Chef Mickey’s is the Contemporary Resort’s character buffet option and features the original Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy), mixing and mingling from table to table, posing for photos and signing autographs. Every now and again, a short musical number is performed and the festive kid friendly eatery becomes a magical place. (And really, for you parents out there, the amount of time you’re going to have to spend trying to meet these five characters in-park... this one might be worth doing, if meeting the original Disney characters is a must-do.)
The dining area itself is very open and can get loud (i.e. this isn’t really the best place for a quiet romantic dinner), but offers views of the monorails whizzing by as you dine. Also visible is the 90 foot tall Mary Blair mural that is really the only thing left that defines the floor as the "Grand Canyon Concourse", of yesteryear.
The buffet is squarely American cuisine featuring several cold salads, carved selections such as beef and turkey, and specialty hot items like barbecue pork ribs, lobster mac and cheese, salmon, roasted chicken, and a couple of vegetables.
A smaller little adults station usually features mac and cheese, corn dogs, chicken nuggets and seasonal vegetables.
There are several mini-desserts available at the dessert table including a soft-serve ice cream machine with a toppings bar.
And speaking about bars... for an additional fee, there are many specialty cocktails available for guests 21 and older.