Arrghh, I’m such a cliche – a Brit (or is it just the English?) that can’t go without a nice cup of tea each day! I’m not obsessive – I know plenty who really couldn’t go without a cuppa whereas I could skip it if I had to – especially in the Orlando heat. But two weeks without a decent cup of tea – why put myself through it if I don’t have to?!
Walt Disney World is not completely void of tea. In fact it will be an option almost everywhere – you’ll certainly find it in all the food courts. And it is tea – but not as we know it. I’m not sure what it is – but its definitely not your typical, ‘English breakfast’ style tea – even if some of them pretend to be. Good old PG Tips/Yorkshire/Tetley/Whatever your favoured brand – it most definitely is not! I don’t think the milk helps either to be honest, tbut the biggest problem is the tea itself.
My solution is to take the old PG Tips with me. I’ve checked on the US Customs website, and I’m not telling you to break any laws. Their comment is: There are no restrictions on the importation of coffee, tea or spices for personal use, although they may be subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections if a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer suspects contamination or insect infestation of the product. So you’re free to take enough to last you your trip – although I always make sure to pack it in my luggage rather than my carry-on, just in case it looks a bit dodgy. If you’re staying in a Walt Disney World hotel you won’t necessarily have a kettle in your room – but may have a coffee maker. I brew it up empty and use the hot water for the tea. Or I take the tea bag with me to the food court etc and get boiling water from there.
Your other options for a cuppa in Walt Disney World are
- The Grand Floridian Afternoon Tea. This is a fairly expensive way to meet your craving unless you’ll enjoy the experience itself. I’ve never tried this, so I don’t know what tea is offered I’m afraid!
- Take a trip over to Epcot to the UK section in The World Showcase they sell boxes of Twinings there – including your regular English Breakfast , but not the ‘Everyday’ kind (the one in the yellow box) unless they’ve changed their stock. However when we went a few years ago and I’d forgotten to bring them with me, my husband point blank refused to let me buy any as its so much more expensive than it would be here.
Now I don’t drink coffee at all, but I’ve heard that the coffee isn’t all that great around Walt Disney World either. The moderate and deluxe hotels have a coffee maker in their room and will come with coffee in a filter pack. Last time I was there it was Nescafe, but you’re free to bring your own. Around the ‘World’ itself, its hard to get a decent brew, so I’m told – there isn’t a Starbucks/Costa etc on site. I have heard very good things about the coffee at Kona Cafe, ast the Polynesian Resort – so if you’re over that way and have a craving – that’s the place you want to stop.
So there you go – BRiTMiCK’s tips for a great cuppa in Walt Disney World – take it with you and make it yourself!