Thursday, April 2, 2015

Restaurant Review: 1900 Park Fare

By: Lindsey

When we planned our December 2014 trip, we originally had picked a dinner at Yak & Yeti on the day we had tickets to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (watch for a post in the next months!). But on the day before our reservation, while we were already at Disney, we just weren't excited to go. So we pulled out our handy-dandy app and decided to see what else was available.

Obviously the day before a reservation isn't the best time to try to snag a new one. We knew our options would be very limited. We knew we wanted two things: either near or inside Magic Kingdom since we would be headed there later that night and somewhere that we hadn't been before.

Luckily, there was an open reservation at 1900 Park Fare. We had never been there before, nor did we know anyone else who had been. It’s located at the Grand Floridian so we could hop on the monorail to the Christmas Party. We decided to take a chance.

1900 Park Fare is a character buffet. That’s kind of an odd sentence. It’s a buffet in terms of food and the characters come around to your table for picture and autographs. That sounds better. The characters rotate, but on the night we were going it was Prince Charming, Cinderella, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia. You know we love Stepmother and Stepsisters so we were in!

We didn’t have to wait long for our table. They’ll also take your picture in front of their mural after you check-in. If you have the Photopass+, or Memory Maker as it’s also known as, this is a great opportunity to use it! While we were waiting, we took some time to look around the resort. I hope that we have a chance to stay at the Grand Floridian one day. It was spectacular! 

The food on the buffet was good, nothing spectacular to write home about but good, nonetheless. There were different types of food from different places around the world. Don’t let that scare you. It had a large selection of American food, too. They had a lot of options for kids. Anniston loved the strawberry soup. Not sure what is in it, but she loved it!

The characters came around and spent a lot of time with the kids. While this was excellent for the kids, as far as timing went, this was by far the longest character meal we’ve ever had. We had been finished eating dinner and dessert and we still had Lady Tremaine and the sisters left. After waiting about 15 minutes, our waitress came to inform us that the sisters had to leave to go to the Christmas Party. We didn’t get to see them there. That was a bummer.

All-in-all it was a good experience. We are glad we tried it. We got to meet Prince Charming! Anniston was dreamy-eyed. I would caution you if you have a tight schedule, you might want to wait on this one. We were there total about an hour and a half to two hours. It definitely threw us off our schedule a bit.

Also, if you plan to go there for dinner, they also serve breakfast, check to make sure there isn’t a special event that the characters might have to leave to go to. We were so disappointed we didn’t get to meet the stepsisters. We did wait in line to meet them at Magic Kingdom, but we were really hoping for that character meal meet and greet.

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this meal is one table service credit. Here is a link to another review of 1900 Park Fare that contains more information and more pictures.

Have you eating at 1900 Park Fare before? What was your experience like?

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