REVIEW: 1900 Park Fare

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If you’re looking for a ritzy setting with the convenience of a buffet that offers comfort food and sophisticated cuisine, with the added bonus of Disney characters, 1900 Park Fare is the place to be!

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Today we welcome guest reviewer Katie Prevot from Destinations to Travel with a review of 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!  Take it away, Katie!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is more than a hotel, it is straight out of a storybook.  Who doesn’t like siting in the lobby and watching the glass elevator, the live pianist or band and talking up and down those grand stairs like you are a prince or princess yourself!  Well this magical place has more to its beauty, the restraints that are in it are highly rated and a great experience for all.

I wanted to dress up and play tea party (even though it was a breakfast) with Alice and her friends, so off to 1900 Park Fare I went!

Setting

I felt like royalty when from when I entered the place to tell them about my reservation all the way ’till the end when I exited the restaurant feeling great and full of magic!  The decor is amazing with the huge beautiful carousel animals that divide the place up a little.  Also, the chandeliers overhead make it feel like you are dining in a castle or a grand dining hall.

Seating

Seating was the same as a regular restaurant would be.  No special areas or rooms or seats. There were regular tables & then booths along the wall.  I got a booth, the booth stretching from one wall to the other and the tables dividing the people on them.  I have heard of some complaints that the seating is too close together, but I did not find this to be a problem at all.  The characters had plenty of room to interact and take pictures with each table.  The characters do a great job of coming to the center of the tables or drawing the little ones to them so they are not in-between two table at once.

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Food

You’ll love the juice they start you with before taking individual drink orders: a blend of orange, guava and passion fruit!  It was so good that the servers quickly learned to fill my cup up every time they passed by.  I started eating after all of the characters passed, since they all happened to visit me at the very beginning of my meal. One little complain here was that despite the gorgeous settings everywhere, the eating area looked out of place and needs an upgrade.

The buffet was filled with lots of options, but I feel like I didn’t even begin the eat everything before I was full. Kids area was huge with the great options like cereal, yogurt bar, pancakes, Mickey waffles, & more.  Custom omelets, tons of fresh fruit, along with a ham carving station were where my heart was.  Desserts were hot sticky buns, muffins, along with a few other gooey sweet treat and candy that the kids will love.  Don’t miss the Strawberry Soup!

At dinner, the menu is a little more exotic with dishes from different kingdoms – like Japanese green beans, Mongolian beef, Mississippi catfish and more.  But there are plenty of comfort food options for picky eaters too – think mashed potatoes, chicken tenders, mac n cheese, salmon, and ceasar salad!

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Characters

At 1900 Park Fare, you can dine with Alice, Mad Hatter, Tigger, Pooh and Mary Poppins for Supercalifragilistic Breakfast, which is when I visited.  As soon as we were sat down, the characters began to appear.   The first up, Mary Poppins, was such a great experience, we could have talked to her all day!  You can also have fun bouncing with Tigger, telling funny jokes and laughing with the Mad Hatter and being just as silly with Alice.  All the characters walked by and visited for a long time and then later while some tables were being turned they would pop by and play a joke or bop us on the head.  Pooh was waiting to take pictures in the back of the restaurant with Photopass. We did this on the way out, after we were finished with the meal; however, you are allowed to go back there and take your pictures whenever you want.  I loved the backdrop that Pooh had, it made a really great picture!  Pooh is not always the one back there, they do change up.

In the evening, guests experience Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner – complete with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drisella!

Value

This restaurant is Buffet-style, so it’s a great if you want to take your time with your meal, want to eat a lot and fill up (I’m looking at you, teens!), or if everyone in your family likes something different, there is lots to eat for everyone.  If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, a meal here will cost you only 1 Table Service Credit per person.

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ADRs

It’s definitely recommended that you make an Advanced Dining Reservation at 1900 Park Fare.  They serve breakfast, brunch, and dinner.  1900 Park Fare restaurant isn’t as big as some of the others on property so it usually does fill up at 180 day out.  Lots of little princesses like to make a stop here, but lots of little princes will enjoy it as well.

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