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Fan-Favorite Disney World Buffet Sets Reopening Date

It seems that even after almost two years since the Theme Parks reopened, reopening announcements remind us that there are still more pre-pandemic favorites that have yet to return to The Walt Disney World Resort Guest experience.

These reopening reminders have mostly involved dinner experiences like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue’s return or the return of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But this time, we go back to Disney’s Contemporary Resort just outside Magic Kingdom Park to find that its beloved Character Dining Buffet will finally return to its pre-pandemic form.

Contemporary Monorail

Yes, after operating at a limited, “modified” capacity, Chef Mickey’s is finally bringing back its buffet service in early 2023.

Disney World’s website states,

Now through February 28, this restaurant offers family-style dining. The buffet experience will return on March 1. Check back soon to view the buffet menu.

One of the three Character Dining experiences available along the monorail-accessible Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels, including O’hana’s all-you-can-eat character breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Chef Mickey’s offers families the chance to enjoy family-style American breakfast or dinner with Mickey Mouse, and some of his friends, like Minnie, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy.

Chef Mickey's

Photo Credit Disney

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Disney World describes the experience on its website, in part, as the following:

Chef Mickey’s Family Feast — Character Dining

Experience Character Dining and an enhanced all-you-care-to-eat, family-style meal in a bright, happy space. As the monorail whizzes by, soak up the expansive views of Bay Lake and behold the stunning 90-foot-high mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair that overlooks the festive eatery. Each table will receive a special, autographed card keepsake from Mickey and his friends. Throughout the dining experience, Mickey Mouse and some favorite pals will make surprise appearances in each of the dining rooms. See them move throughout the restaurant, waving hello as rollicking music fills the air.

Chef Mickey and Chef Goofy

Chef Mickey’s (Credit: Disney)

Those Guests looking to partake in the current dining options should be aware that there is a 2-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations posted less than two hours before your reservation will result in a cancellation fee of $10 per person.

It should be noted that, at the time of this article’s publication, it is not yet possible to make a buffet reservation, as Disney Dining reservations can only be made up to 60 days in advance.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.