A Very Merry Unbirthday at the Garden View Tea Room

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Whether it’s your birthday or un-birthday, have a spot of tea at the Garden View Tea Room

The Garden View Tea Room at The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the perfect place for a princess. Feel like a VIP from the moment you walk through the grand white doors and into the ornately decorated lobby. The resort makes magnificent use of Victorian architecture, blending classic Disney elements with furniture pieces inspired by the Floridian beach resorts of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Looking for something to do while you wait for your reservation? Try to spot the Disney references hidden in floor tile and carpet designs.IMG_4039


The Garden View Team Room is located on the first floor in the lobby of the Grand Floridian, with large windows providing a perfect view of the hotel gardens. Afternoon tea is served from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Friday through Monday and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays tea is served from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Book your reservation at 3:00 pm or later to enjoy lobby music as you dine. You can make your reservations online or by calling Disney Dining.

Mrs. Potts Tea at Grand Floridian

The Menu

The Garden View Tea Room serves teas from around the world and delectable goodies. The menu is extensive, but also expensive depending on what you choose to order. Tea packages range from $30 for 1, and $175 for two. The Bedfordshire Tea is one of the least expensive, and includes finger sandwiches, fresh berries, cheese and lavosh bread. The second course is a buttery scone and jam. The scone is a biscuit style scone, warm and soft. End the tea with a delicate pastry, strawberries and crème or an English Trifle.

The Yorkshire Tea is the most expensive at $175 for two. The meal begins with a course of North American Caviar and traditional accompaniments. The Caviar is followed by the same three courses served with the Bedfordshire tea. While you may be inclined to order the pastries for the finale, I would suggest at least one person in your party order the strawberries and crème. It was the best part of the meal for us.

Strawberries and Creme Grand Floridian Tea

After Tea

There’s plenty to do around the property after you dine. Sit back in a comfortable chair in the lobby and take in the live music, lovely floral displays and sparkling chandeliers. Go for a walk along the gardens, and explore the Polynesian resort. Shop at one of the boutique stores located at the hotel. Shoppers will find everything from toys to expensive designer soaps. Planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom? The park is just a quick monorail ride away.

Boats from Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian


There are many ways to get to The Grand Floridian if you’re not a guest of the hotel. If you’re staying at one of the other Magic Kingdom resort properties (Polynesian or Contemporary Resorts), you can take the hotel monorail. Guests of the Polynesian Resort can also take a short walk to the hotel. If you’re coming from the Magic Kingdom park you can take the monorail or a small boat across the lake to the hotel.

If you’re coming from one of the Epcot resorts, you can take the Transportation Monorail located at the entrance of Epcot. Exit the monorail at the Transportation Center, and then take the resort monorail to the hotel. For those not staying at a Disney property, the hotel does offer parking to visitors. Taxis and Ubers are also available.

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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