Is Dinner At 1900 Park Fare Really That Bad?

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  1. jwfla422

    jwfla422 DIS Veteran/Philly Native

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    LOL...yeap agreed, I like buffets but not this one (at dinner) and NOT CM, HOWEVER that being said I do really like their breakfast buffet (but can't say the same for CM's breakfast buffet, don't like that either).:thumbsup2

    I think the majority (not all of course) of the dinner buffets in WDW aren't quite as good as the breakfast buffets, now that's just my opinion but a good observation.;)
     
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  3. Yelloweaver

    Yelloweaver Earning My Ears

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    My DH really liked the food there. There are a lot of choices and everything tasted very good.

    The only thing, I would book our dinner earlier than 8pm, my 5 year old was falling asleep at the table and couldn't enjoy Cinderella or any of the other characters.
     
  4. steeners81

    steeners81 Mouseketeer

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    You aren't going to find the best food on Disney property here but I enjoyed the food. We go for the character interaction, we love the stepsisters, and I would definitely say it is better then other buffets (Chef Mickeys :) )
     
  5. Tink_Or_Belle

    Tink_Or_Belle <font color=blue>Want to come to my High Meat part

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    it was my kids favorite Character meeting but the food was so bad that we met the characters , left and went to a counter service place instead.
     
  6. NJAmanda

    NJAmanda Mouseketeer

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    We eat here on every trip for dinner and really enjoy it. It is one of our must do dinners each time. The options are great, the food is good, our waiter has always been pleasant, and the kids love the characters:). I would say give it a try and see how you like it! Have a great trip!!
     
  7. ThisIsJason

    ThisIsJason DIS Veteran

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    Don't know. Never made it in the door this past May. Checked in 15 minutes early, an hour after our ressie time, still hadn't been paged. Went and asked what was up, and was told they skipped us, and it would be another 40-50 minutes for a table.
     
  8. SRiley1985

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    What?! I would have demanded the next table. It's not your fault you were skipped. That is terrible customer service.
     
  9. ThisIsJason

    ThisIsJason DIS Veteran

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    Oh, I complained. Was more or less told by the lady to 'take it or leave it'. Went back to CSR, had dinner at Maya Grill, after that went to service desk, told them what had happened, just to let someone know. Guy I talked with there gave us six fastpasses for any ride, and $75 gift card. More than enough, and I didn't ask for anything, just wanted to let someone know.
     
  10. AlohaPolynesian

    AlohaPolynesian DIS Veteran

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    Okay, just returned and ate here last week.

    Character interaction here is awesome. My nieces loved it. Unfortunately the food selection IMO was pretty bad. What did look appetizing never tasted very good. Bummer!

    But, to each their own so try it if you are still thinking about it!
     
  11. LovingDisney2012

    LovingDisney2012 All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust!

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    Thanks for the input everyone :) I love being able to come here and get honest opinions.
     
  12. elaine amj

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    We really enjoyed it. I went here with low expectations - mainly just for the characters. The characters were a bit of a bust for us - my kids are not familiar enough with Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters. It was very loud and they heard maybe half of what each said - and not knowing them well, pretty much everything they said went over their heads and they didn't get the jokes, sarcasm, etc.

    Our server was ok, a little slow but very helpful.We were too full to eat much dessert and he actually helped my DH pack a few cookies and apples for later.

    We REALLy enjoyed the food - so much so that i would consider returning just for the food. While it wasn't a transcendal experience (this IS a buffet after all!), we enjoyed most things we tried. DH and I appreciated the ariety of options, especially the "non-traditional cuisine" like sushi, interesting salads, several soups, curries, etc. There was 1 curry I fell in love with (I grew up eating curry, love it, and always miss it).

    My kids were very happy with the child options. The pizza was one of the best Disney pizzas in WDW - I almost finished the slice I was planning to taste. The crust was actually decent and it had flavour. My DH went into ecstasy over the fruit - they were fresh and sweet that day. (To be fair, wed been on DDP for a looonnngg time by then and salads and fruits were VERY enticing).

    The only thing that I didn't care as much for was the famous strawberry soup. Yes, it was very good - but I wasn't about to waste stomach space on what was basically a strawberry smoothie that I could get for a snack credit anytime!

    I think if you just want traditional American food, you would bypass a LOT of options on this buffet and perhaps not be as happy. This was like a mini Boma to us because of the different ethnic foods.
     
  13. kimber11

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    We were there on Wednesday January 30th 2013 for dinner. The character interactions were wonderful, however, I was not all that impressed with the food. The wait staff was very busy that night and we hardly saw them at our table at all. It was our first time at Disney and out of our 7 different table service meals while there, it was one of my least favourite. My favourite was definitely the Be Our Guest dinner, where we also got to meet the beast. We didn't do the Cinderella Royal Table b/c of the reviews I read recommending going to 1900 Park Fare. Next time we might have to use the 2 dining credits and try the Royal Table instead.
     
  14. meredith1

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    To us, it was really terrible. It was really greasy and not much in the way of variety. We just didn't like it at all-food wise.
     
  15. sleepydog25

    sleepydog25 Been here awhile

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    The variety of comments just goes to show the various tastes and experiences one has dining just about anywhere. One bad night out of ten doesn't help those diners on that one off night in a particular restaurant, nor should it exclude all those diners who catch the place on all the good days. I've been to 1900 PF three times, and each time I've been fortunate in that the food was warm, generally quite tasty, and service was very good. So, I'd have to go with the camp of those who say they liked it. ;)
     
  16. lissawynn

    lissawynn I drink Coke with everything.<br><font color="deep

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    Yes, it's that bad. Our server couldn't be bothered to refill our drinks or clear the dirty dishes from our table. The buffet choices were not those reflected on the online menu. We were seriously disappointed in the food. Our kids still talk about how bad it was. However, the character interaction was fantastic. The show stealers were the step-sisters and step-mother. They were hilarious and made of for the lousy food.
     
  17. Lynno222

    Lynno222 Earning My Ears

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    We just ate there Friday (2/8) night and it was quite good. The roast beef was cooked perfect. (I prefer Med rare) All the cold salads were delicious. Salmon & sushi were very fresh tasting. My daughter loved the kid offerings. Strawberry soup was yummy too. I really do believe it must just depend on the day since the reviews are so mixed.
     
  18. jesswindsor

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    My opinon is this: The food at any character meal is standard buffet food that you can find anywhere. The food is usually okay, with a thing or two that is pretty good, and a few things that is not so good, with everything else kinda Meh! And it is more expensive that a normal Buffet, but this is a characters meal, and people usually go for the characters and the food isn't why they go. My advice to anyone that is wanting to go to a Character meal for the food alone, is to try somewhere else. If you are going to a character meal for the characters don't expect the food to be at the same level as other table service restaurants.
     
  19. autumnpalm

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    The last time we ate at 1900PF for dinner was in 2009, but food-wise, it was one of the worst buffet experiences we've had at WDW.

    We did have amazing character interaction, though, and have wonderful memories of our dinner there. I would go once for the character interaction (if you are interested in Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters) but probably wouldn't return.
     
  20. 6jewels

    6jewels Earning My Ears

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    Food was the same as years before. The characters last year were not as friendly as 2011
     
  21. meowmarie

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    We went last week and we didn't think it was bad, it was your average buffet food. All was hot or cold as needed to be, very fresh. It wasn't gourmet, but we had been before and didn't expect it to be. They had peel and eat shrimp and my girlfriend and I gorged on it lol. My husband gorged on sushi rolls which I do not remember them having before. It was 8pm and we hadn't eaten since our 11am BOG lunch so we were really hungry at that point! Hopefully that didn't skew our opinion. :laughing: But seriously we had a great time, love the character interaction here. Would do it again if DD wanted. My guess is she'll be too old to appreciate it the next time we make it to the world. :sad:

    ETA: I don't know if all the buffet places at WDW do this, but we liked that all the kids food was served on low counters. DD felt very special being able to pick and serve herself. Kids get Mickey shaped plates as well.

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    Food pictures found on a Disney blog and totally representative of what we had...

    http://www.keystothemagictravel.com/2012/05/1900-park-fare-dining-review.html
     

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