It seems like conditions at Walt Disney World are getting back to some semblance of "normal" as character dining is being expanded throughout the resort. After Cinderella's Royal Table opened a few weeks ago, Cinderella began making limited appearances at a distance inside the restaurant, and now it has been announced that Mickey Mouse and his best pals will be returning to meet guests during breakfast at Chef Mickey’s restaurant in Disney’s Contemporary Resort on December 16th.
Though the characters will be present in the restaurant, the experience will emphasize distant interactions, with guests encouraged to "smile, wave and make unforgettable memories with some of your favorite characters as they parade through the restaurant in their chef’s best". In addition, food will continue be served family-style rather than in this location's traditional buffet-style. The restaurant will be adding several new menu items on December 16th as well, including:
- Goofy’s Banana Bread French Toast will combine unique flavors of banana bread baked in zesty orange-scented French toast batter, topped with Espresso-mascarpone cream, toasted bananas and chocolate crumbles.
- Mickey’s “Celebration” Pancake featuring whipped cream, celebration sprinkles, shimmering pixie dust and more.
- “Loaded” Potato-Cheese Casserole topped with smoked bacon crumbles and chives.
When it reopens with characters this December, Chef Mickey's will be one of a limited number of character dining experiences at the resort that guests can also experience, including at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Dine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as Garden Grill Restaurant inside Epcot, and we'd expect additional character dining experiences to be brought back in the near future as well.
Reservations for Chef Mickey’s character breakfast will open on October 17.