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ehagerty
07-12-2007, 10:01 PM
Added June, 2008 pictures - Click here (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=25949807#post25949807), post #56

Tea Room from the Lobby

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p840020111-3.jpg






Place Setting

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p570276752-3.jpg





My Favorite Picture - this trip

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p1005929891-4.jpg

Sums up the whole thing







Flowers in a Tea Pot

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p934527475-3.jpg






Sandwich and Cheese Plate

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p655452045-4.jpg






Sally Lunn Bread with Whipped Cream - customized for my son

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p553333668-3.jpg






Royal Albert Tea Cup

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p797363771-3.jpg






Scones & Tart

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p891313652-3.jpg






Éclair & Swan Puff

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p647199115-4.jpg





Swans

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p771991297-3.jpg








Swan & Teapot

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p875168811-3.jpg






Tea Setting

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p731006784-3.jpg









In the neighborhood - Victoria & Alert's - off hours

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p943471235-3.jpg






...and Citricos

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p923323139-3.jpg

TimeforMe
07-12-2007, 10:16 PM
Oooh, I got so excited when I saw that you had posted about the GF Tea as DD19 and I will be there on the 22nd! I always enjoy your pictures and these did not disappoint.:thumbsup2

Did you enjoy everything?

ehagerty
07-12-2007, 10:21 PM
Oooh, I got so excited when I saw that you had posted about the GF Tea as DD19 and I will be there on the 22nd! I always enjoy your pictures and these did not disappoint.:thumbsup2

Did you enjoy everything?

Absolutely everything!!

Schucraig
07-12-2007, 10:45 PM
Great pictures!:thumbsup2

AnninIowa
07-12-2007, 10:56 PM
Oh, thank you for posting this!! I really want to go on our next trip! Did you order everything a la carte? Is that the blue cheese pictured? On allears.net, it says it comes with nuts and berries, but wondering if it comes with bread/crackers, too.

ehagerty
07-12-2007, 11:04 PM
Oh, thank you for posting this!! I really want to go on our next trip! Did you order everything a la carte? Is that the blue cheese pictured? On allears.net, it says it comes with nuts and berries, but wondering if it comes with bread/crackers, too.

This is what I ordered:

Prince Edward's Tea - A delicious array of assorted pates, and English Blue Stilton, the "King" of English cheeses, served with marinated fresh berries, and Cumberland sauce. We then offer our delicious fresh-baked scones served with rich Devonshire cream. Your choice of our tea with a glass of our Fonseca Bin 27 Character Port. $21.00 per guest

AnninIowa
07-12-2007, 11:13 PM
Ah, thank you! :thumbsup2

MickeyNicki
07-12-2007, 11:27 PM
You have me sold, I want to go there right now!

dvc at last !
07-12-2007, 11:36 PM
Very Beautiful !

We have stayed at the GF have seen the Tea area, but never have gone to Tea.
Thinking of doing Tea in September with my daughter.

AuntieM03
07-12-2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the pictures! We are going in November, can't wait.

PrincessTiff
07-13-2007, 02:06 AM
That swan puff almost looks too good to eat.

Bellybee
07-13-2007, 02:31 AM
I went there for my sister in laws hen night and we had I think the Buckingham Palace Tea it was lovely and that swan pastry was melt in the mouth delicious.

The only thing I would say is I am from the UK where we drink tea every day (nothing like what they have over here) but they serve it with cream which is just very very wrong lol.

IAMaGR8DISMOM
07-13-2007, 08:46 AM
I drink my tea with milk also, I am sure that you can request it.:goodvibes

50 years Too!
07-13-2007, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the pictures. It makes me really excited for my reservation in September!
I love all your pictorials. Keep them coming.:thumbsup2

Deb

harleyquinn
07-13-2007, 11:45 AM
I know this has been asked before so forgive me please. Can you use the DDP on the tea?

Your pictures are fantastic and you have me once again trying to plan a trip for just me and my mom!

wildernesslodgelover
07-13-2007, 12:02 PM
Just lovely! I loved your "favorite picture from this trip!" Thanks so much for posting those pictures. I also liked the "bonus" picture of V&A's!

irongirlof12
07-13-2007, 02:47 PM
Beautiful photos, those swans are so amazing.

DeborahB
07-13-2007, 07:41 PM
especially the "favorite" and the teacup! Brings back such warm memories for me. Next time I want to purchase a teacup and saucer so I can relive the experience at home when I have my daily tea.
GF afternoon tea is terrific :love:

lisaj
07-15-2007, 12:33 PM
Fantastic photos, do you need ADRs for the tea? We are staying there in November.

dahirsh
07-15-2007, 02:19 PM
It's a very small room. I would advise making reservations.

ehagerty
07-15-2007, 10:08 PM
Fantastic photos, do you need ADRs for the tea? We are staying there in November.

That probably depends - at least somewhat - on which part of November you are talking about - the busy part of Nov (end of F&W? Thanksgiving?) or the not-so-busy part (I am not sure which specific days these would be this year). The tea runs for a limited number of hours. That said, I suggest you make reservation - and re-reserve again, if needed, as new information is considered for you vacation plans.

I know this has been asked before so forgive me please. Can you use the DDP on the tea?

Your pictures are fantastic and you have me once again trying to plan a trip for just me and my mom!

I don't know about whether you can use DDP - I suggest just calling WDW-DINE and asking. If disney.go.com can display and be searched before I complete this response, I'll see what I can find out.

Good luck with you proposed vacation with your mom!

theparsons
07-16-2007, 12:04 AM
Looking for some advice....I'd love to do this with my girls (just turned 11), but obviously the wine selections aren't appropriate for them.....are there "chidlren's" menus other than the Peanut Butter and jelly (which they'd not enjoy, they are starting to consider themselves "almost grown up").

From your photos I know we'd absolutely HAVE to have the swans....though whether we could ruin it by eating is another question!

Also...any advice on which tea to choose for children who drink orange pekoe or a flavored herb tea normally, lol. I know we aren't too sophisticated in our tea choice, but for us, at home, it's almost more about the time spent together talking and giggling, and not what we're eating/drinking. I started the tradition of having "tea" every few weeks just as an excuse for my then little girls to dress up and act grown up and for us to have special memories together. I think THIS sounds like a grand culmunation of our homemade teas! How elegant and fun, but I want to try to choose the right tea and the right "plan" so that there is as little disappointment as possible!

Thanks for any help you can give!
Jan

wideeyes
07-16-2007, 05:57 AM
great photo's, GFC looks lovely:)

Minniespal
07-16-2007, 07:09 AM
Excellent:thumbsup2

SleepingBet
07-16-2007, 09:14 AM
Looking for some advice....I'd love to do this with my girls (just turned 11), but obviously the wine selections aren't appropriate for them.....are there "chidlren's" menus other than the Peanut Butter and jelly (which they'd not enjoy, they are starting to consider themselves "almost grown up").

From your photos I know we'd absolutely HAVE to have the swans....though whether we could ruin it by eating is another question!

Also...any advice on which tea to choose for children who drink orange pekoe or a flavored herb tea normally, lol. I know we aren't too sophisticated in our tea choice, but for us, at home, it's almost more about the time spent together talking and giggling, and not what we're eating/drinking. I started the tradition of having "tea" every few weeks just as an excuse for my then little girls to dress up and act grown up and for us to have special memories together. I think THIS sounds like a grand culmunation of our homemade teas! How elegant and fun, but I want to try to choose the right tea and the right "plan" so that there is as little disappointment as possible!

Thanks for any help you can give!
Jan

Yes, they have one for children. It's the Mrs. Potts Tea. There's a menu for it at http://www.allears.net/menu/menu_gft.htm

We've never been, but have ressies in August. I suggest making ressies, as I was not able to get my first choice (our arrival day). We are doing it instead on our departure day.

After seeing the pictures here, I can't wait. Those swans look to die for! And I'm going to be sure and take some pictures of it. I probably wouldn't have thought to do that, otherwise.

lisaj
07-16-2007, 11:23 AM
Thanks for all the advice, I'd love to go but my DH says what is the point of flying from the UK to USA to then sit and have a traditional English afternoon tea, BUT THIS IS DISNEY AFTERNOON TEA!

clhcpaca
07-16-2007, 01:16 PM
DDP cannot be used. It's OOP!!

But, definitely worth it. And, the Gentlemen's Tea is my favorite. I like the pates---not too much into those little tea sandwiches.

Cindy

harleyquinn
07-16-2007, 05:00 PM
DDP cannot be used. It's OOP!!

But, definitely worth it. And, the Gentlemen's Tea is my favorite. I like the pates---not too much into those little tea sandwiches.

Cindy

Thanks!

And OP thanks to you I've talked DH into letting me take my mom to Disney next Christmas without him. Tons will probably happen before then, but for right now, I'm totally psyched! :teeth:

jeminni
07-16-2007, 05:11 PM
Beautiful pics, I can't wait to go there in November :goodvibes

Did the scones or swan come with your meal or were they ala carte?

ehagerty
07-16-2007, 07:45 PM
Looking for some advice....I'd love to do this with my girls (just turned 11), but obviously the wine selections aren't appropriate for them.....are there "chidlren's" menus other than the Peanut Butter and jelly (which they'd not enjoy, they are starting to consider themselves "almost grown up").

From your photos I know we'd absolutely HAVE to have the swans....though whether we could ruin it by eating is another question!

Also...any advice on which tea to choose for children who drink orange pekoe or a flavored herb tea normally, lol. I know we aren't too sophisticated in our tea choice, but for us, at home, it's almost more about the time spent together talking and giggling, and not what we're eating/drinking. I started the tradition of having "tea" every few weeks just as an excuse for my then little girls to dress up and act grown up and for us to have special memories together. I think THIS sounds like a grand culmunation of our homemade teas! How elegant and fun, but I want to try to choose the right tea and the right "plan" so that there is as little disappointment as possible!

Thanks for any help you can give!
Jan

Well - the tea is easy - they have a large variety, including herbal. Your server is well versed and ready to help choose. Some come in a presspot, so if you have your heart set on a TEApot, but sure to ask. Each person gets to choose his/her own tea and gets his/her own pot. You don't have to choose a single tea for the whole table.

For food, you have a couple of choices

find a single thing you like - like shrimp salad "sandwich" - and request that all of the sandwiches on the plate be of that variety
eat the "meal" food ahead of time and come here just for tea and dessert (yes, that is OK to do)


I agree that, since you are already in a tea mode with your girls that this would be just a lovely afternoon. My recommendation is to make the reservation, decide a basic approach (above) and go with the flow the rest of the way. You can even buy the house blend to take home and relive the experience - even buy the piano player's CD (GF gift shop) - tea cups (Epcot - UK). Enjoy - let us know how it goes.

angelmav
07-16-2007, 11:58 PM
That looks lovely and you take fantastic photos!

Ron from Michigan
07-20-2007, 11:24 AM
Thanks so much for the great pictures. :)

scrap disney
07-20-2007, 03:30 PM
Great pictures - thanks for sharing them.

disnut1149
07-20-2007, 04:04 PM
Hi
Thanks for sharing. I love the tea. The food was good and it was so relaxing after a busy morning in the park. I don't eat meat, so they substituted sandwiches for me. The trifle for dessert was delicious!!:thumbsup2

faindrops27
07-21-2007, 10:55 AM
Tea Room from the Lobby

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p635e706acb57472dc17a933f51b10b2f/e8e43154.jpg






Place Setting

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p708d266fab6cff128800565db51451c7/e8e42cfd.jpg





My Favorite Picture - this trip

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p93696a3f7f8ef31acf499da598b762a6/e8e42cb0.jpg

Sums up the whole thing







Flowers in a Tea Pot

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p7e46cb84527dc1a0cca4b8726bd95235/e8e430d4.jpg






Sandwich and Cheese Plate

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pe160eaf3a08be3672ab4a0a457fbcb26/e8e430b0.jpg






Sally Lunn Bread with Whipped Cream - customized for my son

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p337a43bd30f4032709f32ced51eba059/e8e43049.jpg






Royal Albert Tea Cup

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pf3c42a2589b07226f4b75a63bd59a7fb/e8e42ffe.jpg






Scones & Tart

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p6da97228ba0bed23587d0f3ca7c5b2df/e8e42fb3.jpg






Éclair & Swan Puff

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p25be85066c0cdf0bbb6e9ae2c231165d/e8e42f56.jpg





Swans

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p24b7e14f9ce209ddae8627879d0ffe66/e8e42d56.jpg








Swan & Teapot

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p8948c1b2b554a556e8216dec9adda253/e8e42c8f.jpg






Tea Setting

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pe19e964819e8b95d3225b4bdac5badb6/e8e42b90.jpg






My Meal

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pebe135cf9e14b2fa3022acd535bff6af/e8e42a19.jpg






In the neighborhood - Victoria & Alert's - off hours

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p9162859e2b364574fcbdc501582a09ac/e8e42959.jpg

Ehagerty- my favorite photographer. You had me hooked since that picture of Japan in Epcot. So awesome! These pictures, are beautiful as well. :goodvibes

AshleyMWC
07-22-2007, 10:40 PM
Wow, those pictures are amazing!! My mom and I are having tea there for the first time this October and I can't wait! Thos edesserts look absolutely to die for- bring on the swan pastry :lmao:

grannyminnie
07-23-2007, 07:58 AM
Wow! You take great pix...I have always wanted to go to tea at the GF, and this thread might make me finally act on that! What a lovely thought..

Karalea
08-01-2007, 08:17 AM
Thank you so much for posting your pictures. I have always wanted to go to this Tea but I usually travel with my brother and 2 young nephews. :sad2:

I am taking my 1st solo trip Sept 22-26. After reading this thread and seeing your beautiful pictures, I called and made my ADR! It is going to be a wonderful addition to my arrival day plan of touring the resorts. It will also be late enough (3:40) to be a nice, lite dinner.

Now I just have to decide what to order:coffee:

davidgpedersen
08-01-2007, 11:46 AM
I am sending my wife to a half day spa treatment at the GF in September and one of the things it says on the "menu" for her package is tea time. Does anyone know if that's a relaxing cup of tea at the spa, or if it is this high tea that looks so nice? (say it's the high tea...oh please oh please....I would score bonus points for months...)

Dave

sconnell
08-01-2007, 01:32 PM
I am sending my wife to a half day spa treatment at the GF in September and one of the things it says on the "menu" for her package is tea time. Does anyone know if that's a relaxing cup of tea at the spa, or if it is this high tea that looks so nice? (say it's the high tea...oh please oh please....I would score bonus points for months...)

Dave

Awe, that's sweet, I don't know but, dang, my DH needs some lessons! :cutie:

ehagerty
08-05-2007, 07:09 PM
Was cruising through the remaining collection of unposted pictures....

This was I took from the second floor of the GF, toward a wedding party that was assembling outside. This was the flower girl!!! What a pretty picture!

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v3/p587757812-3.jpg

ehagerty
08-05-2007, 07:14 PM
To consolidate some GF Tea postings.....

.....this was a walk-by photo-shooting - I was showing newbies through the tea room for future reference and stopped only long enough to take this picture....

Now there's a screensaver, for you!!

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p116814502-4.jpg






http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pdfa96ceaa77a66aecad75a3227f05b6d/eb18c602.jpg

ehagerty
08-05-2007, 07:16 PM
External View of the Tea Room

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p957e90b93a455611c00bccb701a6788f/eb1a75ff.jpg

ciera321
08-10-2007, 01:34 PM
Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures...it reminded me just how much I enjoyed my first tea at the GF in February!!! I have 2 boys who, along with Dad, didn't think the "tea" would be a good match for them. I was lucky to get to go with some friends in February to an all girls tea and it was wonderful!!! We're going again next July when we both happen to be going to DW with our families at the same time. She's taking her daughter-in-law, granddaughter (age 5 and loves to play princess) and her mom and has invited me...I can't wait. :love: :love: :love:

ehagerty
08-11-2007, 10:05 PM
.. when they get a little older, they may want to go to the tea with you - because they will want to go to any Disney restaurant for a meal. My DS19 went for the first time this year and now wants to go each time. (DS17 still opts for Typhoon Lagoon.....)

ehagerty
08-11-2007, 10:10 PM
Awe, that's sweet, I don't know but, dang, my DH needs some lessons! :cutie:

Couldn't help but notice how similar your princess is to my 4-yr-old niece/namesake

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pab04de4f69aa99652b99a8eb25142d10/e8ac3673.jpg

Luv2Roam
08-12-2007, 11:19 AM
Wonderful photos! They depict Afternoon Tea perfect! :goodvibes

I was there just a month ago. Aft Tea is always a good dining experience, esp away from the hot Florida sun. :cool2:

So far I have always ordered the Buckingham Palace. I really love their chicken salad sandwich. Theirs is like no chicken sandwich I have ever eaten. :love: I opt for an extra of another sandwich and not the watercress and cuke.

The brand of tea they serve is "Tea". Very tasty. :cool1:

The only thing I was not too impressed by is the English Trifle. Guess I was expecting something more elaborate.
DH loves the big bowl of strawberries and whipped cream he gets.

And from my experience they are very particular on seating guests no earlier than their res. Not even by a few minutes, even though the seating does not change in those few minutes. :confused3 Very regimental in that area. But a great time and always treated well once seated. :3dglasses And guys will not feel out of place.

ciera321
08-12-2007, 10:24 PM
.. when they get a little older, they may want to go to the tea with you - because they will want to go to any Disney restaurant for a meal. My DS19 went for the first time this year and now wants to go each time. (DS17 still opts for Typhoon Lagoon.....)

Thanks!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed...:goodvibes

2excited4words
08-16-2007, 12:10 AM
UGH!! This was exactly the thread I was looking for as I am considering do the tea with my daughter. It "sounds" wonderful, but I have not been able to see one picture that everyone says is terriffic! All I get are red x's. Any ideas why this isn't showing up for me? :confused: I would love to see these pics! HELP Please

dsnygirl2006
08-21-2007, 10:18 AM
LOVED the pics, we are going to tea the first sunday afternoon we are there and I am so excited about it, I was looking at the picture the OP posted of the Sally Lunn Bread with whipped cream, can anyone order this as an option on the bread? It looks wonderful.....Thanks
Kristy:thumbsup2

ehagerty
08-21-2007, 07:59 PM
All I get are red x's. Any ideas why this isn't showing up for me? :confused: I would love to see these pics! HELP Please

I wish I could help, but I don't know enough. I have seen those symptoms when my web browser was not compatible with the web site, but I don't know more than that, sorry!

I was looking at the picture the OP posted of the Sally Lunn Bread with whipped cream, can anyone order this as an option on the bread? It looks wonderful.....Thanks

Sure, you can order it. They will work with you on any customization you want that is reasonable. My son made this up - it is just rich bread, toasted, with whipped cream on top.

ehagerty
04-11-2008, 06:53 PM
If you tried lately, and were unable to see any pictures, try now!

danalee
04-11-2008, 07:06 PM
does anybody know the time for tea. I mean do the open at 1pm and close at 4pm :goodvibes

ehagerty
04-11-2008, 07:08 PM
does anybody know the time for tea. I mean do the open at 1pm and close at 4pm :goodvibes

They book reservations pretty much during those hours - I think the last reservation is around 3:30 - you can call 407-WDW-DINE for more precise information

Disney owl
04-18-2008, 04:44 PM
Again brilliant photos

ehagerty
06-29-2008, 10:18 PM
The tea doesn't change much - and that is probably as expected - hence the pictures don't change much either. Still, I post anyway, because I enjoy them - and those who want to, can find them!

In on particular order.....

Dessert, first!!!

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p997527191-4.jpg




Table for 5, by the window....

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p1005967997-3.jpg



Tables for 2

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p1034952635-3.jpg



http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p855900747-3.jpg




Pate Plate

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p934719452-4.jpg




Hot Chocolate

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p850740630-4.jpg




Strawberries & Cream

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p689205803-4.jpg




Scone & Tart

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p640138391-4.jpg



Dessert Plate, again (different perspective)

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p860315929-4.jpg

princesstinkerbelle
06-29-2008, 11:25 PM
ohhh we will be there two weeks from today!!!! just my momma and me, we are letting the boys explore disneyquest...

jockey
07-26-2008, 04:17 AM
Great pics, I love the tea and cakes here :)

PoohGal05
07-26-2008, 07:44 AM
My mom and I went to Afternoon Tea when we went in August of 2006 and it was wonderful. We actually got earlier than our time, as we did with all of our ADRs during this week. We had a CM who was assisting someone who was earning her ears. Mom and I each ordered our own seperate pots of tea. The place setting and china were beautiful!

One of the funny things that happened while were were there was that at one point, my mom wanted some more tea. She attempted to pick up her pot to pour herself some more, but the pot was heavy. I offered to do it for her, but the pot seemed to heavy as well as hot and I didn't want to make a mess trying to pour it. Apparently our server had been standing nearby and saw me trying to pour the tea for my mom. She came over and offered to pour for us, which we accepted. She also offered to pour my tea, but I declined because my pot was more manageable. We thanked her and she asked us if there was anything else we needed. We told her we were fine and she left us. As soon as she got out of earshot, my mom looked at me and asked, 'Does she have asbestos hands?', as she had poured the tea without using the tea cozy. lol