The Disney World Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea is one of those wonderfully relaxing dining experiences at Walt Disney World. It is time to just sit back and enjoy the ambiance of the Grand Floridian Garden View Lounge. Afternoon Tea is served every day from 2pm until 5pm, and from 12pm until 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday.
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As soon as you walk into the lobby of the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel you feel as though you have stepped into another age. The elegance of the decor, the soaring atrium and the just well the relaxed atmosphere of the place is so far away from the hustle and bustle of the Disney parks. Yet the Grand Floridian is only a short distance away from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It’s Disney’s flagship luxury hotel, and the Afternoon Tea is one of its treasures.
The Garden View Lounge is right at the back of the Grand Floridian lobby. As you approach it make sure that you look down to the floor. A really nice touch is the Mrs Potts and Chip from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in mosaic tile on the floor.
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The interior of the Garden View Lounge is stunning. It has huge windows at the back of the room which look out onto the grounds of the Grand Floridian. The design is very classically turn of the century upscale beach hotel. Lots of white-painted wood and paneling with rich fabrics on the chairs. The wicker chairs with deep cushions are comfortable and you feel as though you can spend hours just relaxing and enjoying the experience. Really at the price you are about to pay, you absolutely should…
There are various tea experiences for you to choose from. They range from the ridiculously indulgent and expensive, to the slightly more reasonable!
The Yorkshire Tea
The most indulgent is The Yorkshire Tea at a cost of $175 for two guests. This includes 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and North American Caviar. If this is your taste then go for it, but we really think that you can have the experience without spending quite so much money!
You will also get a selection of finger sandwiches with berries, cheese and lavosh. The third course is a scone with cream and jam, and a jam tart. The final course is a selection of home-made pastries, strawberries and cream or an amazing English Trifle.
As with all of these packages you have your choice of a pot of tea. Any extra pots are charged for, but usually one is just fine.
If you want to have this without the Champagne you can opt for The Berkshire Tea which is the same food,but costs $150.
The Cheshire Tea
This is a great option if you want to indulge in the first course of fruit and cheese. You get exactly the same as the Yorkshire and Berkshire (without the champagne and the caviar, but with the fruit and cheese added). At $48 it is not an inexpensive option, but there is a whole lot of food here!
The Derbyshire Tea
This is actually our favorite tea selection at the Grand Floridian. Perhaps it is because we spent 15 years of our life in Derbyshire? Actually no we think it’s because it gives a good balance of food and indulgence for a price that doesn’t break the bank. The cost is $45 per person. For that you get the sandwiches with the berries, cheese and lavosh. The decadent deserts of scone and jam tart. Then you finish with the choice of pastries,strawberries and cream or English Trifle. Your choice of a pot of tea is included, as it is will all of the packages.
The Bedfordshire Tea
This is the least cost of all of the packages at $30 per person. This package gives the food items of the sandwiches, scone and jam tart, and the choice of the final dessert.
The Grand Floridian Tea is child friendly. It is in many ways a grown up experience, but as with pretty much all Disney World dining this is a place where the kids will feel welcome. There is a Mrs Potts Tea which is priced at $13 for each child aged 3 to 9. If you have a young one who also likes tea that is charged at a very reasonable $3 extra. With the Mrs Potts Tea they get sandwiches,jam tart and pastries.
Gone are the days when the Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea was a hidden gem. The secret of this experience is most definitely out, and you do need to make Advance Dining Reservations as far ahead as possible. You may hit it lucky and get a walk in, but the chances are pretty remote.