I was trying to find something special for Valentine’s Day and came across the “Classic Disney Afternoon Tea” inside Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. The hotel was also integrating the “Mickey’s 90th Celebration” as a tea theme, so their “normal” afternoon tea included specially decorated treats for the celebration. I was not able to get a reservation for Valentine’s weekend, but did manage to get one a week later on Saturday at 12:40 pm.
The reservations start at 11:30 and last seating is 1:00 or 1:30, so they can open the steakhouse for the dinner guests. We were given a menu for a regular tea, or one with salad and alcohol. We chose the regular tea menu, which was any tea of your choice (1 pot per person). The tea was all you can drink, and they’ll let you sample as many teas as you want.
As an avid tea drinker, I was surprised they offered “green” tea for an afternoon tea. I guess unless you’ve been to a proper afternoon tea, you’d figure “tea is tea”. I was also surprised there was not the traditional English tea on the menu, so I asked if they had an English Breakfast or Earl Grey. They did.. but not on the menu. I asked for the Earl, while Stephen went with English… having a classic tea with a classic afternoon tea service.
The food came out in a lovely tiered arrangement, and in the “Mickey Celebration” theme. The scones were not plain but a seasonal one with chocolate drizzles and frosting on one, and fruit on another.
The tea sandwiches were also not the typical cucumber and cheese, but a strawberry chicken salad, a roasted watermelon with pimento goat cheese, blueberry prosciutto ricotta, and an apple with edamame sandwich. Quite different!
The cookies and even the dipped strawberry were dressed like Mickey!
We were never rushed, and had a sampling of 4 different teas. The classic tea for 2 came to $95 with our annual pass discount… $120 with a generous tip to our server for not rushing us, as we left about 2:30.