I don’t have any boys (we’re an all princess family) however I do have 2 nephews that travel to Disney World with us on a regular basis. We have done a few character meals with them, but I think one of the best character meals on property for boys is Chef Mickey’s!
Chef Mickey’s is located at The Contemporary Resort which makes it ideal for a meal either on your first day or last day at Disney World if you don’t have tickets to the parks on those days. You don’t need tickets to eat at this restaurant.
At Chef Mickey’s, you will meet Mickey Mouse, and then a variety of the other “main” Disney characters like Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, etc…. If your goal is to meet these characters I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is great, the restaurant is air-conditioned (a real plus on those hot Florida summer days!) and no standing in long lines to get autographs and pictures! Each character comes to your table to spend a few minutes with just your family! The food is buffet style and offers a great variety so that even the pickiest eater can find something they like! They also offer the ever so famous Mickey waffles! So if you’re looking for some time with the “Mouse that started it all”, this is a great way to meet him! Be sure to book your reservations early as they book up fairly quickly!
(If you’re looking for a great restaurant for boys that isn’t a character meal, I highly recommend Rainforest Café---my nephews always request a meal there! The food is outstanding, the atmosphere is fantastic for boys and the only other thing I can say is “Volcano!!” one of the best desserts on property. There are two (2) Rainforest Cafes you can eat at: one at Disney Springs and one at Disney's Animal Kingdom park; you do not need a park admission ticket to dine at the Animal Kingdom location as the restaurant entrance is outside the park.)
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