. The hostess handed us a pager and invited us to sit in the waiting area, take a picture with Chef Mickey, and relax until we were buzzed. We took our picture and hadn’t been sitting for more than 2 minutes before our pager rang and we were seated, 20 minutes before our reservation time!

Chef Mickey’s is American cuisine served in an all-you-can-eat Buffet/Family style. This was the perfect set up for us because we were able to load up the plates with food the kids would actually eat! We paid for two adults and one child, and Little Miss was free being as she isn’t three years old yet. The Hubs and I splurged on some yummy Pina Coladas ๐Ÿ™‚ and can you tell I was craving carbs…

After multiple trips to the buffet and time to fill our tummies, some special friends started showing up!

***I’m pretty sure most of these pictures are blurry (doh!). There was just too much excitement going on to be on point! ๐Ÿ™‚

Each character took time to visit each table individually, sign autograph books, and take pictures with the kids. There were hugs and kisses and literal squeals of delight as the kids jumped out of their seats to run to Mickey and Minnie. I was almost in tears watching their excitement!

And then, to top it all off, we witnessed this…

Mickey and Minne Mouse Forever!

As the Fab Five moved on to visit more guests, we hit the dessert buffet, and may have gone a little crazy!

Macaroons, tarts, truffles, cookies, brownies, ice cream, cake, you name it! And it was ALL wonderful and worth it.

PLUS, to top it off, they brought me a birthday cupcake to celebrate a few days early! I’m pretty sure I was just as giddy as the kids the whole dinner! Check out that cute sprinkle thief…

I think needless to say, we left stuffed and satisfied!

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Upon leaving, we were able to hop onto the Monorail in the resort and ride right to the parking lot. Our first day in Disney World was complete.

Continue on to read about Day Two of our 2 Day Itinerary in the Magic Kingdom!

Happy Exploring,


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