In December, our family was blessed with a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t wish we were back and enjoying all the rides, characters, and amazing food Disney has to offer. We have so many favorites from our trip, but one thing is for sure, 1900 Park Fare is a must on your Disney vacation, and we will make sure to go every time we’re at Disney from now on. I grew up going to my Memaw and Pepaw’s house after school every day and would throw in my VHS tape of Cinderella. My mother even introduced me to the Lesley Ann Warren version of Cinderella, and I grew up loving the Cinderella with Brandy. Every version of Cinderella I have loved, and when Addie was born, I quickly introduced it to her. In fact, it was the first Disney movie I ever let her watch! She fell in love and even had a Disney themed princess party last Summer and dressed as Cinderella. So when it came time to plan our Make-A-Wish trip, it was very important to us that we have at least one character meal for Addie to enjoy. Who better than to dine with Cinderella? CLICK TO SHOP A Few Quick Facts on Dinner at 1900 Park Fare:A three-course dinner is $60+ per adult and $39+ for children 3-9 years oldDinner counts as 1 credit on the Disney Dining Plan and is a buffetIt’s wise to make your reservations 180 days in advance if possible or check out Mouse Dining to notify you of openingsCharacters at 1900 Park Fare include: Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, and the StepmotherYou can find it downstairs at the Grand Floridian The Atmosphere: If you’ve never walked into the Grand Floridian, you will be blown away at how breathtaking it is. The tall chandeliers, bright white paint, gold accents- it’s stunning. Add in Christmas decor in the winter, and your jaw will drop. Bonus, if you head to the Grand Floridian during Christmastime you’ll see the massive gingerbread house in the middle of the hotel. It is an incredible sight! The Grand Floridian will give you the perfect atmosphere to make your dinner at 1900 Park Fare at Disney one you’ll never forget. The Excitement: Early in the morning of our reservation for dinner at 1900 Park Fare, we took Addie to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique knowing we would have dinner there in the evening. The excitement of getting dolled up just knowing we were going to have dinner with a princess was more than Addie could bear! She loved it! Once we checked in for our reservation, we were quickly shown to our tables, and everyone from toddler to adult was so excited to meet Cinderella and the rest of the characters. Sure you can see characters in the parks, but it is so magical to have a meal with them! CLICK TO SHOP The Food: There’s literally something for everyone when you have dinner at 1900 Park Fare. Addie’s nurse had us laughing because she grabbed an entire plate of gummy bears for herself as dessert! Besides delicious gummy bears you can eat for dessert, there’s different mouthwatering gourmet pasta, chicken, beef, vegetarian, and seafood options. Our favorite part of it was the carving station. I think almost everyone in our party enjoyed prime rib. Don’t be afraid to ask them to cut it thicker or go back for seconds. I won’t even start on how delicious every dessert was! Yum! Each station in the buffet represent different kingdoms from around the world ensuring everyone is full and happy when you have dinner at 1900 Park Fare. If you’ve got picky kids, there’s also lots of kid-friendly options. It’s really a win-win and not a person in our large party had a negative thing to say about the food. The Experience: While you’re enjoying your dinner at 1900 Park Fare, Cinderella and Prince Charming come out. It is so magical! Cinderella and Prince Charming danced together and even found guests eating nearby to dance with. It was such a fun thing to watch! After they danced, Cinderella and Prince Charming split and talk to guests throughout the restaurant. This was our chance to take pictures with them, talk to them, and get their autographs! As a Make-A-Wish family we got to have lengthy conversations with all characters in the parks, but it was so nice to have Cinderella and Prince Charming come to us and spend time with us. They never made us feel rushed and indulged us for every picture and conversation. They were as regal as could be and I cherished the time Cinderella spent talking to Addie and the rest of our family. CLICK TO SHOP The True Stars: As I mentioned before, I’m a huge Cinderella fan and so is Addie, so this may come as a shock to you… Cinderella isn’t the star of the show when you have dinner at 1900 Park Fare. Yep, I said it. The true stars? Anastasia and Drizella. Cinderella’s step-sisters are so hilarious that they are worth every dollar to see here. They made us laugh (and everyone else in the restaurant), doted on Addie so much, and had great conversation with us. They truly are attention-stealers and are some of the most fun characters you’ll meet at Disney. Oh, if you have tweens, watch out because they’ll joyfully embarrass them, and it’ll be so fun to experience. Overall, dinner at 1900 Park Fare is one you don’t want to miss. There are so many fun details to this character dinner that make it such a unique experience for guests of all ages. I promise you, you’ll have a blast! If you are looking for a character dining experience for dinner, get some laughs, and have a fun night out at the Grand Floridian. CLICK TO SHOP Have you ever enjoyed dinner at 1900 Park Fare before?
Our Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World was hands down the best experience of our lives. Mathew and I had been to Disney World several times as children and adults, but there will never be anything that compares to a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. Being a parent of a child with special needs can be so hard, but for our family, it’s always fulfilling. Addie is our world and I always feel like we do our best to give her an amazing life, but when the opportunity to have Addie choose a Make-A-Wish trip, we knew Disney World would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for her. I’ve dreamed of Addie being able to go on a commercial flight, and always wanted to take her to Disney World, but there are so many logistics when taking her to a doctor appointment, let alone the Happiest Place on Earth several states away. Make-A-Wish made all the logistics happen so effortlessly, and it was such an amazing thing to take Addie on the trip of a lifetime. With the help of my sweet friends Kathy and Christy (and several of my amazing Disney blogger friends), we had an amazing experience that I truly felt was the epitome of a Disney dream. I want to share our tips so other families with children that have special needs or other Make-A-Wish families can enjoy when they go on their very own Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World! 1| Buy the Magic Band. Magic Bands are a completely optional purchase that I recommend all Make-A-Wish families purchasing. We purchased one for our trip and it was so worth having! We were able to use it to get all the pictures from our rides and Photopass photographers with ease. To make sure I didn’t lose it during the week I bought a cute Magic Band bow. 2| Do Bibbity Boppity Boutique with a Savings Twist. My sweet friend Kathy gifted Addie money for her birthday to do Bibbity Boppity Boutique. Although some people ask Make-A-Wish for this as their “extra” we opted for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets as our extra. Kathy had sound advice for Addie and I’m thankful we took it. Buy your Disney Princess dress ahead of time. By bringing Addie’s dress with us, we saved SO much money! We spent $75 and Addie got her nails, hair, and makeup done, a cute cinch backpack, face gems, pixie dust nail polish, and a sash. She still had the full experience but for a fraction of the cost. 3| Dress up for the Occasion. This was the best thing we did. If you know what characters will be at which parks, take the extra time to grab princess dresses or costumes for your wish kid and siblings to wear. It makes for the best photo ops! Lawson got a great picture dressed in a Buzz Lightyear costume with Buzz Lightyear and dressed as a Stormtrooper in Galaxy’s Edge. Addie dressed as Anna from Frozen when she met Anna and Elsa, had a BB-8 dress on when she met Rey and Chewbacca, and even dressed as Moana for Animal Kingdom! If adults want to get in on the fun, definitely DisneyBound or get matching Make-A-Wish family shirts. 4| Reserve a Character Dining Option. It’s one thing to meet the characters or to have a Genie Pass and meet a lot of characters, but it’s a whole other thing to have a meal with a character. In the past we’ve done fun character dining like Chef Mickeys or Crystal Palace, but we wanted an extra special meal for Addie’s Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. I absolutely recommend dining at 1900 Park Fare, especially at Christmas to see the gorgeous gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, hear Christmas music from a pianist, and you can have a delicious and upscale meal with Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the evil Stepsisters. The food was incredible (get the prime rib!) and everyone in our whole party enjoyed it. 5| Get the Best Parade Spot. I’m going to give you my best Magic Kingdom secret spot for parades. Make-A-Wish families, this spot is incredible for character interactions. Across from the Hall of Presidents is a handicap accessible spot. If your wish kid is in a wheelchair or medical stroller, go there! There is also a small section blocked off for those that are hearing impaired. Since Addie has a cochlear implant we were also able to go to that section without a problem. So many characters stopped and loved on Addie! Make sure to wave and blow kisses. You’ll be surprised at how much Disney magic you’ll see. 6| Have Fun with Stormtroopers. Don’t miss Galaxy’s Edge on your Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan. Get your family some Ronto Wraps at Ronto Roasters, ride Rise of the Resistance several times in a row (gotta love that Genie Pass), and then walk around! If you see Stormtroopers, mess with them! Tell them someone in your party is with the Resistance, boo Kylo Ren, or anything else funny. It’ll give you another fun experience to add to your trip. P.S.- don’t forget the blue milk. 7| Grab an Iconic Disney Snack. Whether it’s a Mickey pretzel, Mickey donut, Dole Whip, or churro- don’t miss out on the amazing snacks Disney has to offer. They make for the best pictures (especially if they’re as big as your wish kid’s face), taste delicious, and are an essential experience for a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. The sweet cast members at Harambe Market gifted us with Disney snacks on our first day at Animal Kingdom as pixie dust and it was so special to us! 8| Rest Your Feet at the Lion King Show. If you’ve never seen the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom put it on your list. It’s a great show to see to rest your feet, get out of the rain, and just enjoy in awe. Plus, if you let them know you’re a Make-A-Wish family, they’ll try really hard to put you in the front row. You may even experience pixie dust! We were asked to join at the end for dancing on stage and took Addie out for a spin. It was so cool seeing all the characters so close! 9| Get A Face Painting. Did you know Make-A-Wish kids get a free face painting in each Disney World park? We found a face painting booth near Rockin’ Roller Coaster and while our families enjoyed the ride, my mother-in-law and I took Addie to get her face painted. The artist was so sweet with Addie and made sure she was comfortable in every way while doing her face paint. It made the day just a little extra special and many people were remarking how cute it was! Don’t skip this fun freebie. 10| Use Your Genie Pass As Much As You Can. Listen, Genie Passes are one incredible perk during your child’s Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. Use it as much as you can during the trip. Make-A-Wish parents face the harsh reality that their kids can die, their kids are very sick, they’ve practically lived in hospitals so long, and/or their kids can get progressively worse over time. A Genie Pass is such a privilege, but at the same point, you’ve earned that pass. Anyone who is rude has no idea the struggles you’ve gone through. They might say, “Oh must be nice…” but they would never be able to walk a mile in your shoes. Brush them off, say a prayer for them, and enjoy every single ride with your wish kid. I truly hope that you and your wish kid have a phenomenal Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. Our time there was such a blessing and it truly was the most magical experience ever. Make-A-Wish did a phenomenal job in planning everything and we are so grateful to them for this opportunity for Addie. I pray we will be able to take Addie to Disney on our own someday and have another incredible time.
Thank you Branson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for partnering with me and giving us an opportunity to explore Branson. It’s definitely not your Grandmother’s Branson! #ExploreBranson I’m not going to lie to you,...