PHOTOS & VIDEO: Traditional Character Dining is BACK at Chef Mickey’s in Disney World

If you’ve been missing those sweet Disney character hugs (a hug from Mickey really just makes our day), then we have some FANTASTIC news for you!

Hey, Mickey!

Not only are traditional character meet-and-greets back at the parks, but now character dining is returning to normal, too! Y’all, today we got to hug Chef Mickey.

Traditional meet-and-greets are back in Disney World. This means that autographs and hugs are back, and individual face-to-face meetings have returned. Socially distanced photos are slowly being phased out across the parks and resorts!

Distanced character interaction with Donald and Daisy

With this exciting news comes the return of traditional character dining experiences, which means that dining locations like Chef Mickey’s and Topolino’s Terrace no longer have social distancing restrictions. We visited one of the most popular character meals in Disney World, Chef Mickey’s, because who could pass up the chance to hug Chef Mickey?!

Chef Mickey’s is a little bit closer to “normal” now!

We headed over to this family-style restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for five BIG reasons: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto! (Plus, we were hungry…!)

We saw the characters posing with guests for photos, signing their signatures into souvenir autograph books, and embracing ecstatic children (and adults!). It really has been so long since we were able to do this!

Look — we gave Donald a real hug!

The food at Chef Mickey’s is still served family-style and the restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner only. In our experience, this restaurant is better known for the experience than the food, so, it’s definitely a plus that the experience is back to normal!

We’re so happy to see traditional meet and greets return to Disney World!

Chef Mickey’s is a super popular restaurant, so be sure to make your advanced dining reservation as soon as you are able to do so. Things are changing at Disney World all the time, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest Disney news!

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