Why Honeymoon at Walt Disney World?
Prepare to honeymoon at the happiest place on earth. Whether you’re a Disney novice or a Mousketeer, experiencing Walt Disney World with your true love is, well, “a whole new world.” With its four theme parks, two water parks, a sports complex, and a shopping and nightlife district, not to mention a plethora of resorts with amenities fit for royalty, this Floridian paradise has a lot to offer any kind of couple.
Are you adventurous types? Then seek out thrilling roller coasters such as Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, or Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom. Prefer to relax? Try a couple’s massage or take a boat ride from the resorts to the park. Young at heart? Grab a pair of bride and groom mouse ears and snap a selfie with Mickey and Minnie. Is luxury more your style? Reserve a table for two at one of the many restaurants before catching an evening performance of Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. Whatever your mood and couple style, Walt Disney World fits like a magic slipper.
Disney for Newlyweds
The Disney Parks are famous for their unparalleled hospitality for each and every guest, but they really kick it up a notch for visitors who are celebrating a special occasion. Honeymooners are no exception. Make sure to tell cast members (Disney employees) why you’re taking this special trip, especially when you are booking your room, checking in, and making dining reservations. You never know what little surprises await just around the river bend: free desert, special ride and parade perks, or maybe even a special phone call from Mickey Mouse – not to mention attention from guests and cast members congratulating you throughout your stay.
Honeymooning at Walt Disney World can be a lavish experience, and it’s easy for the expenses to add up. But there’s no need to wish upon a star: the Disney Honeymoon Registry helps your wedding guests fund the honeymoon of your dreams. By using this online service (complimentary for Disney Resort Hotel couples), your friends and family can choose gifts and experiences directly from a Disney honeymoon catalog, including dining and theater packages, park tickets, a carriage ride – even a VIP safari!
Our Biggest Disney Planning Tip:
Join the Disneyworld Facebook groups. They are full of people who go to Disney regularly. Some splurge every trip while others go on a tight budget. Do not be shy to ask questions and to share your plans with the group. The seasoned Disney vets can really help you with the perfect plan and to make sure you don’t miss any details.
When should we go?
Although your wedding might be in August, summer is Walt Disney World’s muggiest and most crowded season. Stick to spring and mid fall, and avoid holidays and school breaks in order to guarantee a less crowded and more romantic honeymoon. There is nothing wrong with having a honeymoon a few months after your wedding.
There’s so much to do at Walt Disney World, so don’t cheat yourselves on time. No one can see everything in one visit, but with a little planning (and scheduling in some downtime), you can spend your post-wedding days in bliss, not stress. I recommend staying about a week so that you can go slowly at first and give each of the four parks their deserved attention. Any time not spent in the parks can be enjoyed visiting the other Disney resorts, seeing a show, playing a round of golf, or exploring other areas of the vast property.
What packages are available?
Tickets The Disneyworld website offers a variety of packages (Magic Your Way) that bundle park tickets, room, dining, and transportation. Prices vary depending on date, park, season and rotating promotions.
Photos Want photographic souvenirs of your memories taken by pros? With a purchase of the Memory Maker package through Disney’s PhotoPass, you get unlimited downloads of your PhotoPass photos and videos, select attraction and character dining photos, discounts on prints, plus fun digital borders and stickers. Bring on the scrapbooking!
Dining If you book through a Magic Your Way Package, make sure you add on the Disney Dining Plan. Once you choose your plan level (Quick Service, Dining, and Deluxe Dining), you are allotted a number of credits per day for snacks, quick service meals and table service meals, which are redeemable at most of the over 140 restaurants. If you know you’ll be taking advantage of the property’s wide variety of cuisines, this is a great way to let yourself sample the smorgasbord. One credit includes one entrée, one dessert and one drink regardless of the listed price, making this the best value for eating well. Different resorts may offer different deals on dining plans, so be sure to compare your options if you book a Disney resort. And don’t forget to make reservations early (up to 180 days) so that you and your sweetheart can spend a candlelit night recreating the scene from Lady and the Tramp, and not waiting outside the California Grill for an hour getting hangry.
Can you feel the love tonight? You will at these romantic dining spots: Citrico’s for American-Mediterranean cuisine; California Grill, where you can watch the nightly fireworks from the rooftop; the elegant AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Victoria and Albert’s for the finest of fine dining; Narcoosee’s for delicious seafood and lagoon views; or the enchanted ballroom of Be Our Guest Restaurant (try the Grey Stuff – it’s delicious!).
Where should we stay?
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
If you have the money, the Four Seasons is our top recommendation for a honeymoon stay at Disney for many reasons. The Four Seasons Luxe rooms feature marble bathrooms, in-mirror televisions and are the largest guest rooms by square foot in Orlando. Honeymooners will enjoy the simple detail of having do not disturb buttons at the side of the Four Seasons bed. Out the balcony, you will have a perfect view of the evening fireworks show Here you will also find the only adult only hotel at Disney.
B Resort and Spa
The newest hotel in the Disney Springs area, the B Resort & Spa is very stylish and upscale. Make sure you ask for a room with a view of Disney Springs.
Enjoy the AVEDA spa and wellness center during your stay and to eat, the American Kitchen Bar & Grill serves American dishes with fresh, local ingredients. If you happen to come on your birthday you even get a special discount, only paying $1 on your last night.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
The best part about staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is being in the middle of all the animals. From Savannah rooms, guests are able to see animals out in the fields. There are even viewing station at night with night vision binoculars.
For dining, there are several options with the most well known being Jiko – The Cooking Place. This fine dining restaurant serves African style food cooked in wood burning ovens. You can even book a safari combined with a meal on the same night.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
A more budget friendly option, the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, located in Disney Springs, has a cozy southern feel. You can stroll the quaint streets of the French Quarter or the more rustic Riverside area with tree-lined passageways and horse-drawn carriages. If you enjoy Jazz music, the Scat Cat’s Club is a lounge featuring lively piano music and smooth jazz.
How can we budget our honeymoon?
The best advice for an economic Walt Disney World honeymoon is to stick to a budget and prioritize your experiences. If living in the moment is more important to both of you, consider splurging on drinks and fine dining, and not as much on souvenirs or a fancy resort. If, however, you are more interested in a luxury room experience, the parks have a wide selection of cheap and casual eats to help balance your budget.
These convenient Disney services are always free:
Fastpasses These timed entry tickets for popular rides are designed to help you skip the line and make the most of your time.
Photopass photographers These professional photographers are stationed around the park and are happy to take your picture with your camera. Because, let’s face it, angled selfies are just not as classy as a full body shot of you and your sweetheart kissing in front of the castle.
My Disney Experience For the super planners, this handy phone app includes maps, attraction wait times, photographer locations, tickets, show times and park hours. It even keeps track of your Fastpasses and reservations.
Cast member magic Disney cast members have the power to turn your ordinary vacation into an extraordinary experience by making magical moments. If your honeymoon is less than perfect, whether due to a down ride, unusually long lines, or a seemingly unsolvable personal issue, let a cast member know – they can usually help. Even something as elaborate as organizing a special surprise for your partner (like meeting their favorite character or getting a private boat on Pirates of the Caribbean) can be pulled off seamlessly with the help of cast members (and a little pixie dust).
What can we do beyond Walt Disney World?
Of course, Disney is not the only player in the theme park game. Universal Studios is half an hour’s drive north toward Orlando, and offers two theme parks (plus a third opening in May 2017) featuring a range of rides from zany to thrilling, plus the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If marine life floats your boat, SeaWorld Orlando is located about halfway between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. With rides, live entertainment and exclusive animal experiences, this wet and wild theme park is a fun way to beat the heat.
If you need a day (or two) of peace away from the theme park whirlwind and the gleeful screams of children, consider renting a car and visiting one of the many suburbs of sprawling Orlando, such as Winter Park or Thornton Park, or visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral, just over an hour’s drive from Walt Disney World. For a saucy night out, attend Treasure Tavern Burlesque, Comedy & Dinner Show for an evening of adult entertainment with acrobatics, music, comedy acts, dancing, and world-class dining.
Need a beach day? Florida has more sandy shores than you can shake your sunscreen at. St. Pete Beach (2 hours from Walt Disney World) is a picture-perfect white sand beach on the Gulf with hotels, shopping, and water sports. For a more natural beach, visit Canaveral National Seashore (1.5 hours from Walt Disney World) – you may even spot nesting sea turtles on the shores of this National Park. And if you’re seeking an even more au naturel experience, look no further than Playalinda, one of Florida’s few nude beaches: potentially intimate, certainly revealing!
Doing Disney Right
Walt Disney World can be overwhelming in the best of circumstances, so take it slow. Savor the details as you walk down Main Street. Smile at the giggling children. Sing along to the parades. Stand in awe under the fireworks. And fall in love all over again in the place where dreams really do come true.
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