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… :-,<
Anandapur Yak and Yeti Restaurant (Animal Kingdom, Asia):
Choose from Monks Blend, Green Tea, Spiced Chai, Darjeeling, Earl Grey and Camomile.
Captain’s Grille (Yacht Club Resort):
Assorted Fine Teas
Crew’s Cup Lounge (Yacht Club Resort):
A few tea options including Spiked Chai
Garden Grove (The Swan):
Has a “pot of imported breakfast tea”.
Garden View Tea Room (Grand Floridian):
The Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea is offered in the Garden View Lounge from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a number of aromatic herbal and exotic teas to appeal to all tastes. This lovely, light filled lounge overlooks the manicured gardens and pool area of the Grand Floridian Resort. It is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon alone or for a Mother/Daughter outing. You can indulge in a centuries old English tradition in one of the most beautiful resorts on Disney property. Most of the offerings are three courses, so be sure to bring your appetite. If you are looking for a unique experience outside of the theme parks, Afternoon Tea is a great choice. Priority Seating is highly recommended for this popular event. Specialty coffees and champagne are also available.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Fort Wilderness Resort/Campground):
Serves unsweetened iced tea
Joy of Tea (Epcot, China):
Hot, flavored, and spiked teas
Lotus Blossom Cafe (Epcot, China):
Boba and Chinese hot tea
Martha’s Vineyard Lounge (Beach Resort):
Hot tea, spiked chai, chai latte
Nine Dragons Restaurant (Epcot, China):
Gourmet tea, specialty tea drinks, tea cocktails
Olivia’s Cafe (Old Key West):
Iced and a selection of hot teas
Outer Rim (Contemporary):
Hot tea, iced chai latte, tea cocktails
Royal Anandapur Tea Company (Animal Kingdom, Asia):
Great selection of hot tea, chai, and tea freezes
Tambu Lounge (Polynesian):
Iced chai latte and spiked chai
Teppan Edo (Epcot, Japan):
Green tea, iced tea, green tea pudding
The Dolphin Fountain (Dolphin):
Selection of Iced Tea – China Mist, freshly brewed or Republic Tea in Mango Ceylon or Blackberry Sage
The Wave (Contemporary):
Whole Leaf Silk Sachet Hot Tea – Choose from organic breakfast, long life green, lavender earl grey, monsoon chai, chamomile blossoms, vanilla rooibos, energy tea, and relax tea
The Writer’s Stop (Universal Studios):
Hot tea- American or Earl Grey… Not sure what they mean by “American”…
Tokyo Dining (Epcot, Japan):
Iced and hot green tea, green tea pudding
Tomorrowland Noodle Station (Magic Kingdom):
Asian Inspired Hot Tea – Mango black, Green tea, or Ginger ginseng. Iced Green Teas – Blackberry jasmine or Peach organic.
Whispering Canyon Cafe (Wilderness Lodge)
Selection of hot tea
Yakitori House (Epcot, Japan):
Hot and iced green tea
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).
Then at it to Places and give us a great review!:)
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 :-(