Whenever we are traveling to Disney, we love finding extra things to do outside of visiting the Parks. And by extra, I mean things that are a little outside of the box and away from the crowds. We love having afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World as a way to escape crazy weather and crowds during our visits, so when we found out that the Disneyland Hotel had its own version of afternoon tea, we were ecstatic.
Christmas Tea at the Disneyland Hotel
The afternoon Christmas tea at Disneyland is held at Steakhouse 55 and runs Friday-Sunday and select Mondays and Thursdays from 12-3pm. The Very Merry Holiday Tea Party at the Disneyland Hotel lasts from Nov. 16-Dec 31, so be sure to get your reservations while they’re still available! Once you’re seated, your hostess will go over your options for tea. We chose to stick with the classic tea, which will run you $52 per person. This may seem like a lot, but in the grand scheme of high tea, its really a pretty standard price for high tea at Disney. I chose the Nutcracker Tea, which is a seasonal black tea and G went with the Darjeeling Oolong tea, which they have all the time and we were informed, is a very “sophisticated” tea.
Christmas Tea at the Disneyland Hotel Menu
Our holiday tea included one pot of tea each, chocolate cookie “coal” scones, golden raisin scone, Monte Cristo donut with lingonberry jam, Truffle “cackleberry” egg sandwich with red currant, Cucumber hummus and smoked salmon pumpernickel, Classic British curry chicken sandwich, Duo strawberries and several seasonal cupcakes, a pumpkin donut, and a chocolate filled cookie. We also got “dippers” for our scones, which included lemon curd, Devonshire cream, and raspberry jam. Phew, see I told you it was a lot! Our favorites were the curry chicken sandwich, the pumpkin donut(forever loving pumpkin!), and the egg sandwich. But honestly, we thought it was all delicious and our only regret was not being able to eat more!
Everything was delicious and we were given the teapots once our first cup had been served to us. Although this isn’t a full “meal”, it does come with quite a few treats and tea party-sized sandwiches that you could probably use it to replace a meal, depending on the size of your appetite. The service was amazing, and the server did an excellent job recommending teas and explaining the different foods to us. We generally are used to eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day so for us, this seemed like a LOT of food. Luckily it’s all pretty small since its “tea” sized so it’s easy to try what you want and not feel horrible if you decide you don’t want to finish it.
Christmas Tea at the Disneyland Hotel Dress Code
The restaurant is beautifully decorated for Christmas and it has a simple, casual elegance to it. I didn’t see anywhere that noted a dress code, and we wore casual clothes to tea and didn’t feel out of place. People were wearing anything from fancy dresses to t-shirts and jeans. So even though it’d be fun to dress up for tea, it’s not required. Although it is a bit pricey, we highly recommend the Holiday Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel for its charm, and festive spirit and as a way to escape some of those insane weekend crowds at Disneyland.
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .