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We are meeting with AAA tonight to discuss booking our honeymoon to Disney in FL. I’ve never been, FI went when he was younger. We have decided this will be our honeymoon, but don’t know where to start. For those who have recently been to Disney or went on their honeymoon please send along your tips, links and suggestions.
Couple of things we know –
We want to stay in the park at a moderate or deluxe hotel
We want to include a dining plan (which ones?)
We will be staying for 7-9 days in June
We want to visit Universal
Help! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
go to disboards.com. There is a wealth of tips and information from the girls on there.
Personally, I would stay at Port Orleans, It’s just beautiful and the prices are great in comparison to the more expensive hotels. But, you have to take buses from the hotel.
If you stay at Polynesian or Contemporary, you can get the monorail from the hotel. Grand Floridian is the most expensive but absolutely gorgeous! I have stayed at Poly a bunch of times and I love it! So my pics would be Poly or Port Orleans.
I would get at least the Deluxe Dining Plan (offered free a lot!).
Post # 4
Hubs and I have been to WDW twice together, and we’re going for our honeymoon next month. My few tips:
Unless you plan on spending a lot of time at the hotel, go for the moderate instead of the deluxe. We’ve stayed at Caribbean Beach and it was fine, and we’re staying at Port Orleans this time.
Ask yourself why you want to do the dining plan. It barely saves money anymore. If you like the pre-paid aspect of it, consider purchasing disney gift cards and set them aside to use towards your dining. You’ll have more flexibility and not end up feeling trapped into using up dining credits. If you do decide to go with the dining plan, get the middle one with one counter service and one sit down meal a day.
Visiting Universal is definitely doable. Are you flying or driving? If you’re staying on disney property, you don’t really need a car while you’re there. I’d recommend looking into Enterprise – they have a location at one of the downtown disney hotels, and they’ll come pick you up at your hotel on property, or you can take the bus to downtown disney and walk. You can drive to Universal for the day and drop it off when you’re done.
I love Disney, so feel free to let me know if you have more specific questions! 🙂
Post # 5
We’re staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were deciding between that and the Beach Club/Yacht Club/Boardwalk area. That area is far more convenient — walking distance to Epcot (where we think we’ll have the most fun), and I think a boat ride to Hollywood Studios. However, we really wanted to have a balcony overlooking the animals, so AKL it is.
Make sure you really want to do a dining plan. For my FI and I, no matter which plan or how I did the numbers, we would have actually lost money on the dining plan. The only way for us to break even would be to eat three table-service meals a day (sit-down, which takes a fair bit of time), ordering the most expensive things on the menu, and not being able to go to any of the “signature” restaurants which require two credits. The amount of time we’d spend in restaurants (not to mention the amount of food we’d have to consume) combined with the money thing made the dining plan not a good idea for us. I’d go through the menus at allears.net, figure out where you might want to eat, and calculate how much it would cost to pay out of pocket.
Another thing to consider — dining reservations open up 180 days before your arrival date. For June, reservations are already open. Many of the most popular restaurants will already be booked solid, especially because June is high season at Disney.
Post # 6
Commenting to follow–I’ve built enough points up on my Disney Rewards card to pay for at least a smallish honeymoon, so all of this could be super helpful info.
Post # 7
Also, I agree with the previous poster, go to disboards.com. There is a ton of information there. I also recommend the Unofficial Guide to Disney 2013 — I’d get that book.
Post # 8
@abbylyn: We are flying from RI! Would you suggest renting a car?
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@erinmarie0685: Just went a few weeks ago!! I’d recommend Wilderness Lodge, the themeing can’t be beat (though to be fair I haven’t seen Animal Kingdom Lodge and I heard it’s spectacular) and it’s known as one of the more romantic resorts (roaring fire, geyser etc)
Post # 11
Also agree on the dining plan. It used to be a good deal like 5 years ago but now they’ve jacked the price up so much it’s not worth it, especailly given how limiting it is. Want appetizers? Nope, not included, can’t even substitute a dessert anymore. Don’t want a dessert every day for lunch and dinner? Too bad, they come with it. And tips aren’t included and they add up quick!
Oh one more note about the Wilderness Lodge, it has my favorite Disney resteraunt, Artist Point. It’s pricey, but so worth it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@erinmarie0685: Check out allears.net too; they have great recommendations and boards for planning your trip. The disney website will send you free full color maps that you design for your trip as well.
Universal is a bit of a hike from Disney and Disney does everyhting they can to keep you on their property (free bus transport from airport to hotel and from the hotel to the Disney parks) so you will need to plan out your Universal day(s). You can take a local bus (check out Lynx for bus schedules and maps) there but I’m not sure how late they run. You could also book a cab through Mears Taxi Service. Renting a car for a day would be silly in my opinion.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
P.S. It will be really, really HOT, and it will likely rain most afternoons in June. Pack hot weather clothing and plan to change at least once a day due to sweat and/or getting rained on. We usually go to the parks early in the morning and stay until lunch then we return to our room for a shower and a nap (or pool break) before heading out agian in the evening. By doing this we typically miss the afternoon heat and showers. Buy ponchos at home from your local Dollar Store or Walmart (although they are cute with the Mickey heads, they are ridiculously expensive at Disney.)
Post # 14
I used to work for Disney in retail and in customer service (although not in Florida). If we hadn’t moved I still would! Unfortunately I never got to go on property while I was able to use my employee discount 🙁
Do you have a Disney visa card? If not, they usually have great perks for signing up (for a few months last year it was a $200 gift card after first purchase, but it usually is at least a $50 gift card.) You get points that add up toward money you can use on Disney purchases including trips. I had several regular customers who would come in with hundreds of dollars in reward points b/c they would use the card for groceries and gas and pay it off every month (since they were everyday expenses anyway). There are also in-park perks for card holders, but I think they change from year to year. One I remember is being able to have a card holder only meet and greet with the characters.
I agree with the pp who said to stay at a moderate vs. deluxe if you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time in the room. Bus service will take you all over Disney property. However, the benefits of the deluxe resorts include access to ferry and monorail. Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian have monorail service right at the hotel. We usually stay at Wilderness Lodge, and it is wonderful. They have ferry service right to the Magic Kingdom.
Some tips: Get park hopper tickets, especially if you’re going to be there for several days. That way if you want to spend the morning at Animal Kingdom, you can go to the Magic Kingdom in the evening for fireworks. Or, if it starts raining, you can head to Epcot where there are a lot of indoor activities. If you or your fiance like video games, I suggest getting the option to go to DisneyQuest. It is a LOT of fun. If you’re not sure you want to get park hopper tickets, I suggest getting two Disney gift cards with $50 on them. That way you can upgrade at any time (at least you should be able to, you could last year!), and if you decide not to upgrade, you have $100 to buy souveniers.
Speaking of DisneyQuest, definitely check out Downtown Disney! Lots of fun shops, Pleasure Island for nightlife, and the Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba.
Seriously, I could go on for hours. I’m a little obsessed. First and foremost ENJOY your trip!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I really love AKL but its a bit far out. You can rent a car for just one or two days if necessary and Disney can take you to the car rental place. As for dining plans go delux you’ll really enjoy the sit down meals so one a day is good it gets you off your feet. The food at Disney is amazing! Make ADRs (advanced dining reservations) many restaurants the time of year you’re going fill quickly. You can make these 180 days out.
If you have other questions please ask :). I’m getting married in the world/honeymooning there. We are going in october for set up and Feb 14 to get married. We go once a year on average.
Post # 16
@beachbride1216: Thanks for the great tips, esp for June!