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Beloved Disney World Restaurant Reopening After 4 Year Closure!

1900 Park Fare Reopening
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In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping across the world, and millions of people were forced to stay in their homes. Businesses were forced to shut their doors, including Disney theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida was only closed for about four months. Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, on the other hand, was closed for more than a year.

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When the theme parks finally reopened, things were very different. The parks had strict capacity limits, masks were required at all times, and there were no buffet-style restaurants or character dining. There were also no character meet and greets. It was a vastly different Disney experience than the one guests had been used to.

Disneyland Masks

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It’s been just about four years since the world, as we knew it, changed drastically. However, things at Disney have largely returned to the way they were before the pandemic. The parks seem to be more crowded than ever, character meet and greets are drawing large crowds, and dining is almost completely back to normal.

With one glaring exception.

Disney After Hours Characters

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Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was known for one really great character dining experience — 1900 Park Fare.

1900 Park Fare was a character dining experience that was open for breakfast and dinner. Guests enjoying breakfast were able to see characters like Mary Poppins, Pooh, Tigger, Alice, and the Mad Hatter.

1900 Park Fare

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Dinner was Cinderella (1950)-themed, so guests would be able to interact with Cinderella and Prince Charming. The highlight, though, was definitely Lady Tremaine (Cinderella’s wicked stepmother), and Cinderella’s stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella.

1900 Park Fare has been closed for almost four years, having never reopened after the pandemic. But that will reportedly soon change!

1900 Park Fare

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The cast members we spoke to confirmed that 1900 Park Fare will reopen THIS YEAR! The cast members also confirmed that, when the restaurant finally does reopen, it will have the character dining that guests have grown to love.

At this time, we do not have an official opening date. Construction can still be heard happening behind closed doors, but it is exciting to know that the delicious dining spot will be back soon and better than ever!

Are you excited about the reopening of 1900 Park Fare? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

18 comments

  1. When!? (The most popular Disney question)

  2. That is awesome news!

    • This is my and my (adult) daughters favorite place. She is vegan and this place has always made enough fresh food for her to be full when we leave. They are so considerate we cannot wait to go back. No place makes us feel valued.

  3. LOL same thing heard by cast members each of the last two years. Oh and that construction noise has been there that long too. I think it’s staging for other work being done or that place better be made of gold for all the work that’s supposedly being done for this long.

    • Guys relax, it’s gonna reopen. We’re staying at GFV in Apr./May and we would love to check it out. Absence makes the heart grow fonder !!

  4. Just wait. It won’t be a buffet. There won’t be any strawberry soup. and characters won’t be available “for now”.

  5. This has been closed for too long!! This was one of those restaurants that was part of the grand Floridian and the original atmosphere of the entire experience there. Covid restrictions have been over for years. They make good money. Why not open this

  6. So hoping this is opened by June. Our favorite!

  7. Has anyone heard if the tea at the Grand Floridian will ever reopen?

  8. Excited! It’s always been a favorite in our family! My granddaughter has been a fan of Anastasia since she was almost 3yrs old, I think it’s because she has long red hair also. The sisters have always made comments about it. EXCITED TO SEE IT COME BACK!

  9. This is great news. Years ago we had an awesome dinner there with “villains” Queen of Hearts, the Governor from Pocahontas, captain hook, and ? We loved it. the interactions were the best ever.
    So I’m excited this is going to be back.

  10. Been patiently waiting!!! One of our faves!

  11. My favorite memory was when a child at the table next to us dropped her Mickey Mouse doll and the floor and Lady Tremaine picked it up using her thumb and forefinger and looked at it as if it were a rat before placing it back on the table from whence it came. Very in character.

  12. 1900 Park Fare is my favorite!! I’m so excited!! Just want to know when and if the menu is the same.

  13. I can’t wait. My grand kids love that place. So excited

  14. This has always been a favoite, both the food and the fun, for us an our adult children!!! My husband always asked when we have a trip planned if it has opened back up yet.

  15. I am hoping that this will also eventually mean the tea will come back too! I know the new bake shop opening at the Boardwalk is going to offer a tea but it won’t be the same as the one we have all come to love at TGF. That caramelized onion tart was always a favorite of our sons. The attendants were always so lovely and brought us extra of them. We have had wonderful memories there.

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