Post # 1
So I am in charge of booking our honeymoon.
My FI and I would love to go to Europe, but looking at pricing, we may need to wait till a later time to do that, instead of paying for that right after a wedding.
So we decided to do a all inclusive. I have only ever been to a allinclusive once in Montego BAy Jamaica (the Riu) for 4 days and 3 nights, where some of the days I was inside doing homework (went for a friends wedding, so it was during reading week) so the resort experience is pretty new to me.
Seeing we are traveling during the beginning of hurrican season, we decided to go to Aruba (the Riu resort) will be a good option, since it is out of the hurrican path.
But knowing me I may get bored being at the beach everyday for 8 days.
So I asked my FI if we can do disneyworld (as a joke as first) he said he wasn’t into being around a lot of kids during our first vacay as married couple. Then I got the idea to do Disney after Aruba!!!! He said he was ok with that!
So here I am planning the disney part, but I am stuck as to what resort to stay at.
For all you that have been to Disneyworld, what park is better to stay near?
I am talking to a agent, she said she likes the POrt Orleans Resort Riverside. It looks nice enough (actually they all look the same, except for a little switch up of decor), but my concern is what type of food they have at that resort.
So now I am trying to figure what type of resort I want to stay at and where. The animal kingdom sounds awesome….but the Magic Kingdom sounds like a authentic Disney experience.
Any help? Opinions?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Honestly, it doesn’t matter which resort you are closest too because you will HAVE to drive or shuttle to the park anyway. I would choose based on the resort and ammenities you like best.
If I had to choose one park to go to, if I’d never ever been, it would be Magic Kingdom, but if you’ve been there before, Animal Kingdom is the one I’d suggest. I was simply floored by how much I loved it. I didn’t expect it would be so great. Epcot is awesome if you have the money and inclination to drink around the world. Hollywood Studies is meh. I wouldn’t go to Wide World of Sports unless there was an event to go to. There’s not much to do if you aren’t watching a sport.
Post # 5
I stayed at the Swan hotel, BUT it was paid for by my dad’s company and i think it was REALLY expensive. Have you checked into hotels that are not in Disney? There are a TON of hotels all over and there are alot so close. I think the disney hotels can be overpriced and you can spend that money elsewhere. if your heart is set on a disney hotel, maybe check into the downtown disney area because there is more to do. If its in your budget, i do recommend the swan though.
Post # 6
Also, have you checked into parkhopper passes, they allow you to go to multiple parks each day.
Post # 7
@mrsSonthebeach: i have never have the opprotunity to go. and i really want to go before we ever have children.
Magic kingdom and animal kingdom are my first choices….magic kingdom seems so far away from all the rest according to the map tho.
@swisea01: i will look into the swan. as for outside of disney, unless the shuttle goes out it’s not worth it i assume i would have to rent a car.
@swisea01: yes, i was talking to agent she was telling me to get the parkhopper pass….
also what food package…should i just get the basic with 1 meal, 1 quick meal and 1 snack…or should i get 3 meals and 2 snacks?
Post # 8
@KingsDaughter: as a former disney employees and lover I suggest Magic Kingdom! It is maxing and the must see of them all plus it has more attractions.. If you can afford a hopper I would o that so you can get the experience Epcot is not but not one of my favorites studios and animal kingdom are fun as well. Downunsexy disney if free and great at night definitely check out the boardwalk as well. message me if you need anything
Post # 9
@KingsDaughter: You can ride the shuttle to magic kingdom, we had the parkhopper and went around to multiple each day and I don’t remember it really being a problem to get there. I really enjoyed Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom. I went to MGM (Now Hollywood studios) but I only had time to ride 1 or 2 rides, but it seemed like it had bigger rides. We didn’t get meal passes so im not sure what is better, my dad just gave us cash each day.
Post # 10
We will be our Disney Honeymoon in just over 30 days!!! We talked with a very knowledgeabel travel agent that at Be Our Guest vacations. He was great. He gave us some great tips and has traveled to Disney countless times with his girlfriend, proposed to her there, and now they are soon taking their kids to Disney. Anyway, he recommended Boardwalk because it is walking distance to Epcot which he said is very fun in the evenings as is the Boardwalk itself (lots of restaurants, bars, etc). We decided to splurge on a villa because Disney was having a sale, but the Boardwalk it seems nice too. Otherwise, he also recommended Port Orleans Riverside. You are right though, I dont’ think there is much for restaurants there. Having been to Disney before, you really arent’ in your room that much, but we wanted to be able to return to our resort during the day and lounge at the pool, etc. The pools are a big difference between resort levels.
If you want more info or the contact info for our travel agent, just let me know and I’ll send it to you. He was so helpful with everything from transportation directions (take ferry to monorail, etc etc) for where we are going the night we arrive to what restaurants are great for couples. We have all of our restaurant reservations observed. I highly recommend doing this if you want to eat at some of the more popular restaurants like the new “Be Our Guest” restaurant in Magic Kingdom!
Post # 11
Oops…meant we have all of our restaurant reserved! 🙂
Post # 12
the information is amazing ladies!!!! thank you so much…any more is appreciated!!!
So i was looking at the contemporary resort….soooo pricey!!!! yikes maybe I should do this in the off season!!!!
Post # 13
@msbriezyb: i will message you. but for the boards sake (and for future bees looking for info).
Where is the best place to stay near magic kingdom. I looked at the contemporary and it’s pricey…almost $300 a night for a standard room (I wouldnt need more then standard since I plan to be outside most of the time) .
What I really want is a hotel or area that has the best selections of hotels. Do all hotels have easy access to the shuttle/bus.
how often do the buses/shuttle come. how long is a ride from say downtown disney to magic kingdom. I don’t want to waste too much time in the mornings going to the parks in “human traffic” and I want to see magic kingdom most.
Post # 14
@HappyForeverAfter: bopardwalk….sounds good…i assume nightlife is where there is less children and more adults , that would be nice.
haha disney should have an adults only park..
now I am thinking to postpone my disneymoon to the off season…it’s so pricey in july!!!
please send me info about your travel agent!! thanks!
Post # 15
mrsSonthebeach: Reply # 3 —> THIS
Disney is HUGE… but it doesn’t matter WHERE you choose to stay, because you will probably end up travelling to every other location anyhow… be that by car or shuttle.
The resorts that charge the most, will be the ones that are closest / on the monorail lines… which gives direct access to the various parks.
Parkhopper Passes are the way to go if you plan to visit for more than a Day.
Last time I was there we had a 3 Day Pass… we didn’t hop during the day… just chose one park a day. My favourites are Magic Kingdom – Animal Kingdom – and Epcot
Have a Plan. Buy yourself a good (recent edition) Travel Guide Book for Disney… they are available at all the BIG Name Bookstores. Read it… they are chocked full of great info. BUY THE BOOK NOW… before you do anything else… has great money saving tips… and info on accommodations etc.
Do Magic Kingdom mid week… like a Tuesday or Wednesday… cause it tends to be less busy… it is the # 1 thing everyone wants to see… so is always busiest on or around the Weekend when most folks begin their holiday
Once in the park go left instead of right… as the natural choice as we’ve been programmed all our life is to “stay right”
Head immediately to the back of every park… and begin at the back. Again this is because people tend to start “wherever they are”. Crowds are less at the back at the start of the day.
Learn how the Fast Passes work… and use them to your advantage as much as you can.
Hope this helps,
PS… TripAdvisor (the best authority on Travel Planning on the Internet) which has info by Destination… actually has Disney Resorts as a Destination on their Website (just as if it was a city). So TONS of info there. Including the availability of their FORUMS where you can chat one on one / ask Questions of TA Destination Experts who can help you out with advice etc.
TripAdvisor – Disney World Florida (Travel Guide) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g1954828-Disney_World_Florida-Vacations.html
Post # 16
You have had some great feedback from pp’s already, so not a lot to add other than we stayed at the Best Western in downtown Disney, and it was fab. We still got all the perks of the Disney hotels, but at a lower price. Im sure you will have a fantastic time wherever you stay 🙂 xx