by Beth Keating
February 9, 2024
One of the last remaining holdouts from the COVID shutdown era is finally returning! On April 10, 2024, the Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World will be bringing back “1900 Park Fare.” A newly refreshed dining room will be part of the many refurbishments currently taking place at the Grand Floridian, but among the changes will be an update to the cast of characters appearing at the restaurant.
The future characters meeting and greeting at 1900 Park Fare will include Cinderella, Mirabel (Encanto); Aladdin (in his Prince Ali attire); and Tiana (in her “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” outfit). The upcoming theming will be “Wish Upon a Star.” Among the previous characters appearing at the “Supercalifragilistic Breakfast” (before the shutdown) were Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter (and sometimes Winnie the Pooh and Tigger). In the evening, Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters (Anastasia and Drizella) from Cinderella graced the room with their antics, and Prince Charming accompanied Cinderella to visit guests.
Only breakfast and dinner will be served at 1900 Park Fare, and it will be buffet style. The famed and much-missed Strawberry Soup will be returning with the revamp of the restaurant! There will also be updates to the rest of the menu, and some of the new items will be a tip-of-the-hat to the characters appearing during the meals.
One of the décor pieces that did not lose her place with the refurb is “Big Bertha,” the antique organ that has been at the Grand Floridian since 1988. She’ll take her spot among the carousel theming that was also a highlight of the previous version of the eatery.
A brand new mural (pictured above) will greet diners as they return to Park Fare, and there will also be fresh artwork created exclusively for the restaurant by Disney artists. Twelve new pieces will each feature “a different Disney character as they hope, dream and wish upon a star (or even a magic lamp or a wishing well).”
Reservations for 1900 Park Fare open on March 5 at DisneyWorld.com, or on your My Disney Experience App. No word yet on pricing, or whether the meals will be available on the Disney Dining Plan.
Beth Keating is a theme parks, restaurant and entertainment reporter for DisneyBizJournal.
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