Character Breakfast Buffets: Chef Mickey's vs. Cape May Cafe'
One of the most beloved traditions at Walt Disney World is a stop at one of the many fantastic Character breakfasts. There are many to choose from with different styles appealing to different types of travelers.
Located on the concourse level of the Contemporary Resort Hotel, Chef Mickey's offers guests the opportunity to dine with the Mouse himself. Just off of the monorail, it's a convenient stop for families on their way to the parks. Chef Mickey's is one of the most difficult character breakfasts to get a reservation at. The restaurant is decorated with a broad variety of Mickey modern art. It spans several rooms located around a central buffet, and your seating location can influence your experience. On my last trip we had Mickey, Pluto and Goofy make brief stops at our table and quickly move on. If you're eating here expect a hard sell from the Disney Photo Pass team trying to sell pictures that are taken at the entrance.
Costing $35 per adult, the food on Chef Mickey's Buffet typically includes "Mickey waffles, cheese blintzes, biscuits and gravy, three-cheese omelets, scrambled eggs, French toast, fruit, pastries, oatmeal, cereal." The food is decent and plentiful with mild flavors, great for those less adventurous eaters. With so many kids in attendance and getting their own plates the presentation can sometimes get a little sloppy.
Chef Mickeys is a great family buffet and a fun, fairly quick way to start your day. With lots of hustle and bustle, to me Chef Mickey's feels rushed, crowded and loud with sense of urgency that keeps the tables turning over at rapid pace. If you're a touring commando, this may be the breakfast for you.
Cape May Cafe' can be found just off the lobby at Disney's Beach Club Resort. I find it easy to get a reservation here, especially if you would like a later breakfast seating. Decorated in a charming seaside style, the overall feeling at Cape May is relaxed and comfortable, with fewer kids running around than at Chef Mickey's. Characters often include Donald, Goofy and Minnie Mouse dressed in classic beachwear. The characters are more interactive at Cape May and stay as long as needed. I have never felt rushed at breakfast here and find the servers to be attentive and friendly.
Only $29 for adults, the cost is less expensive than Chef Mickey's. The menu always includes biscuits and gravy, Pan Baked French Toast, and Mickey waffles, as well as asparagus, bagels & lox, bacon, sausage, and seasoned potatoes. If you're looking for something sweet try the bread pudding with vanilla sauce, muffins, danish, or donuts. Overall the food is bountiful and flavorful with lovely presentation and more adult flair. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's can commonly be seen dotting the tabletops.
Cape May is the character breakfast of choice for those who prefer a more quiet and leisurely meal highlighted not only by characters but some great food too. Of the two character breakfasts highlighted today, I feel that Cape May is the shining star of character meals for grownups.
Which type of character breakfast do you prefer, fast paced to get you to the parks quicker, or laid back and relaxed? Do you have a favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know!