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Experience Afternoon Tea
If you have never sat down to afternoon tea, you have got to try it while you are visiting Orlando. A lot of guys thinks it's a girly thing to do, but every guy I have seen at afternoon tea was thoroughly enjoying himself. The way afternoon tea is done here, you will be full by the end, and you won't be able to eat again for at least 6 hours!
The two best places to experience afternoon tea in Orlando is at the Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort's Garden View Lounge (407 WDW DINE) and the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes.
Both locations offer a menu with different options. The typical package that most people choose runs about $14 a person. The deluxe packages, which are priced a little bit more, include a glass of champagne or port with your tea. Along with your very own pot of tea (you select from the huge list of flavors), you receive a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with devonshire cream, tarts, and a dessert like English Trifle. On the side we like to also order a cheese and fruit plate and an extra side of the scones (they are delicious!).
180 Day Advance Reservation for Disney Restaurants
There are some restaurants around the Walt Disney World complex that are so popular, I have been denied a reservation 2 months out because of no availability. Disney allows reservations to be made up to 180 days in advance, and for some restaurants, I definitely recommend that you make the reservation right on that 180th day prior to your planned dining date. The restaurants are:
Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort
The California Grill at the Contemporary Resort
Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian
Afternoon Tea in the Gardenview Lounge at the Grand Floridian
Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom
Le Chef in the EPCOT World Showcase, France
Coral Reef at EPCOT
Specialty Dining Restaurants at MGM Studios
Eat 'Til You Drop!
Orlando is a fatal place to visit if you are watching your waist, mark my words. There are literally hundreds of buffet restaurants and diners in the area, who with all the competition charge crazily cheap prices for fantastic traditional American food. The steak houses sell prime meat at very generous prices, and most have a very friendly atmosphere. My personal favourite was the Ponderosa diners, dotted about all over the city.
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