Favorite Dining Options to Return Soon at Disney World

UPDATE 6/2/21: Walt Disney World has announced today that dining reservations will open Friday, June 2nd for dates beginning June 20th at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mark your calendars and remember, this is a modified character experience where the Disney characters will parade throughout the restaurant and pose for physically distanced photos instead of stopping at individual tables.

The Disney Parks Blog has just shared that some of our very favorite restaurants will be reintroduced later this month and next month!

Dining at Walt Disney World is such a big part of every family vacation, and it’s been a little bit rough not to have some of the options we love.

Let’s take a look at the details Disney has shared – mark your calendars!

Chef Mickey’s Dinner

Starting May 16, Chef Mickey’s will offer an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style dinner that will include ‘no touch’ appearances like snapping a selfie or waving hello as Mickey Mouse and some of his favorite pals make surprising appearances in each of the dining rooms. Similar to other character dining locations, guests will take home a souvenir with character signatures and colorful artwork.

The dinner menu includes items that are sure to please everyone in your family, like starters of “Chef Mickey’s Caesar,” citrus-poached shrimp salad, and assorted bread; main courses of gnocchi, roasted garlic potato Gratin, plant-based faro wheat fried rice, prime rib, roasted turkey, and salmon; and an assortment of sweet treats to finish the meal. The kiddos in your group can enjoy mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, turkey corn dog nuggets, and more! 

Cape May Café 

Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens on May 18th! Guests returning to Cape May Café will find old favorites and new changes, along with its signature service and quality. The restaurant will serve breakfast and dinner, but Minnie’s Beach Bash Character Breakfast and the Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet will not return at reopening.

The all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style breakfast menu will feature popular staples like pastries (including the layered crispy, cream-filled “Lobster Tail”), omelets, and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse waffles. Highlights from dinner will include house-made Parker House rolls and cornbread, a seafood boil with a variety of fresh seafood, The Turf Platter with steak and chicken, and – my personal favorite – lobster mac and cheese. 

Bookings for Cape May Café and dinnertime at Chef Mickey’s open on May 7th.

Tusker House Restaurant

The guest-favorite character dining location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant, will reopen this summer! During the modified character experience, guests will enjoy delicious family-style entrees inspired by the flavors of Africa and can snap photos of Donald Duck and friends, dressed in their safari best as they promenade through the restaurant.

Disney hasn’t shared details about the menu or dining reservations just yet, but they said that they would soon. Keep an eye out here, as we’ll share the information as soon as we hear!

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