The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is a character buffet at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The current characters that appear are Mary Poppins, Alice, Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger; however, character appearances are subject to change. Although I have not seen it advertised as such, I consider this the literary characters meal. When we arrived, we checked in at the podium, then I was shown where the stroller parking was located, and then my family and I were escorted to have our picture taken in front of a backdrop of Cinderella’s Castle. That’s when it happened: what every parent of a toddler dreads, a full on typical two year old complete and total meltdown.
We moved away from the backdrop and I took my daughter outside, trying to avoid all the awkward stares of everyone else in the room. The major malfunction of the morning was the fact that she could not take her beloved Minnie Mouse stroller into the restaurant with us. It was one of those situations where no amount of distraction worked. I tried letting her look at pictures we had taken earlier in the week on the camera. I tried letting her watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on my phone. I even tried playing with her with her favorite dolls. Nothing was working. Then I remembered seeing a pressed penny machine when we walked it. The minute I asked her if she wanted a new pressed penny for her collection the tears instantly stopped and she headed straight for the door. After she received her new pressed penny she proudly showed it to Daddy, Grandpa, and big sister as if nothing had ever happened. I will always be eternally grateful for that pressed penny. After my daughter finally calmed down, we were actually able to get our picture taken and waited for the restaurant to open.
Want an insider secret? Try to make your reservation around when the restaurant opens at 8:00 am. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. One lucky child will be selected to help open the restaurant! I’m not sure who was more excited when my 11 year old stepdaughter was selected: me or her! I don’t believe there is any special way they choose which child opens the restaurant. In our case, I think the cast members felt sorry for big sister when my two year old had her meltdown.
When it is time for the restaurant to open, the child of honor stands in front of the doors with the cast members and says the magic word. Of course, that word is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! My stepdaughter had a difficult time saying it and had to have the cast members help her. The poor child was so nervous! She has stage fright and hates talking in front of groups of people, but she was also very excited to be chosen. Once the magic words were said, the doors were opened and Mary Poppins came out and greeted the guests. Mary Poppins was very prim and proper, just as you would expect her to be. She then took my stepdaughter by the arm and let our family to our table. Later my stepdaughter was given a certificate, a placemat, and a light up Tinkerbell clip for her special day at 1900 Park Fare. Thankfully, the cast members gave my two year old a placemat and light up Tinkerbell as well. Otherwise we might have had typical two year old total meltdown number two that morning.
The characters began to make their appearances about 15 minutes after we were seated. First was Winnie the Pooh, who was very sweet and gave my two year old extra hugs. Next was Tigger, who seemed a little rushed. Mary Poppins returned then and spent a few extra minutes talking to my stepdaughter. Mary Poppins also thanked her for helping open the restaurant and reminded my children of the importance of good manners. I wish I had that on video to show to my two year old on repeat. Mary Poppins was followed by Alice, who was very bubbly and charming. Lastly was the Mad Hatter. He was the family favorite of the day. The Mad Hatter was very silly and entertaining! All five characters came to our table within an hour. Arriving when the restaurant opened certainly made a difference in how fast our character interaction was!
The food at the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is mostly typical breakfast buffet food such as Mickey waffles, pancakes, fresh fruit, pastries, French toast, sausage, bacon, and eggs. However, there are a few foods that you will want to make sure you don’t miss: lobster eggs benedict, smoked salmon, and the famous chilled strawberry soup! When I first heard about the strawberry soup I thought it sounded a little strange, but it was actually very good! It is almost like a thin, flavorful strawberry yogurt. As you are eating, the staff will offer you the photo package of the picture that was taken of your family when you arrived. The package includes one 8×10 picture, four 4×6 pictures, and a copy of the recipe for the chilled strawberry soup
The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast overall was one of my family’s favorites. It’s one that my girls still talk about to this day and ask when we are going back!