We Finally Know When This Iconic Restaurant Will Return to Buffet Style Dining

After Walt Disney World shut down during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many iconic aspects of a Disney vacation were altered or missing once the Parks and Resort hotels reopened. Character interactions, live entertainment, and dining experiences were among the most missed as the Disney Parks reopened.


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Specific dining experiences, such as Character Dining and buffet-style dining, were particularly difficult to replace. Many Guests felt that the restaurants which offered these experiences pre-pandemic were less worth the extravagant prices, which either hadn’t changed or had even increased.

As months turned into years, many Guests found themselves wondering when these essential experiences would return.


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Now, after a couple of years, Character Dining and buffet dining experiences are finally beginning to come back to Walt Disney World. One by one, each announcement is being made, letting Guests know what to expect. When it comes to Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort restaurant, Chef Mickey’s, we finally know when buffet-style dining is returning!


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Disney has confirmed that Chef Mickey’s buffet dining experience will return to Guests on March 1, 2023.

On Walt Disney World’s official website, it’s been confirmed that from now through February 28, Chef Mickey’s will continue to serve food as an ‘all-you-care-to-enjoy,’ family-style dining experience. The official announcement reads:

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.

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Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort offers breakfast and dinner services, so whether you’re beginning or ending your Disney day out, you’ll soon be able to enjoy your meal buffet-style at this iconic eatery.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.