On our last trip to Walt Disney World my children had the chance to attend the Wonderland Tea Party. It was such a fun afternoon for them, I would highly recommend it to any parent who wants something fun, inexpensive and not a park for an afternoon.
Wonderland Tea Party
Children 4-12 years only, children must be potty trained
Held Monday-Friday from 1:30-300
Location: Grand Floridian Resort
Cost: $49.00 with no discount. Discounts are available. We were able to get 20% off with our Annual Pass.
Okay, up front, my kids did not want me to stay and be there. My mom and I made hair appointments at the Ivy Trellis at the Grand Floridian for when the kids were at the tea party. We also went and had drinks in Mizner’s Lounge after our haircuts.
I checked my 8 and 5 year old in with the Recreation Cast Member at the Grand Floridian at about 1:15, they ask you to arrive 15 minutes early. There was only one other little girl attending the party so with only three children the cast members took them into the tea party area and the adults were free for 90 (precious) minutes.
There were several things I was made aware of prior to drop-off. One, a photopass photographer was at the party and we would get a card to link to our account. (Another perk of an Annual Pass, Memory Maker is included) Two, there is food at this party. My children do not have allergies or restrictions so it was easy. But a heads up, if your children have any sort of dietary needs you need to make the Cast Members aware of this. Three, the Mad Hatter and Alice were both going to be in attendance for the party.
During the party the kids got to play games with the Cast Members and Alice in Wonderland as well as the Mad Hatter. Now, with only three kids at the party, my children got a ton of time with the characters.
The party goers decorate cupcakes and have tea with the characters as well.
After tea and cupcakes the kids are given craft supplies and a tea cup and plate to decorate. At the end of the party the cast members (carefully) pack the tea and plate up for the children to take home. The cast member also reassured us that if any of the children’s crafts broke once at home, just to call and they would be replaced (you have to love Disney Pixie Dust).
Now, my 8 year old used to be all in on character events and princesses. But she has a strong pack of girls at school and sometimes she worries about if something is cool rather than, am I having fun. (We’re working on it). Sometimes she is hesitant to be silly if she thinks people will know. (I swear, I tell her no one knows what happens at Disney.) My five year old can be shy and hesitant with new experiences. He LOVED this event. And he has asked to go back again basically every day since we came home. He proceeded to tell us every single detail about the party upon pick up and has loved having his artwork displayed at our house.
Bottom Line: This was a really fun afternoon for kids and adults. The kids loved the tea party. I loved getting my haircut and an adult beverage. I also loved how much time my kids got to spend with characters, basically, privately. I imagine these parties fill up during busier months (which, are no longer, the summer) so there may be more children at the Tea Party but considering how many discounts are available I doubt these are ever packed.