Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Grand Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian

During our Disney vacation, we like to take at least one day away from the parks and do something at one of the Disney resort hotels. Last year we did horseback riding at Fort Wilderness. You can read about that HERE.


This year we decided to do the Grand Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian.


The Grand tea is offered each day at the Garden View Lounge from 12 to 4pm.  If you are on the Disney dinning plan, this is not included ( at least at the time of this publication).  We were not on the dinning plan so we made this be like a little lunch for us.

There are three pre-fixed menus to choose from.


The Bedfordshire Tea- Choice of one tea, finger sandwiches, scones and accompaniments, and choice of desserts.  $35

The Cheshire Tea - Same as the Bedfordshire plus a fruit and cheese plate. $50

The Berkshire Tea ( made for 2 people)- Same as Bedforshire but with 2 choices of tea and caviar.  $150


Champagne can be added to any service.

My mom, sister, and self each ordered the Bedforshire Tea selection.  Now came the hard part, picking out which tea to order. I am not as much of a tea connoisseur  as my mom and sister so I felt like I was just winging it!

The choices include a variety of:
Flavoured Black Teas
Signature Black Teas
Oolong Teas
Green and White Teas
Herbal Infusions
Seasonal Tea Selections
Signature Blends

I have no idea what the difference between any of these types of teas are. I noticed Chai tea was listed under the "Flavoured Black Teas" list, and I do like Chai tea but I already know what that taste like so I thought I would choose a different one from the list. I chose "Nutty Chocolate"



Here was the description:  Nutty Chocolate- rich Assam is a perfect partner to the flavour of delicious chocolate and creamy hazelnuts like a praline truffle.


We each got our own pot of tea and it came covered by these tea cozy.

It wasn't until the tea cooled off that I could really taste any sort of chocolate flavor. Once the tea got towards the end of the pot, it was more flavorful. 



         With our tea came a tower with Scones and jam tarts.




The finger sandwiches included Cucumber sandwiches, egg salad, curry chicken salad, poached pear and gorganzola cream cheese with fire roasted tomato,  and an onion tart. 



Next up was our dessert selection.  My sister and I both chose the English Trifle which was amazing.


My mom had the puff pastry in the shape of a swan, which came with a chocolate strawberry and  macarons.  Another option that non of us chose was strawberries and cream. I figured I could have that at home.


The Grand Tea was a really nice thing to do on a day that we did not feel like going to the park. We did the Old Key West Resort race in the morning and then after cleaning up, made our way over to the Grand Tea.  After the tea we visited Disney's Wedding Pavilion, which is on the property of the Grand Floridian.  It was nice to take a walk down memory lane.  If you've never done so before, I would highly recommend spending an afternoon at the Grand Floridian.   Even if you are not a  tea person, this is a nice event to do with a group of  girls.     -M





23 comments:

  1. Looks so lovely! There's an old hotel here in Chicago, The Drake, that has afternoon tea. I've never been but many of my friends have and I guess it's really something!

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    1. I've never even been to a local tea. I bet the Drake is nice.

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  2. Looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

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    1. The Grand Floridian is a great way to spend the afternoon weather you go to tea or not. It's just so lovely.

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  3. I love going for afternoon tea! I always look for places to do it when on vacation, but it's not always easy to convince Mr. Judy (even though we've had some nice experiences with it).

    I also like that it's actually relatively affordable, even at Disney. I mean yes, it's still not cheap, but I would have expected it to cost much more considering you're at Disney.

    Everything looks wonderful & I approve of your choice of tea. :)

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    1. This was my first time doing a tea. It was more $ than my breakfast and dinner combined that day but I understand you are basically paying for the experience.

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  4. How fun! That looks like a grand time...it's always enjoyable getting dressed up and treating oneself to a nice afternoon outing. The desserts looks amazing!

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  5. This looks really nice! I've never thought about doing tea while in Disney World but it seems like a fun idea.

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    1. I kept forgetting about this experience but my sister brought it up so we decided to do it.

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  6. I do love a great formal afternoon tea every once in a while!

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    1. To be honest I think I liked the dessert better than the tea! But it was fun trying everything.

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  7. I love that your family has these fun traditions. I'm a fan of high tea!

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    1. The tea was a first for us but visiting Disney has become a tradition.

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  8. I am so underclassed for such a thing - but its so pretty to see. I love that its even offered.

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    1. You are too funny. You would be the perfect southern Belle.

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  9. That looks so nice! I've done a high tea a couple of times, decades ago, which is making me think I need to do another one soon.

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    1. Where do you go for high tea? And I wonder why they call it high tea?

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  10. This looks like so much fun! You guys are adorable. <3

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  11. This looks like so much fun and there’s always something I wanted to do! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Like you, I don’t know much about tea and would have been so lost with the different kinds. Yours does sound delicious though!

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    1. I don't know a lot about the types of tea but there were several I wouldn't have mind trying. It was good that there were three of us, so we had more variety to try. It was a good experience anyway.

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  12. This is on my Disney bucket list! It looks great!

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