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Old 05-28-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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1900 Park Fare?

My hubby is a HUGE Mary Poppins fan. Any insights into dining experience at 1900 Park Fare? How's the food? Anything unique about it or super fun? Or not fun? The atmosphere? The character interaction? Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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We loved it! The food is pretty good, nothing spectacular, but basically the same all character buffets at WDW. The characters are the best part. The step sisters are funny!
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:07 PM   #3
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Mary poppins is only at breakfast and it is a must do every year for us. My DD is a huge Alice fan, and we think the food is good. It was one of our cheaper character meals last trip too.

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Old 05-28-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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1900 Park Fare is a "must" for us every year -- both b'fast and dinner!

The food is among the best on property. Don't skip the strawberry soup!

But the noise can be deafening. If you can, go early, before things get too intense. Character interaction is good; they take their time to hit every table and pose for pictures and sign autograph books.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:40 PM   #5
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Also my DH favorite breakfast!! We love the food, Mary is VERY charming, and the Mad Hatter scared the crap out of my DH. All the Character interaction has been great. Nearly always a must do for us!
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:51 PM   #6
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I've done quite a few character meals and this is one of my favorites. So far, I think the breakfast food on the buffet is the best I've had on property. I took my niece last year and we both really enjoyed it. The characters were good and didn't seem rushed at the table. Mad Hatter was fun. We were actually the first people there when they opened. They asked my niece to help them open. Everyone had to keep saying supercallif....... Then the doors opened and Mary Poppins came out and escorted us to our table. It was exciting. We had Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Pooh and Piglet. We were there maybe an hour and a half or just under. I wanted to go back on our next trip but there isn't any openings. I did manage to get a ADR for the evening meal and I'm excited about it. I think you should enjoy it.

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Old 05-28-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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If interested in the other characters, it's a good choice. Mad Hatter can be fun and is not always as convenient to find in the MK (comes out near Tea Cups). Food is good but not particularly memorable, so if you are only interested in spending a little time with Mary (also a favorite in our family), she is easy to find in the UK at Epcot, where they also have MP books that make for a fun and unique autographing option if you're really into her...and then the World [Showcase] is your oyster in terms of upgraded dining choices. However, of the property buffets, I would agree with others that 1900 PF is one of the best, if only because of the unique character interactions (dinner is also a lot of fun with Cinderella's stepfamily).
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Our Ratings of 1900 Park Fare (bfast-dinner): (*rev 5/6/2014*)
. . . food price value: C-C
. . . food quality: B-D
. . . food quantity per serving: A-A
. . . food prep speed: A-A
. . . food selection: B-C
. . . seating quantity: B-B
. . . seating comfort: B-B
. . . eatery atmosphere: B-B
. . . eatery convenience: C-C
. . . staff friendliness: C-C
. . . staff attentiveness: B-D
. . . character interaction: B-C

Our Recommendations:
. . . appys: Strawberry Soup
. . . entree: Pork Roast, Citrus-glazed Salmon
. . . dessert:n/a

NOTE1: The breakfast is actually pretty good among WDW character buffets, which
are known for characters and not known for food quality. It is varied and the quality is
well above average. Arguably only second to Tusker House for character breakfasts.
However, try to stay away from the dinner as the quality is below average and easily
termed mediocre. It is good to mention that character interaction is quite good at both
meals. And Grand Floridian surroundings are well above places like Chef Mickey's. It is a
shame the children offerings were not more plentiful. Also, the self-serve ice cream
machine has been removed. Dinner is not as kid-friendly (for food) as it once was.

NOTE2: The character interaction is good, it could be stronger, the ugly-step-sisters
are usually a riot - and I seldom give such character accolades.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:55 AM   #9
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I appreciate the insights - I think we will definitely make ADRs - not long now!! :-)
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:08 AM   #10
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Food is good. Atmosphere is blah thou. That place needs a refurb. Characters are ok. My fave was the mad hatter of course. Its a good place for breakfast, but its not one of my faves.

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Old 05-29-2014, 09:19 AM   #11
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We have only done the dinner,,,we loved the food! Lots of choices! I'm sure the breakfast is just as delicious. I would love to do the Mary Poppins breakfast

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Old 05-29-2014, 10:28 AM   #12
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Food seemed 'ok' at bfast BUT for such a glorious hotel, it seriously feels like a Denny's as far as atmosphere and just feels old. Odd. It was actually my least favorite character dining experience of all of them last trip. Our fav last trip was meeting Mickey and Minnie, goofy at cape may and this was much more enjoyable
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