Guest Review: Royal Tea at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Join me in welcoming guest author Kimberly Button with a review of the Royal Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort.

Tea time seems to be a vanishing indulgence in today’s modern world. So when I found out that the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is bringing back the culinary experience steeped (pardon the pun!) in tradition, I was happy to check it out.

You have got to make plans ahead of time for The Royal Tea at Waldorf Astoria Orlando. It’s not a “just pop in” kind of dining experience. The Royal Tea is served only on Sundays, and only from 3 – 5 p.m. The culinary staff needs advance notice to prepare platters of sandwiches and treats to be available for those choosing The Royal Tea experience.

Peacock Alley

The Royal Tea is held in the Waldorf’s beautiful Peacock Alley lounge. The lounge, with its vibrant carpet of royal blue and deep greens in peacock feather motif, is regal and welcoming at the same time.

Peacock Alley has plenty of seating options, and it is also where you’ll find the main bar. A variety of guests were seated in the lounge during our visit, including those just sitting around and talking, guests with luggage waiting to depart, and a family ordering quick snacks from the bar. There are plenty of cozy couches and seats surrounding large tables.

Piano Player

A piano player starts to perform in the lounge at the time tea service begins, which is a welcome treat to listen to live music from across the lounge.

Tea for Two

For our tea reservations, we were shown to a small table on the outskirts of the lounge that had been set up for tea. It appeared that there were only two parties with tea reservations on this day (each of us had a party of two), and both of us were sat in opposite corners of the lounge.

After we were seated, our waiter came by and asked us for our tea selection. It would be wise to check out the menu on the kiosk outside of Peacock Alley before sitting down, to choose which type of tea you want, since a formal menu is not presented at the table. Our server was able to make recommendations, though, and suggested the most popular tea, a white ginger pear.

Teas

The six teas come from Tea Forte, and are served for your selection upon a silver platter. Teas include English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaf English Breakfast, Jasmine Green Tea, Chamomile, and White Ginger Pear.

The teas are in a triangle tea bag, with a cute little leaf attached by a wire at the top. The leaf serves up two purposes – not only is it super cute, but it can be bent over the top of your cup to keep the tea bag from floating around.

Tea bag

The White Ginger Pear was exceptionally good, with a smoother flavor than many teas. The black teas tend to have a stronger flavor, but this white tea was delicate with just a hint of caffeine.

After the tea was served and allowed to steep for a few minutes, the first platter of food was brought out.

Sandwich Platter

The first serving was an assortment of tea sandwiches, one of each for both of us. The selections include cucumber, roasted turkey, black forest ham, classic egg salad, and smoked salmon.

Sandwich menu

The sandwiches were flavorful and really great. Often, tea sandwiches can be bland, but these sandwiches were real standouts. Forget just plain cucumber sandwiches. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando bumps it up a notch by adding shaved Asian pear, which was a crisp and refreshing combination paired with dill cream cheese.

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Review: Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

OK, I totally have ANOTHER awesome waffle sandwich to share with you today!!

And you can find it in an unlikely location…the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort. Nestled in Bonnet Creek, within the main gates of Walt Disney World, it’s a great mix of convenience and refinement. Plus, there are some seriously killer views of Disney’s theme parks from its balconies.

Today, we’re grabbing a casual lunch at the resort’s main lounge — Peacock Alley.

Peacock Alley Menu Cover

This spot’s namesake is the fashionable Peacock Alley of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City (the original was given the name due to the colorful peacock feathers the ladies wore in their hats); but while it’s elegant, you can definitely choose this location for a relaxed and casual lunch.

Atmosphere

Everything about Peacock Alley makes me want to take a deep breath, sink into a comfortable chair, and relax. The cool colors and motif of peacock feathers surrounds you throughout (even on the carpet!).

View of Peacock Alley

The view is of the Waldorf’s pool area and golf course. And you  may even catch a glimpse of Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Seating

There is a luxuriously appointed bar on one wall, and there’s even a peacock etched in the mirror.

Peacock Alley Bar

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Perfect Mommy/Daughter Day: Royal Tea at Waldorf Astoria Orlando!

If you’re looking for an indulgent way to enjoy some elegance at Walt Disney World this year — or scoping out a great way to escape for some mother/daughter (or daddy/daughter!) time — look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Orlando‘s Royal Tea!

Located within Disney World’s Main Gates in the Bonnet Creek area, the Waldorf is close to all the excitement (you can almost touch the Tower of Terror from your hotel room). But you’re worlds away when you’re ready to relax (believe me; it makes SUCH a difference)!

The great news is that even if you aren’t staying at the Waldorf Astoria, you can indulge your senses (and your taste buds) with the acclaimed Royal Tea in Peacock Alley on Sundays!

For only $30 per adult and $15 per child, this is an affordable way to truly enjoy the high life for a day (There’s even live piano music). It’s the perfect mother/daughter escape — a REAL tea party!

Waldorf Astoria Orlando Royal Tea Menu -- click for larger image

The Royal Tea is available on Sunday afternoons in February from 3-5pm. If your trip is scheduled for later in the year, be sure to call and ask if the Tea will be available during your stay. For reservations (highly recommended!), call 407-597-5409.

Comfy Peacock Alley Seating

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Details! Food & Wine Weekends at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek

We mentioned in August the exciting news that Food & Wine Weekends at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek would be returning in 2012 for the second year in a row!

Today? We’ve got a little more info for ya!

Billed as “the perfect complement to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival“, Orlando Food & Wine Weekends will be held over all six weekends during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek aim to “fill the gaps” around the Festival by offering visitors to Walt Disney World a delicious “home base” as they [Read more…]

News! Waldorf Astoria Orlando Chocolate, Wine, and Romance Weekends in February!

Looking for a phenomenal date night with a special someone? Ready to enjoy a romantic getaway that includes some serious chocolate? We’ve got the perfect plan for you!!

Indulge at the gorgeous Waldorf Astoria Orlando during the Chocolate, Wine, and Romance weekends all through February! (For those of you who can take advantage of this, I’m jealous!!!)

You remember last year’s Bar du Chocolat? It’s back! Along with some other great events and opportunities to try! Check these out…

Friday Night Flights

Friday nights just got better! Stop by Peacock Alley for a special flight of chocolate martinis!

Chocolate Choices

At the resort restaurants guests can experience delicious desserts — chocolate style! The chocolate bar dessert at Bull & Bear is absolutely decadent (believe me on this one!).

Chocolate Bar Dessert at Bull and Bear

On Friday and Saturday mornings, try the special chocolate items at Oscar’s breakfast buffet, including heavenly chocolate croissants.

Chocolate Royal Tea

Waldorf Astoria offers a signature tea, which will be enhanced in February with decadent chocolate croissants and other sinful treats. This will be held February 10th at 3 p.m. (Additional charge applies and advance reservations are suggested.)

Bar du Chocolat

You remember this one from last year! Enjoy a Chocolate Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday nights showcasing nearly 30 intense chocolate treats (priced per piece) when Peacock Alley becomes a chocolate-lover’s dream!

Choose from chocolate treats created by pastry chef Kurtis Baguley, including exquisite handmade chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes, creamy chocolate mousse, and indulgent bon-bons. I got to try a few of the truffles and they were amazing! Stay tuned for a review in a week or so! :-)

Chocolate Sensation

As you listen to lounge trio Harvestown in Peacock Alley on Friday and Saturday nights, savor a wine glass rimmed in
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Holiday Food and Fun at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Spend your holidays at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando or Hilton Bonnet Creek. There are special menus and events that food-lovers and their families are sure to appreciate!

A Toast to the Holidays

Thanksgiving at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Thanksgiving Dinner at La Luce restaurant
Thursday Nov. 24 5-11pm
Savor the ala carte menu at this award-winning restaurant, with features from Chef Donna Scala We’ve got a review of La Luce’s menu here!

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Buffet at Harvest Bistro
Thursday Nov. 24, 4-10pm
$39 for adults (excluding tax and gratuity)
Children under age 12 eat free (up to two children per paid adult)

This all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast includes hand-carved roasted turkey, and other traditional holiday fare. View menu here. For your memorable ending, enjoy the homemade dessert finale. Reservations are recommended at 407-597-3600.

Bonnet Creek Activities

Football Fun
What’s Thanksgiving without football? Enjoy the weekend’s NFL and college football action at Zeta Bar, where feature drink and food specials will win big points!

Celebrate Fall Festival
Nov. 24 – Nov. 26 12:30-5pm
Poolside
Even the kids will be thankful after spending time at the [Read more…]

Waldorf Astoria Orlando “Trick or Treating for Adults” Event

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with their own Food and Wine Weekends!

If candy isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little bit more adult, you’ll love the Trick or Treating for Adults Event on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. No costumes required!

Simply purchase a passport and you will enjoy a featured drink at each of the Waldorf Astoria’s six lounges: Bull & Bear Lounge (don’t forget to try the AMAZING new burger on the menu!!!), Aquamarine Pool Bar, Peacock Alley Lounge, Sir Harry’s Lounge, La Luce Lounge, and Sena Lounge.

Waldorf Sour at Sir Harry's Lounge

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Review: Peacock Alley and Oscar’s at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

I have got some gorgeous pics to share with you today (if I do say so myself)! Let’s head over to the beautiful new Waldorf Astoria Orlando resort (home of the Bull and Bear Steakhouse and my close encounter with very hot hot sauce, which I still have to tell you about!) smack dab in the middle of Walt Disney World property… Today, we’re not having steak. Nope — instead, we’re having small plates. LOTS of small plates! And dessert! Four of ‘em! If you ask me, this is one of the best ways to eat: many different kinds of food all at once. ;-)

Oscar's and Peacock Alley Menus

When we were at the Waldorf, our friends treated us to a selection from the menus of two dining locations: Oscar’s and Peacock Alley (you can see details and menus here). Oscar’s serves breakfast and lunch on the ground floor of the Waldorf (right by the pool if you’re interested in al fresco dining), and Peacock Alley is a beautiful lounge just off the lobby. (Trivia: the original Peacock Alley in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel was named such for the [Read more…]

Bar du Chocolat at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

This is the kind of news you need to work your plans around…

Waldorf Astoria Bar du Chocolat

A BAR DU CHOCOLAT is happening in Orlando, in the middle of WDW Property, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando!!! That’s right — dozens of different types of chocolate and chocolate things, including pastries, truffles, shooters, and innovations thought up for the first time by Waldorf’s talented pastry Chef Kurtis Baguley and inspired by [Read more…]