Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, our Fall break plans changed at the last minute. Instead of staying on the space coast the night before heading out of Port Canaveral on our cruise vacation, we ended up staying one night in Ocala. Our cruise ship’s Sunday afternoon departure was delayed a couple of hours to allow people a little extra travel time. Walt Disney World is about halfway between Ocala and Cape Canaveral and when we put 2 and 2 together, my husband and I realized that we were suddenly presented with the opportunity to give our little boys a special Sunday morning Disney surprise.
We secretly did a quick search for breakfast dining reservations anywhere on the Walt Disney World Resort property that weren’t in a park. I had prepared to be disappointed if we weren’t able to find anything so last minute as it was already early in the afternoon on Saturday. We easily found a couple reservations at resorts that I wasn’t very familiar with and then, as luck would have it, we stumbled across an opening at 1900 Park Fare at 10 am. Perfect. Not only is 1900 Park Fare located at a Disney resort, it’s located at the Grand Floridian. Not only is 1900 Park Fare a Disney breakfast, it’s a character breakfast. Not only did we find dining reservations, we found reservations that were at the top of our Disney Dining Bucket List!! My husband and I could barely contain ourselves as we kept the secret until the next day.
While I wouldn’t say that this was an “affordable” breakfast…over $100 for the 4 of us…here’s a tip to save money. Go at breakfast instead of dinner time and you will save a pretty penny. We enjoyed interacting with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, the Mad Hatter, Alice, and Mary Poppins. My kids really enjoyed the character experiences and we all loved the food options available on the buffet.
There were kid-friendly items like famous Mickey waffles as well as more gourmet items such as smoked salmon with capers and everything in between. As always, the service was impeccable. The boys were surprised and thrilled to say the least. Aside from enjoying every second of our breakfast experience at 1900 Park Fare, we really enjoyed touring the Grand Floridian property.
Even when we attempt to take a non-Disney vacation, all roads lead back to the mouse. My 5 and 6 year old sons started their pressed penny collection on our last WDW vacation so they were elated to discover a couple of machines just outside the restaurant exit. Counting down until we return “home” once again!
Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.