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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 the exit.

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 decor?

Character breakfasts are most memorable for the characters!

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 writing.

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, C-I-O-U-S!"

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.


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