One of my favorites things to discuss is what to eat at Walt Disney World Resorts. Dining in and around “the happiest place on earth” is MY happy place. There are so many incredible options out there, and although we do try to mix things up a bit with each trip we also have some tried & true favorites that we work into our plans each trip. Topping that list for me is 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
We first discovered this fun and delicious buffet-style character meal restaurant about 10 years ago when our oldest was just a toddler. The atmosphere is 100% family friendly, it’s elegantly decorated with a touch of whimsy but is not at all somewhere that you are afraid to rest your elbows on the table or have a cranky little one. Our daughter was in full on Princess obsessive mode and we were always on the hunt for those Disney Princess “wow” experiences. Let’s face it, dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is AMAZING, but pricey. We’ve done it twice now for both of our girls and now the purse strings are tightly drawn. In my opinion, 1900 Park Fare is the Princess PLUS meal and is the best character meal at Walt Disney World. The “Happily Ever After” dinner is fun for both the kids AND the adults. Guests will have a chance to meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and her hysterically hilarious daughters Drisella and Anastasia. Even my Princess loving tot was completely over Cindy and fully in love and giggling away with Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters. These three are incredibly funny, perfectly “in character” and absolutely unforgettable. The meal itself is not to be missed either, this is such a unique buffet with flavors essentially from all around the world. There is truly something for everyone, for the carnivores like me, hit the melt in your mouth carving station. There’s also peel and eat shrimp, steamed mussels, savory butternut squash ravioli, salads and 1900 Park Fare’s signature Strawberry Soup. (Sounds super weird, but give it a shot, it’s surprisingly refreshing.)
A few years ago we were looking to shake things up and decided to try 1900 Park Fare’s “Supercalifragilistic Breakfast (& Brunch)” and have never looked back. (I might have drooled a bit just typing about it.) We aren’t huge fans of starting the day with a big, time consuming character breakfast, we like to get up, eat light and hit the parks early. 1900 Park Fare is an exception to the rule for us. This delicious breakfast/brunch has a decidedly English flair and is wonderful. I want to bathe in their crepes with blueberry sauce, I can’t get enough of their Eggs Benedict and of course Mickey waffles are there waiting to be drenched in warm maple syrup. Just when you thought Strawberry Soup was just for dinner, surprise, it’s delicious in the morning too! The food is our biggest draw, the fresh, unique offerings are satisfying and delicious. The characters, for us, are a fun side benefit while we stuff our faces.
At the “Supercalifragalistic” breakfast guests can chat with Mary Poppins and learn all about her delightful carpet bag. Alice also pops by for a fun, mile a minute chat. She’s so adorable and you just never know what she’s going to come up with. Tigger will bounce by for some fuzzy hugs and guests will have a great photo and hug opportunity with Pooh as they leave the restaurant. Here’s “Fare” warning, the Mad Hatter is also one of the characters chatting up guests throughout breakfast. It seems as though folks either love him or are completely annoyed by him. Just as you’d imagine, he’s intrusive, in your face and says the craziest things. My youngest had so much fun with him while my oldest was freaked out and hid by the Strawberry Soup until he left our table.
Our favorite thing after loading up on our gut busting breakfast is to take the small resort boat from the Grand Floridian over to the Magic Kingdom. We love the less crowded, slower pace, the time to digest and have so much fun laughing about the character shenanigans in the (slightly) cool Florida breeze. It’s a perfect start to our day, and creates memories we will never forget.
What is the character meal that just keeps you coming back for more each time you visit? Tell us in the comments!