Cafe Mickey is located in Disney Village, next to the Hotel New York. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with characters present at each. Breakfast is a buffet just for guests staying at the Disney hotels and partner hotels, while lunch and dinner are a la carte and open to anyone. You can view the menu here. Although walk-ins are usually available, it’s advisable to book as it is a very popular restaurant and those without reservations could be in for a long wait!
Inside, there are lots of Mickey touches, as you’d expect in a Cafe bearing his name. “Hidden Mickeys” include the ceiling lights, highchairs and chair backs.
We’d read a few bad reviews about Cafe Mickey and weren’t going to bother visiting, but on our last night we had a free dining plan dinner voucher to use up, and with a limited choice available we decided to give it a try. Whilst Cafe Mickey isn’t on the list for the Meal Plan Plus, you can dine here and pay the difference between the voucher value and meal price.
Our reservation was made at our hotel concierge desk, just a couple of hours in advance. When we arrived at 6:30pm there were a few people waiting in the walk-ups line, but we got seated straight away. Space inside is at a premium, and it’s not somewhere I’d recommend if you want a quiet meal!
The server was ok, but obviously busy, and his English wasn’t too hot, so he didn’t spend any time chatting with us, just took our orders and away he went. Although our daughter wasn’t eating a full kid’s meal, just a bowl of fries, he still brought her a free souvenir Cafe Mickey cup filled with water, and a coloring tube. This is a small card box, with coloring pages that unwind from inside, filled with colored pencils. This kept her occupied for a while, and also made for an impromptu autograph book for a couple of the characters!
We’d not been sat down a few minutes before the first characters started to visit our table. From then until our food arrived it was non-stop! We saw Chip & Dale, Gepetto, Pinocchio, Tigger, Mickey, Pluto, Goofy and Stitch. Each visited at least once while we were there, and most spent a good amount of time with our daughter.
Before our meal arrived we were served a plate of crusty bread rolls to share.
DH had “Pinocchio’s Pasta” – Creamy penne pasta with chicken and romanesco broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, red bell peppers, and parmesan cheese shavings, garlic cream and pesto – which he enjoyed.
I had “Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Fish and Chips” – Tender white cod, beer battered and deep fried, served with french fries and tartar sauce – served nice and hot with slices of lemon and a sprig of lettuce. It was really nice, but quite a lot of fish, and I don’t remember finishing it all.
For dessert, DH chose “Captain Hook’s Creme Brulee,” quite a large portion, but he managed to polish it off with no complaints!
And I opted for “Snow White’s Apple Pie,” which was more of an apple tart, accompanied by butterscotch ice cream and caramel sauce – very tasty!
Kids who eat from the kid’s menu can choose ice cream or help themselves to the dessert buffet.
As we were leaving we had to fight our way through the crowds waiting to get in. The “with reservations” line was almost as long at the “walk-up” line. We’d made the right choice to eat early on.
Overall we enjoyed our experience here and would definitely return. The food was good and hot (a rarity at DLP), there were plenty of characters, and kids enjoy it. Prices are steep, as they are throughout DLP, but at least you get the characters thrown in as an extra here.