Lisa got done making 50 waffles/pancakes for James's birthday party using the Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel. After people eat at the party, we'll have a better idea of the rating...
The results are in and they were good wafflecakes or panffles. Slightly crispy, but mostly a tasty pancake.
We needed fifty Mickey Mouse pancakes for James's fourth birthday party. Lisa used this device to make fifty in the time it took the kids to take a class at the zoo (maybe three hours). They looked like Mickey, so the theme was a success. Sure, it would have been nice to have had a real waffle and like six at a time, but we pre-made the pancakes, and then heated them in the oven for the party.
Keep in mind that Lisa's other idea was to make two tiny pancakes and one big one to create the illusion of a mouse. This was much better, and it's an item that we can actually use later, unlike a bridesmaid's dress. If you only need to feed a family of four and you don't need to cook anything else on your big honkin iron griddle, this item works.
The ears come off sometimes, which makes the pancake look less like Mickey. You can only make one at a time. Some people complain about the lack of a temperature setting or a timer, but by the time you've made fifty, that's probably not much of an issue. We considered making the food fresh the day of the party, but the item (and Lisa) would not have performed well under those time-sensitive circumstances.
The Amazon reviews were a mixed bag. If you want the waffles that they have at Disney World, this is NOT the item you want. If you want to feed your whole family in a few minutes, this is NOT a waffle iron for you. However, if you want to have a wafflish pancake that looks like Mickey Mouse, this is the only item that does it, so live a little.