Located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Afternoon Tea at Walt Disney World takes place daily between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Steep” yourself deep within the stately grounds of this gorgeous resort hotel as you take part in an elegant afternoon tea featuring international teas, delightful selection of sandwiches, scones, pastries and other delicacies expected at a traditional afternoon tea.
Tea, friends, Disney – these are a few of my favorite things! Lucky for me, they can all be combined at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s Garden View Tea Room Afternoon Tea. It’s definitely a VIP must-do for your next Walt Disney World trip with or without kids. Below are tips for experiencing an elegant afternoon tea at Walt Disney World resort.
Tips for Afternoon Tea at Walt Disney World
Tip #1: Make a Reservation … Months in Advance
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. As soon as you’ve booked your vacation to Walt Disney World, make your reservation for tea. It took me over a year to get a reservation during one of our stays. My friend and I were finally able to get an afternoon tea scheduled three months in advance of our visit. We did so by using the My Disney Experience website, but you can also use the phone number below.
Why the wait? The restaurant is tiny and afternoon tea takes awhile, so the table turnover is minimal. I doubt there are over 15 tables available to begin with.
To make a reservation, please call (407) WDW-MYTEA or (407) 939-6983.
Tip #2: Bring your kids
While I was with my girlfriend and not my sons this time, I longingly admired a mother/daughter duo sipping tea near us. The child couldn’t have been over eight-years-old and as they left she thanked her mother for the wonderful time and both her mother and I melted at the same time. While I don’t have a daughter, I plan on taking my sons one day when they are older.
There are also menu options for kids with caffeine free teas and kid-friendly finger sandwiches to whet their appetite and gently introduce children to the tradition of afternoon tea.
Tip #3: Notice the subtle Disney touches
While the afternoon tea doesn’t have any character experiences and isn’t overtly Disney-fied, some subtle Disney references can be spotted. I especially loved the Mrs. Potts and Chip mosaics on the floor in the lobby just before you enter the restaurant.
A Disney Perfectly Princess Tea is held on select mornings at 10:30 a.m. for little princesses and features a special guest appearance by a Disney Princess character.
Tip #4: Take your time
This is a leisurely experience, so plan to spend a minimum of an hour or two there. Thus, don’t overlap any FastPass+ times with your reservation. Overall, it’s a nice break from the crowded parks and busy schedules.
Tip #5: Dress up
While you don’t necessarily have to be formal, I’d recommend at least business casual attire if not some what dressy. The hotel and atmosphere is quite fancy, so you might feel out of place in typical theme park wardrobe. Several ladies in the restaurant even donned English hats and I was definitely glad I swapped my t-shirt and shorts for a sun dress.
Tip #6: Other Disney Spots to Have Tea
Don’t have time for Afternoon Tea or didn’t get a reservation? You can still order finer teas while visiting Walt Disney World theme parks. There is a tea kiosk in the China Pavilion at Epcot and most restaurants in the Japanese pavilion serve green tea. Surprisingly, while the adorable looking Tea Caddy shop in Epcot’s England sells tea accessories and packaged Twinings tea, it doesn’t have made-to-order tea to drink there. However, Disney’s Animal Kingdom brews loose leaf tea (find out where and read other Animal Kingdom park secrets).
Another favorite afternoon tea experience can be had on the other coast at The Langham Huntington Hotel.