Read this 1900 Park Fare dinner buffet review before you decide which dinner reservations you’re going to make for your next trip! Plus, 10 tips for having the best experience & what you should do after dinner!
When I was little my family used to vacation at Disney world every summer. We lived a little over an hour away, so travel wasn’t a problem and it was a place that we all enjoyed and could have fun together as a family. My fiance and I are lucky enough to still live close to Walt Disney World so we get to visit a few times a month as annual pass holders.
We’ve gone to most of the restaurants multiple times, and have many tips and tricks to share about going to Disney that I hope will help all the Disney newbies and first timers!
I’ve been going to 1900 Park Fare dinner buffet at The Grand Floridian hotel since I was little. In fact, my earliest memory was when my mom and aunt picked me up from school on my 5th birthday, and we drove straight to the Grand Floridian to have a special birthday dinner at Park Fare. How cool is that?!
Characters at 1900 Park Fare
Over the years, the dinner buffet has been scaled back a little bit, but it’s still one of our favorite options– especially if you want a character dinner. The characters have changed since I was younger, I remember Belle and Beast being there at one point, as well as Tigger and the gang from 100-acre woods. For the last few years, it’s been Cinderella, Prince Charming, Drizella, Anastasia and Lady Tremaine– sometimes the Fairy Godmother makes a special appearance!
Get ready for Lady Tremaine and the step sisters– they really get into character! They yell to each other across the dining room and often ask you prying questions that can put you on the spot in a fun way.
Before my fiance and I were engaged, all three girls asked why I didn’t have an engagement ring yet and when was Travis going to propose? At the time it felt a little awkward but we just played along. Once we did get engaged, they wanted to know our Disney engagement story and tips for how they could find their own prince charming!
I’ve even seen a few young boys “propose” to the step sisters & they always accept, it’s really funny.
My favorite part of eating at 1900 Park Fare, is when Cinderella and Prince Charming dance together in the middle of the ballroom. They dance every hour or so, so I think you have a good chance of seeing it no matter what time your reservations are. It’s so sweet and magical. Especially with all the little girls and boys gathering around them to watch in awe. You can watch this video I took a few years ago of them dancing if you don’t want to wait to see it in person!
If you’re going to 1900 Park Fare for the dinner buffet and don’t want to be bothered by the characters, that’s fine too. The characters can definitely take a hint. When they first approach the table and you don’t jump up to take a picture or interact with them, they generally will take the cue from you and move on to the next table after a quick hello/goodbye.
1900 Park Fare Buffet Dinner Review
Now for the good stuff– the food!
We really enjoy the food at 1900 Park Fare. There’s a lot to choose from and there’s no reason that you should leave hungry! This is the current dinner menu at 1900 Park Fare.
Tips for Dining at 1900 Park Fare Dinner Buffet
- Make a reservation 3-6 months in advance–– the best times fill up quickly. We prefer early reservations around 5pm.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before your reservation and request a table in the center of the dining room. You want to be up close for Cinderella and Prince Charming’s special dance. You’ll also be closer to the buffet which is always a plus.
- Don’t skip the character photo at the entrance of the restaurant in front of the mural. It used to be an extra $35 to buy it, now it’s included with your photo pass!
- Have cameras charged and ready to go. As soon as the character stops at your table, get up and pose your pictures. They spend adequate time with each table but they’re on rotation and have to keep moving.
- Have autograph books open to the page you want signed and make sure you have a pen handy.
- Ask the characters questions about themselves– they’re required to stay in character the whole time they speak to you. Example – we asked Cinderella about Gus Gus the mouse, and she said he was at home taking a nap after eating way too much cheese this morning! Ha!
- After dinner, go take a seat outside in the main hall and listen to the live piano music. If you’re there during Christmas– you’re in for a treat!
- Find out what time the fireworks are at the Magic Kingdom that night and plan your dinner reservations accordingly. You can watch the firework display from the Grand Floridian beach and boat dock which is behind the hotel.
- If you get out there early enough, you might catch some of the Disney movie that they play on the beach every night. Last time we went to dinner at 5pm-6:30pm, went out to the beach for the movie at 7pm and stayed until the firework show at 9pm. What a great night-cap! When you arrive, ask for the movie times at the front desk so you can plan it out!
- If you have time to spare, it’s always fun to ride the monorail around and visit the other hotels on the loop. We also love to ride the monorail over to the Contemporary to watch the fireworks from their outside back deck.
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