Hi Disney fam! Welcome to part 2 of my favorite character dining experiences. If you didn’t check out part 1…you should. We covered breakfast at Ohana, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Garden Grill. Today, we are going to talk about Tusker House, 1900 Park Fare and Chef Mickey’s.
Keep in mind that these are just my favorite dining experiences and it is really important to remember that Disney dining has a reputation for not being the most consistent of dining experiences so they can certainly vary. Also, my picks for character dining are really not based on food. I like the food at Garden Grill and Tusker House but I truly believe you have to take part in these because of the characters and the Disney magic, not the food.
Let’s start with Tusker House! We’ve talked about Tusker House before and I’ve made no secret that I think the food is really quite good for a breakfast buffet. Also to be fair on breakfast foods, I am super picky about my eggs and never have I been a fan of eggs that are sitting under a heat lamp cooked in bulk so it isn’t necessarily Disney food, it’s breakfast buffet food.
Tusker House, however, has so much more than eggs. They have a coconut sweet potato casserole that is awesome! There is frittata’s and corned beef hash and sausage and biscuits and bacon and potatoes and fruit and granola and yogurt. Something for everyone! There are a lot of savory dishes on this buffet and you get to meet Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy and they are all in safari gear. I love the outfits the characters wear at Tusker House and I think this is an incredible character dining experience that I would highly recommend to everyone, especially if they have never been to the restaurant.
1900 Park Fare is a Character dining experience in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This experience features different characters depending on when you dine. If you go for breakfast you can typically see Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Pooh and Tigger. At dinner, you can see Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drisella. Both of these experiences are incredibly unique and highly recommended just for the characters you get to see that are very unique to character dining.
Food at 1900 Park Fare is served buffet style for all meals. On the breakfast menu there are assorted fruits and pastries, a carving station that normally has ham on it, eggs benedict, smoked salmon, hash, biscuits and gravy, blintzes and more. For dinner the menu changes quite a bit, obviously. A variety of salads are offered including a tomato salad, a mixed green salad, a salad bar and a fruit salad. In addition there are soups, a stir fry, fish and meat dishes, and a lot of savory side dishes offered.
Lastly, we are going to talk about Chef Mickey’s. The Creme-de-la-creme of Disney character dining. This is the original Disney dining experience, the one everyone who is my age and older remembers from when we were a kid. Chef Mickey’s is located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort (although it has temporarily relocated to the Convention Center, see HERE for more on that).
A little history on Chef Mickey’s. Chef Mickey’s Village Restaurant opened in 1990, formerly Village Restaurant. In 1995, the original location was closed and Chef Mickey’s opened at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in 1996 and has been there ever since.
Chef Mickey’s is buffet dining and is open for Breakfast, brunch and dinner. Brunch is relatively new, and is offered daily. I think that the food here is pretty standard, par for the course with Disney buffets but it certainly isn’t terrible. There are a lot fewer offerings at Chef Mickey’s than some of the other character dining buffets. The real treat here of course is dining with Chef Mickey and friends. Here you get to meet the fab five, a huge allure of Chef Mickey’s. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy.
If you can snag a reservation here, do it! It doesn’t matter which meal you get, the characters will be there and they will be the same characters. Worth checking out and definitely worth getting your picture with Chef Mickey and all the other OG Disney characters.
That’s it for this post; part two of my favorite character dining experiences in Walt Disney World. Did I leave out some of your favorites? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see ya real soon! And never forget, for the love of the mouse, that it all started with a mouse!