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Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian – Review

I love exploring things at Disney outside of the attractions, shows and other traditional things you come to expect at a theme park. Because Disney World is so much more than four theme parks. Even though those theme parks are some of the best in the world. Disney World is a World unto itself. That’s my favorite saying but, it’s oh so very true. You can see and do so many unique things at the House of the Mouse beyond riding rides. One relatively unknown experience I had the opportunity to try recently was Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian.

That’s right you can participate in a traditional Afternoon Tea experience without having to go across the pond to the United Kingdom. In fact, you can indulge in this all while having a view of Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. So let’s get into it. Here’s my review of the Grand Floridian’s Afternoon Tea service

First things first. This actually takes place at the Garden View Tea Room which is in the back of the Grand Floridian lobby. Like most other sit-down dining experiences dining reservations are highly recommended. The day we visited wasn’t necessarily crowded but those reservations always bring a piece of mind. 

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Your view of the Grand Floridian grounds.
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The Garden View Tea Room

There’s something so regal about the Grand Floridian which I think makes it the best place for Afternoon Tea. The Garden View Tea Room is set up perfectly for this as well. It continues with the elegant theme of the resort yet still makes you feel comfortable. 

The Offerings

When presented with the menu you’ll notice that you have three options you can select from. The Bedfordshire Tea is $35 per guest and is the traditional tea experience complete with a medley of finger sandwiches, traditional scones with accompaniments and a choice of dessert. For $50 per guest, you can get the Chesire Tea which comes with everything you get in the Bedfordshire plus a fruit and cheese plate.

Even more expensive is the Berkshire. This costs $150 and it is for two to share. Here you get everything in the Bedfordshire plus “Locally Sourced Mote Marine Siberian Sturgeon North American Caviar” (geez, what a mouthful!). 

Additionally, each option can include a glass of champagne for an uncharge. 

There is an option for the little ones aged 3-9. The Mrs. Potts Tea option includes Tuna Salad, Ham & Cheese and PB&J sandwiches. Plus a jam tart and delicate House-made pastries. That comes out to $23.79 (what a bizarre price) per guest. 

If you are looking for a more over the top Tea experience for the little ones you can look into the Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea. That is offered on select mornings and is a much more special occasion experience as it’s $333.64 (woof!) for one guest and their child. 

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Now, you won’t necessarily be able to split one tea option between two people. Think one teacup and teapot per order. But if you are a party of two you can share what you ordered with each other. When I visited I was a party of two (shoutout to my Mom! And no there is NOTHING weird about an adult man having afternoon tea with his mother, alright?!?!) so we decided to get one Bedfordshire Tea and one Chesire Tea. This way we each got a plate of sandwiches, a scone and dessert each plus we were able to split a cheese and fruit plate. This was PLENTY of food for the two of us. So you might not need to get two Chesire Tea selections. 

The Tea

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Garden View Tea Room – Tea Selection Page 1
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Garden View Tea Room – Tea Selection Page 2

Now that you know what experience you want it’s time to order your tea. They have a variety of Black, Oolong, White and Herbal Infusions teas to choose from. We went with the Summer Berry and Nutty Chocolate options. Both we good choices and we do recommend getting different teas so that you can share that as well. The presentation of the tea is also great. You get your own tea pot with a “warmer”. Such great Instagram potential with that! Put the warmer on the teapot and start racking up those likes. 

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Garden View Tea Room – Tea Pot Warmer

The Food

The finger sandwiches are all very different which I appreciated. Some were sweet and some savory. It’s a good variety. If I had to rank them I would say number one was Fire-Roasted Tomato with Oregano-Goat Cheese, then Tantalizing Cucumber, Traditional Egg Salad, Sweet Curry Chicken and last (but not least) was the Poached Pear and Gorgonzola Cream Cheese. Even though the Poached Pear was my least favorite it was the best presentation. 

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Garden View Tea Room – More Sandwiches

At the same time, you will also get your fruit and cheese plate. It may not seem like a lot but it definitely was for the two of us. The variety of cheeses and the fruits was great. I know it might be weird to rave about the fruit but it really was that good. The papaya was perfect. Just knowing the freshness of the fruit goes a long way in my mind. It means Disney takes this experience seriously for the most part too. I would have liked more crackers or another “bread” option included on the plate with the cheese. We probably could’ve asked for more crackers but we just didn’t. 

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Garden View Tea Room – Cheeses

Once you’re wrapping up with your sandwiches and cheese plate, out come the scones and desserts. These are delivered at the same time. The scone was fantastic but I didn’t particularly care for the lemon curd (too tart) and raspberry jam (too sweet) accompaniments. 

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Garden View Tea Room – Scone and Dessert Tower

Dessert wise we got the house-made pastries and the Seasonal English Triffle. The pastries, just a couple of macaroons and a chocolate swan, were good. The Triffle was good too, it just seemed to also have some of the lemon curd and raspberry jam components that were served with the scones, in it. So, again a little too tart and sweet for my palette. 

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Garden View Tea Room – Seasonal English Triffle
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Garden View Tea Room – Chocolate Swan

Is It A Meal Though? 

It can be! Just because you don’t eat food in a traditional meal sense here doesn’t mean it can’t be a full meal. We had a reservation here for around 2 p.m. and we hadn’t really eaten anything all day. This filled us up, we were really stuffed at the end and it lasted us until a late dinner that night. 

Another tip, consider doing this on your first day. We flew in early that morning and knew we would hit the wall around 1 p.m. or so thanks to a 6 a.m. flight. Since check-in isn’t until 3 or 4 p.m. (depending upon DVC or non-DVC resorts) we also knew we probably weren’t going to be able to go back to the room. Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian was the perfect opportunity to get out of the parks and relax for a bit. Plus, the food was able to help us recharge. By the end of the experience, we actually got a text saying our room was ready. The plan worked perfectly! 

Overall I thought this was a fantastic experience. It’s so unique and utterly Disney in many ways. It’s one of those things that you have to go out of your way to find at Disney World and it’s not a traditional theme park experience you would think of, but it is awesome. Is it something to do on your first time? Probably not as there are so many other things you will want to try first. But for the veteran guest who’s looking for something new, or for those looking to surprise their little princesses, this is an excellent choice.

What do you think of Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian? Have you experienced it before or will you give it a try on your next trip? Share your thoughts with your fellow WDW Opinioneers in our community.


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