Buffet Style

Cape May Cafe
Image: Disney

None of the buffets opened at this time are currently featuring character appearances. Because character meals are going to be priced higher, the restaurants offering buffets are going to be the less expensive of the all-you-care-to-eat options. The buffets also offer more options to choose from which could be more beneficial for pickier eaters.

Buffets also allow guests to choose to take only the amount of food they are going to eat, possibly allowing for less food waste as opposed to the family-style option. You will also be in control of heading back to the line to get a second serving, rather than waiting for a cast member to bring more to you.

When eating at a buffet during a trip to Walt Disney World in April of 2022, I noticed a couple of downsides. First, you are probably going to need to stand and wait in line to access the food at the buffet. It can get quite crowded. The food at Cape May Café was mostly good, but a few items were on the dryer side and overall, the group agreed that the quality of food was better at Chef Mickey’s where it was served family-style.

Chef Mickey Fast
Image: Chef Mickey's Breakfast

Other than a handful of specialty seafood items (as Cape May Cafe boasts a surf and turf selection), there was the typical buffet fare such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salad, and a carving station. These options are food items that are typically found at any other buffet outside of Walt Disney World. Crystal Palace offers many of the same items as well. If you are looking for a buffet with a little more variety, you may perfer to check out Boma's African-inspired cuisine.

Boma, Disney
Image: Disney

All in all, my group and I preferred the family-style options over the buffets. What are your thoughts? Have you eaten at any of the all-you-care-to-eat locations recently? Would you say the buffets are better or would you prefer family-style? Let us know by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page!


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