It’s no secret that one of my all time favorite Disney Characters is Mary Poppins. I vividly remember being in high school and getting to meet Mary Poppins for the first time. As soon as my oldest child was old enough to sit through movies, I introduced her to Julie Andrew’s amazing Mary Poppins. Even at just barely 2, my daughter fell in love and we have shared this love for our favorite British Nanny.
Planning our first family trip in 2010, I found the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and I knew I HAD to book an Advanced Dining Reservation this meal for our family. I didn’t care about the food and I didn’t care what time. I just had to have this meeting with this character for my daughter. Who am I kidding? This was really about me! LOL
When you arrive at at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 1900 Park Fare is rather easy to find, tucked in near the Guest Services Desks when you first walk into the main lobby on the first floor. Before you are seated, they offer a picture out in the entry way of the restaurant. This photograph is NOT included in your meal, but they do bring you the printed version to your table toward the end of your meal.
DIStracted Tip: If you have the Memory Maker or PhotoPass, it is possible to add this digital file to your vacation package, but you would not get to keep the printed photograph.
1900 Park Fare is a buffet with many amazing dishes to chose from. As a parent, I appreciate that the kid-friendly options have their own low countertop. Children can learn to build their own meals and actually see the items. Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage are all easily accessed at these lower countertops.
My husband’s favorite item on the menu is the Strawberry Soup. It’s a cold soup that is just delicious. We have tried to replicated at home- but it’s just not the same.
I’m not a huge Eggs Benedict fan, but I decided to try the Lobster Eggs Benedict served on the buffet on our first trip. I am so glad that I tried them, because this has become my single most favorite breakfast food ever! This spin on the traditional Eggs Benedict is amazing. Fluffy biscuits covered with a lobster Hollandaise Sauce and perfectly poached eggs. Trust me when I say- even if you don’t like poached eggs, THIS dish is worth the taste test.
DIStracted Tip: The Grand Floridian Cafe also offers Lobster Eggs Benedict on their breakfast menu.
Now, back to Mary Poppins. When my daughter first caught a glimpse of Mary Poppins, she was so excited she could barely eat. She was disappointed once, when it seemed Mary was headed our way, but then tucked in a doorway for what I can assume is an hourly break. But once it was our turn, it was worth every moment of the wait. We had a wonderful and enchanting interaction. This has since become a family tradition!
Funny story about our last visit with our favorite character- My youngest wasn’t interested and wanted to continue to eat. Mary Poppins- in a very MARY way- trying to get her attention pushed her plate away. My youngest was NOT impressed nor happy. She was grumpy, but we were all laughing!
Oh yeah, there are several other characters you can meet at 1900 Park Fare. This seems to be the “British” characters with Pooh & Tigger and Alice & the Mad Hatter. Pooh and Tigger are always sweet and Alice and the Mad hatter are always good for a laugh. The characters all seem to interaction with guests and each other very well.
For our next trip, we have booked the Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, which includes Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Tremaines. However, now that I’ve written this post- I think I’m going to have to cancel so we can go back to breakfast.