REVIEW: 1900 Park Fare Dinner Debuts Tiana’s Weird Gumbo and More

Shannen Ace

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REVIEW: 1900 Park Fare Dinner Debuts Tiana’s Weird Gumbo and More

After reviewing the 1900 Park Fare breakfast buffet, we returned for the dinner buffet at the newly reopened restaurant. Dinner at 1900 Park Fare is $66 per adult and $41 per child, plus tax and gratuity. This includes fountain drinks, tea, and coffee, but not the specialty cocktails or mocktails. As of the time of this review, no discounts were being accepted, though we expect that to change at some point in the future.

Interior of 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

1900 Park Fare is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 but is back with a refurbished interior, new character greetings, and updated menus.

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Although much of the interior has been updated, we were glad to see Big Bertha, the antique organ that has been a fixture here since the resort’s opening in 1988, has remained.

1900 Park Fare Portraits

The inside of the restaurant has been given a makeover, including new artwork inspired by the wish theme found throughout.

1900 Park Fare Portraits

The portraits show different Disney characters as they make their wish.

1900 Park Fare Portrait from "Wish"

Of course, an image of Asha wishing on Star from “Wish” is included.

1900 Park Fare Portraits

Disney has described the portraits as the characters in moments “as they hope, dream and wish upon a star (or even a magic lamp or a wishing well).”

1900 Park Fare seating

The dining tables fit in with the late Victorian period aesthetic found throughout the dining room.

1900 Park Fare seating

There is a variety of different table and chair styles.

Characters at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Wish Maker

Guests get the same autograph card and meet the same characters at breakfast and dinner. The front of the card features Cinderella’s glass slipper, Tiana’s lilypad tiara, the Genie’s magic lamp from “Aladdin,” and the magic candle and butterflies from “Encanto.”

The buffet experience is called “Wishmakers Enchanted Dining.” At most character buffets, you get a card with characters’ autographs on it. The back of the card has a space for you to write your wish. At one point during the meal, Jiminy Cricket will host a “Wishing Ceremony,” telling guests to hold up their wish cards and their wishes will come true.

Autograph Card

The autographs are printed on the back, against a starry background.

Mirabel

Guests meet Mirabel, Aladdin, Tiana, and Cinderella. Mirabel is in her standard embroidered outfit.

Prince Ali

Aladdin appears in his cream and gold Prince Ali suit.

Tiana

Princess Tiana is in her new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure outfit.

Cinderella

Princess Cinderella is in her shimmering blue ballgown.

Bread Station at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Bread Station

French Rolls & Assorted Crackers

French Rolls & Assorted Crackers

There are French rolls and assorted crackers, accompanied by assorted cheeses and whipped butter. These are all standard offerings and nothing to write home about.

Assorted Cheeses & Whipped Butter

Assorted Cheeses & Whipped Butter

Focaccia

Focaccia

The focaccia bread was very good. It’s fresh, soft, and moist, with sun-dried tomatoes on top. What was really missing was a bit of olive oil with either balsamic vinegar or herbs, which would have been splendid. Instead, all we got was butter, which is passable but not optimal. 

Salad Station at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Salad Station

The salad options were plentiful, maybe even extreme. In addition to an actual salad bar with several dressing options, there were four other prepared salads (five if you count the fruit salad).

Kale Salad, Broccoli Slaw, & Fruit Salad

Kale Salad, Broccoli Slaw, & Fruit Salad

The broccoli slaw was a bit odd. It seemed extremely slimy. If you could get past the atypical texture, the flavor was actually decent, but the texture was very offputting.

The kale salad was pretty much as you’d expect. If you’re not a kale fan, this sure isn’t going to make you one. There’s just not much going on with this aside from the kale.

Loaded Potato Salad & Couscous Salad

Loaded Potato Salad & Couscous Salad

The loaded baked potato salad, however, was incredible. With an overabundance of bacon, this is a bacon lover’s dream. It had such perfect flavor that even people who hate potato salad ought to give this a try.

The couscous salad was a bit disappointing. Generally, couscous is mostly flavorless and relies on its accompanying ingredients to provide the flavor. Unfortunately, in this case, those accompanying ingredients were not present in sufficient quantities to provide much flavor.

Peel n’ Eat Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce

Peel n' Eat Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce

These were surprisingly plump and nicely seasoned, and the cocktail sauce appeared to be house-made. The shrimp offering was a nice way to fancy up the buffet a bit, appeal to adults, and justify the $66 price point. 

Mixed Greens & Romaine Lettuce

Mixed Greens & Romaine Lettuce

Toppings and Dressings

Toppings and Dressings

Available toppings may be subject to change, but on our visit, they included pickled red onions, shredded carrots, olives, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, croutons, and cheddar cheese. The dressings were a citrus vinaigrette, house-made ranch, Italian dressing, and Caesar dressing.

Tiana’s Gumbo at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Jasmine rice, Tiana's gumbo, chicken noodle soup

Jasmine rice and chicken noodle soup were on the line beside Tiana’s Gumbo.

Tiana's Gumbo at buffet
Pot of Tiana's Gumbo
Tiana's Gumbo

The gumbo, which is apparently made by Tiana, was like no gumbo we’ve ever had in the past. We would best describe it as pieces of chicken and andouille sausage in a spicy brown gravy. The flavor wasn’t bad, it’s just not what we expect in something advertised as gumbo. The accompanying Jasmine rice was very good, not overcooked. Rice can be hit or miss on a buffet, but this one was a hit.

This is the second time Disney has introduced a dish Tiana is supposedly famous for and given us something quite strange. Earlier this year, Tiana’s Famous Beignets debuted at Magic Kingdom using croissant dough instead of the traditional choux pastry.

Carving Station at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Prime Rib & Porchetta

Prime Rib & Porchetta at carving station

The prime rib at the carving station was excellent. The doneness was kind of all over the place; the first time, it was very, very rare, but the second time it was more medium to medium rare. The carver didn’t ask how you wanted it done, they just gave you what they had.

The other item at the carving station was porchetta. We can’t recall seeing porchetta on any Disney menu, let alone at a buffet. At first, we were excited about something very different, but our excitement soon turned to disappointment as soon as we tasted the first piece. It was rather dry and overcooked, and the crispy skin was so overdone that it was basically inedible.

Mashed Potatoes, Hunter’s Sauce, Au Jus, & Steak Sauce

Mashed Potatoes, Hunter's Sauce, Au Jus, & Steak Sauce

The mashed potatoes were great. They were somewhat “gloopy,” but the flavor was amazing. They were a lot like the mashed potatoes served on the Galactic Starcruiser. There was no gravy, but we put the Hunter sauce on the potatoes, and it was an excellent pairing.

Au Jus
Steak sauce

The horseradish cream sauce was fantastic and the perfect accompaniment for the prime rib. There was also au jus as well as steak sauce that were both par for the course.

Other Options at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Kids’ Station — Chicken Breast Nuggets, Cheese Pizza, & Pepperoni Pizza

Chicken Breast Nuggets, Cheese Pizza, & Pepperoni Pizza

The pizza from the kids’ section actually was quite good. It’s more of a flatbread style crust, and it was better than we expected.

IMPOSSIBLE Merguez Sausage & Curry-Roasted Chicken

IMPOSSIBLE Merguez Sausage & Curry-Roasted Chicken

IMPOSSIBLE Merguez Sausage

IMPOSSIBLE Merguez Sausage

The IMPOSSIBLE sausage merguez was acceptable but somewhat bland, given the flavor of the real sausage options just down the line. It’s a solid plant-based offering, though.

Curry-Roasted Chicken

Curry-Roasted Chicken

This was quite flavorful, but all in all it was a rather mundane offering. There was nothing special about it, but if you enjoy the curry flavor, this is a solid option.

Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese and Roasted Garlic Sausage

The mac and cheese was surprising in that it wasn’t on the kids’ section of the buffet. Indeed, this was not the normal Disney kids’ mac and cheese, but rather a more adult version with a sharper cheddar flavor. Everyone gave this a thumbs up.

Roasted Garlic Sausage

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The roasted garlic sausage was also very good. It had a great flavor, but was not too spicy, and again, something a bit different than most buffet options.

Glazed Carrots, Baked Salmon, & Green Beans

Glazed Carrots, Baked Salmon, & Green Beans

The green beans were excellent, it’s actually a bit uncanny that Disney seems to do green beans perfectly on most of their buffets.

The glazed carrots were fine, not too sweet but just enough to tempt the kids to try one.

Baked Salmon

The salmon was actually a highlight of the buffet, if you can believe that. It was perfectly cooked, amazingly juicy, and not dry at all. We’ve never seen salmon on a buffet this well prepared.

Gummy Candy

Gummy candy

As with breakfast, there was a dispenser of gummy bears on the buffet line for a bit of whimsy.

Pasta, Turkey Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, and Kernel Corn

Pasta, Turkey Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, and Kernel Corn

The other kids’ selections were pasta, turkey meatballs, and sauce. The turkey meatballs were fine. They were passable, but not anything to write home about.

Desserts at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Desserts

Toasted Coconut Cake

Toasted Coconut Cake

The coconut cake with the hibiscus frosting was our second favorite of the desserts. The cake was nice and moist, but the coconut flavor almost overpowered any subtle flavor from the frosting. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are your standard Disney chocolate chip cookies — perfectly acceptable but nothing special.

Vanilla Cupcake

Vanilla Cupcake

Like the cookies, this is your standard Disney dessert. We appreciated the gold stars to align with the restaurant’s theme.

Grand Floridian Strawberry Soup

Grand Floridian Strawberry Soup

You also got the option of strawberry soup for dessert. 1900 Park Fare is known for the strawberry soup, which is served cold and more akin to a smoothie than a soup. Regardless, it’s delicious, and there are fresh strawberries and whipped cream available nearby if you want to bring it up a level.

Whipped Cream & Strawberries

Warm Chocolate Cake & Vanilla Crème Anglaise

Assorted Desserts
Warm Chocolate Cake
Vanilla Crème Anglaise

This was served warm and was very good. The cake surprised us with a liquid center like a lava cake. The addition of the vanilla creme anglaise, however, didn’t really add anything to the flavor, because the chocolate lava simply overpowered it. We would’ve rather had something like ice cream to accompany the chocolate lava cake instead. Or maybe we should have gone over to the strawberries and put a dollop of whipped cream on it.

Assorted Desserts

Grand Floridian Financier

Grand Floridian Financier

The Grand Floridian financier was everyone’s favorite, with a bit of caramel in the center, and a dollop of toasted meringue on the top. The meringue was not as sweet as we expected, but that’s a good thing. The flavors melded well.

Fudge Brownie

Fudge Brownie

This was fine and probably good for kids, but if you’re a chocolate lover, you’re gonna wanna go with the warm chocolate cake.

Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake

Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake

The cheesecake was a bit disappointing. We had expected it to be better than it was. There was a bit of blueberry flavor, but our dislike for this dessert really had nothing to do with the flavors. It was just a rather mediocre version of cheesecake at the core.

Specialty Cocktails at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Beverage menu
Back of beverage menu
Assorted beverages

Gold Rush Cocktail – $17

Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Lemon Juice, and Honey garnished with Honeycomb

Gold Rush Cocktai

The gold rush this was heavy on the bourbon with a nice lemon zing and a bit of sweetness from the honeycomb. If you’re a bourbon aficionado, this drinks for you. 

Spicy Paloma – $16

Teremana Blanco Tequila, Hella Cocktail Co. Smoked Chili Bitters, Grapefruit Soda, and Lime with a Chili-Lime Rim

Spicy Paloma

The Tajín rim is responsible for most of the spice in this drink. The liquid itself has a slight amount of spice, but not too much. This was also heavy on the lime.

French 75 – $15

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco, Hendrick’s Gin, Cane Sugar, Lemon

French 75

This basically tastes like a mimosa that’s made with lemon juice and gin. If you like gin you should like this drink.

Passion Fruit Daiquiri – $16

Diplomático Planas Extra Añejo Blanco Rum, Aperol Liqueur, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, Lime

Passion Fruit Daiquiri

The Passion Fruit Daiquiri tasted really good. The flavors work well together, because it’s basically POG juice with rum. If you like POG juice, get this!

Pink London Spritzer – $12 (zero-proof)

Lyre’s Pink London Non-Alcoholic Spirit, Grapefruit Soda, Pomegranate Green Tea, Lime, and Mint

Pink London Spritzer

This is kind of like an Italian soda, fizzy with some fruit flavor. It’s a good flavor overall, not too sweet and very refreshing. Whether it’s worth the upcharge is another question.

Agave Garden – $12.00 (zero-proof)

Lyre’s Agave Non-Alcoholic Spirit, Lime Juice, Passion Fruit-Papaya Green Tea, and Cucumber

Agave Garden

This had a very earthy taste, like cucumbers in dirt. The flavor is very intense. It was so weird, but we kept drinking it — not because we liked it, but because it was so different. We think most people will not enjoy this.

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