Chef Mickey?

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Chef Mickey?
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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 1:30pm
Do you have to have a PS to eat at Chef Mickey's? Can you just show up and wait in line/take your chances? We will be there early October and I am not sur eyet how my 2 & 5 yr olds will react to the characters. So can I just wing it or should I *try* to get a PS....if there are any? What happens if you get a PS and then don't use it? TIA!

Missy

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In reply to: beansmom22
Wed, 09-10-2003 - 1:48pm
I've heard lots of stories about people walking up to chef Mickey's without a pS and getting in, but getting a PS ahead of time can't hurt LOL I know certain meals require a credit card when making a PS (such as Cinderella's Royal table and the Fantasmic Dinner Package). With Cindi's, I was charged a deposit for each person ahead of time. With Fantasmic, I had to make sure that if I wanted to cancel the PS to do so within 2 days of the date of the PS or I would be charged a penalty. Not sure about Chef Mickey's - I don't think you need to give a CC #. You can call and inquire. Also, if you don't use your PS, just call and cancel it. I always prefer cancelling anything I'm not going to use in or outside of Disney, so my name doesn't become "MUD" LOL. Plus by cancelling a PS you're not going to use, you open up a PS for another family who will. So make one and you can always cancel it - just make sure you inquire with them if there are time limits or penalties.

Good luck!!

Val

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In reply to: beansmom22
Wed, 09-10-2003 - 2:30pm
Missy, we've walked up and gotten into Chef Mickey's several times. My biggest tip on that is to go about when they open up and you may be able to get right in...or 5 or 10 minues early is even better.

If you are certain you want to eat there, go ahead and make a PS.

Beth

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 2:45pm
Thanks Beth (and you too Val). This is my thinking....my kids aren't really into any particular characters (except maybe my dd(3) who loves Stitch)....they are both a bit shy esp. my ds (5).....not even sure if I can get a PS this late in the game and due to our short trip (only 4 nights) not sure if it'd take away time from seeing the parks. So I am leaning towards just winging it. Like if it tuens out they love seeing the characters in the park on Day 1 then perhaps we could try to get into Chef Mickey's on Day2 or Day3....kwim? I just hate to take a PS away from some little boy or girl who REALLY REALLY wants to go and would get the full enjoyment. Do you know if the characters also are there at dinner time? Is it "good eats" dinner/breakfast? Thanks again girls!

Missy

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 3:10pm
When we did it in August we just got there and stood inline. It was for later on in the morning(like 10:30/11:00 am)and we waited about 15 minutes even though they said 30 minutes. Go for it!

Tina

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 3:19pm
Missy, check out this link:

http://www.wdisneyw.co.uk/characters.html

You can find all sorts of info on the characters and even pull up pictures of characters to show the kids. The first Character meal we took my youngest to was the Pooh meal at the Crystal Palace. It was a good move because she LOVED the interaction with Pooh and then wasn't afraid of the other characters in the park. We went at an off-peak time, got right in, and there were only about 8 tables full of guests in the restaurant, so we got plenty of time with the characters.

There are also links to menus from that page.

I think you are right to wait and see how it goes. You will be surprised what the kids like doing!! BTW, you probably have read about it, but there is a little kids playground down by the enter/exit to splash mountain. It was a great place for us to let the little kids play while hubby and I took turns riding the bigger rides in that area.

Beth

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Wed, 09-10-2003 - 4:29pm
Great site....thanks for the link. I really do think with my two and their personalities, that we will come out much happier if we just plan to go with the flow and let them set the tone/pace of the trip. Perhaps next time we go (in a year or two) we can have more planned events. Thanks again for all the great advice. Now if I could just get myself to focus on work and not "Disney planning"....LOL!

Missy