Category: Places to Eat

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I had another Chef Mickey’s story that I am bursting to share… So here it is!


For my Halloween costume this year I am… Well, actually, it’s either punk rocker Minnie Mouse or Mickey and Minnie’s punk daughter. Whichever you prefer, really.

I was expecting a lot of funny looks from strangers, considering the fact that I pierced the famous Mouse Ears with studs and dangles, and that I suppose I’m a bit old to be dressed up anyway. However, I got surprisingly few of them. Just a couple of smiles from short-sighted elderly couples and a frankly pained look from a mom pushing a stroller.


Mickey and Minnie were both pleased to see me in Chef Mickey’s, though, and I even got up and danced during the celebration song.


How about you? Any costume stories to share?


Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey’s… What can I say? So many memories, most of them hilarious. We first went when I was pretty little, and we brought my friend Paris and her family along (they happened to be in Disney the same time we were.). It’s a buffet style affair, and I have to say that we had a lot of… fun choosing out own food. I imagine it was difficult for the parents- there were six kids between the two families, all between the ages of 3 and 9. And we all had to go through the buffet line at once.



Dessert was, if anything, more cacophonous than dinner, for one reason: self-serve, soft-serve ice cream machines. My dad was supposed to be watching Paris’s little brother Roman, who was getting himself ice cream. However, Dad got distracted and when he turned back to the little boy, he’d filled his bowl more than 6 inches tall with chocolate ice cream. They both ended up getting a rather incredulous look from my friend’s mother.


I forgot to mention that Chef Mickey’s is also a character restaurant. Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, and Minnie (and possibly Daisy, I can’t remember) go from table to table in chefs’ outfits and take pictures with the kids. Even that managed to end in hilarious confusion that day. First Donald stepped on Paris’s foot by accident. This prompted Chrissy, my sister, to “goose” the poor duck. Meanwhile, Paris attempted to tattle on Donald to Mickey Mouse, who just kept smiling and gave her a hug.


Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our Chef Mickey’s exploits. We actually went back recently, when we were staying in the Contemporary (where Chef Mickey’s is located) but I’ll be putting that story in another post soon! Believe me, more laughs are on the way!


What are your funniest restaurant stories?


Let’s start out by saying: the less said about my most recent trip the better. So of course I have to tell you about it… to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Cue dark music here.
(Wow. That sounded dramatic, didn’t it? A bit over dramatic, really, especially since this post is mainly about chicken nuggets.)

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a counter service restaurant in Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom. I went there as a little kid, and still remember how there was an alien DJ who told jokes and sang. I didn’t really remember the food, but you know how kids don’t really care what they’re eating most of the time (as long as it’s wildly unhealthy).

I specifically asked to go to Cosmic Ray’s to see the alien, so imagine my dismay when he wasn’t even singing! Or doing standup/sitdown/anysortof comedy. He just sat there. Ugh.

Plus, I didn’t see anything on the menu I liked, so I ordered the kid’s “chicken nuggets.” I knew they would be gross as soon as I saw them; they came out looking burnt and generally disgusting. My mom even said that to the lady selling it to them.

Mom: Uh, can we get another order of chicken nuggets? Those look burnt.
Lady: No, that’s always how the kids’ chicken nuggets come out.
Mom: Really? That inedible?
Lady: Unfortunately, yes.

So the lady gave us a turkey sandwich because she felt sorry for us. That was gross, too, but not as awful as the “chicken nuggets.” That’s in quotes because like typical fast food nuggets, they do not look like real chicken. (The inside looked like polyfill saturated with white paint. They also tasted depressingly like old chicken nuggets from a greasy roadside fast food place.)

So the moral of the story: when it comes to Cosmic Ray’s “chicken nuggets,” just say NO.


Today I’ll be commenting on one of my family’s favorite Disney restaurants, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Located in Hollywood Studios, it is positioned very near Muppet Vision 3D, another favorite of ours (post on that coming soon is right here!).
As you’ve probably figured out from name, Mama Melrose is an Italian style restaurant. “Hollywood meets Italy” is its little gimmick. It is filled with memorabilia of movie stars long and other performers, along with other decorations calling to mind both California and Italy.
It is a greet place take the family; also, it is a good idea to get reservations! As for the food, hardly anything in Disney can best it (maybe the juice at Ohana or the dessert at Be Our Guest Restaurant), but with Italian food one cannot go wrong here.
Mama Melrose offers a Kid’s Menu, but more adventurous children, might want to try one of the various pasta or seafood dishes from the adult menu. I’ve honestly had nothing but positive experiences here as far as I can remember, whether I’ve gone for lunch or dinner (it doesn’t serve breakfast).

If you’re looking for a family dinner with awesome food (which is surprisingly hard to come by in themed restaurants in Disney World), the Be Our Guest Restaurant, located inside the Beast’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom, is the place to be! Don’t worry, it’s not scary if you have younger children (Though if you are traveling with children, you probably don’t want to ask to be seated in the forbidden west wing: See below). But all in all, it is a delightful dining experience – especially the deserts!

The Beast’s Castle is divided into two rooms- the forbidden west wing and the great hall. The forbidden west wing is dimly lit with lots of creepy torn tapestries of unicorns and stains (which look suspiciously like blood) on the walls. On the plus side you can view the enchanted rose (It’s a fantastic photo op!). On the down side it’s freezing in there (!) – when you walk in from the great hall, the temperature seems to drop ten degrees! Either imagineers were trying to make it extra creepy or the Beast went overboard with his air conditioning. Both are likely.


The Main Hall

On the opposite side of the spectrum you have the great hall. Honestly, it’s probably one of the prettiest places in Disney, and that is saying something. With cherubs painted on the high ceiling, gilded moldings all over the place, and just-right lighting, I absolutely love this room. Perhaps my favorite part are the fake windows that show a snowy forest when, in reality, it’s 80+ degrees outside.

Most of the food is French, but don’t let the fancy names scare you. If you haven’t a clue what something is, just ask your server; they’re very helpful that way. I must have asked a zillion questions when I ate there, and I ended up with a sea food soup in a pastry bowl. It was delightful. For the less adventurous (A.K.A. my sister Chrissy), there is a kid’s menu.

As confusing (though they are amazing) as the entrees might be, the desserts require no explanation. They are wheeled to your table in a pretty display case, and your choices include a variety of cream puffs, a lemon meringue cupcake, and the BEST triple chocolate cupcake EVER.

Finally, few words about the themed aspect of the restaurant: it is held in the Beast’s castle,and every once in a while a loud voice says, “Presenting your host, the Beast!” Then the Beast walks across the room, turns around, and leaves. He doesn’t go from table to table or anything, but you can get a picture with him on the way out.



The Crystal Palace is family friendly buffet.  I would recommend it to families with children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.  This is because characters from the classic story Winnie the Pooh go from table to table to  take pictures and sign autographs.  Children who are too young are often frightened by the large characters, while older children tend to be bored.  As suggested by the beautiful front wall, the inside has lots of natural light coming in through large windows.  Contrasting greatly with this expertly crafted building is a large banner celebrating Friendship Day which looks as though it had been lettered by Winnie the Pooh himself.  In addition to greeting children, characters invite children to engage in a Friendship Day parade.  The characters present include Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore.   the Crystal Palace is certainly a Buffet With Character!                                                                                                                                     

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