If you are looking for a Princess dinner outside of the Disney World Parks, I highly recommend the 1900 Park Fare dinner. This buffet style restaurant is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This dinner buffet
We were seated in the main dining room right next to the buffet and the doors leading to the kitchen. Originally when seated, I will admit that I was somewhat disheartened to be in such a high traffic area, but that quickly changed. We were perfectly placed to watch all of the characters as they made their Grand Entrance and we were the 2nd stop as they made their dining room rounds. I would absolutely choose this seat again.
My girls absolutely loved watching each of the characters come out to greet all of the guests. The night that we went featured Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia. I have heard that Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother have both made appearances at 1900 Park Fare previously.
It was fun to see each character staying true to form, but changing slightly based on how perceptive each table or individual was to them. For example, Lady Tremaine was great with our girls, but made sure to tell me that her hair needed to look the best for the picture. I really enjoyed her. Cinderella was great and so sweet just as you’d imagine she’d be.
Drizella and Anastasia came out separately and they both were great; enough sass to portray the evil stepsister, but still perfect for the younger children.
As we were heading out of the restaurant, we got to witness an engagement. Anastasia and Drizella also witnessed the engagement and their reactions were perfect. They jumped up and down and asked if this newly engaged man if he had anymore rings. It was really neat. Of course, they congratulated them also, but it was truly great to see them, in character, respond to this engagement.
Onto the food…The buffet was made up of 40 food items and they were delicious. They had herb crusted strip loin and hand carved turkey at the carving station. There was a decent sized salad bar and a few soup selections, including Disney’s famous strawberry soup. You MUST try this cold soup when you go to Disney. There were pasta options as well as mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked polenta. The other meat and vegetable options were also really good. Even B gave kudos to the food and he doesn’t venture out of his flavor comfort zone very often.
Due to D and B’s food allergies, the 1900 Park Fare’s chef actually came out and walked me around the entire buffet. We discussed actual ingredients and anything that could have been cross contaminated. He then showed me the safe desserts in regards to peanuts/tree nuts, but also offered to make D anything her little heart desired. Disney really knows how to handle food allergies. As a food allergy momma and wife, you can’t ask for much better when it comes to safety while on vacation.
Overall this was a great experience. We booked our trip well after the 180 day reservation openings had passed and I was bummed that we may not get to experience a princess meal with our girls. But, with 1900 Park Fare being just a short monorail ride from Magic Kingdom, you can easily hop on over for dinner and head back to MK afterwards. I definitely recommend checking them out for dinner.