Wonderland Tea Party

by Casey Morris on August 10, 2015

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What is it? The Wonderland Tea Party is a whimsical tea party complete with games, a craft, cupcake decorating, and special “tea” (apple juice). The party lasts one hour and is hosted by Alice and the Mad Hatter, who interact with the kids and also pose for pictures.

Where is it? This unique event is located at 1900 Park Fare, a restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. While this restaurant hosts character dining for breakfast and dinner, afternoons are used solely for guests of the Wonderland Tea Party.

Who is it for? Children ages 4 – 12 are invited to attend. Parents are welcome to drop their children off and explore the many different options around the Grand Floridian Resort.

When is it? Parties take place Monday through Friday from 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

How much does it cost? The current price is $52.19 (with tax) per child. Payment is not due until you arrive at the tea party although a credit card must be given to hold the reservation and will be charged for cancellations within 24 hours. Please keep in mind that prices are subject to change without notice.

Do I need a reservation? Reservations are highly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots available. These can be made as early as 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Are pictures included? There is a Disney PhotoPass photographer at the party, who will take candid photos during the activities as well as a posed photo of your child with Alice and the Mad Hatter. These photos will be available to view and purchase online, but note that an actual photograph is not provided. I suggest the advance purchase of Disney’s Memory Maker, which will allow you to download and print all of your photos from the event, as well as your entire vacation.

What can parents do while waiting? While your partygoer is enjoying his or her tea party, you can relax with your own tea at the Garden View Tea Room, also located at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Afternoon tea begins at 2:00 P.M., and reservations are also highly recommended. Other options are to explore the grounds of this exquisite resort, take in some resort shopping, or just relax in the breathtaking lobby.

My daughter was very excited for this unique character experience. Initially, I thought she may be a little nervous for us to drop her off. However, she was so eager to see Alice and the Mad Hatter that she couldn’t wait for us to leave!

We arrived approximately 15-20 minutes before the event. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time for transportation depending on where you are coming from (Disney recommends one and one-half hours just to be safe). At arrival, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork and include your contact information in case one of the activities directors need to get ahold of you. The children are then taken to color while they wait for all of the partygoers to arrive. This is the point where my daughter was ready for us to go, so we left knowing she was in great hands with the Disney castmembers. Because we happened to be staying at the Grand Floridian, my husband and I enjoyed a relaxing child-free hour at the pool.

Shortly before 3:00, we returned to 1900 Park Fare to pick up our daughter. The doors to the restaurant were opened and we were told the kids had a surprise for us. My daughter couldn’t wait to present me with a bouquet of flowers and show us the craft she had made, a tea pot shaped picture frame that she had decorated with stickers. She said she loved the cupcakes and “tea”, but she stayed pretty secretive on the details. Luckily, because of PhotoPass, I was able to go back to our hotel room and view the photos on my computer. As I looked through them, I was able to ask her more about some of the activities, to which she replied, “How did you know?” We looked through the photos together and she did open up more about the experience and how much fun it had been.

Enjoying tea with Alice

Enjoying tea with Alice

The table complete with cute little teapots and tea cups for each child

The table complete with cute little teapots and tea cups for each child

Alice decorating her cupcake

Alice decorating her cupcake

My daughter was completely captivated by Alice

My daughter was completely captivated by Alice

The table complete with cute little teapots and tea cups for each child

My favorite photo - sharing a laugh together

My favorite photo – sharing a laugh together

Posing with Alice and the Mad Hatter

Posing with Alice and the Mad Hatter

Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye

Playing Croquet

Playing Croquet

Note the flamingo club and hedgehog ball straight out of the movie!

Note the flamingo club and hedgehog ball straight out of the movie!

Proudly displaying her craft and flowers for Mom

Proudly displaying her craft and flowers for Mom

My daughter LOVED this tea party! We would recommend it to anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland or is looking for a character experience unlike any other. On this particular day, there were only two other children who participated. Unlike other character experiences that involve a short interaction, this experience allowed my daughter ample time to talk, play, and have some laughs with two of her favorite characters.

Also, be sure to check out some of the other special character experiences at the Grand Floridian. For another opportunity to see Alice and the Mad Hatter, try breakfast at 1900 Park Fare where they are joined by Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Mary Poppins. The Grand Floridian also hosts another tea party for young princesses at the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party located at the Garden View Tea Room with special appearance by Princess Aurora. If you’re looking for a royal experience, get a dinner reservation at 1900 Park Fare to dine with Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Wicked Step-Mother, and the Wicked Step-Sisters (who are far from wicked and just very entertaining).

If you would like help planning a Disney vacation, complete with unique character experiences like this one, please contact me at kari@ppddtravel.com and follow me on facebook.

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Susan January 5, 2017 at 6:11 pm

My granddaughter is 9. Is this geared to younger girls?

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Casey Morris Casey Morris January 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Susan, any child ages 4-12 can attend. If she is a fan of Alice, I would say go for it!

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Stephanie Pullem January 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Will this be going on in September of 2017? What is the cost?

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Casey Morris Casey Morris January 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Hi Stephanie! Yes, this is an ongoing activity that does need a reservation. The cost is $52.19 per child currently.

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jennifer L janata May 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm

my daughter is very very young at heart and absolutely adores Alice in Wonderland. I never knew this existed but it would be an amazing experience for her! Is the age limit of 12 a recommendation or is she too old too participate? She is very tiny and could pass for 12 I suppose?

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Casey Morris Casey Morris May 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Hi Jennifer! The age range is what is allowed to attend, however, it never hurts to call and when making the reservation just ask! You can call 407-WDW-DINE, or if you are a client of one of our travel planners, we would be happy to help you with that.

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Lisa July 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Is this just Monday to Friday? Really wanted to do this the day we go home (on a Sunday) 🙁

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Casey Morris Casey Morris August 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Lisa, yes, this is only offered Monday – Friday at 2pm.

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Colleen March 30, 2018 at 3:34 am

My 5 year old grandson wants to go to this with his 7 year old sister. Do little boys attend this too?

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Casey Morris Casey Morris March 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Absolutely! If your vacation is booked with one of our travel advisors, they can certainly help you with securing that reservation!

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