Drinking/Buying Tea at Disney World
I realize this could go under “Places” now, but I thought maybe there could be more discussion if it were here. (Sorry to the steepster guys if the new Places feature makes this thread inappropriate here.) I have a friend that’s @ Disney World right now and that got me thinking… Are there any good places to drink or buy tea at any of the Disney parks? I was originally thinking Epcot (I’d be THRILLED to find a place w/ a bowla matcha in the Japan section), but maybe there’s a place w/ good rooibos at Animal Kingdom? While riding in teacups is fun, I’d also like to drink from them while I’m there.
While I can’t give reviews or opinons of the best places to get tea, I decided to do some researches for options, and here’s what I found. I left off places that only listed general hot or iced tea or nestea. I didn’t find any place that serves matcha… how sad… :-,
The English section of EPCOT at Disney World has a tea shop with some very pretty teapot, cups, etc. They also have a good selection of Twinnings, including loose tea. (They also have Cadbury’s candy there.)
The Japanese department store has nice teaware, but has, what to me at least, seems like a limited selection of actual teas.
As far as going to drink tea, the Grand Floridian has a nice high tea, but it can be difficult to get in. It’s often booked up with special events.
Those are the places I’ve been to. I just looked over Cofftea’s list and I may try a cuppa at one of the venues in Animal Kingdom. We taking a trip over there today.
And the Noodle Station is closed for renovations. I’m hoping that it doesn’t get renovated out of existance! It had pretty decent food for a theme park, and wasn’t as expensive as some of the other choices.
Awesome! Let us know how it is!=D As for the Japan area, it’s good to know they have teaware- but I’m really disappointed I can’t find matcha. You’d think they’d have tea ceremonies.
Was there in Sept.2012 and I disappointed that they did not have a setting for tea. I love drinking tea and could have used a cup.
the Grand Floridian Resort outside of Magic Kindom has a great place to drink tea. I see you have it listed above. I have done that and loved it. I think that is my Fav place to drink tea on the property. I used to go to disney 2 to 3 times a month (lived close).
I can definitely recommend Royal Anandapur Tea Company at Animal Kingdom in Asia. They have a great selection of loose tea, including rooibos and honeybush. My son had a green dragon oolong and I snuck a sip. It was good. I had a tea latte, and it was a little on the sweet side, but good as well. It is not the easiest place to find. It’s basically a foodstand with no seating of it’s own, but there are several other foodstands nearby, and you can find outdoor seating pretty easily. The water they used was really, really hot, and they put the loose tea into those paper filters that you fill yourself, but I’m definitely going back there again.
I’d suggest going there after the walking tour in Asia, since they do not allow you to bring drinks or food on the trail.
And while they don’t have tea, if you’re going to eat dinner at Animal Kingdom, I’d like to recommend Tusker House. They have a wonderful buffet and you can go eat there immediately AFTER the park closes. It’s a great way to relax after a day at Animal Kingdom and avoid the crowds at the exit for the park.
Just saw some interesting photos here of tea-themed topiary at Disney, some sort of Twinings bonsai display at EPCOT, and store displays: http://teashopgirl.blogspot.com/2010/03/tea-around-world-disney-world-that-is.html No captions/explanations though :-(