When Will Disney’s Cape May Cafe Reopen?
The good news is that Cape May Cafe, located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, one of the “Epcot resorts,” re-opened on May 18,2021. (They were open for reservations beginning May 7, 2021.)
More good news is that the prices are significantly lower — particularly for breakfast — than they were pre-pandemic:
- Breakfast: $25 per adult, $14 per child (compared to $42 per adult, $27 per child)
- Dinner: $42 per adult, $25 per child (compared to $55 per adult, $33 per child)
But you know that there had to be bad news, and it’s probably what you’re expecting: They are not currently featuring either Minnie’s Beach Bash Character Breakfast or the Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet.
And now, instead of buffet-style meals, Cape May Cafe now has a “family-style” breakfast and dinner.
If you’re not familiar with that term, “family-style” is basically a buffet where you don’t have to get up. (It also has less menu choices.) Instead, the servers bring you a set menu of food, and you request more of any item that you like. Frankly, I prefer it to a buffet.
According to the Disney Food Blog, here are the revised menus:
2021 Cape May Cafe Breakfast Menu
- French rolls
- resh fruit
- Yogurt parfait
- Breakfast Platter with Mickey waffles, pancakes, brioche French toast, etc
2021 Cape May Cafe Dinner Menu
- Assorted Breads
- Turf Platter with slow-roasted strip loin, oven-roasted lemon-pepper chicken, mashed potatoes
- Season Harvest Salad
- Seafood Boil withPEI mussels, peel-n-eat shrimp, Cape May clams
- Assorted Desserts
- For an additional cost: Steamed crab legs or whole steamed lobster
When Will Character Dining Return to Cape May Cafe?
As of this writing (early June 2021), I haven’t heard anything when Minnie Mouse and friends will be back at Cape May Cafe, but I feel fairly confident that they will come back … hopefully within a few months, although that’s just a guess on my part.
Currently (since May 16, 2021) Chef Mickey in Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers family-style dining along with a “smile & wave character cavalcade.”
So you can see the characters walk around, you can take photos of them, and maybe — if you’re lucky — you can manage to get a selfie with them. You’ll also get a souvenir with the characters’ signatures to take home.
So my guess is that eventually Cape May Cafe will eventually introduce characters in this same way.
As far as returning to regular character meet and greets, Inside the Magic recently reported that Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland are offering a the ability to book a physically-distanced character meet and greet.
You still have to stay 6 feet away from the characters, so of course no hugs, but at least there is a little bit of private interaction.
Will this type of character interaction come to the Disney parks in the United States? Right now, your guess is as good as mine. Stay tuned!
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