Fun Fact Friday- Food by the Numbers (Chef Mickey’s)

Chef Mickey’s is very popular dining location.  Located in the Contemporary resort, it is just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, and add in Mickey and Pals for character dining, and ALL YOU CAN eat dining, it’s no wonder the reservations for this location are snatched up so quickly!  (If you want to go be sure to get your advanced dining reservation!  Reservations open up 180 days prior.)

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At breakfast Chef Mickey’s specialty is of course the famed Mickey Waffles! Here are some fun facts about how much food is served at Chef Mickey’s Daily-

4000 Eggs (That’s 333.3 dozen eggs!)

1600 Mickey Waffles

1500 Pancakes

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That’s a LOT to chew on 😉

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Restaurant Review- Dining in the World Showcase: Mexico

Let this be said about me, I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!!  I mean seriously, there is a restaurant near our house and we eat there EVERY Wednesday.  There are even times that we eat there twice in one week because we love it so much.  With that being said, eating in the Mexico pavilion at the world showcase is almost a given on any trip of ours.  The difficulty with this is choosing between the two table service restaurants- La Hacienda de San Angel, and San Angel Inn.  La Hacienda is the newest restaurant having been added to the pavilion in 2010.  We have dined at both restaurants and they both have amazing qualities.  Here are my thoughts on both-

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn is located inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion.  I love love love the atmosphere of this restaurant.  The entire inside of pyramid is set up to be like a nighttime open air market place in Mexico.  The restaurant is situated between the market and the river that houses the “Gran Fiesta Tour” ride.  The setting for this restaurant is quiet, romantic and peaceful.

Your meal starts out with chips and salsa, and I love the salsa at this restaurant, it has almost a smokey quality.  The food is good, but not great.  When I choose this restaurant it’s mainly for it’s quite romantic atmosphere.

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

La Hacienda de San Angel is located directly across from the pyramid.  While a beautiful new restaurant, the setting isn’t nearly as romantic or intimate as the atmosphere at San Angel Inn (just my opinion, feel free to disagree!)

La Hacienda interior

La Hacienda interior

While the setting isn’t as spectacular, the food is much better.  I like their food selection as the taste of the food.  (I had the Tacos Camerones and they were AMAZING!!! It was served with refried black beans with a crumbled cheese and I couldn’t get over how delicious they were!)

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

The prices of the two are comparable and a good value on the Disney dining plan.  While the setting isn’t as intimate, La Hacienda does have a very nice view of the World Showcase Lagoon.  If you plan your reservation accordingly and are willing to wait for a seat by the window you can have an incredible view of Illuminations.

There are definitely perks to both locations, so whichever you would choose, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Be sure to get your dining reservations, as you will need them at either location!

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Tuesday’s Tip- Dining Reservations

Alright, I know I’ve touched on this one before in other posts, but it’s SOOOOO important to make your dining reservations before you head to Disney World!

The very first time that Craig and I ever wanted to go to a sit down restaurant at Disney World was his first trip to the Magic Kingdom.  We had no idea that you needed to have reservations to eat at a sit down restaurant!  We were lucky and were able to have a VERY early dinner at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, but had it been during peak season, I’m sure we would have been turned away.  If you don’t make the reservations ahead of time, you can always check with the concierge desk at your hotel (if you’re on Disney property that is) and see if there are any dining reservations available.  If you’re not staying on disney property you can also check with guest services the day of and potentially make reservations.

Dining Reservations available on Disney's website

Dining Reservations available on Disney’s website

You can start making your dining reservations 180 days prior to your trip, and that will be necessary for some of the more popular dining experiences (Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Le Cellier Steakhouse).  Otherwise I recommend making them once you know what park you’ll be in on which day.  Disney’s website does now require a credit card number in order to make reservations.  There is no charge unless your party fails to show up.

Also don’t be afraid to check out the restaurants at the resorts!  You don’t have to be in the parks to enjoy an amazing meal!  Some of Disney’s top rated restaurants are located at the resorts!