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We love character meals and try to do one on each of our trips. However, when I booked 1900 Park Fare, my husband and son thought I was crazy. You see, this is a character meal with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and the 2 stepsisters. Neither one of them wanted to do a princess meal. However, it turned out better than expected and was a great experience. This is my review of 1900 Park Fare.
The decor of 1900 Park Fare is a seamless blend of three similar, yet different, themes: the formal grandeur of the Grand Floridian, the beauty and elegance of Cinderella, and the whimsy of Mary Poppins. The decor is light and airy with a sense of gracefulness and sophistication. It does not feel stuffy or overly formal however. While the feel of the restaurant makes you want to use your best manners, you won’t feel uncomfortable dining in your shorts and t-shirts. There are a few nods to both Cinderella and Mary Poppins throughout. The decor feels appropriate for the characters that appear there.
1900 Park Fare is located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort. It is tucked away in a corner off of the main lobby. The decorations in the restaurant definitely match the feel of the rest of the Grand Floridian Resort. Because the Grand Floridian is located on the Magic Kingdom Monorail Loop, this restaurant is pretty easy to reach using Disney transportation. You can either take the monorail or a boat from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian. From Disney Springs or another park, you can take the Grand Floridian bus. To reach this restaurant from another Disney resort, you will need to take a bus to one of the parks and then transfer to the Grand Floridian. The Magic Kingdom is the easiest park to transfer at because of the multiple forms of transportation available.
The food at 1900 Park Fare is served buffet style and is all-you-can-eat. They are open for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, you will find traditional breakfast items such as omelettes, pancakes, french toast, muffins, bacon, and Mickey waffles. You can also expect to find salmon, ham, and the restaurant’s signature Strawberry Soup. For dinner, the buffet features kid-friendly items such as pizza, hot dogs, mac-and-cheese, and chicken nuggets. You will also see such offerings as mashed potatoes, butternut squash ravioli, salmon, pork pot stickers, chicken marsala, pasta alfredo, conch chowder, and sushi rolls. The Strawberry Soup is also available at dinner. The dessert buffet include things like mini cheesecakes, fruit tarts, and chocolate mousse.
The food at 1900 Park Fare is good. I wasn’t blown away by it though. It was typical buffet food which was good but not great. The one exception to this was the Strawberry Soup. It was delicious! I could have drank it by the gallon. I was disappointed with the number of options available on the buffet however. It seemed like, compared to some of the other Disney buffets, that there weren’t many dishes available. The buffet line was full, but it was just not very big. I expected there to be more offerings.
This is a character meal, meaning that while you dine, several characters will come by your table to sign autographs, talk with your family, and take pictures. During breakfast, Mary Poppins, Alice, and the Mad Hatter are present. During dinner, the characters are Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and the 2 stepsisters. Sometimes, the Fairy Godmother will also appear at dinner.
We had dinner at 1900 Park Fare. My son LOVED the character interaction! Drizella and Anastasia stole the show for us! We thought they were hysterical! Prince Charming was polite, but not hugely entertaining. Cinderella really didn’t have much to say. She just took the picture, signed his autograph book, and went about her way. Lady Tremaine was as stuffy and formal as you would imagine her to be. She asked my son which of her daughters he planned to marry. He wasn’t sure how to answer that!
When my son told Drizella that she was his favorite, she squealed loudly and jumped up and down. She said that Anastasia would be so mad that her face would turn as red as her hair! When Anastasia came by, he told her that he liked Drizella better. She screamed loudly and acted as if she was furious. He thought it was the funniest thing he had ever seen. As soon as we left, he asked if we could eat here again on our next trip! Both of the stepsisters really played up their parts. At times, we saw them picking on each other from across the restaurant. They were some of the best characters we’ve ever seen!
If you have a Cinderella fan in your party, this is a great place to see her, especially if you aren’t able to book a table at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Because 1900 Park Fare is located outside of the parks, it is easier to get a reservation here than the other princess meals. Plus, this will allow you to see Cinderella without having to wait in line at her meet-and-greet spot in the Magic Kingdom. However, please be aware that Cinderella is the only princess that you will find here.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
1900 Park Fare participates in the Disney Dining Plan. It is one table-service credit per person. For us, this was a decent use of our credits. Character meals tend to be pricey, so we felt we were getting our money’s worth with the dining plan. If you are paying out-of-pocket, breakfast will cost you between $15-30 per adult. Dinner will run you between $30-60 per adult. However, it is all-you-can-eat, so you can at least make sure that everyone in your party gets plenty to eat.
We are big fans of meeting the characters. We typically do one character meal each trip, but usually don’t do princess meals. My son loved this place however! Drizella and Anastasia were hilarious. They turned this princess meal into a funny display of sibling rivalry. None of us walked away feeling like we had just dined with the princesses. We will do this one again because the character interaction with the stepsisters was that good! It is a great character meal for boys and girls. I would recommend 1900 Park Fare to anyone who wants to have a good laugh at dinner. It is also a great place to go for anyone who really wants to ham it up with the characters. For a look at the menu, see allears.net. For help planning your trip, see my step-by-step guide, quick tips, and best resources. Happy travels!