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WBAC
07-13-2009, 09:11 AM
Can you order ala cart w/out a tea service? How do 10&12yr old girls do? Any reveiws with this age group?

Kurby
07-13-2009, 09:15 AM
yes you can

my dd was 3 when we took her but i know my neice how is now 16 would have loved it at any time.

they are both girly girls and love tea party games. i guess it would depend on your dd's.

i don't see why any young lady wouldn't want to enjoy that at least once :)

i think it may become a regular thing for us now - it was a great way to kick start our wdw trip

Sandy321
07-13-2009, 10:14 AM
My dd loves this - its relaxing out of the hustle and bustle and heat!

We went when she was 10 for a "Dis meet" and she so wanted to the tea - ordered it - with the fancy sandwiches, and her face fell when the other kids got the Mrs Pott's tea (choc milk, plain ham sandwiches, pbj) the kind CM noted her reaction and asked to replace her tea with Mrs Potts!! :wizard:

She spent the next years trying different teas for when we would return for her 12th birthday!! :lovestruc She found she loved Darjeeling tea!! All set for her bday treat! (I ordered her the slipper dessert for this tea too! special $15 treat you have to pre order!)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Disney%20Oct%2008/WeddingPictures-somedisney019.jpg

When we first read the menu - no mention of Darjeeling - so I asked the CM - and sure enough they had it!!!

DH ordered the oolong tea! We didnt realize it was a "green leaf" tea!!
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Disney%20Oct%2008/WeddingPictures-somedisney021.jpg

Here is our 3 tea choices (mine is the darker black tea!)
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Disney%20Oct%2008/WeddingPictures-somedisney016.jpg

The CM surprised dd with a rose for her birthday!!
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Disney%20Oct%2008/WeddingPictures-somedisney024.jpg

We truly love this tea!

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Disney%20Oct%2008/WeddingPictures-somedisney014.jpg

livie1205
07-13-2009, 10:15 AM
I took my dd3 TWO times on our last trip!! She still talks about going to tes...she loved it.I had tea and she had the ms potts tea with choc milk and sandwhiches...she even got to pick TWO deserts! We are going back in Nov and we are already planning on taking her back.My dh ordered the cheese plate and a momosa and the cheese was GREAT.

Kurby
07-13-2009, 11:54 AM
as long as we're showing pictures :)


http://i577.photobucket.com/albums/ss213/karenkurby/2009%20WDW%20and%20DCL/100_4550.jpg


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sherylcin
07-13-2009, 12:18 PM
Thanks for posting all the great pics. I've also wanted to do this tea for the past couple of trips but haven't been able to work it in. I think my granddaughters will actually be better ages on our next trip anyway. Now I will definitely put it in the plan!

Sandy321
07-13-2009, 01:48 PM
Kurby - she's adorable!!

Kurby
07-13-2009, 01:57 PM
ahhhh thank you :)

i thought it was cute she was acting like me when i poured my tea through the strainer she said she had to pour her "tea" through too.

my mom kept asking what kind of tea it was and why would i let her pour hot tea. i couldn't stop laughing and finally dh had to tell her it was choc. milk not tea.

AshleyMWC
07-13-2009, 02:56 PM
My mom and I did this a couple years ago, and I would love to take my new DH on our honeymoon this year. He said he doesn't care if he's the only guy there, but do you think he will look odd? (Again, not that he would care!!) Also, I can't remember, do they by chance have a pressed coffee he could drink or just tea? He would be fine with tea, but he LOVES coffee!

Thanks!

StephanieCG
07-13-2009, 05:10 PM
Silly question, but where do you make reservations for this? There wasn't a link on the disney dining website, so is it a different number? Hoping to add it to my September trip! Thanks.

Kurby
07-13-2009, 05:29 PM
its like a regular reservation - just call the disney number and make your reservation.

it's not a large restaurant so depending on the time of year or even the time of day it may fill up fast

Kurby
07-13-2009, 05:31 PM
My mom and I did this a couple years ago, and I would love to take my new DH on our honeymoon this year. He said he doesn't care if he's the only guy there, but do you think he will look odd? (Again, not that he would care!!) Also, I can't remember, do they by chance have a pressed coffee he could drink or just tea? He would be fine with tea, but he LOVES coffee!

Thanks!



no he won't be the only one there - when we were there in april there was a table of 6 men (business type) plus at least 1 third of the tables were couples another 1/3 families with mom dad and kids and the rest were women so it's always a mix of male female and kids

johnsonet
07-13-2009, 05:44 PM
Hi. I took my 12-year-old daughter and my 10-year-old niece in March :cloud9: They had both been before but we always LOVE afternoon tea at the Grand. It's very fun - and very delicious! You will have a wonderful time!
Here are some pics:

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PirateD
07-13-2009, 06:33 PM
It's fun to see everyone's great pics! This looks like so much fun! Do they serve herbal tea there as well?

Kurby
07-13-2009, 06:48 PM
they have a wide range of tea's

i had the Eros tea - Mmmm it was good


Traditional Tea Selections

Tea selections are $5.95 per person

Custom Blends
Made exclusively for Gardenview Tea Room.

Gardenview Blend - A signature blend made exclusively for Gardenview Tea Room.

Princess Breakfast Tea - A sweet custom blend of South African organic rooibos flavored with vanilla bean and a hint of strawberries. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and naturally decaffeinated.

White & Green Teas
The most delicate of teas: White teas are highly prized because of their consistency of top buds and leaves only. Named after the silver down hairs that cover the young unopened bud.
China green tea is known for its mild and subtle taste, refreshing aroma, and pale hues. The leaves range in appearance from silver to deep emerald. Japanese tea leaves are often brilliant green, reminiscent of the lush gardens they are grown in. They produce liquor that range from jade green to light yellow, with a fragrant puckery and slightly sweet taste.

Jade Leaf Green Tea - Hand picked then withered and gently dried for delicacy and a hint of sweetness. Naturally low in caffeine.

Floral Jasmine Green - Delicately perfumed with golden jasmine blossoms with fresh mellow overtones and a slightly astringent finish. Sweet, slightly tannic finish.

Jasmine White - Scented multiple times with fresh jasmine blossoms for a delicate aroma of golden Jasmine and outstanding liquor. Naturally very low in caffeine.

Black Teas
Fully fermented, gaining color and character from the processing of the leaves.

Osmanthus Oolong - Top grade oolong tea from Formosa delicately scented with rare Osmanthus flowers for a broad and unique flavor. Highly coveted and prized for its champagne aroma and deep rich flavor.

Imperial English Breakfast - Elegant and refined smooth sweetness. A blend of Ceylon and China Black Teas.

Russian Earl Grey - Inspired by the old tradition of shipping tea with lemon for flavor: Made from the rind of spicy Bergamot orange to give the exotic blend of citrus.

Eros - Medium bodied Ceylon: Sweet Mandarin orange with warm vanilla for a sweet, smooth and creamy finish.

Cassis - A rich black currant flavor for an exceptionally aromatic and sweet finish.

Mad Hatter - A blend of passion fruit, pomegranate, and vanilla for a clean and sweet finish. Perfect with decadent desserts and companions.

Herbal Infusions
A collection of herbs, flowers, fruits, berries, or spices from around the world. Herbal Infusions are naturally caffeine free.

Chamomile Flowers - A tranquil and calming herbal infusion of sweet and fragrant golden chamomile blossoms combined for a mild and sweet taste. Soft and musty aroma combined with a smooth, apple-like finish.

Harmony - A tranquil blend of sweet chamomile blossoms, peppermint, allspice and orange blossoms for a mild and sweet taste.

Lemon Verbena - Naturally caffeine-free, a refreshing infusion of lemon verbena, lemongrass, lemon balm, and lemon peel; a favorite during the summertime.

Jamaican Spice - A zesty herbal infusion with red liquor and a bouquet of flavors, tartness of hibiscus and sweetness of cinnamon for a sweet, tangy, and spicy finish.

Nobo Whole Fruit - Full bodied and rich in sweetness. An array of berries and apple, accompanied with hibiscus, rose hips, and cornflowers.

Vanilla Rooibos - Rich and full bodied with creamy vanilla finish.


Afternoon Tea Offerings

The Grand Tea - The classic English tradition of Afternoon Tea, Grand Floridian style. We offer you a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts, followed by your choice of our freshly baked tea pastries or English trifle, accompanied by a glass of Domaine Ste.-Michelle sparkling wine and your choice of tea. $25.50 per guest (Example of tea sandwiches may include: cucumber with watercress, shrimp salad with dill, chicken salad with almonds, grilled pear with gorgonzola, and egg salad, each on a different bread.)

Prince Edward's Tea - A delicious array of duck and cherry terrine, chicken and pork roulade, country pate en croute, and , 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

Buckingham Palace - Our traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea. $19.50 per guest

Sally Lunn Tea - Sally Lunn bread dates back to the 18th century where it was baked fresh, then sold on the streets of Bath England by the creator. Here at the Grand Floridian, we have carried on this tradition of this sweet yeast bread served lightly toasted with apricot preserves. This is followed by a choice of either trifle or strawberries and cream, along with your choice of tea. $13.50 per guest.

Mrs. Potts Tea - For the young tea lover in your party, we offer a variety of tea sandwiches, tuna salad, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly on white bread. We serve our magical dark tea (chocolate milk), followed by a choice of two pastries $10.50 per guest

A La Carte Offerings

British Cheese Plate - a selection of traditional British cheeses, served with an array of seasonal fruit $12.50

Gentleman's Tea Platter - house-made duck and cherry terrine, chicken & pork roulade, country pate en croute, accompanied by marinated berries, cumberland sauce and English Blue Stilton $10.50

Plate of Assorted Tea Sandwiches - $8.50

English Blue Stilton Cheese - served with walnuts and marinated berries $6.95; served with Foncesca Port $12.75

Strawberries and Cream - $6.95

English Trifle - $6.95

Freshly Baked Scones with Devonshire Cream and Preserves - $3.50

Two Jam Tarts - $3.50

Sally Lunn Bread - $3.50

Lemon Pound Cake - $3.50


Pastries $2.75 each

Specialty Drinks include: Brandy Alexander, Champagne Cocktail, Grand Mimosa - $7.50

A variety of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic are available)

Non-Alcoholic:
Press Pot Colombian Coffee $5.95
Press Pot Colombian Decaf Coffee $5.95
Espresso $3.19
Cappuccino $3.69
Hot Chocolate $2.19
Milk (hot or cold) $2.19
Chocolate Milk $2.19
Coke, Sprite, or Diet Coke $2.19
Apple or Orange Juice $2.29
Mineral Water $3.25

Selections from the bar:
Fonseca Bin 27, Character, N.V. $7.00
B & B $9.00
Budweiser $6.00
Miller Lite $6.00
Coors Light $6.00
Samuel Adams $6.50
Heineken $6.50
Bass Ale $6.75
Stella Artois $6.75

Champagne and Sparkling Wine:
Taittinger La Francaise Brut, N.V. $74.00 per bottle
Moet et Chandon White Star, N.V. $74.00 per bottle
Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee Brut, Sonoma '97 $10.50 per glass, $55.00 per bottle
Domaine Ste.-Michelle, Blanc de Blanc, Columbia Valley $7.50 per glass, $34.00 per bottle
Martinelli Sparkling Cider $5.50 per glass, $22.00 per bottle

*Wine and Spirits available upon request.

Sandy321
07-13-2009, 07:24 PM
:yay: More great pictures!

johnsonet's picture gives you an idea on how small the Grand Tea area is!

My mom and I did this a couple years ago, and I would love to take my new DH on our honeymoon this year. He said he doesn't care if he's the only guy there, but do you think he will look odd? (Again, not that he would care!!) Also, I can't remember, do they by chance have a pressed coffee he could drink or just tea? He would be fine with tea, but he LOVES coffee!

Thanks!

Kurby posted the offerings, and yes they do have Coffee!

My dh didnt go the first time - (he thought he would save money silly man! I saved disney dollars, I just thought he was embarrased to go!) SO the 2nd time he went!! and he really enjoyed it!!

If you look at the pictures with the DD in them (both mine and Kurby's) you can see men in the background!!

noahdove
07-13-2009, 08:08 PM
The pictures are beautiful:) The little one pouring her "tea" makes me think of my little granddaughter:) She is soooo precious. My little great niece will love this, so I am excited to take her. I have ressies already and this will be just another little surprise for her. Thank you all for pictures and your input:)

kalikat420
07-13-2009, 08:26 PM
DH and I went on our 7th anniversary and both loved it :lovestruc. We'll be going back this year for our 10th anniversary.

Last time, I ordered a mini cake with a white chocolate castle. Here's a photo of our tea service and cake. Our waitress was great, helped us set up the shot and everything.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-10/1096203/anniversarycake.JPG

johnsonet
07-14-2009, 03:23 PM
:yay: More great pictures!

johnsonet's picture gives you an idea on how small the Grand Tea area is!



Kurby posted the offerings, and yes they do have Coffee!

My dh didnt go the first time - (he thought he would save money silly man! I saved disney dollars, I just thought he was embarrased to go!) SO the 2nd time he went!! and he really enjoyed it!!

If you look at the pictures with the DD in them (both mine and Kurby's) you can see men in the background!!

Thanks for the tip because as many times as I have been - I've never gone with a man :rotfl: If I can drag my DH this summer, I will. I really do think he'd enjoy it. If only for the peace and quiet :laughing:
Your daughter is gorgeous, BTW, and looks so happy with her birthday rose princess:

DH and I went on our 7th anniversary and both loved it :lovestruc. We'll be going back this year for our 10th anniversary.

Last time, I ordered a mini cake with a white chocolate castle. Here's a photo of our tea service and cake. Our waitress was great, helped us set up the shot and everything.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2005-10/1096203/anniversarycake.JPG
Beautiful cake - and what a nice thing to do on an anniversary trip :lovestruc

hoosiergirl7
08-11-2009, 03:50 PM
This might be a stupid question. We're heading down to WDW in Dec for 8 days/7 nights. We're only doing 5 day park hoppers and on our down day I thought this would be something fun to do with just my mom. She's turning 60 this month and I won't be able to be with her on her birthday. So as a very belated gift I thought the tea would be fun.

If I do it, we'll do the Grand tea. My question is this - can you pick and choose which tea sandwiches you want or do they bring you all of them? There are things on the offerings list that I know I won't eat and possibly a few my mom won't.

Thanks!

Kurby
08-11-2009, 04:09 PM
i don't see why not. i know the next time we do it i'll be asking to replace the alpha sandwich with anything else.

it tasted like grass LOL

idofabric
08-11-2009, 05:51 PM
I have done this several times in the last few years. I took my DN when she was 6yo and she loved it- it took us about 2 1/2 to 3 hours cause she and her mom eat slow, and DN got the Strawberries with whipped cream for desert, BIG bowl of food!
And I took my brother last time- we both got the Grand Tea, and when the CM found out he did not like sparkling wine she said they had port, WOW! it was great! He hates, hates, hates any thing with mayo in it and still liked all the sandwiches.
I was there having tea alone a few trips ago and noticed a small group of teenage boys having tea, thought they might be from the UK, but they wern't- I asked them. They just thought it looked good, the pastries, the strawberries and so on, so they did "Tea". The were around 15 to 17 yo, I only noticed cause my DS is around that age, and I had never thought to take him, even thou he will try any thing food wise.
I hope to go in Sept for my B'day. It might be a solo trip, but this is such a great place I won't mind. And if not we have a trip in early Oct that has gone from 6 of us going to about 12 to 15 now.. won't know till Sept. We had to get two 3 bedroom places for us all, so if we decide to do Tea I will need to call asap! Hope they end up extending the Fireworks Desert Buffet at MK by then!

LMO429
08-11-2009, 08:02 PM
what a great thread about the tea cant wait to experience first hand with my mom. it looks like it will be a special time together

luvtogo12
08-11-2009, 08:10 PM
Thank you Kurby for all that info! I will be at the tea next week with my 19 y/o DD for the first time and I cannot wait!! I am so excited for this.

Thanks to those who posted pictures, they are beautiful!!

Dissy
08-11-2009, 08:42 PM
My mom and I did this a couple years ago, and I would love to take my new DH on our honeymoon this year. He said he doesn't care if he's the only guy there, but do you think he will look odd? (Again, not that he would care!!) Also, I can't remember, do they by chance have a pressed coffee he could drink or just tea? He would be fine with tea, but he LOVES coffee!

Thanks!

I dragged my DH there last year and he was very uncomfortable even though there was a table of 4 near us with 2 guys. If you are a party of 2, the tables are very close together. I enjoyed it, but he didn't....he couldn't wait to get out of there Just an FYI.

disneybound31
08-11-2009, 09:08 PM
Can someone describe the English Trifle and that Swan dessert for me? Will be taking DD7 in several months and am trying to nail down my choices. Planning on the Grand Tea for me and prob Mrs. Pott's for her and maybe even add the strawberries and cream for good measure! Why not? You only live once! And this is such a special age/time for us right now- I just love finding magical things to do with her.

Kurby
08-11-2009, 09:14 PM
trifle is a dessert made with cake or lady fingers custard fruit or jam layered in a huge bowl

it's not my cup of tea but the rest of my family love it.

http://joyofbaking.com/images/large/strawberrylemoncurdtrifle.jpg

Jeanieblue114
08-11-2009, 10:10 PM
This might be a stupid question. We're heading down to WDW in Dec for 8 days/7 nights. We're only doing 5 day park hoppers and on our down day I thought this would be something fun to do with just my mom. She's turning 60 this month and I won't be able to be with her on her birthday. So as a very belated gift I thought the tea would be fun.

If I do it, we'll do the Grand tea. My question is this - can you pick and choose which tea sandwiches you want or do they bring you all of them? There are things on the offerings list that I know I won't eat and possibly a few my mom won't.

Thanks!

YES! We have subbed other sandwiches. They will describe the menu to you and the selection before they bring it out and you can just let them know what you want. I LOVE the pear and gorgonzola. Hubby loves the onion tart. This is one of our favorite treats to do at the world.

Jeanieblue114
08-11-2009, 10:15 PM
Can someone describe the English Trifle and that Swan dessert for me? Will be taking DD7 in several months and am trying to nail down my choices. Planning on the Grand Tea for me and prob Mrs. Pott's for her and maybe even add the strawberries and cream for good measure! Why not? You only live once! And this is such a special age/time for us right now- I just love finding magical things to do with her.

The trifle is actually delicious. At the Tea it is basically a big scoop out of big one that is made and sitting there on ice. It is custard pudding, whipped cream, strawberries, and pound cake. There is a little bit of some alcohol/liqour in it but it is not noticable. The only reason I know this is that for some STRANGE reason, last year they carded us when we ordered the trifle because they said it had 'uncooked' alcohol in it. I think they brush the cake with a liquor and sugar syrup or something. But, like i said...not noticable.

The swans are pretty, but I didn't care for them much. They are shaped out of your basic cream puff dough and then they have a little poof of rasberry mousse sitting on their backs. Very pretty....but i'm not much for basic cream puffs. The chocolate covered strawberries that are offered are better and the trifle is just the best. The strawberries and cream (fresh whipped cream and tons of it ) is also just lovely!

mitsybella
08-11-2009, 10:39 PM
usually when I make my trifle, I pour the liquor over the lady fingers, enough that the sponge is soaked but no soggy, so it could be strong depending on the cook ;)

Sandy321
08-12-2009, 11:18 PM
someone was asking for info on the tea - I think this thread has lots of great info and pictures!! :goodvibes