Sometimes, nothing but a nice cuppa will do.
And even when you’re on vacation (which is, of course, supposed to be all about relaxing), an escape into a soothing cup of tea can be a welcome change of pace.
And that’s true regardless of weather, don’t you think? After all, serious tea drinkers don’t mind raising a cup, even in Florida heat and humidity.
Are you looking to try something new or to celebrate the ritual of something familiar and comforting? Either way, we have suggestions for finding a really good cup of tea throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Come with us as we share some of our favorites.
Joffrey’s Tea Traders Cafe
Just like coffee, tea is finding a larger and more sophisticated fan base everyday. But whether you’re a lifelong lover of tea, or you’re just learning your way around it, Joffrey’s Tea Traders Cafe at Disney Springs is a welcome stop on your list of places to explore this storied beverage.
If it has anything at all to do with quality tea, you’ll find it at this boutique in Disney Springs. Trained Teasmiths will ask you questions about your tastes and preferences before blending up something just right for you.
Or if you love the majestic tradition of tea as seen through different cultures, stick around for the Gong Fu Cha demonstration, a traditional Chinese ritual tea ceremony.
Prefer something creamy? Check out their handcrafted tea lattes.
The thing that sets Tea Trader’s Cafe apart is, well, everything. Normally, when we think of a place to go for tea, it’s a tea room with pots of tea, pastries, and sandwiches. This lighter approach that focuses almost solely on the beverage itself is exhilarating and a fascinating to a tea lover like me.
(But no worries…if you’re hungry, they have a great assortment of nibbles that are flavored and/or inspired by the drink itself.)
Garden View Lounge
On the other hand, if you’re looking for more than just a cup of tea, then head to the Garden View Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, where you can indulge in a proper afternoon tea service.
Tea at the Garden View Lounge has always been enjoyable, but in the past few years, its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds. That’s made this afternoon dining experience quite a hot ticket when it comes to scoring your Walt Disney World advance dining reservations.
Tea is brewed by the potful and is looseleaf, thus making for some cozy theatre as you pour out each cup. There are lots of different blends to choose from. Whether you prefer black teas, green teas, or herbals, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
Children aren’t left out, either. If your kiddos aren’t quite ready for the real stuff, they can indulge in a pot of “Dark Tea” — aka Chocolate Milk.
It’s a lovely experience and the perfect way to unwind during an afternoon at Disney.
Anandapur Royal Tea Company
Looking for a nice cuppa in the Parks? Your best bet is Anandapur Royal Tea Company.
Located in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom, this unassuming little kiosk is a great stop on your trek through the wilds of the Park. While I can always go for a Frozen Chai on a hot day, I love their impressive list of hot tea options as well.
When I’m in Animal Kingdom for an early morning visit, you’ll always find me at Anandapur Royal Tea Company. It’s especially peaceful first thing in the morning, before the crowds trickle back to that part of the Park.
Ah — now I want a cup of tea!
If you’re a tea drinker, then we hope we’ve inspired you to seek out an extra special cup during your next visit to Disney. Starting your day off right, taking an invigorating afternoon break, or winding down with a cup of relaxation…whatever you’re after, I’m confident you’ll find your tea needs answered at one of these spots.
For even more information about the best spots to enjoy all different kinds of tea, check out our page dedicated to Tea at Walt Disney World!
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But let’s hear from all of you now! What’s your favorite spot to enjoy a great cup of hot tea when you’re visiting Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and tell us your favorite!