There’s more to Walt Disney World than turkey legs and heat strokes. Many locals and avid Disney-goers are familiar with the sophisticated side. The Grand Floridian’s Tea Room, also known as the Garden View Tea Room, is the perfect place to escape the crowds. By midday, the parks are at their peak, so I like to take a break and spend an hour or two relaxing at the Grand Floridian Hotel. Often times, I’ll take a stroll along the beach or listen to the pianist in the lobby, but the absolute best way to relax is to sit down for high tea.

This elegant experience is perfect for a daytime date. A couple can enjoy a three tiered display of finger sandwiches and desserts. I would propose accompanying your tea service with an addition of champagne, cheese, or caviar. My favorite deserts include the fresh cut strawberries topped with whipped cream and the swan croissant filled with white chocolate custard.

A young prince or princess in training is also sure to enjoy The Grand View Tea Room. The “Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea” package is ideal for the little ones. In this enchanted tea service, a real Disney princess makes a visit to the table with a “regal gift” and for portraits. If you’re little prince/ princess is extra sweet, he/she may even receive a solid white chocolate Cinderella slipper filled with mousse and raspberries. *If you are interested in ordering this treat, make sure you request the “Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert” while securing your reservation for the tea service and remind your waiter/waitress upon arrival.

No matter if your party prefers savory or sweet, there is a large selection of teas to choose from. My favorites are the specialty winter teas, such as gingerbread. On a warm summer day, I prefer a strawberry flavored tea with two cubes of sugar.

The chef’s enjoyment in crafting their mini dishes is obvious in their taste and presentation. The Grand View Tea Room is always testing out new twists on the classic finger sandwich. Two of my favorites are the open faced pear sandwich and the chicken curry on marble bread. However, the classic British versions are always included as well. Feel free to call ahead and make any allergies known to the chefs, they are happy to cook something magical for you.

The servers allot two hours for each party, so guests never feel rushed. However, this is one experience that a reservation is necessary. The website claims that reservations are not needed, but chances are that the tea room is booked and will not accept walk-ins. I would suggest reserving a table one month ahead of your vacation date. Slots book up fast and this is one you don’t want to miss.

No matter who you bring, you’re sure to have a magical time sipping, snacking, and laughing at the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room.