Walt Disney World Buffets to Become Family-Style?

Dining in Chef MickeyÕs at DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort serves up a magical experience for Walt Disney World Resort guests. As the monorail whizzes past, Chef Mickey joins other Disney characters as they greet guests, sign autographs and periodically lead diners in song and dance. The lively, all-you-care-to-eat buffet is offered for breakfast and dinner daily. Disney's Contemporary Resort is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

A recent post on a public Facebook page, the Orlando Hotel and Restaurant Workers Movement, has shed some light on Disney World’s dining situation.

As per the Facebook page;

Last night, we got some exciting news! Disney informed the Union about the next wave of openings and recall. Today,…

Posted by Orlando Hotel and Restaurant Workers Movement on Thursday, June 18, 2020

“Last night, we got some exciting news! Disney informed the Union about the next wave of openings and recall. Today, Disney will start to call workers to return to the following locations. Some are to return to work on June 28, others are to return on July 5. The Disney HR person calling you will tell you the date you need to return.

Remember that the Union agreement requires Disney to follow seniority for each job and location. For information about what the Union agreement says, watch the videos posted on this Facebook page from May 30 and June 1 in English, español and kreyol.

Also, remember that Disney is not calling back all of the workers in every location immediately. The most senior workers will return first. More will return as guests return to the parks and hotels. If they do not call you, you remain on furlough until a future wave of recalls.

This list of locations will provoke many questions. Please write your comments below. We will meet with Disney to negotiate and resolve the many issues that will come up during the re-opening process.

You can call Local 737 at 407-857-0737.


**Animal Kingdom**
Africa Bars
Africa Stands
Asia Bars
Asia Stands
Central Bakery
Creature Comforts
Discovery Island Bars
Flame Tree BBQ
Food Handlers
Harambe Market
Outdoor Foods
Restaurantosaurus & Bar

**Magic Kingdom**
Adventureland Stewarding
Be Our Guest (TSR only – no QSR)
Central Bakery
Cone Shop
Cosmic Ray’s
Food Handlers
Jungle Skipper
Liberty Square
Liberty Tree Tavern
Main Street Bakery
Outdoor Foods
Pecos Bill’s
Pinocchio Village Haus
Plaza Restaurant
Tony’s Town Square

Coral Reef
Electric Umbrella
Food Handlers
Fountain View
Garden Grill
Liberty Inn
Production Bakery
Regal Eagle
Sunshine Seasons
*Le Cellier
*Biergarten (Family Style)
*Norway (Non-Tipped only)
*Rose & Crown
The * means no international workers. Local workers only for now.

**Hollywood Studios**
Backlot Express
Brown Derby
Culinary Support
Docking Bay
Food Handlers
Galaxy Edge Culinary & Stewarding
Mama Melrose
Ogas Cantina & Carts
Outdoor Foods
Prime Time
Production Bakery
QSR Stewarding
Sci Fi & Tap House
Sunset Blvd.
Tap House
Trolley Car Café
Tune In Lounge

**Disney Springs**
Deluxe Burger
Food Trucks Culinary
Hangar Bar
Outdoor Vending


**Animal Kingdom Lodge**
Food Handlers

Food Handlers
Quick Service
Trattoria Al Forno

Bakery Culinary
Bay Lake Tower Bartenders
California Grill
Chef Mickey’s (Family Style)
Contempo Café
Food Handlers
Sand Bar
The Wave

**Coronado Springs**
Barcelona Lounge
Catering Culinary & Stewarding
Food Handlers

**Ft. Wilderness**
Food Handlers
Meadows Snack Bar
Pioneer Hall Culinary

**Grand Floridian**
Bakery Culinary
Catering Culinary & Stewarding
Food Handlers
Gasparilla Grill
Grand Café
Pool Bars
Room Service
Service Bar

**Old Key West**
Food Handlers
Goods to Go

Bakery Culinary
Captain Cook’s
Food Handlers
Housekeeping Phones
Kona Café

**Pop Century**
Culinary & Stewarding
Everything Pop
Food Handlers
Petals Pool Bar

Food Handlers
Le Petit Café
Pastry Culinary
Primo Piatto

**Saratoga Springs**
Artist Palette
Culinary & Stewarding
Food Handlers
Housekeeping Runners

**Wilderness Lodge**
Food Handlers
Whispering Canyon

**Yacht & Beach**
Ale & Compass
Beaches & Cream
Culinary & Stewarding
Catering Culinary & Stewarding
Food Handlers
Market QSR
Martha’s Vineyard Lounge
Private Dining”

What’s interesting to note is that buffet-style restaurants like Chef Mickey’s and Biergarten (both in my top favorites for dining at Disney) are listed as “family style.” This means Disney’s buffets will become family-style, as opposed to shutting down entirely.

Please note, nothing is confirmed by Walt Disney World.

Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.