Is 1900 Park Fare Still Worth The Splurge In Disney World?

After nearly four years, 1900 Park Fare has finally reopened at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! But, things aren’t exactly how they used to be… The popular character dining restaurant now features an updated space, new character meet-and-greet opportunities, and NEW food and drink options (plus a few old favorites!). So, is 1900 Park Fare still a must-do dining experience for any Disney World vacation? We recently gave it a try and are ready to share our FULL 1900 Park Fare review!

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About 1900 Park Fare

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience at Disney World, 1900 Park Fare is a great option. This restaurant is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which is one of the most luxurious resorts on Disney property. The restaurant is situated on the first floor of the resort near The Grand Floridian Cafe and features a brand new look and menu since reopening in April 2024.

Offering a delicious breakfast and dinner buffet, the restaurant is themed to take you back to the early 20th century with carousel and Disney princess details that encourage you to “embrace the power of a wish.” And, of course, Big Bertha (a turn-of-the-century organ from France that has been at the resort since 1988) can still be found in the dining room!

1900 Park Fare Review

Overview & Pricing

  • Meals Offered: Breakfast: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Dinner: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Breakfast costs $54 per adult and $34 per child; Dinner costs $66 per adult and $41 per child
  • Type of Meal: Character Dining
  • Cuisine: American, Buffet
  • Disney Dining Plan: The Standard Disney Dining Plan can be used at 1900 Park Fare. The meal costs 1 table service credit per person.
  • Advance dining reservations are highly recommended and can be made through the My Disney Experience app or by visiting Disney’s website

Atmosphere & Theming

Stepping into the 1900 Park Fare lobby is stepping into elegance — pretty fitting for Disney’s Grand Floridian! Walking through the double doors to the lobby, you’ll see it’s been refreshed with an upscale style, updated couches, carousel-themed wallpaper, and Disney-themed paintings.

Then, stepping into the dining room, you’re welcomed by whimsical decor and impressionist-style artwork featuring classic Disney characters and your favorite Disney Princesses lining the walls.

1900 Park Fare Review

The color hues throughout the restaurant provide a light and airy ambiance, with light blues, whites, and shades of pink. Keep in mind that 1900 Park Fare is one big dining room. So you’ll likely have to navigate around quite a few tables to get to and from the buffet depending on where you’re seated.

Character Dining Experience

One of the biggest changes to 1900 Park Fare since reopening is the characters you can meet! In the past, guests were able to see Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, and Winnie the Pooh for breakfast. And, during dinner, you could meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella. But, these characters are no longer available. Instead, there’s a brand new lineup!

Now, you’ll be greeted by Aladdin in his Prince Ali outfit…

…Mirabel from Encanto


…and Princess Tiana in her new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure outfit throughout your meal! Each character will come to your table at some point during your dining experience to say hi, pose for photos, and sign autographs.

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Each table is also given a Wish Card when seated which includes all of the character autographs and a spot to write down something that you wish for. Be sure to fill it out because the characters just might ask you about it when they see you! And, roughly every hour, the dining room comes together for a wishing celebration narrated by the one and only Jiminy Cricket.

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Getting to 1900 Park Fare

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is located near Magic Kingdom. So, if you’re staying on Disney property, there is an abundance of options for getting to your dining reservation.

For guests with a car, anyone with a dining reservation can park at the resort up to two hours before your reservation time. All that you need to do is to tell the security guard you have a dining reservation. They will confirm it, and off you go!

For those using the Disney transportation systems, there are three ways to reach the Grand Floridian:

  • Monorail – Take the monorail from Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, or Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center
  • Disney Bus Transportation – Disney Bus Transportation is provided from all resorts to Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs. From there, you can make your way to the Grand Floridian Resort by bus, monorail, or boat
  • Disney Boat Transportation – Boat transportation is provided from Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian
  • Walking Trail – A walking trail connects Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian. The walk takes approximately 15-20 minutes
  • Rideshare services and Minnie Vans are also available

Don’t let Disney transportation be the reason that you miss your dining reservation! Be sure to allow extra time for travel. We recommend making your way to the restaurant about ninety minutes before your dining reservation.

Dinner Menu

The culinary team at Walt Disney World has worked hard to showcase an elegant, one-of-a-kind buffet, and it shows! The food offerings at 1900 Park Fare are not your standard Disney buffet food — no French fries or burgers here!

Instead, elevated offerings such as salmon, a prime rib carving station, carrots, peel-and-eat shrimp, and Princess Tiana’s famous gumbo round out the dinner menu here. And, of course, we can’t forget the strawberry soup! This fan-favorite dessert is BACK for both breakfast and dinner.

While 1900 Park Fare is open for breakfast and dinner, we dined here during the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. So, let’s take a look at all the options lining the buffet!

Appetizers and Entrees:

  • A variety of bread, crackers, and assorted fruits and cheeses
  • Peel-n-Eat Shrimp
  • A salad bar with a large variety of dressings and toppings
  • Broccoli Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Prime Rib
  • Carved Ham
  • Green Beans
  • Baked Salmon in a Saffron Butter Sauce
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Curry Roasted Chicken
  • Impossible Sausage
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Tiana’s Gumbo and Rice
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Roasted Garlic Sausage

Childrens Offerings:

  • Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Corn
  • Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Dessert Offerings:

  • Strawberry Soup
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Fudge Brownie
  • Warm Chocolate Cake
  • Grand Floridian Financer
  • Toasted Coconut Cake with Passionfruit Custard

Keep in mind that soda, juice, coffee, and tea are all included in the price of your meal. However, specialty cocktails, zero-proof cocktails, and coffees are also available for an additional price.

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Theming and Characters

Dinner service at 1900 Park Fare starts at 4PM, and we arrived for our dining reservation at 4:30PM. We checked in through the My Disney Experience app and were quickly notified that our table was ready.

From the moment we walked into the lobby of the restaurant, fantastic Cast Members greeted us and were fully embraced in the upscale ambiance and the journey through wishes. And, the quaint and clean dining room and the elevated food options set 1900 Park Fare above other Walt Disney World buffets for us.

Throughout our meal, our character interactions were lengthy, engaging, and much more intimate than any engagements guests would find at a basic meet-and-greet within the theme parks. We even got to interact with all four characters twice! Each character got down to our toddler son’s level, giving him time to share the experience with them.

Food and Drink

Soft drinks, teas, and juices are included in your dining price, but additional drinks are available. And — of course — we had to try some! We chose the Gold Rush Cocktail and the Strawberry Rose Spritz. The Gold Rush cocktail was a good cocktail for any bourbon lover. Whereas, the Strawberry Rose Spritz left something to be desired. We felt that it could have used a little more flavor and would skip these extra drinks if we returned to 1900 Park Fare in the future.

1900 Park Fare Review

On the other hand, the food was fantastic! As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” this menu spoke to us much more than any other buffet in Disney World. Some of our favorites were the Baked Salmon, Prime Rib, Focaccia Bread, Tiana’s Gumbo, and the famous Strawberry Soup.

The kids’ offerings were enough to satisfy any young ones while also giving them a chance to try something new.

The desserts were the perfect size, with enough variety to not overwhelm you with choices but also hit everyone’s sweet spot.

We tried everything the buffet offered, and we enjoyed it all!

Is Dining at 1900 Park Fare Worth It?

We loved our dinner at 1900 Park Fare and would gladly return. Though the price is high, it aligns with other character dining options around Walt Disney World. For two adult dinners and two cocktails, our bill came out to $175. No Annual Passholder discounts or Disney Vacation Club discounts are available right now. This is to be expected at any new restaurant in Disney World, as discounts usually become available after the first year it’s been open.

When considering the price of a character dining experience, consider the time you save from having to wait in line for an in-park meet-and-greet experience. Though the price is hefty, is avoiding the lines, being in the air conditioning, and eating a great meal worth the upcharge? In our experience, we’d say yes (especially with little ones)!

So, while the cost of dining here makes it more of a spot to celebrate a special occasion, 1900 Park Fare is still worth a try if you’re willing to splurge a little!


Have you dined at 1900 Park Fare now that it has reopened? Give us your 1900 Park Fare review on the newly updated dining experience in the comments!

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