Mickey’s Tea Party Celebration

First, there was the Classic Afternoon Tea.

Then there was Treat or Tea.

And now, for a limited time, there is Mickey’s Tea Party Celebration!

Let’s dive in!

Like the other Disney Afternoon Teas, “Mickey’s Tea Party Celebration” is hosted at Steakhouse 55, which is one of the restaurants located inside of the Disneyland Hotel. Shelby and I parked at the Mickey & Friends parking structure and took the short 10 minute walk to the Hotel but I also wanted to remind readers that you can park in the guest parking lot of the Hotel and get your ticket validated at the tea, which guarantees you 3 hours of complimentary parking. However, if you plan on playing inside Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, it would probably be more cost-efficient to park at the parking structure.

The decor in Steakhouse 55 remained relatively the same (dark-wood furnishings and really cool black-and-white photos of movie and music stars from the 50’s and 60’s, including Walt Disney) , I noticed that each table had their own Mickey-themed floral arrangements.

An image of a Mickey coffee mug, showcasing his iconic red shorts and yellow shoes, with yellow roses sticking out.
Some tables had a Mickey-themed centerpiece and other tables had a Minnie-themed centerpiece.

The pricing for your tea options is the same: Classic ($50), Premium ($65) and a Kids Tea ($35).

My tea selection this time around was the Princess Breakfast, which is described as “a smooth velvety sweetness of Madagascar vanilla bean and ripe strawberries”.

The tea was exactly as described; the lingering taste of sweet vanilla and a subtle aftertaste of strawberries was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I totally forgot to take any pictures this time! (whoops)

The Mickey Mouse theming started off with the salad:

The salad components represents different pieces of Mickey’s iconic outfit: white burrata cheese for his gloves, red tomatoes for his shorts and yellow melon for his shoes. The balsamic and olive oil reduction was light and didn’t take away from the flavors of the cheese, tomato and melon combination.

We didn’t have to wait too long for our tea tier to arrive.

As always, we started off with the scones. Seriously, I could just buy a 12-pack of the scones from the Disneyland Hotel, I would. They are the best! The flavors were lemon-raspberry (decorated like Minnie) and Disney’s classic chocolate chip (decorated like Mickey).

A picture of the Mickey and Minnie themed scones offered at the Mickey's Tea Party Celebration. the Minnie scone was raspberry and the Mickey scone was chocolate chip.
Also, check out the white chocolate posters that highlight some classic Mickey cartoons!

The raspberry scone was fluffy yet thick. The raspberry flavor was more enhance when you added the raspberry jam and lemon curd that was also brought out with our tea tiers. I devoured the chocolate chip one; there was an abundance of chocolate chips and the extra chocolate drizzle on top meant there was no need to add anything else.

The sandwich tier continued the cute Mickey theme.

A feature picture showcasing the savory sandwiches at the Tea.

The first sandwich was the Strawberry Chicken Salad Sandwich, which was inspired by the Mickey and the Beanstalk short cartoon.

a picture of a strawberry chicken salad sandwich. teas-size, white bread with a prominent strawberry slice on top.
Strawberry Chicken Salad sandwich

To my surprise, the crunch of the strawberry on top of the sandwich paired very well with the moist chicken salad. The bread was soft and brought out a lot of the flavoring of the chicken salad, which also had small bits of strawberries and melon mixed in.

Second was the most interesting sandwich of the bunch: Roasted Watermelon and Pimento Goat Cheese on Pumpernickel. I can’t remember if this sandwich was inspired by an specific style of Mickey but it was the only sandwich that was presented in the distinct Mickey shape.

Roasted Watermelon and Pimento Goat Cheese on Pumpernickel, shaped like Mickey Mouse
Roasted Watermelon and Pimento Goat Cheese on Pumpernickel

I wanted to be mad about this sandwich but I couldn’t. Watermelon is probably my least favorite fruit. Roasting the watermelon gave it an interesting smoky flavor, without any hint of the usual sweetness of a watermelon. The best way to describe this sandwich texture would be to say it was like eating a smoked salmon sandwich but without the fishy flavor of salmon. The pumpernickel bread was a bit dry and crispy but the pimento goat cheese added a little kick of spice that I wasn’t expecting and it really paired well with the smokiness of the watermelon. This sandwich was a close second to the chicken salad, mostly because of the creative flavoring.

Third, we had the Blueberry, Ricotta, Prosciutto, and Shredded Coconut Sandwich. This sandwich was inspired by Sorcerer Mickey from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice short cartoon.

Blueberry, Ricotta, Prosciutto, and Shredded Coconut Sandwich. Bits of all the ingredients listed above on toasted triangle-shaped sandwich.

Blueberry, Ricotta, Prosciutto, and Shredded Coconut Sandwich

Unfortunately, this was my least favorite sandwich of the bunch. The bread was very crisp and too dry. The dried blueberries were an interesting crunch but not a lot of flavor and I didn’t taste anything from the ricotta cheese or the prosciutto, which is one of my favorite cured meats. I’m not a huge fan of coconut but I was hoping that the other flavors would mix well or cover the flavor a bit but all I tasted was coconut.

Lastly was the Apple and Edamame Sandwich.

Apple and Edamame Sandwich; a small rectangular sandwich stuffed with pieces of green apple, edamame and chives.
Apple and Edamame Sandwich

While I enjoyed the occasional crunchiness of apple and edamame, the mushiness of the bread overpowered the flavors here. I wanted to like this sandwich (and I did like it better than the one before), it wasn’t one that I would like to have again.

The dessert tier was peak Mickey-themed desserts. Shelby and I started off with the chocolate-covered strawberries. I took the one that was styled like Sorcerer Mickey and she took the one that was Classic Mickey, as our Disney-bound outfits for the day were those iterations of Mickey.

Also included on the dessert were Mickey shaped shortbread cookies and a cookies-and-cream Steamboat Mickey-themed cupcake. And more of those little white chocolate squares with different Mickey cartoons.

The dessert tier was definitely a sugar rush. The chocolate covered strawberries were moist but the chocolate did stain my fingers a little bit. The shortbread cookies were tasty, especially since it was a shortbread cookie sandwich, with some apricot jam spread in-between. My favorite of the desserts was the cupcake. The chocolate cake itself was very moist and flavorful; the mousse on top reminded me of the Grey Stuff that you can get in Fantasyland. (Most importantly, this cupcake did not turn my tongue black!).

Mickey’s Tea Party Celebration was a lot of fun! I have to say, this time around, I was actually stuffed and could barely eat another bite! In terms of creativity, I think the Disney Chefs really knocked it out the park with their sandwiches. And while there were some that worked and some that didn’t, I really appreciated that the sandwiches served at this limited time tea weren’t your regular tea sandwiches.

Now, Mickey’s Tea Celebration only runs until March 31st, 2019 as part of the Get Your Ears On Celebration in honor of Mickey and Minnie’s 90th Birthday. The tea is served from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and every Thursday in March.

One of the easiest way to make a reservation is to call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. Or you can make a reservation online here.

Have you had a chance to experience Mickey’s Tea Party Celebration? Comment below with your thoughts and experiences or whether or not you would be brave enough to try the sandwiches pictured above.

Thanks for reading!

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