As a special treat, since this was our first big WDW trip with the extended family, we booked the Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare for all of the girls. The tea party, which takes place weekdays at 2pm at the Grand Floridian, was a huge hit and they didn’t want their fun to end. We left all of the boys at Disney Springs to shop and play pool at Splitsville while all the girls (Grandma, Auntie Janne, Lexie, Ellie, Hannah, and I) drove to the Grand Floridian.
We brought Ellie’s Belle dress for her to change into in the car and while she was excited to wear a princess dress, none of the other little girls were dressed up so it’s definitely not a requirement.
As soon as we were out of the car, Ellie wanted her picture taken with the fancy carriage that sits out front.
We arrived at check-in at around 13opm (they request that you’re there 15-30 minutes early to get checked in). The tea party is for kids 4-12 (all of the ones in attendance that day were girls, though it’s not a requirement) and they do have to be potty-trained since it’s a drop-off event. We signed the girls in, signed the waivers/consent forms allowing them to participate, made a quick stop at the bathroom, and then sent them in for some tea party fun!
The girls each got to decorate a teacup and a saucer with paint markers. I think they really appreciated it being parent free so they could decorate however they wanted!
Alice made her way around the table and signed each girl’s teapot as a fun keepsake.
And then she posed for pictures with each girl! There is a PhotoPass photographer at the event so even though parents are not allowed to stay and watch, they do get several hundred pictures and can see how much fun everyone had at the tea party. The PhotoPass photographer on this particular day did a phenomenal job at getting pictures of each and every child in a variety of poses- I don’t know if it’s the same photographer every time so your experience may vary.
The Mad Hatter was also in attendance and the girls thought he was hilarious– such a goofy guy!
They all sat down at the table to have their tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter.
And had fun decorating cupcakes– with their fingers, which is totally not something I would let them do at home, but completely added to the magic of the experience at the tea party!
Such a silly looking group of people!! The PhotoPass photographer took some posed pictures as well as the more candid shots giving us a great assortment at the end of the event.
While the girls enjoyed their tea, my mom, sister and I made our way upstairs to Minzer’s Lounge for an adult “tea party”. We each ordered The Grand Cocktail: Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Pomegranate Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, and Club Soda, and enjoyed the peace, quiet, and adult conversation while taking in the relaxing Grand Floridian environment.
After an hour, it was time to pick the girls up and they were full of stories about their fun time! In addition to their cup, saucer, and teapot, each girl got a small bouquet of flowers (they were so excited that the flowers were REAL!).
Ellie wanted to pose for pictures with her bouquet and the grand staircase at the Grand Floridian made the perfect backdrop!
Since she had the room, she also wanted to make sure that I took pictures of her twirling around in her Belle dress.
We moved down to the lobby of the Grand Floridian (and it is an absolutely breathtaking lobby!) so that the girls could dance to the beautiful piano music.
Princess dresses are made for twirling. I think she would twirl all day, every day if I let her!
The pianist played “Tale as Old as Time” just for Ellie and he looked so happy while she twirled to his music. I love the little ways that Disney Cast Members go out of their way to make your experience more magical and memorable.
Ellie and the pianist. He was so sweet with her and I’m sure that this experience is something that she’ll always remember- I know I will!
The girls all had a great time and would wholeheartedly recommend the tea party to others. It was such a fun activity to do on an off-day from the parks since we were still immersed in the Disney magic and got to explore the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort while we were there.
Things to Remember for the Wonderland Tea Party
- It’s offered Monday-Friday from 2-3pm at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
- Kids must be between 4-12 years old, and fully potty-trained to attend.
- It is a drop-off event so parents will have about an hour to do something else during the event.
- It’s $49 per person though discounts are available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. When we went, the DVC discount was 40% off– that discount has since expired and it’s now 20% off.
- The tea party was well-worth even the non-discounted price!!