Back in April, I took my mum with me on a work trip to Orlando and while we were there, I planned us in a few extra activities. As a bit of an early birthday present, I booked in to take my mum for afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian Resort. It’s something I’ve been wanting to tick of the Disney World bucket list for a while. The Grand Floridian is one of Disney’s deluxe resorts – you only have to look at it to see that. It’s situated on the side of Seven Seas Lagoon, just a stones throw away from Magic Kingdom
Afternoon Tea takes place in The Garden View Tea Room. This was actually the first time I’d ever stepped foot in The Grand Floridian… I know crazy right? It’s always been one of those things that always meant to do but never gotten around too. The Garden View Tea Room overlooks the gardens of The Grand Floridian, including some of the buildings and one of its pools (sneakily in the corner).
Afternoon Tea at The Grand Floridian
We decided to go for The Cheshire package ($50 per person) which included a pot of tea (you can add a glass of champagne for an extra $15 person) and the following food:
Selection of exotic fruits and imported cheeses
Medley of Finger Sandwiches accompanied with Berries, Cheese and Lavosh
Buttery Scone and Jam Tart
Choice of delicate House-Made Pastries, Strawberries and Creme, or English Trifle
Now, I don’t actually drink tea so our waiter suggested I swap it out for another hot drink so I went for hot chocolate which was actually quite nice. I’m a bit fussy and I hate having to add sugar if they’re too bitter. But this one was great – no sugar required.
The first course was a selection of cheeses, melon, raisins, crackers, pineapple and a small cube of jelly (I can’t remember the flavour). Mum and I munched through the cheese and the fruits (except the raisins) before our waiter brought out the second and third courses and the finales on the cake and sandwich holder.
I really enjoyed the scone that came in the third course. It came with cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd. mum and I proceeded to have a discussion about what goes first, cream or jam (p.s it’s cream…. if you say jam you are wrong!)
For my finale, I went for the strawberries and cream which was delicious. Our waiter was amazing and when I mentioned I wish I could have some chocolate covered strawberries – they suddenly appeared. Mum went for the pastries so she got some cute little macaroons (and I got to eat one as she doesn’t like pistachio) and a pastry swan.
So fo you’re thinking of doing afternoon tea at The Garden View Rooms at The Grand Floridian, I would absolutely recommend it. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon at Disney World. It was very relaxed and so nice to explore more of The Grand Floridian and it’s grounds. It’s not the cheapest afternoon tea out there and it isn’t the grandest either but it’s nice enough. The food and the tea is good and that’s all that matters. It was also a really nice opportunity to spend time with my mum away from the parks.
Have you been for afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian?