If you’re going to Disney in hopes of meeting some of your favorite characters, then a character dining experience is a must! This is especially true if you have kids, but even as adults who just really love Disney, it’s a must for us too.
Chef Mickey’s, which is located inside the Contemporary Resort, is arguably the most popular and widely known character dining experience at Walt Disney World. And for good reason: you get to dine with the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) while noshing on a buffet with the monorail whizzing by above your head.
But, it’s really dang hard to get reservations at Chef Mickey’s.
So what’s a character loving fan to do?
Go to 1900 Park Fare, I say! Located in the lower level of the lobby of the Grand Floridian, it’s an easy ride on the monorail to get there easily, and reservations are much easier to come by.
True, you’ll get a rotating cast of characters, rather than the Fab Five, but if you’re OK with surprise, why not?
As you can see even from the sign hanging over the entrance, 1900 Park Fare is themed like a Victorian carousel, complete with life sized carousel horses next to the tables.
I was absolutely enchanted by the decor alone just walking in. We dined here for breakfast, so when we were seated, there was already a pot of coffee and mugs on the table. Like Chef Mickey’s, this is a freestyle buffet, so everything is included in the price of admission.
The food options on the buffet were plentiful: waffles, French toast, an omelet station, a breakfast fajita station, pastries, and more.
I decided to get the Mickey waffles, along with scrambled eggs, spicy potatoes, and a croissant. Oh, and bottomless coffee, of course! 😉
My husband is a much more adventurous eater than I am, and he got smoked salmon, fresh guacamole, biscuits and gravy, eggs, and French toast. He also fell in love with the tropical juice blend they served, which was a mixture of guava, orange, and mango juices. I personally did not care for it.
A lot of food snobs will knock the Disney character dining buffets, as they argue the food is sub par for what you pay, but I disagree. Our breakfast was $30 per person, and considering the amount of face time we got with so many cool characters, I thought that was a steal!
Plus I really enjoyed the food. The scrambled eggs were especially delicious, which is good since those are easy to mess up.
But my favorite part of the whole dining experience was having the characters make loops around the floor greeting us with hugs and photos and autographs.
Have you dined at 1900 Park Fare? If so, who did you meet, and what did you think?