Afternoon Tea at The Garden View Lounge

Garden View

Afternoon tea at The Garden View Lounge was a dream of mine for years. It was a wish my heart made and with a little pixie dust and some help from a genie it finally came true. 

Disney has always been a magical place for me. I’ve watched my son sword fight with Captain Jack. My brothers have been proposed to by Cinderella’s step sisters. Husband has treated a room full of strangers to churros and mom has danced with Chip. There have been many more and now I add the Tea Room to my list of magical moments.

Garden View

The Garden View Lounge

Located in the Grand Floridian hotel this tea room is located at the far end of the first floor. It is a small and quaint little lounge but it’s atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming. You are greeted by a Disney  cast member that will seat you at your table. Once seated your server will tell about the offerings.

The food was everything I had ever thought an afternoon tea would be. We had little finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and even english trifle. Everything I ate was paired well with a pot of chamomile tea. 

The beauty of afternoon tea at the Garden View is that you can choose your meal package and the flavor of tea the occupants it. You can go simple like I did or go lavish with caviar. Drink a pot tea or have champagne. Whatever you choose this place has you covered. 

Garden View

Why afternoon tea 

From the time I was a child I have had an affection for the English tradition of afternoon tea. My mother always said I was born in the wrong era and country. I say I am more Mary Poppins meet Mad Hatter but whatever the case I love the idea of tea parties. 

So when I first caught a glimpse of The Garden View back in 1990 I was smitten with it. I told myself one day I would have afternoon tea there. I finally made that dream a reality a few weeks ago and it was everything dreamed it would be and more. 

Jeffrey my wonderful server and cast member made my entire meal an experience I won’t soon forget. He even made my day by presenting me with a Princess Aura rose to remember the day by. I am still on cloud nine from having my Disney Dream fulfilled so completely..

Now if only the Mad Hatter or Mary Poppins were free for tea one day. 

Garden View

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.

57 Comments

  1. Ooooh….I’m so jealous of your tea time. I havent done one in like a dozen years and want to do one again soon. They are really so charming…

    • I am so obsessed with them. I always go when out in LA with a friend.

  2. How beautiful! I love going to places like this especially with my sisters! The treats looked so pretty!

  3. Terri Steffes says:

    I’m headed to DW in December and now I want to have tea at the Floridian! I’ll have to see if my daughter will go with me!

    • You will love it and it’s such a great way to make memories.

  4. My Disney Dream come true was working for Disney World. I worked in the Corporate Office doing Special Event planning for large groups. Fun experience and a bucket list item checked off for sure!

    • How wonderful. I lvoe hearing about people making their dreams come true.

  5. High tea is one of my very favorite things to do…especially when in London! Can’t wait to plan another trip!

  6. Mine is to sleep in Cinderella’s castle! We had high tea a few years ago there as well – it is a great time. Happy to hear you were finally able to go

  7. Tea time is so much fun!!!! I loved that!!! Disney is a dream. I had “breakfast with the princesses” in cinderella’s castle when I was 10…I was in complete heaven.

  8. I just love afternoon teas! Those tea cups are gorgeous and all the food looked delicious.

  9. The Floridian looks like a great place to have afternoon tea. I’ll have to stop by next time I’m at Disney.

  10. I got to have afternoon tea on a cruise ship once. It was a fun time. I am sure this was too.

  11. carissagarabedian says:

    I love tea! I think the variety of flavors and aromas are so soothing. Your pictures make me wish I was there!

  12. Wow! This looks like it is amazing! I have always wanted to take my girls to something like this!

    • They would love it. Plus at Garden View they have a special tea for younger kids.

  13. Afternoon tea is really lovely. I think it’s a nice tradition that mothers and their daughters can have together. It will strengthen your bond for sure. It’s fun because you get to share stories over good tea and some lovely pastries!

    • Very true. I have taken my son several times to tea rooms in La he likes them but this was special for me because it was something i dreamed of doing. Madison would lvoe it.

  14. This sounds like a truly magical moment! You know…I’ve seen it in the grocery store, but have never tried it…I am so curious about clotted cream.

  15. rosepetalsinthesea says:

    I love drinking tea, so this would have been my ideal setting! I didn’t know that they had a tea lounge, but I’ll have to keep it in mind. 🙂 – HilLesha

    • It is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon at Disney to destress.

  16. I’m not much a tea person, but this looks like a cool moment and something that you’ll always remember. I’ve never heard of tea rooms before!

  17. loisaltermark says:

    I love afternoon tea! It’s such a beautiful tradition, and I’m sure Disney makes it even more magical.

    • Disney did a great job. My bucket list is to have tea in England one day.

  18. There is a tea here in our city that I really need to take my teenage daughter. What a great way to spend an hour or so.

  19. Omg how fun!!! This is one thing I have always wanted to do at Disney!!! Hopefully one day I get to have tea!

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