Chef Mickey Review at the Disney Ambassador Hotel
Chef Mickey is a character buffet at the Disney Ambassador Hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort serving both Japanese and Western cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s one of a few excellent buffet options at Tokyo Disney Resort. Our review covers the food, character interactions, how to get a reservation, and the restaurant itself.
Read our full dining guide to help plan where to eat and how to make reservations!
Atmosphere & Decor
Chef Mickey’s decor is art deco in style, which matches with the Disney Ambassador Hotel. While it’s not as fancy and elegant like the Sherwood Garden at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or Oceano at Hotel MiraCosta, it has its own charm. The character interactions are what set it apart from the other hotel buffets.
The entire restaurant has an abundance of lighting to help with taking character photos. While the decor itself is the typical art deco style and is nothing to get excited over, I do, however, enjoy the rotating Mickey statue over the juice bar. The oversize clock is also a nice touch.
The best aspect is the animation portraits found on select walls in the restaurant. I found myself taking a few moments to see what I could find.
As for the character interactions, there’s Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Donald. They are dressed in “chef’s” garb, and as with most interactions, was top-notch and smile-inducing. It’s impossible to not crack a smile when Donald does a little butt wiggle at your table, no matter how cold your heart is. It’ll warm you right up.
Our experience is breakfast, and so that is what this review will cover. Chef Mickey offers both Western and Japanese cuisine. You have a 90-minute time limit to eat as much as possible!
On the Western side they had:
- Mickey pancakes
- Bacon and eggs (scrambled, fried, etc)
- Yogurt and fruit
On the Japanese side they had:
- Miso Soup
- Fish paste patties
For drinks, they had everything from coffee to various juices and teas. Then on the kid’s side, they had different cereals and sweet pastries.
The food itself is on the lower-end in terms of buffets at Tokyo Disney Resort, but that is not a bad thing. For the price of ¥3,430 (~$29 USD), that gets you not only a full stomach but unforgettable character interactions. To compare, breakfast at Oceano at Hotel MiraCosta and the Sherwood Garden Restaurant at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel are both ￥2,990 (~$26 USD), and these do not have characters.
There’s something there for everyone and I urge you to try some of the Japanese items, as they are delicious and for the most part, healthier for you.
Our recommendation and tips to maximize your time at Chef Mickey’s:
- Try the Mickey-shaped items, even on the Japanese side. They are delicious and fun for Instagram photos.
- Breakfast is exclusive to Disney Ambassador Hotel guests, and you can make a reservation online in English with your hotel booking.
- Lunch and Dinner reservations are made online or over the phone by everyone (Read our dining guide for more details)
- Take note of the portraits along various walls in the area.
- If you stay until the end of breakfast, you get more time with the Characters.
- You can’t go wrong with Mickey Pancakes.
- If a character hasn’t come to your table yet, tell a Cast Member and they will make sure they come to your table.
If you’re a guest at the Disney Ambassador Hotel, then a reservation for breakfast is an excellent option with fun character interactions and enough food options to satisfy everyone in your group. If you’re not staying at the hotel, then it’s a bit out of the way from the parks just for a meal. Also, if you don’t care for the character interactions, then breakfast at either Oceano or Sherwood Garden Restaurant has better food and saves you about $3 USD per adult.
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Feature photo by Satoshi Toyoshima.
Great review guys, cool pics too! We doing this in April, can’t wait. Any idea what the lunch menu consists of? Since we’ve got a 2-day vacation package booked, have booked online for Chef Mickey each day. Any thoughts how best to approach our itinerary which is looking something like this.
Sun – check-in at TDR. Booked CM lunch. Head over to either park.
Mon – booked CM breakfast. Head over to one of the parks.
Tue – booked CM breakfast. Check-out day. Head over to one of the parks. (we depart Japan about 4pm).
We’d prefer CM breakfast, though would you suggest skipping the breakfasts entirely to try make use of Happy 15 entry? Thks.
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