Wow! We had such a fun night here! Let me just say that I was dreading this restaurant. Actually, in our first 3 trips to Disney, I've cancelled our Chef Mickey's reservations because I read so many negative reviews. This time, we were going with extended family and I thought "Why not? We'll see Mickey, we'll eat some crummy food, and call it a night!". It turned out to be our best dining experience of the week!
We did get there for the earliest dinner seating which I think helped a TON for character interaction- and there was a LOT of that! All of the characters really hung out at the table and played with the kids. The kids (and adults) thought they were a hoot! At one point one of my kids let go of Donald and ran to Mickey and that caused quite a scene between Donald and Mickey!
The characters weren't the only thing that was great- the food surpassed my expectation. My oldest son ate so many BBQ ribs I thought he was going to burst! My youngest thought he died and went to heaven b/c he took a slice of pizza and added sprinkles from the ice cream bar on top of it and Mommy didn't say NO (hey- it's vacation!)... I was quite filled on the pasta rosa and yummy salads. I didn't even have room for dessert!
We will definitely be back. My only regret was that we didn't come here years ago!