We love any excuse we can find to take a break from the crowds at Walt Disney World. So when we discovered Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian many years ago, we were hooked! Not only did it get us away from the crowds, but was also a nice break from the heat, the rain and the craziness that can come with a Disney vacation. After our first time having tea in the Garden View Tea Room, we make it a point to enjoy afternoon tea whenever we can!
Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room, Grand Floridian Walt Disney World
Afternoon Tea is held in the Garden View Tea Room, which is located on the first floor of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. It’s super small, but very easy to find. From the front door, just head straight back and there it is. If you’re coming from the monorail, you’ll want to head downstairs and it’s easy to find from there!
Reservations are highly recommended if you want to have afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room, and during busier times of the year, reservations can be hard to come by. So we recommend booking as soon as you know you want to have tea at the Grand Floridian! Tea is available from noon- 4 pm daily at the Grand Floridian, and starting at 3 pm, you can hear beautiful live music being played in the lobby!
Plan to spend at least an hour for tea. Tea is meant to be leisurely and for us, it actually is enough food that it replaces a meal; so be sure to plan for enough time to actually enjoy it!
Afternoon Tea Menu
While the menu for Afternoon Tea does change from time to time, it generally offers the same food items. Tea selections will change based on season but currently the menu offers 3 different selections for adults and a Mrs. Potts Tea for little ones. All tea experiences include finger sandwiches, scones and dessert, along with a pot of tea of your choice. Since the menu does change, there is no published menu on the Walt Disney World website, but we are sharing our pictures of the menu from our last trip there so you can get an idea of what they offer.
For the Ultimate Tea Experience, you can go opt for an upgrade to champagne and caviar or cheeses and fruits!
Want to take your prince or princess to Afternoon Tea but not sure if they’ll actually enjoy tea? No worries! Smaller guests can get chocolate milk in place of hot tea if desired with kid friendly finger sandwiches and pastries.
Tea at the Grand Floridian Cost
Again the menu does change frequently, however at the time of writing this post, your tea experience can be as expensive as $184 for two to share or as inexpensive as $35 per guest. And the Mrs. Potts Tea will generally run you around $24.
When to Have Afternoon Tea
Frankly, we recommend tea any ‘ol time you need it! Often at Walt Disney World there is so much rushing around like a crazy person that we find we really, really, need to feel a little slower, a little pampered and a little less crazy. There is nothing tea can’t fix. Add in tiny sandwiches and desserts and you’re golden. For us, we book tea on our full Magic Kingdom day. That way we can stay close to the action without battling the crowds. This has worked well for us on days we attend the Halloween Party when we know it’s going to be a late night and need a break before heading back into the chaos.
We also love tea to celebrate all special occasions. The Garden View Tea Room is perfect for bridal parties, mom and daughter days or a girls trip.
Why we Love Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room
We love Tea at the Garden View Tea Room because even though we might be sweaty, tired or stressed out(all of which can happen on a trip to Walt Disney World!) having afternoon tea gives us a reason to stop. To stop running to our FastPasses, to stop worrying about getting the perfect picture and to stop trying to fit more in than we can ever get done.
Experiences like Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room are the things that make Walt Disney World feel more like a vacation and less like an obligation to accomplish more than humanly possible. We highly recommend Afternoon Tea