Afternoon Tea at the GardenView Tearoom
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I am planning a girls trip in February with an old friend who hasn't been to Disney in over 20 years. I am trying to find some different things for us to do and see besides just the parks. I ran across the Afternoon Tea offered at the GF. Has anyone ever been? What time in the afternoon is "tea" served? Any feedback on this would be great!
we've done it 3 times and planning to do it again in Dec. the tea is in the afternoon, i think they schedule them from 2-4:30 or there abouts. the menu is on AllEars so you can take a look. we love the peaceful time we spend there. the food is good, the desserts excellant, the tea wonderful. The servers are lovely. our first time there, we were dressed for a photo session. our server went to get black napkins so we wouldn't get white lint on our clothing.
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The DH and I have done it twice and will be back again this October. I am not a fan of the sandwiches; however, the desserts are divine!
The even funnier thing is, I don't actually like tea at all, but the Princess Tea is so delicious, I can drink an entire pot to myself! (And I nearly float away afterwards!) But, that being said, it's so worth trying at least once.
It's definitely a great break from the hustle and bustle of the parks.
Oh, do this!! It's so very nice, allows for some wonderful, luxurious down time at the Grand Floridian, and it's relaxing as well! The little sandwiches are actually very good, and the pastries! Mmmm, so good. I was stuffed when I was done! I don't drink tea though. I tried my friend's first just to see if I should give it a go, but couldn't do it. So I had my own little pot of hot chocolate. Yep, just what the kids get. It was a wonderful experience, I highly recommend it!!
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You should definitely take time for Tea at the GF! On our last trip one of our dearest friends joined us in Florida. I had promised to take her to tea to belatedly celebrate her birthday. We could easily have spent the entire day nibbling our goodies and sipping tea. While we've been "doing tea" whenever we have the chance for years, this was a real highlight that we will always treasure.
My DD and I try to go each trip. It is a wonderful, relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon.
There are MANY flavors and types of tea to choose from (everything we have had is very good).
The tea is served in the afternoons and they do serve lunch-type foods. You may want to decide if you are going for lunch or snack/tea. In June, we had sandwiches, scones, pastries and tea...we were stuffed and it was mid-afternoon! So much for our ADR at 5:30!
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I have done tea twice... once with some passporter friends and again this past June with my mom. Mom and I both enjoyed it. There are several selections to choose from. You can just get tea or go all out. Even though the little sandwiches don't look like much they are very filling.... and quite yummy. I love the onion tartletts YUM!
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Do be certain to make an advance reservation. When we were at the GF a couple years ago, a CM told us that Afternoon Tea has gotten so popular that even at the less busy times of year, a reservation is essential. Formerly at those times, you could probably walk up and get a table or a last-minute cancellation but no longer, he said.
I'm still kicking myself that we didn't do this. Definitely on the plan for next year for my birthday trip.
Incidentally, if anyone has dietary needs, be sure to specify what those are. Garden View can accommodate those with advance notice. I've heard that the gluten-free pastries are just as yummy as the regular ones.
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I love to do the tea at the GF and often book that as my lunch for the day with a late dinner (8pm or so) later because you can make a whole meal of it. It's a lovely place to just, relax and get away from the craziness of the parks for a little bit.