Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

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Updated for 2018!

Gather the kids around your kitchen table and get ready for a Disney-inspired craft. What supplies do you need? Some craft paints and a $1 craft/picture frame from Michael’s Craft Store. Google images is swamped with photos and clip art of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When I paint these inexpensive frames, I pick an image I feel like I can fairly easily reproduce. As you will see from my photos, I am certainly not an artist. I never took a single art class, and as a high school teacher, when I draw anything on the board, students laugh, and not because what I drew was funny on purpose.

If I can do it, it’s time to grab your pencil and take a chance! [Read more…]

Planning a Disney Vacation? You Need a Disney Change Jar!

Make a Disney World change jar

Updated for 2018!

Everybody collects change; it’s just one of those things that accumulates. Many families saving up for a vacation, from Disney World and Disneyland to a cruise, collect money in a “Disney Change Jar.” We recently asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they used their change for, and we went searching the Internet for super cute jar ideas, in case you want to start pitching your change into your own vacation jar. [Read more…]

Cheapskate Princess Extravagance: Disney Runway Princess Handbags by Dooney & Bourke

Disney Dooney & Bourke 2015 prices

Updated for 2018!

A fashion show- that’s what vacationing at the Disney parks has become. Your vacation will cost a lot of money, but have you saved any for a souvenir for yourself?  When you want to treat yourself to something nice, splurge on a really special keepsake from a fantastic vacation, where can a Cheapskate Princess spend her money?

Hang onto your wallets, Disney Princesses, while we check out the Runway Princess handbags by Dooney & Bourke. These handbags were released back in 2015, and while these styles are no longer for sale in 2018, you can get an idea regarding how much you’ll pay for Dooney and Bourke Handbags. And if you are heart broken you will be unable to make a purchase, I would definitely try eBay to see if someone has a gently used version for sale.  [Read more…]

Disney World’s Crystal Palace Restaurant: Is it Worth the Money?

Updated for 2018!

Have you or the kids wanted to dine with Winnie the Pooh and a few of his pals? Crystal Palace is where you’ll find Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore. [Read more…]

How to Keep Up with Kids at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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Updated for 2018!

Walt Disney World and Disneyland are enormous places often with substantial crowds. Ask any Disney loving mom or dad planning a vacation to either park if they are a little apprehensive about keeping up with the kids, and most likely they’ll tell you there is a little fear. Talking about child safety is not the time to make a helicopter-parent joke, but parents these days like to keep a really close eye on the kids. Every guardian wants to keep their children safe, which on a Disney vacation can mean within eyesight. It’s undoubtedly easy for little feet to wander off, which could just as easily happen with bigger feet.

So we asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans to tell us how they kept up with their kids on a Disney vacation so that everyone felt safe and secure. We wanted to share their outstanding answers, from vacationers who have been there, done that, and somehow their kids survived to plan another trip! [Read more…]

Over 10 Ways Kids Can Earn Money for a Disney Vacation

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Updated for 2018!

Planning a Disney vacation? Got kids? If the answer to both is yes, you will need some money. If the children have no money of their own when they arrive in Orlando, they will soon be begging for your money. Many parents just hand over souvenir spending money because it’s a Disney vacation, and that a big deal, no doubt. But if you are on a more strict budget or just want the kids to be responsible for some of their own purchases, then you may need some ideas on how they can earn their own cashola.

We asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans how their kids earned spending money for Walt Disney World or Disneyland trips. They had some amazing ideas we wanted to share. 

Read: Avoid Kid’s Tantrums in Walt Disney World? Teach Them This Important Life Skill

1. Chores/Allowance

This is the response most parents gave us; they paid the kids for doing chores.

Megan, “Our kids earn their money for chores every week. They know when a Disney trip is planned, so they can choose to save it for Disney or spend it on other things.”

Gina, I have five-year-old twins. They feed and water the dogs, get all laundry to the washer, empty the bathroom trash, and clean their rooms.”

Niki, “Our kids earn money by doing chores and know to save up when we go to Disney. They buy all of their own souvenirs.”

Alicia, “My kids start doing extra chores we put on a board to earn their souvenir money, we start the board about 4 months before the trip…. My house is really clean and my yard perfect those 4 months before Disney! Then they get to pick out one souvenir on the trip that I pay for.”

Personally, our children do chores every day, because they live in our house, eat up our food, and get rides to school and work. My kids are older, and the money they receive in our house is called “an allowance.” Routine chores like cleaning their rooms, feeding our pets, setting and clearing the table, taking out the garbage/recycling, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming the entire house once a week, etc. are jobs we expect to be completed just because. They do these things just because they are members of our home, and my husband and I refuse to do it all by ourselves. We are a team, so everybody has regular jobs to help out.  

We also give our teens an allowance to help our children learn to budget money, which we consider a valuable life skill. We don’t tie it in to chores, but I know lots of families that do, and that’s fine by me. It really matters not if the kids get paid an allowance or do just because-chores, because those are just labels, as long as the work gets done. No matter what you call it, chores or allowance, work is completed and money is received.

If you have started planning a Disney vacation, now is a great time to make the kids work hard for their money. Let’s face it – you’re working, so why can’t they?! If your children receive an allowance or chore money, have them save a percentage of it just for the Disney trip.

 Read: Life Lessons with a Disney Spin: Why Kids Need a Vacation Budget

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2. Good Behavior

Heather, “My children earn ‘Disney Dimes/Dollars’ for doing things around the house over and above their responsibilities. They also earn them for good behavior. We cash the $$ in before we go. That is their spending money over and above the pin and ornament that we purchase for them every time we go.

Erica, “In the past I have rewarded over and beyond behavior, and that money went into their Disney piggy bank. Now they save some of their weekly allowance to buy stuff. We’re getting ready to move there though, so I’m not sure how this will work because we’ll be there a lot, so I guess they will have to learn how to truly budget.”

I think this idea would work really well with younger children, especially when they tag along on grocery or clothes shopping excursions. These can be especially stressful with younger children. 

Read: Disney World Impulse Buys: How Returning Kid’s Purchases Is Costing You Money

3. Good Grades

Nobody suggested this idea, so this is all me! Back in the 70s, I earned $1 for every A/B I received. 30 years later, my kids earn $2 for each A/B they earn. Children can save a percentage of their education money for the vacation.

When our children were in elementary and intermediate schools, they took “AR” reading tests and earned points. We paid our kids $1 per point. I never had to listen to my children beg for money in Wal-mart or any other store. Why? I simply told them to spend their AR book money. If they wanted something bad enough, they did. And they took that AR money along on vacations as well.

Now our kids were big readers when they were younger, and points for Harry Potter books could hit 45 or more per book. My parents thought we were crazy, paying our kids hundreds of dollars a year for book tests. My response, “Have you seen the cost of college admission these days?” Paying our kids a couple hundred dollars in book point money, which increased their vocabulary and kept them away from TV and video games, seemed like a good investment in their future post-graduate education. It was a good investment in their vacations as well.

Read: Life Lessons with a Disney Spin: Learning Financial Responsibility in a WDW Gift Shop

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4. Wash Cars

Tonya, “My kids work the whole year to save money for the trip. Whatever they have saved is their souvenir money. We pay for food, airfare and lodging.”

I’m thinking car wash here. We see a lot of school groups do car washes as fundraisers, and this is not easy money. Many of you moms and dads probably remember washing cars for extra cash when you were a child yourself. I sure do! I washed care and raked leaves. 

But working hard for something you want is also a life skill. I don’t think setting up a car wash on the side of a busy road is a great idea, but calling family and friends to drive their car over could work. Tell them the kids are raising spending money for a trip, or better yet have the kids call, which allows them to work on their social skills before the actual hard physical work begins.

5. Recycling

Jonathan, “If you have a recycling plant/facility near your home, have the kids collect bottles and cans to earn cash.”

Recycle. Bottles, aluminum cans, and newspapers are recyclable, but how much the facility will pay for may depend on your area. Recycling is good for the environment, and walking the neighborhood finding cans and bottles can be good exercise. Walking anywhere is certainly great practice for a Disney vacation. And the recycling cash will be good for their little piggy banks!

Read: Life Lessons With a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Be Appreciative

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6. Mow Lawns

Kim, “My children each earn $100 to spend at Disney. They hoard it for most of the trip until the really decide what they want.”

Rachel, “I pay my son to mow the lawn. He earns money doing a job I sure don’t want to do!”

Kids can earn money mowing your yard, and if your child is old enough to mow your yard, perhaps it’s time to branch out into the neighborhood. They could create flyers to put on the neighbor’s doors. This idea could be extended to raking leaves, shoveling snow, and most any manual labor that requires hard work.

I’m all for paying kids to do labor intensive jobs I don’t really want to do. Manual labor jobs also teach character, and what child couldn’t use more of that?!

7. Babysit

Briget, “Our kids earn money before we leave on any vacation by doing extra chores, picking bottles, and babysitting. We usually give them an extra $50 in addition to what they earn. They normally end up with a $100 each. We have two young kids and two teens. The teens normally have more money to spend. With that money, they buy their own souvenirs and snacks (if they want something after we eat as a family.) I found it cuts down on the ‘I wants’ if they pay for stuff themselves. I keep the money in plastic color coded envelopes so they can see how much they have every day.

If your child is old enough to babysit for you, perhaps it’s time for them to branch out and do some babysitting for friends and neighbors.

Care.com reports that the average babysitter cost per hour was about $13.50. They indicated that rate varies widely depending on a number of factors. But wouldn’t that be a great hourly wage for teens to work up to?

I remember babysitting for $1 an hour back in the early 80s, and man, what I could have done with $13.50 for an hour! Ok, realistically your kids won’t earn that much money per hour, but even half of that could add up quickly.

Read: Life Lessons with a Disney Twist: Teach Kids to Save Their Money

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8. Pet Sit

Colleen, “My son is the neighborhood pet sitter. When our neighbors go on vacation, he earns money by taking care of their pets! We have a lot of families on our street, so most of his spending money comes from that and birthday money.”

This job would take a lot of maturity on the part of a child, but with the average home in America having multiple pets, that means there are a lot of pets that certainly might need sitting services.

9. Holiday Money

Amy, “We have the kids save a portion of Christmas and birthday money they receive from relatives. I call this easy money. I have them send a thank you note saying part will be used on vacation”

Did grandma send the kids money for a birthday or Christmas? Have them save a percentage of this. I agree with Amy – that’s easy money. 

 Read: Is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Worth the Big Buck$? Just Ask a Cheap$kate Princess

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10. Yard Sales

Donnie, “My kids do chores for the grand parents, like cleaning the horse barn and have yard sales to raise spending cash they usually have $150 to $300 to spend on what they want.”

Have the kids round up toys they don’t play with and clothes that don’t fit, and not only could they make a little money, they might de-clutter their rooms at the same time. That’s a two for one deal right there. 

11. Walking

Nobody but me suggested this, so I’ll assume I was the only one desperate enough to think this up. One year when my children were small and especially resistant to walking anywhere over basically around the block, we paid them $.20 per mile to “practice for vacation.” I wore a pedometer and so did they. Again, my parents thought we were insane, but I didn’t have to carry any exhausted children anywhere. We had use of a stroller too, but little legs give out quickly, especially if they want to get out and walk around gift shops and touch things at resorts. Sure, the money was coming from me, but they thought they earned it, and that’s what mattered.

And I didn’t have to listen to anyone begging and crying for money. That’s almost priceless right there. 

Read: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Disney Vacation? It’s a Four Letter Word!

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Impulse buys are tough on kids at Disney. If possible, it’s good to discourage them from buying souvenirs on the first day. There seems to be something to buy at the end of every ride. If you are not prepared for the amount of spending opportunities your children will face on vacation, chances are you will deal with tantrums or Visa aches as you give in to avoid tantrums.

Brenda,I’m an adult, and I sold some stuff so I could have $$ that I could spend and not feel guilty.”

It’s never too late to teach a child how pricey vacations can be and how they can contribute by paying for their own souvenirs. Hey, this will free up some of your money up to buy tickets, or maybe some ice cream as the Magic Kingdom is closing.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you and the kids, in the gift shops, undoubtedly with everybody wishing they had more money!

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Disney World Extravagance: Starlight Safari at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Updated for 2018!

Disney World continues to offer travelers amazing opportunities that are well beyond a normal vacationer’s travel experiences. On a day when you do not have park tickets, like a swim day or a sleep-in day, you can head over to Animal Kingdom Lodge for their Starlight Safari.  [Read more…]

Apple’s Smart Watch: Gotta Have It for Your Disney Vacation?

Mickey Mouse Apple Smart watch

Updated for 2016!

Back in 2015, Apple created the next “must have” piece of technology, the Apple Smart Watch. Because I have an Apple iPhone, and I have friends who can’t wait purchase every single new Apple product, so I knew there was an upcoming watch in development. But I will admit, my full attention didn’t really perk up until I saw the Mickey Mouse watch face. I might not understand a lot of technology that goes along with Apple products, but Mickey Mouse on a watch face? Well, now I’m in familiar territory, in terms of fashion accessories anyway.

While Apple has experimented in wearable technology before with the older iPod Nano and wristbands, this Apple Watch is a completely new platform. The watch is made to run its own apps, connect with iPhones, and hello Mickey Mouse watch face, it’s also a fashion product with customizable bands and faces, which means more watch for your bucks.

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Other than showing the world your love for Mickey on a sleek watch face, what can this new device add to your next Disney vacation? Turns out, the answer is a lot more than style.  

iPhone Compatible

The Apple Watch works along with your iPhone, communicating with iPhones over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  Your iPhone can download apps for your watch using the Apple Watch Store.

To pair a phone with an Apple Watch, you’ll need an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus. Earlier versions of iPhones are excluded and so are phones made by other than Apple. This is a product for iPhone-owners, so it’s not going to work without a newer model of an iPhone.

You will charge your watch with a charger that snaps on the back.

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So why would you want or need an Apple Smart Watch for your next Disney vacation?

1. Tell Time

Imagine that, a watch that tells time! Have you ever taken your phone from your pocket to check the time and dropped it? Vacation isn’t the time (get it, a watch joke?!for cracked screens. The Apple Watch will have high-precision accuracy within 50 milliseconds. There’s no way you will be late for your Fastpass+ time now. 

2. Long Battery Life

The Apple Watch has an all-day battery life of 18 hours, so you shouldn’t have to worry about charging a dead battery. That’s not something you normally worry about with your watch, charging a battery, but it will be important if you plan to use the watch’s technological battery-draining features on days you spend every waking hour at the parks. Riding roller coasters is a way more fun use of your vacation time than hanging out with a battery charger.  With an 18 hour battery, most of you should be covered, as long as you charge it that night when you get back to your resort.  

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3. Play Your Music

The  Apple Watch is a music player like an iPod that plays music downloaded to the watch. I am not a big advocate of electronics use in the parks. Nobody looks back at vacations and wishes they spent more time sending texts. Well, teenagers might, so we have to educate them about what’s important. But I think there can be a time and place for music and ear buds, especially if you have children to entertain in long lines.

I remember taking my children swimming one night when I personally didn’t want to swim. I turned on my iPod and listened to the Tomorrowland Area Music as I watched my children splash around, boats crossing the Seven Seas Lagoon in the background. I’m sure there will be times you need some tunes on vacation. 

4. Communicate

Use your iWatch to send and receive messages, calls and audio recordings. Apple’s Smart Watch uses a direct-communication suite of apps called “Digital Touch.” The watch will also act as a personal communicator to other Apple Watch owners. When the kids hear this, they are sure to add it to their Christmas lists. Scribble tiny emojis, send vibration-enhanced love taps, or send audio messages similar to what you would do on a walkie-talkie. The cost of a second watch could make this feature out of reach, but the ability is there if the watches are there. 

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5. Make Payments

Like the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch has NFC, so you can make payments using Apple Pay. You are probably familiar with NFC even if you don’t realize you are. Your MagicBand is simply an ID tag that uses RFID and contactless NFC technology. It has replaced Disney park tickets, works with Fastpass+, opens your hotel room, and facilitates purchases in park and gift shops.

So chances are huge that one day, you can use your Apple Watch just like you swipe your MagicBand. Resort guests have the ability to link their MagicBands to their room spending, but using the Apple Watch could be ideal for people staying off property. 

 

6. Control Apple TV

Kids decide to play (I almost used the word watch here) a special movie back at the resort? Use your Apple Watch to control your Apple TV on your Mac lap top.  Not that these features are Disney related, but when you get back home from vacation, the watch functions as a remote for connected smart-home devices. It acts like a digital key to open a smart lock on a front door at home and can operate smart thermostats.

7. Check the Weather

The weather in Orlando can change by the hour, so take a glance at your Apple Watch, which will do everything from showing lunar cycles and weather to providing quick-glance messages and calendar appointments.

If you get caught in the rain, there are no worries, since the Apple Watch is rated IPX7, meaning it can be worn everyday and in the rain.  Just be sure to take it off before showering or swimming.

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8. Track Your Health

You fitness fanatics will probably love the Apple Watch the most, because it seems to have the greatest amount of options for keeping track of your health.

It’s no secret among Disney vacationers that the average person walks upward of 10-12 miles each day. But take it from me, sporting a pedometer on your waistband is a bothersome and frequently inaccurate, and using your phone battery for some tracking apps can be a dead battery lurking around the corner.  The Apple Watch offers an activity app for tracking your movement and a fitness app for keeping up with your daily workouts. If you are super into monitoring your fitness level, the watch can track your heart rate with a touch of a finger.

Apple has two fitness apps built into the watch, and some third-party apps should be available by April. One Apple app tracks everyday activity using three specific metrics including estimated caloric burn, moderate exercise, and time spent standing. The other app tracks dedicated workouts including cycling. Each exercise count syncs back to a hub app on your iPhone.

On the back of the Apple Watch, four sapphire lenses will measure heart rate using infrared combined with LED technology. This has the ability to provide more accurate results than other optical heart-rate monitors worn on the wrist. Apple’s heart-rate tracking works during workouts, but it will also automatically measure your heart rate every ten minutes.

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Apple Sports smart watch

The Price? 

The Apple Watch Sport is composed of a customized aluminum alloy. It comes in silver or space gray with colored bands made of high-performance plastic. You’ll pay $349 for 38mm and $399 for 42mm sizes.

The Apple Watch with a steel case starts at $549 (38mm) and goes up to $1,049, depending on the band you choose. Add $50 more for the 42mm size.

The Apple Watch Edition  with an 18-karat gold case starts at $10,000. If that’s not making your Disney Visa squeal, there are options ranging all the way to $17,000. 

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And of course there’s the classic Mickey version.

Mickey Mouse Apple Smart Watch

You can use this apple.com link for more information. 

This video also has information regarding the new Smart Watch.

So is the Apple Smart Watch on your list of must-purchase items for your next vacation? If you’ve been telling yourself an Apple Watch would be a cool gadget to have, an upcoming vacation might be the push you need to get started with a purchase.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Afternoon Tea at Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room: a Cheapskate Guide

Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room prices

Looking for a special Disney activity, something different from the usual roller coasters and counter service meals? Then perhaps you should think about making a reservation for Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room. Vacationers always remark that walking around the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, often referred to as the “flagship” of Disney resorts, is like taking a trip back in time. It’s time to experience a traditional afternoon tea served in grand British style.

The Location

To find the Garden View Tea Room, walk through the Grand Floridian first floor lobby to the lounge area at the far end of the building. This light-filled lounge overlooks manicured gardens, a fountain, and a pool area. You will “tour the globe” sipping international teas, dining on a selection of sandwiches, cakes and other delicacies.

Days and Times

Afternoon Tea is offered seven days a week and is held from between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. At three o’clock each day, enjoy the Grand Floridian piano player as he begins performing Disney tunes, a lovely accompaniment to your relaxing afternoon. You can make reservations for the Tea using this Disneyworld.com link.

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prices for the Grand Floridian afternoon tea

Prices

I was unable to find prices or menu descriptions on the main Disney website. After some research, the most up to date menu (updated 1/15) and price list was located on  wdwinfo.com. They have a tremendous wealth of information on their website, which you can visit with this link.  Remember that all menus are subject to change at any time with no prior notice.

Entree/Main Course

Mrs. Potts Tea (For Guests Ages 3-9)

Assorted tea sandwiches including tuna salad, ham and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly on white bread, plus a selection of two house-made pastries, together with a special “Dark Tea” (Chocolate Milk)  $13.00

Buckingham Tea

Assorted tea sandwiches, butter scone, jam tart, with a choice of two house-made pastries (Strawberries and Crème or English Trifle) together with your choice of tea  $25.00 ***

Prince Edward Tea

Assorted pâté, cheeses served with cumberland sauce, butter scone, jam tart, together with a glass of Fonseca Bin 27 Character Port and your choice of tea  $30.00 ***

The Grand Tea

Assorted tea sandwiches, butter scone, jam tart, with a choice of two house-made pastries (Strawberries and Crème or English Trifle) together with a glass of Domaine Ste. Michelle Sparkling Wine and your choice of tea  $35.00 ***

Princess Kate Tea

Choice of potted shrimp or tuna poke, cheeses and seasonal fruits, buttery scone, jam tart, with a selection of two delicate house-made pastries. together with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and your choice of tea  $45.00***

***There is a charge for additional pots of tea. 

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Grand Flroidian Tea

Teas

Cassis  Aromatic blend that harmonizes the sweet tartness of blackcurrants with depth of black tea

Chamomile  Infusion of golden chamomile blossoms with a smooth, apple-like finish

Eros  Medium-bodied Ceylon combines sweet mandarin oranges with warm vanilla for a sweet and creamy finish

Floral Jasmine Green  Spring harvest twisted-leaf green tea with medium- tannic notes and the delicate scent of jasmine

Garden View Blend  Assam and Keemun black leaves blended with the floral overtones or flowery Early Grey

Harmony   Mild and sweet with a blend of chamomile, orange blossoms, peppermint, and allspice

Imperial English Breakfast   Blend of Ceylon and China black teas. Decaffeinated English Breakfast is also available

Jade Leaf   Delicate tea with a hint of sweetness, fresh and grassy quality reminiscent of Nori

Jamaican Spice   Brilliant red zesty infusion of hibiscus, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party   Medium-bodied Ceylon tea leaves scented with the essential oils of vanilla and natural fruits, including passion fruit and pomegranate

Mango Oolong   Refreshing Tung Ting oolong, mingled with the scent of ripe mangoes

Masala Black Tea Chai   Layered and complex blend of spices with notes of clove and cardamum

Organic Breakfast   Blended true to the origin of “English Breakfast,” this organic connoisseur-grade version is made in the great tradition of strong, malty black tea

Organic Vanilla Rooibos   Madagascar vanilla bean natural essential oils sweeten this organic rooibos

Osmanthus Oolong   Rare Osmanthus flowers are placed next to oolong leaves for fragrance. It is highly coveted for its champagne aroma and deep, rich flavor

Princess Breakfast Tea   South African Organic Rooibos flavored with vanilla beans and a hint of strawberry, rich in antioxidants and vitamins and naturally decaffeinated

Russian Earl Grey   Blended in the honor of the Russian tradition, this Earl Grey uses the rind of the spicy beramot orange for an exotic blend of citrus

Silver Leaf   Harvested from south of the Yangtze River, this premier connoisseur grade of white tea is named for the silver downy hairs that cover the young, unopened buds

Thunderbolt Darjeeling   Often referred to by tea connoisseurs as muscatel, which is a grape varietal found in sweeter wines, this thin-bodied tea is light with a floral aroma

Vanilla Earl Grey   This “classic with a twist” has a decidedly smooth finish

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Afternoon Tea at Grand Floridian's Garden View Tea Room

Randy Ash, long-time Cheapskate Princess reader, took his family to the Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room this past January. We asked him how he enjoyed his experience. “I enjoy the down time that Afternoon Tea provides. It is a beautiful place to sit, enjoy a snack, and plan our evening. We’re very happy we purchased Table in Wonderland this year.

Disney Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea Prices

His wife Stacy also told us what she enjoyed about the Tea, “The exquisite foods, tea selection and timeless atmosphere are on our itinerary every Disney trip. Visiting the tea room is like walking into a grand time in history. The atmosphere is fancy, but the service is friendly.”
 
What were Stacy’s favorite foods? “We can’t pass up the cheeses and tea sandwiches, but the scones and lemon curd and fresh strawberries with cream are exquisite. Every WDW trip includes a trip to the tea room, that’s if we can get in!
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Discount?

The cost for the Ash family’s four people was about $134 including tax, but they saved over $26 on their Tea by using the Tables in Wonderland card. You can read more about this at tablesinwonderland.com.  To my knowledge, there are not any price discounts other than Tables in Wonderland.
Remember even if this is not a full meal, it is essentially a table service experience. An 18% to 20% gratuity for table service meals is suggested.
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Our Fans

We asked our Facebook fans what they thought about the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea.
 
Pat S., “We enjoyed the tea, but it was five or six years ago. It was a fun girl’s time out.
Helen Z., “It was such a wonderful experience. They have several tea packages that they offer. I can’t wait until my next visit in April.
Jennifer E., “I took my two sons last year. It was so fun; they really enjoyed it, as did I. I see they raised the prices. My kids requested this for our spring trip, so we will see. It was awesome though, so I am considering it.
And our one negative vote:
Christina R., “In my opinion, it’s not worth the price. I have been to a lot of tea houses with my parents over my childhood. The food was average, service was fantastic though. I liked it better when you could order a la carte.”

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