When I was a kid I liked to play tea party like many other children. Sometimes I would don a black ribbon in my hair from my mom’s sewing basket and pretend to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland who I loved to watch on my Disney VHS tape (Yes, I said VHS tape. Haha!). I would have a magical tea party with Mad Hatter and friends. Last week on our trip to Walt Disney World my kids got to do just that as they attended the Wonderland Tea Party, one of many extras that Disney offers to make your trip even more magical!
You won’t want to be late to this very important date at the beautiful Grand Floridian! The Wonderland Tea Party is one of the special experience offerings at the Floridian open to all WDW guests. (We are going to try the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast next!)
You can check out the official WDW description of the party here:
“Disney Characters from Wonderland invite kids 4 to 12 years of age for an hour of games, stories and cupcakes.
To sip on, kids are given a special “tea” that tastes remarkably like apple juice. The pint-sized partygoers also get to decorate cupcakes with sprinkles and more, make a craft to take home with them and have their photos taken with their very merry hosts.
For reservations to the Wonderland Tea Party, please call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.”
Basically you drop your children off for an hour to eat cupcakes, make crafts, and have fun with Alice and the Mad Hatter.
We were not staying at the Grand Floridian so we took the shuttle from the Art of Animation to Magic Kingdom and then the monorail from Magic Kingdom to the front door of the Grand Floridian. Be sure and allow yourself plenty of time for all the lines and transportation changes. The check in for the party began at 1:30 PM. We decided to have lunch at the Floridian since we would be there anyway instead of trying to dash from somewhere else to make the party. We had a noon lunch at the Grand Floridian Café (which was excellent by the way) and so we had plenty of time to be on time for the Wonderland Tea Party.
The Wonderland Tea Party was held at Narcoossee’s restaurant which was by the boat launch and was closed at the time. It has previously been held at other locations so be sure and check with the Grand Floridian staff or the confirmation call you will receive on the morning of the party where they will be having it that day. We arrived at 1:45 and got in line with the other families to check in. We had to fill out a form with the kids’ names, ages, any dietary restrictions, where we were staying, our contact information, an additional emergency contact, and I noted Ethan’s ADHD on the form. The form had to be filled out with our information exactly as shown on our driver’s license because a photo ID had to be shown to pick the kids up. We also had to sign a liability waiver. Once we were all checked in the kids went off with the cast member and the other party guests and suddenly my husband and I had a blissful hour to ourselves to enjoy the beautiful Grand Floridian.
The Wonderland Tea Party is just as fun and whimsical as you’d hope it would be. The tablescape is completely adorable. The kids decorated their own cupcakes and enjoyed their “tea”. They also painted an individual tea service (pot, cup, and saucer) that Alice and Mad Hatter signed and they got to keep. They were presented packed carefully in boxes with flowers from the table when the parents picked them up and are wonderful mementos from their magical afternoon.
When I turned in the kids’ information form to the cast members I made sure I mentioned Ethan’s special needs and they reassured me it was no problem. Just as with their disabilities pass, Disney welcomes all guests including those with special needs. Also if you boy moms are wondering, there were other boys at the party!
Your inner mamarazzi may be sad that the kids will be having these photo worthy moments at Walt Disney World and you’re not there to capture them all, but fear not. There is a Disney Photo Pass photographer there snapping away. (All of the photos in this post other than the Cinderella carriage are from our Memory Maker.) Once you pick the kids up from their fabulous time, you head over to the Disney Photo booth at the Grand Floridian and the photos are already available for you to review. We picked the photos of the kids and the photographer tied them to our Magic Bands and Memory Maker and they were immediately available to download on my phone and Facebook and Instagram away! If you don’t have the Memory Maker you can still get your photos and the photographer can give you the instructions on how to do it.
The Wonderland Tea Party was a two thumbs up experience from our whole family and I honestly couldn’t think of anything I wished they would have done differently. The kids were simultaneously chattering away about all the fun they had at the party when we picked them up and the husband and I enjoyed our hour break. What did we do for that glorious hour you may ask? We set a phone alarm and took a nap in the rockers on the back porch of the Floridian. Oh yes we did.