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  • On Mar 25, 2008
    Julie from TN Asked

    As a travel professional, I find your panel priceless! Coming home to WDW in June w/ DH, DD and her friend (both 11). I want to experience Tea @ the GF but am affraid the food may be too fancy for the girls and too much estrogen for my DH! ;0) Thoughts?

    Tea at the Garden View Lounge is perfect thing to do with 11-year-old girls. I'm planning to have this experience with my daughters (ages 8 and 11) on an upcoming trip to Disney World. I'm all in favor of exposing kids to the "finer things" when they are young so that they're comfortable with them when they're older. And where better to practice than WDW, a place totally used to accommodating kids! I first went to a real tea at a fancy NYC hotel, as part of a business engagement, when I was in my 30s. I was totally intimidated. I wish that I had been to something similar as a child to give me a point of reference about what to expect. (OK, enough about me.)

    The atmosphere at the Garden View is elegant without being stuffy. You will have impeccable service in a lovely room with a great view. This will be the most relaxing part of your vacation. You could have the girls put on pretty sundresses an take photos of them around the gorgeous hotel. Or, you could just wear regular park touring clothes if that makes everyone more comfortable. As far as the food goes, there is a menu. The girls can have their tea quite diluted with milk, or they can have hot chocolate if they prefer. There is the "Mrs. Potts Tea" that is geared to younger guests, and features child-friendly fare, such as ham and cheese sandwiches, along with a selection of pastries, which of course is the real reason anyone goes to tea :-) You can also select items a la carte, so you get exactly what you want.

    As far as your husband goes ...Yes, there will probably be more women than men at the tea, but there will be other dads and probably several couples too. There are food choices that are aimed at men, including the "Gentleman's Tea Platter" which features robust choices such as pate and blue cheese. (And he gets pastries too!) Plus, what father would miss seeing his little girl behaving like a refined lady. I know my hubby will be secretely wiping away a tear when he sees his girls at their tea.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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