The sign nearby says this is a squirrel cage from circa 1890 (not much room for the squirrel!) and a weather vane from 1875. And the background painting includes both horses and hot air balloons.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had tea at the Grand Floridian – it used to be one of my favorite things to do on property (once Harney teas were pulled, I scaled back). I have enjoyed tea service in London, and this closely resembles what I’ve experienced there.
Mrs. Potts is in the marble floor near the Garden View Tea Room.
A grand staircase with Cinderella’s Coach in the carpet:
Tinker Bell in the marble:
A view of the majestic birdcage inspired elevator:
There are balconies with chairs on the second floor to enjoy the view:
Looking down on the lobby:
There is a hallway on the second floor that leads to Citrico’s and Victoria & Alberts, the latter is the only AAA 5-Diamond Award restaurant in Central Florida. I have dined at most restaurants at Walt Disney World over the years (including Narcoossee’s at least a dozen times), but have never visited yet either of these restaurants.
There is a lobby here with seating, offering a great view of the courtyard and the smaller pool:
Barber Pole, Circa 1900: