I too miss the Original Chef Mickey's. We made our first reservations for the move to the Contemporary, thinking it would be the same, boy were we wrong. Not a fan of most Buffets, Boma being the rare exception.
I find them all to be very much the same and don't enjoy the bouncing up and down during a meal continuously by my family. Call me silly but I enjoyed the DTD version where you ordered from a menu and the characters still came to the table. The food at the DTD was so good.
And now that my children are all but grown, I'm alright skipping character meals, I've done enough for a lifetime.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
Friends are Gods way of apologizing to us for our families.