Here's what Disney's character dining looks like during COVID

The popular Chef Mickey breakfast is back.

If you haven't experienced character dining at Disney, were you even there at all?

But character dining - as with most things during the global pandemic - looks different these days. Walt Disney World's popular Chef Mickey breakfast at the Contemporary Hotel made its post-pandemic debut just before the holidays.

What's the same: Mickey and Minnie, along with several friends, dancing and parading around the dining room. Plenty of Mickey waffles to go around. Excited kids and photo-snapping parents. You can eat as much as you like.

What's different: Instead of a buffet, the food is served at the table, family style. No more hugging the characters or getting close up for photos - guests must social distance. Instead of high fives, virtual fist bumps.

There's also a few new menu items in addition to the classics.

What's on the menu: Mickey’s Celebration Pancake, featuring whipped cream and sprinkles; Loaded Potato-Cheese Casserole topped with smoked bacon crumbles and chives; and Goofy’s Banana Bread French Toast - banana bread baked in orange-scented French toast batter, topped with espresso-mascarpone cream, toasted bananas and chocolate crumbles.

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