1900 Park Fare is a character buffet table service restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. For those of you on the Disney Dining Plan, 1900 Park Fare is one Table Service credit; if you aren't on the dining plan expect to fork out up to $60 per person depending on the time of day of your reservation.
1900 Park Fare sticks with the intricate Victorian theming of the Grand Floridian with hints of Mary Poppins and an English tea room (sort of).
You have a variety of options for getting to the restaurant, dependent on where you are coming from. My top route is taking the boat from Magic Kingdom directly to the dock at the Grand Floridian and taking a casual walk through the resort and into the back of the main lobby where the restaurant is situated. You can also take the resort monorail, drive directly to the Grand Floridian and park in the car park, or walk over from the Polynesian.
When you arrive at the restaurant you will check in with the Cast Member on the podium outside of the restaurant and may be asked to take a seat. Both times I have visited, my butt had barely touched the seat before we were called in.
You will be taken through to your table and your server will take your drink order. You are then free to go an explore the buffet.
As I mentioned before, 1900 Park Fare is a character buffet and you can expect to meet Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger throughout your meal. I have experienced with both my visits that the characters came to us almost as we sat down at our table, which meant we were undisturbed for the majority of our meal. One character will be waiting for you at the end of your meal at the exit (which is not the same door you came in through) where a Disney Photopass Photographer will take your photo.
The buffet has pretty standard breakfast items: pancakes, waffles, sausages, eggs, tater tots. But then, surprisingly, also has the likes of gummy bears, whipped cream, doughnuts and bread and butter pudding. 1900 Park Fare is famous for its strawberry soup, a strawberry smoothie concoction that I tried on my last visit!
I do find that for breakfast buffets I tend to go for the same thing and don't tend to eat any more than two smaller plates because the last thing I want to be doing is trudging around with a belly full of a thousand pancakes in the hot August sun.
I have not been for dinner, but you can expect more variety in the food and a complete change of characters. You can meet Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsisters, but please note that characters may be subject to change.
The dinner buffet includes mixed salads, salmon, curried chicken, clam chowder, prime ribs and much more.
The restaurant also has an organ integrated into the wall called Bertha that puts on shows every now and again!
1900 Park Fare is perfect for families with kids, or us big kids who love some good character interaction. Having said that, I have a love hate relationship with 1900 Park Fare. The characters are fabulous and they don't rush you and take as many photos as you want, but the food is just a standard buffet where you could get the same food at a quick service location.
The price is pretty steep if you aren't on the Dining Plan, but I would thoroughly recommend it for families. Smaller children will get such a kick out of having a rare 1-on-1 encounter with the Mad Hatter who is easily the funniest character meet and greet that I have ever had. Mary Poppins is also a rare meet and greet and my dad did fall in love with her a little. But for those of you who are travelling as an adults only group and aren't fussed on characters, then you might want to give this one a miss.