A Fresh Look at the Reopened 1900 Park Fare Character Dinner Experience at Walt Disney World

May 09, 2024 in "1900 Park Fare"

1900 Park Fare Character Dinner 2024
Posted: Thursday May 9, 2024 11:15am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Nestled within the elegant surroundings of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 1900 Park Fare offers a whimsical journey back to the early 20th century, coupled with a modern twist on dining and entertainment. Here's a look at what you can expect, from the new dining room and character interactions to the extensive and varied buffet menu.

Pricing and Disney Dining Plan

The buffet at 1900 Park Fare operates on an all-you-care-to-enjoy basis, making it perfect for families and those with varying tastes. The pricing for this dinner experience is set at $66 per adult and $41 per child, not including tax and gratuity. While the price point is on the higher end, the variety and quality of the food and the character interactions provide a value that many find justifiable for a vacation splurge or special occasion. Dinner at 1900 Park Fare will count as one (1) Table-Service Meal on the Disney Dining Plan.

An All-New Look

Everything inside Park Fare has been refreshed for its reopening, including a more upscale look with plush materials in keeping with its location at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Upon entering, guests are immediately drawn to Big Bertha, an antique organ that has been a fixture since 1988. This grand centerpiece adds a vintage charm to the main dining room. The carousel theming is evident from the start, beginning with a vibrant mural at the entrance. This sets a whimsical tone, echoed by drawings of carousel animals inspired by Disney films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Little Mermaid" in the adjoining dining rooms.

Twelve new portraits have been commissioned exclusively for 1900 Park Fare and hang above the main dining room. Each is inspired by impressionist art and features Disney characters engaged in moments of hope and dreams.

Character Meet and Greet

Dinner at 1900 Park Fare features appearances by characters from both classic and contemporary Disney stories, such as Aladdin, Cinderella, Mirabel from Encanto, and Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Tiana is dressed in a brand-new outfit from the upcoming Magic Kingdom attraction, Tiana's Bayou Adventure.

The characters roam around the dining room, visiting each table for playful conversations and posing for photos. A celebration moment takes place each hour to celebrate the power of a wish.

Dinner Buffet Offerings

The dinner buffet at 1900 Park Fare boasts a wide selection of dishes that cater to a wide range of tastes:

Appetizers: Begin with Peel-n-Eat Shrimp and Tiana's signature Gumbo, which is richly flavored with spicy Andouille sausage.

Main Courses: The carving station is a focal point with options like Prime Rib and Curry-roasted Chicken. Baked Salmon with Saffron-Lemon Butter offers a lighter but equally tasty option.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options: Dishes like Impossible™ Merguez Sausage with Zucchini Noodles cater to those with plant-based preferences.

Sides: Accompaniments include Mediterranean Kale Salad, Couscous Salad, and classics like Mashed Potatoes and Glazed Carrots.

Desserts: Indulge in desserts like Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake and the rich, warm Chocolate Cake.

Kid-friendly items such as pizza, macaroni-and-cheese, and vanilla cupcakes ensure that younger guests leave happy.

Specialty Cocktails and Beverages

Alcoholic: The French 75 and Spicy Paloma are just a sample of the crafted cocktails available.
Non-Alcoholic: Options like the Frozen Cappuccino and specialty character drinks ensure there's something special for everyone.

The reopened 1900 Park Fare offers a mix of nostalgia and novelty, making it a great choice for both first-timers and seasoned Disney guests. While it doesn't knock Boma off the top spot for Walt Disney World buffet dining, the extensive menu ensures that all tastes are catered to, while the character experiences add an extra layer of magic to your dining experience. 1900 Park Fare delivers a memorable experience filled with good food, fun, and magical moments with Disney characters.

Are you interested in Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare? Read our first look at its new breakfast buffet.

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WorldExplorerMay 10, 2024

Snow White at least makes some sense with their "theme", but it's still very disappointing since she's the most easily meetable character outside of Mickey and friends. She's regularly available at Storybook Dining, Askersus, Cinderella's Royal Table, on Main Street, and in Epcot in Germany (plus is a potential "visiting princess" in Fairytale Hall). Which, I guess, means it makes sense why she's such an easy to grab backup.

Magicart87May 09, 2024

This place would fare better without the characters, IMHO.

DisneyDreamer08May 02, 2024

I saw in another Disney Facebook group that Cinderella was absent one day recently and Snow White took her place. So it seems Snow White is the back up for everyone.

Grandma KatherineMay 01, 2024

When will they bring back the Perfectly Princess Tea? It was always the highlight of our trips for the granddaughters. We love Rose Petal.

KDM31091Apr 28, 2024

For the prices Disney charges I think it is very reasonable to expect a backup to be in place, especially since we all know we aren't really going for the food in the case of most of these character meals.

Chef idea Mickey`=Apr 28, 2024

Ohh yeah totally! For (any) Prince at a Character Dining is the most unique! Makes me wonder if they don't have a backup in any case means they basically don't take the new* lineup of characters here seriously 🙄 or it doesn't matter really.

DisneyDreamer08Apr 22, 2024

I more meant unique as he is currently the only male face character at a character meal. For female face characters, you have CRT, Akershus, and Storybook Dining. Aladdin is the one and only male face character currently available. Back ups should be in place.

TrojanUSCApr 22, 2024

No, the DDP started well after 9/11. It's nearly always a money loser for guests and a huge money winner for Disney, but people like it as it allows them to feel like it's an all-inclusive trip. Sometimes Disney would offer "free dining" promotions, which came with a dining plan, but you'd be paying essentially the rack rate for the room, so there was little savings.

Chef idea Mickey`=Apr 21, 2024

Mmm. I don't see Aladdin as unique, you can easily find him or meet him at Magic Kingdom. The only unique thing is him wearing his Prince Ali outfit which that alone is unique here!

flyerjabApr 21, 2024

Thanks for the reply. We only ever started going to WDW in 2009. My understanding however, is that the dining plan only started after tourism was negatively impacted by the 9/11 terror attacks. Is that accurate?

TrojanUSCApr 21, 2024

The number of restaurants has improved overall, with Disney Springs adding quite a few good options. The quality of the food at the Disney-owned restaurants was decimated in the late '00s due to the emergence of the Disney Dining Plan. With it, they forced restaurants to cut down menus, use cheaper ingredients, homogenize the sourcing, etc. If people were paying in advance, they had every incentive to make the food cost as cheap as possible to save money. Famously the head of F&B, who had seen taking WDW from a burgers & fries resort to a world class food destination in the 90s/'00s with places like Citrico's, V&As, Jiko, etc left because he didn't like how they were no longer allowing restaurants to manage their own operations and menus, which was a key part to his effort. https://scottjosephorlando.com/dieter-hannig-leaving-walt-disney-world-co/ If you'd have gone to Chef Mickey's 15-20 years ago, for example, you'd have found that nearly every dish was made from scratch in-house (RIP to the homemade parmesan mashed potatoes). Now most things are either Sysco or prepped off-site.

DisneyDreamer08Apr 20, 2024

Exactly. The only male character shouldn’t be absent on day 3. I stand by my 🤦🏻‍♀️ 😂😂

drizgirlApr 20, 2024

The face palm was likely because it was only day 3. You'd think they'd have backups ready. It can't be a surprise that people get sick.