A Special edition of Sunday
Brunch by Marielle & Albert Gutierrez
The Further Adventures of Escapay &
ImMarielle: 1900 Park Fare
June 10, 2012
The NJ Trio has had many memorable trips to Walt
Disney World over the years. In one of our earliest trips, we shared
a table with the likes of Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, the whole
gang. It was one of the most exciting breakfasts we ever ate, as
there was always another character stopping by to say hello - or at
least wave their hands. Despite the great amount of fun, and the
countless trips since that first character breakfast, our second
would not occur until a few days ago. Last Thursday, we enjoyed a
most docious-ali-expi-listic-fragi-cali-repus breakfast buffet with
Mary Poppins and friends at the enchanting 1900 Park Fare in the
Grand Floridian Resort.
Located on the first floor of the elaborate resort,
1900 Park Fare is reminiscent of a quaint, Victorian dining hall.
Before entering the main hall, a vibrant mural of Cinderella's
castle greets guests and serves as an opportune shutter moment. The
main dining area boasts an array of carousel animals made to scale,
contributing to the theme of classic children's British literature.
And a breathtaking, intricately-detailed calliope adorns overhead
Park Fare's breakfast buffet included the
quintessential buffet staples of pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs,
French toast, and Disney's always-magical Mickey Mouse waffles. In
addition, several unique options were offered: lobster benedict,
pecan sticky buns, and bananas foster syrup, to name a few. Oh, and
breakfast pizza! Many of the standard breakfast foods were on par
with our expectations and satiated our brunch-hour hunger.
Marielle highly recommends the lobster benedict. She
loved its creamy, crustacean sauce overtop a perfectly poached egg;
the yolk slowly seeped into the fluffy, flaky biscuit. Albert found
the pecan sticky buns to be a sheer delight. He opted not to include
the vanilla sauce, as the pecans and cinnamon were sweet enough for
him. Plus, there was a line for it, and he was too hungry to wait.
Reuben loved the "specialty juice" that was served that morning: a
punch consisting of orange, guava, and passion fruit juice. Several
rounds were gulped down, but why bore you with talk about food and
Character breakfasts are most memorable for the
Rosy-nosed Hatter popped by for some tea, but was
disappointed to find merely juice at the table. Despite the beverage
issue, his spunk and chipper attitude brightened the atmosphere.
Intrigued by the pseudo-autograph book he was given, Hatter began
reading aloud passages out of From Screen to Theme, ad-libbing
random sentences. Living up to his name, the Mad Hatter was the most
energetic and witty of the lot, and a fitting first encounter during
breakfast. Tigger eagerly bounced around the dining area with Reuben
and Marielle, heartily laughing at the spontaneous moment. Pooh's
rumbly tummy checked each table for honey, while Alice chattered
enthusiastically about her scholastic advancements in reading and
The Trio ended up spending quite some time talking
with Mary Poppins. She immediately took a liking to Albert's parrot
umbrella, named Percival (hers is Polly). The two also compared
notes on their umbrellas' recent lack of flying abilities, with Mary
providing an important tip: if we can't get airborne, then it's the
wind's fault and not the umbrella's. We'll have to keep that in mind
the next time there are strong winds in the area.
We asked Mary to sign our autograph books, with
Albert asking Mary to write a letter, any letter, be it her favorite
or a random one. She suggested that she write "a series of letters"
and asked if we knew which letters she was talking about.
Immediately, both Albert and Reuben began to spell - and ultimately
sing - the most recognizable letters in the Mary Poppins canon:
"S-U-P-E-R, C-A-L-I-F, R-A-G-I-L, I-S-T-I-C-E-X-P-I-A-L-I-D, O,
Mary was quite impressed, and tried to stump Albert
by asking him to say it backwards. "You mean
dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirepus?" he replied, without batting an
eye. The look on Mary's face was both proud and priceless. Albert
then let Mary hold Percival for pictures. Although the two could
have chatted for hours, she had to go tend to the other guests.
Likewise, the Trio could not eat breakfast forever, and we too had
to leave to start our day in the Magic Kingdom.
Overall, 1900 Park Fare proved to be a worthy
follow-up to the Trio's first character breakfast. The buffet
offered outstanding selections and excellent service. The overall
theming and decor also helped enhance the experience and transport
us to another world. However, it was the character interactions that
provided our most magical moments over breakfast.