Thursday, March 13, 2014

1900 Park Fare ~ A Royal Review

Every trip to Walt Disney World, we attempt to try at least one new dining spot, if not two.  Last trip, we were lucky enough to enjoy a dinner at 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort for the first time.  This character meal was a lot of fun, and I can say we all truly enjoyed the selection of food, especially the desserts!  Of course, my girls were quite excited to dress up in their favorite princess costumes and couldn't wait to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming.

When you arrive at 1900 Park Fare, you check in to let them know you have arrived.  We had a very short wait between checking in and being seated.  We were directed to a photo area. Unlike the other princess meals we have experienced, there is no character in the photo, but still, I really love getting photos of the entire family.  These were then brought around to our table while we were eating, and of course, I purchased the photo package.   The photos were presented in a 1900 Park Fare folder.  This included a large photo, along with several smaller ones and a recipe card for their signature Strawberry Soup.  On the back of the folder is a brief overview of carousels in America with the title "The Year is 1900, the golden age of the carousel in America."  

After our photo was taken, we were lead through the dining room to our table.  The meal was a buffet, so our server took our drink order and then gave us an overview of where to find plates and some of the highlights of the buffet.  She also explained how the characters would be coming around to our table.  The characters that night were Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Anastasia and Drizzella.  Lady Tremaine was there, but she never made it to our table.  Our spot was a bit awkward to get photos, but that didn't damper the fun with each of the characters.  Drizella was particularly fond of Joey, the one member of our family who had no desire to be at a princess meal.  As soon as she started talking to him in an attempt to get a proposal, his face turned about as red as the strawberry soup!  But she soon let up when he told her he did not own a castle!

I loved this particularly buffet!  I am a huge fan of salmon and I was not disappointed with this citrus glazed option.  My husband really enjoyed the Guinness stew.  I think Joey's eyes almost popped out of his head when he saw they had peel and eat shrimp.  I think he could have eaten the entire platter had we let him!  We were both excited to see that sushi was also an option, and we were sure to enjoy our share of that!  There were more varieties of salads than I could have tried at one sitting, but the ones I did taste were delicious!  From pasta to ribs to potatoes to soup, there was something for everyone.  Even the pickiest of eaters could find something here to enjoy.  The kids had their own section of the buffet that included chicken drumsticks, pasta and sauce and pizza.  I was not particularly excited about Emily eating pasta and sauce in her Snow White dress, but luckily, her dress stayed clean.  We'll chalk that up to Disney magic at work!  Needless to say, my children were quite satisfied by the end of their meal.

Now for the desserts, let me just say, I could have eaten solely from the dessert section of the buffet, though I will admit I have a bit of a sweet tooth!  There were so many choices and I loved every single one of them ... yes, I tried them all!!  Even better most were one or two bite desserts and each one was as good as the next.  There were mini cheesecakes, chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, key lime tarts and, Hayley's favorite, fresh fruit to name a few options.  I am not a fan of carrot cake, but my dad said the carrot cake was delicious, and I would actually consider him a carrot cake expert!

I am so happy we made the decision to try out 1900 Park Fare.  I loved the setting and our character interactions were quite fun, especially with the sisters!  Everyone in our family left full and satisfied by the food choices.  And of course, we were just a monorail ride away to bring my two princesses to the Magic Kingdom for the Main Street Electrical Parade.  With them all dolled up as Cinderella and Snow White, they received a lot of extra attention.  Would we go back to 1900 Park Fare?  My parents, my husband, my girls and myself would all say yes.  Joey is a firm no, but that is because he is apparently in a stage of total rebellion against princesses .... though that may have more to do with the amount of princess things we have around here at home that his sisters are always trying to "share" with him!

Have you experienced 1900 Park Fare? I would love to know what you think of it!


Maureen Litz- Diehl-Brown said...

I enjoyed the buffet and LOVED the characters.. my daughter had a special dance with Prince Charming.. memories abundant! One thing I was not found of was the room or setting.. It felt like a common catering all and felt like we were packed in like sardines... I would say that was my only disappointment.. ~Maureen (Two Moms and a Mouse)

Beth D. said...

I would agree on the decor of the room. It felt more cafeteria style than royal reception. :-)

Lucinda said...

My family enjoyed dinner at 1900 Park Fare for my daughter's 8th birthday and we've been there for breakfast a couple times as well. We've always enjoyed the character interactions whether for breakfast or dinner. They're so much fun! I love everything about it. As a gluten-free diner, I feel completely spoiled by the chefs here. Plenty of great dishes to fill up on.

Beth D. said...

I would love to try the breakfast one trip! The character line up looks like a lot of fun. I had no idea about the gluten free dishes, but that is great to know!!