Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1900 Park Fare Breakfast Review | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort | Walt Disney World

On our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we tried out the 1900 Park Fare Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. 1900 Park Fare is a buffet character experience that serves breakfast and dinner. Breakfast consists of Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter, and Pooh with Tigger. Dinner has a complete different cast of characters, all in the Cinderella family (which includes the Tremaines.)

Our sole reason for booking this breakfast was to meet Mary Poppins because we never get around to meeting her in the parks. I'll bury the lead here and go ahead and tell you that we weren't able to meet Mary Poppins, which put a downer on our experience even though we left with high marks for most aspects.

Before you're seated, please be sure to take a good look at the amazingly beautiful Grand Floridian lobby while you wait. I'll be frank, the theme of the Grand Floridian is not really our cup of tea (pun intended), yet even we absolutely can't leave without marveling at this resort. It really is grandiose and beautiful. The Photopass photograph they take here ended up being our favorite Photopass shot of the trip, too, coincidentally.

There are many good things about this experience. 

1) It's in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, which provides a great excuse to visit the lobby if you're not staying at the resort without using up park or eating time.

2) The decor inside the actual restaurant is very pretty. It reminded us of the inside of a music box.

3) The (breakfast) food here is great! I thoroughly enjoyed the strawberry soup and you can't go wrong with Mickey Waffles.

4) The characters were really great to meet. We met Tigger, Pooh, Alice, and the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter was wonderfully funny and nailed the crazed tempo and accent of the character. 

The downside:

We waited well over an hour to see the above four characters and couldn't wait any longer to visit with Mary Poppins. The characters disappeared for a good 20 minutes without warning. (all of them...) When they returned, they were all very behind on greeting tables, yet the character assistant paid special attention to two large tables who were raising the most fuss. They pulled the characters from other tables to theirs. Then, these few tables got up and followed the characters, interrupting other guests' experiences to get more photos, all the while the character assistant allowed them (and even assisted them) to do so.

When we (and a table near us) raised concern about the wait we were brushed of with a "she'll be there shortly" even though Mary Poppins was in a completely different room. We ended up having to leave to make our fast pass times which were over two hours after our initial reservation time. Obviously, we were aggravated and disappointed that our trip started off on this note.

We learned later in our trip that this isn't the norm for character breakfasts and the character assistants are more commonly extremely helpful, and this is solely a 1900 Park Fare issue. Since there are so many other character dining and breakfast options that vastly outperform this one, we probably won't return.

This is officially not on our recommendation list. There are so many other wonderful places to dine or spend your time. We could've found Mary in the parks for all the time we waited! We're still very happy with the photos, though. :)

Have you ever had a bad character or dining experience at Disney? Do you have a "Note Returning" list? 


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