1900 Park Fare, the character dining buffet location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will remain closed for refurbishment.
The restaurant has not reopened since it closed in March 2020 with the rest of Walt Disney World Resort due to COVID-19. When physical distancing measures were still in place, 1900 Park Fare was used as overflow seating for Grand Floridian Café for a short period of time.
Incidentally, chairs from 1900 Park Fare are actually currently being used at Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom, while the latter has their usual chairs repaired.
The duration of this refurbishment is unclear, but work has yet to begin. It will be updated to match the new look for the Grand Floridian Hotel. The restaurant’s remodel is happening alongside the greater renovations in the resort’s lobby.
Reportedly, when now-former CEO Bob Chapek took over the Parks & Resorts division in 2015, he felt that the Grand Floridian was not up to standards. The comparisons to a Four Seasons didn’t befit the current state of Walt Disney World, and so it was no longer suitable as the flagship resort. But rather than shift focus to another resort hotel, the company decided to make changes.
The major overhaul of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort began with the Enchanted Rose Lounge, which replaced Mizner’s Lounge. It was given a “Beauty and the Beast” theme. Cítricos followed with a new “Mary Poppins”-inspired design. When the Grand Floridian Spa reopened in January 2022, it was revealed that it, too, had been remodeled. All the rooms of the resort are still being updated and some “Mary Poppins” theming has been added throughout guest buildings.
Construction continues throughout the resort, and Narcoossee’s will be reopening on April 1. The Grand Floridian Resort’s lobby will also be updated in the near future.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will celebrate its 35th anniversary on July 1, 2023.
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