A delightful dinner at 1900 Park Fare

jenjie

New member
This was probably the meal I was most looking forward to. We wanted to do a princess meal but we enjoy a good bit of snark with our dinner. I had heard some things about this Cinderella dinner- that Cinderella and the prince are boring, but the Tremaines are a riot. That the food was so-so. One thing I had forgotten was that they take your picture before entering the dining room.

The Grand Floridian is very impressive. There are many couches and chairs arranged in pleasant seating arrangements. There was a band playing different Disney songs. DH felt out of place but there were plenty of other families straight from the parks. DH had asked if we needed to back to our resort and change but I said no.

If you've read the Dis, you may have heard of Miss Lynn, an older lady who visits the GF and enjoys listening to the music. I went over and chatted with her a few minutes. As she told me, teddy bears help her feel young.

When our buzzer went off, they talked to us about taking a picture. Uhoh! You see, we had been out in the rain and weren’t exactly photo-ready. The mom from the next family looked at me with the same horrified expression. :RpS_scared: Surprisingly the photo didn’t look all that bad, but we chose not to purchase it.

We were celebrating DS14’s birthday. Our server brought him a laminated placemat autographed by all of the 1900 Park Fare characters. Later she brought ds14 a big happy birthday cupcake. She told us we only needed to be concerned about waiting at the table when the characters were at the next table over.

The characters take their time at each table, and every so often they would break out into antics. “Motherrrrrr!” One of the stepsisters was proposed to while we were there. It was a big event! Several times the characters would be announced. At one point they had everyone celebrating a birthday stand up while they played Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. There was a dance at one point. Cinderella took a child by the hand and started gracefully waltzing. Drizella took another child and bounced around in a circle. She looked like she had taken dancing lessons from Tigger.


I had talked to the kids about talking to the characters. DS14 out of nowhere decided to be Mr. Sociable but he asked questions that were maybe not the most appreciated. The characters were very gracious and I realized how quick they on their feet they need to be.

The characters:

Cinderella – she asked dd if she was here with princes or pirates. She told DS14 he was just the right age for marrying and she would put in a good word with one of her stepsisters.

Prince – DS14 – “Who does your hair? It doesn’t look good.”
Prince – “I let the mice do my hair today.” DH and I wanted to crawl under the table and the prince said something admirable about honesty. I asked where he learned to be so charming, because my son needed lessons. He said he learned everything from the duke. Then gave ds a quote about not comparing yourself to others, but improving yourself each day.

Lady Tremaine took the kids’ autograph books and said, “Would you like me to increase the value of your book?” She asked DS to think about proposing, and dd to come clean house for her.

Drizella – first, she came up to the table next to us and said, “I hope you’re enjoying everything EXCEPT Cinderella.” When she came up to us, DS14 again had to open his mouth because he asked if she was the maid. “Your dress looks like a maid’s outfit.”
Drizella – “OH no, I’m not a maid. Maids wear gloves. Cinderella is the maid, not me. You know Prince Charming stole our maid, now she’s his maid.”

Anastasia – you know, she was really sweet. Not what I was expecting. There were two little princesses at the next table who had visited BBB. She commented on their pixie dust and told them to be careful not to bump their heads on the ceiling if they went flying.
She was just chatting with the kids while she signed their books and all of a sudden started poking ds14. DS - “why are you poking me?” “You’re poking him!” She pokes him some more. “"Do it, do it, do it!” Why do you keep poking your brother?" DS7 wants to ask her something and ds14 is egging him on. Anastasia asks DS7, “Did you want to ask me to marry you?” He blurts out, “No, marry DS14!” DS14 was like,” nonononono!!!! “ and we all cracked up laughing.

I forgot Anastasia also had a conversation with DD about her bracelet. She has a rubber bracelet that says "I love you more", from a Matthew West song. Anastasia was joking that if a guy says I love you and you aren't quite ready to commit, you can just kind of flick your wrist with the "I love you more" bracelet. She seemed pretty amused with herself.
We were too.

This was a time consuming meal but it was a lot of fun.

Oh, the food? Very good. There were some good choices on the buffet. My favorite was some kind of beef stew with sliced potatoes on top. There was a corn chowder that I didn’t care for. DH had quite a bit of shrimp. DS7 loved the fact that there was a big bowl of gummy bears on the dessert table.

I’m sorry I don’t remember a whole lot about the food choices but I remember enjoying my meal and just loving all the characters.

ETA Allergy folks, Chef TJ came out to talk to me. Their shellfish was all confined to one area so I didn't have any issues. He said to my DH, "if you'll be eating shrimp tonight, don't kiss her! I'll be watching." LOL

There was another table close by that he spent quite a bit of time with. They had more complicated allergies. He brought out a little tower of Mickey-shaped bread for them. I talked to the mom, and she told me about some of the beautiful creations he has made for them in the past. apparently she had said something to him about just working around their allergy issues, but he said it's important that everyone has a special meal regardless of allergies.
 

Dennis

New member
I'm not really a character meal kind of guy (kids are grown and it is usually jusy DW and myself), but this write-up was wonderful. I am just constantly amazed about how the CMs manage to create the magic no matter what is thrown at them. This sounds like it was a fantastic experience for you family.

I sooo want to talk to Miss Lynn. We discovered her last May before I had done any DIS research on her. We are headed back to WDW in October and I have a special trip planned to the GF in the hopes of finding her there.
 

Brandie

Will work for Dole Whips.
Thanks for the review! I love 1900PF, but haven't been in a long time. My family prefers 'Ohana. This makes me want to schedule both!
 

jandeeah

rescued daughter from turk - that crazy gorilla!
We went to 1900 PF and had a fabulous time last year. DD6 had worn a Cinderella Dress and it was making her crazy so she took it off (she had shorts on underneath it). We stuffed it under the table and when Drizella got to our table she got really excited and was yelling "Mother Mother get over here" The step mother came over and she said "look this little girl melted Cinderella for us. Thank you thank you!" They really are a ton of fun. We also had Chef TJ creations. We are going back in a month and I am hoping we will get him as our chef again.

Off to search the Dis for Miss Lynn...
 

jenjie

New member
We went to 1900 PF and had a fabulous time last year. DD6 had worn a Cinderella Dress and it was making her crazy so she took it off (she had shorts on underneath it). We stuffed it under the table and when Drizella got to our table she got really excited and was yelling "Mother Mother get over here" The step mother came over and she said "look this little girl melted Cinderella for us. Thank you thank you!" They really are a ton of fun. We also had Chef TJ creations. We are going back in a month and I am hoping we will get him as our chef again.

Off to search the Dis for Miss Lynn...

That is just awesome! They do a wonderful job of thinking on their feet.

How did your dd respond? Was she ok with it or did she get upset at the idea of being accused of doing Cinderella in?
 

jandeeah

rescued daughter from turk - that crazy gorilla!
That is just awesome! They do a wonderful job of thinking on their feet.

How did your dd respond? Was she ok with it or did she get upset at the idea of being accused of doing Cinderella in?
No, thankfully she thought it was funny. She was very worried going in that the step sisters and step mother would be mean but she saw Cinderella first and she told her she had been working on teaching them manners but they were not always good at it yet. That seemed to make her comfortable enough that she could handle their antics.
 

clanmcculloch

expert on dietary needs and disney dining
Thanks for the great review. They really are wonderful there, aren't they? Your DS14 is great! I love that he got so into it.

I really need to get my dates for December finalized so that I can create my itinerary because I REALLY want to book a Chef TJ, oh, uh, 1900 PF ADR. He really is so amazing with allergies. This time I'll get a picture with him (well, I won't lose my camera with the picture this time is more accurate). He's a celebrity after all, just as much so as the princesses. Big chef TJ fan over here.
 

mom2ksm

was loyal until she saw the custom banana banner -
I wonder did you see many adults without kids? We'll be there in a few weeks on a girls only trip (ages 40 - 50). We wanted a peek inside the GF but I was worried about looking silly just us ladies!
 

jenjie

New member
Do it! Have a wonderful time. I didn't really notice what the parties looked like other than at the tables right by ours. I think the characters will interact with you in the manner in which you interact with them.

If you're not interested in going to the dinner and just want to see the GF, you can do that too. Like I said in my review, there is one lady who likes to just go and sit and enjoy the music. The lobby is huge, there is plenty of seating and nobody will know what you are there for. I don't mean that to sound underhanded, I just mean I don't think you need to have a purpose for being there other than just wanting to check it out or hang out awhile.
 

clanmcculloch

expert on dietary needs and disney dining
I wonder did you see many adults without kids? We'll be there in a few weeks on a girls only trip (ages 40 - 50). We wanted a peek inside the GF but I was worried about looking silly just us ladies!
If you're not interested in the characters or buffet, eat at a different restaurant because there is better food to be had at the Grand Floridian. If you want the characters or the buffet then go and don't think twice about it. In fact, I'd recommend asking the step sisters about the eligible men in the area since you'll all be women at your table. If you're going, you might as well enjoy yourselves and get into it. Feel free to flirt with the prince as well.
 
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mom2ksm

was loyal until she saw the custom banana banner -
If you're not interested in the characters or buffet, eat at a different restaurant because there is better food to be had at the Grand Floridian. If you want the characters or the buffet then go and don't think twice about it. In fact, I'd recommend asking the step sisters about the eligible men in the area since you'll all be women at your table. If you're going, you might as well enjoy yourselfs and get into it. Feel free to flirt with the prince as well.

I hadn't thought about it like this. :RpS_laugh: I think we will keep this reservation and go and have fun! I know we could just wander around, but since we'll be there, we might as well eat, right?
 

Micklessor

Active member
My DH and I ate there and had fun. The Prince asked us if we "required the obligatory portrait". We said no, and they could move on. The stepsisters were a hoot! Enjoy!
 
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