Post # 1
Can anyone share their experience with a Disney World Honeymoon? FI and I have been agonizing over a honeymoon destination (like…seriously, why is this so hard!?). FI is a driver with UPS, so when season starts, drivers are on utter lockdown, which means that November 2, 2015, his butt needs to be in a truck and he doesn’t get any time off until mid-February 2016. We initially thought we’d wait until March 2016, but have now nixed that idea because we’d rather start a family right away and I was just feeling resentful at having to wait to take a vacation when I could be getting pregnant.
We looked into cruises, but couldn’t seem to find one that would work with the short window of time we had to work with after the wedding. They were either too long or started too late. Ideally, we will be leaving October 26th for our honeymoon and returning November 1st. Most cruises were starting the 29th of October and not returning until the 6th of November or were leaving on our wedding date. Plus, we weren’t really excited for excursions, as we’ve both been on cruises and had so-so experiences.
So, we have somewhat settled on Disney World. We live in FL, so we could easily drive and not have to worry about paying for travel. We can spend a week no problem. Neither of us have stayed for an extended period of time alone. We went earlier in the year for one day, but felt rushed to get everything done with a park hopper (plus FI was battling food poisoning, so we ended up having to leave sooner than we anticipated). Even though we live in FL, we hardly ever go to Disney and have never been there long enough to experience the various parks and other amenities they offer.
The only thing holding me back from pulling the trigger is the price. It’s double what I wanted to pay for a honeymoon and double what a weeklong cruise would have been. So, my question: Is it worth it? FI and I both enjoy theme parks and accept that we will be dealing with crowds, but that’s why you go for longer, so you can take your time.
Please share your experiences:
- Where did you stay?
- How long?
- Did you buy a meal plan? Worth it?
- Did you stay at a resort with a monorail? Worth it?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
MrsMeowton: Never been on a Disney honeymoon but if you live within driving distance and it costs so much (the price is nauseating, I know) why not stay at a non-Disney hotel and visit a different park each day?
Post # 3
Some friends of mine went on a Disney World honeymoon and they LOVED it. I think they went for 4 or 5 nights, and they stayed in one of the park-owned hotels (for the life of me I can’t remember which one!). I know that they bought a meal plan and said it was definitely worth it and easier to keep track of, and I know that their hotel had a monorail and it made it a lot easier. They also loved being able to always have something to do; see a parade, ride some rides, watch fireworks, or just walk around and enjoy each other’s company 🙂
Post # 4
MrsMeowton: Ive been to Disney World 3 times. We live in the northeast so we have to fly. To cut down on costs I would stay off-site since you have a car. There are plenty of hotels right near Downtown Disney. Personally the meal plans are a big waste of money, you only have certain choices and you have to get a drink a meal and a dessert. Its alot of food.
Went for a week each time, you need a week to really do all disney world has to offer.
Oh and if you stay off-site grab a hotel that offers free breakfast!
If you have your heart set on staying on-site, they seem to have deals around your time frame. We’ve stayed at Art of Anaimation and Port Orleans-riverside.
Post # 5
We had our honeymoon in Disney and loved it!! If you want a cruise, did you check Disney Cruises for their 3 night cruises??
Post # 6
We went for the first time (been to disneyland ca a million times) for our honeymoon in june/july and had a great time!
- Where did you stay? To save money, we stayed at the value resort all stars music. we didn’t spend much time in the room since we wanted to see all the parks so it worked out great.
- How long? we flew from CA, stayed 8 days
- Did you buy a meal plan? Worth it? Not, it wasn’t worth it for us. we didn’t do many sit down meals (not huge foodies here), so we just brought spending money for food. DH loved getting sandwiches from earl of sandwich and bringing them to the park for lunches.
- Did you stay at a resort with a monorail? Worth it? nope. the price was way way out of our budget. bus rides were 20 minutes max. no need for the monorail for us. longest line we waited in all trip was 25 minutes. we had an amazing time
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Post # 7
I don’t know that it would be worth your money to stay in Florida and still end up paying more than you initially wanted to pay. If I were you, I would want to experience something different, but that’s just me.
I’ve been to Disney several times (I also live in Florida). I agree with PPs that you may want to look into non-Disney hotels to save a bit of money. I’ve stayed at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and it’s beautiful. They have an amazing pool/waterfall thing and kayaking on the pond in the back. They have a Disney shuttle.
Post # 8
Aquaria: We stayed off-site in February and while we saved money, the pain of parking (plus the cost) kind of made us wish we had just stayed onsite. It’s $10 per park to pay, I believe? So if we stayed for a week, we’d be upwards of $70 to park each day…which actually doesn’t seem that much now that I’ve typed it out, haha. We like the “experience” of being onsite with the buses and the overall sense of “magic.” Yes, a grown woman just uttered those words.
Post # 9
We didn’t do a disney world HM but we were recently there. We bought our tickets through undercover tourist and we got an extra day for free (four days for the price of three). We also got the park hopper option which came in handy because the weather was crap half the time so we were able to catch the fireworks etc at each park.
We stayed off park in a villa. It cost $33 a night per person ( group of 5) for a 5 bedroom house with private pool in a gated community with a waterpark. It was one of the pricer villa complex so there is definately some super great deals out there. We had to hire a car but even with the extra insurance due to being from overseas it was well worth it.
My husband and I took packed lunches everyday since vegetarian food is limited and pretty crap in the parks. But compared to our friends we had better lunches for the third of the price. We were also able to have breakfast at the villa which saved time and money.
You can definitely make it affordable if you want to.
By the way we went and checked out rooms at 6 of the disney hotels for a friend who is thinking of having her wedding there. Honestly they are not worth the money.
Post # 10
MrsMeowton: I think the parking has gone up. It cost us $17 per day three weeks ago.
Post # 11
Stay off site but find a hotel that does offer the shuttle, that way you don’t have to worry about parking! Just make sure you really plan everything out, I used to be a vacation planner for Universal and people wasted money alot when they didn’t plant ahead because more often than not buying online and ahead of time tends to offer more discounts. Just have fun though Disney is a pretty magical place even for us native Floridians! I just had to post this photo as well because I saw it on pinterest and it makes me want to have a Disney Honeymoon 😀
Post # 12
MrsMeowton: Well, I went to Disney World for my honeymoon with my late husband. We stayed at the Golf Resort (now the Shades of Green) and had a wonderful time. We walked to the Polynesian and took the Monorail. They didn’t have the dining plans then, but I think it depends if you like the plan offerings. When the plans first came out , you received 2 snckes, 1 quick service lunch meal, and 1 table service meal…for $37 and tip, desert, and appetizer were included. The offerings are much more expensive now, you have to choose between appetizer or desert, and tip is not included. I usually stay at the Contemporary, Beach Club, or the Polynesian. If you like Epcot, the Beach Club can’t be beat, but if you like the Magic Kingdom best then you’ll want to stay at a monorail hotel. My fiance, has worked on and off for Disney for 30 years suggests that if you like nature and want a lot of privacy that the cabins at Fort Wilderness are great. The only thing with the monorailsarethat they have been packing tghem like sardines lately. PM me if you have any quesations..I can ask my fiance or our friend who has also worked for Disney for a very long time.
Post # 13
We went to Disneyland and had the best time!!! We were treated like royalty and were given free desserts and moved to the front of the line=) Definitely gets shirts and ears and wear them proud! Have a blast =)!
Post # 14
TrueLove407: I did, actually! FI and I kind of had to move away from cruises for a couple of reasons, the most being that we weren’t all that excited about the excursions being offered. I have done some Ph.D.-worthy research into almost any cruise line I could think of. I tracked down past guest’s Youtube videos, reviews, pictures, etc. We live a stone’s throw from a beach now, so we didn’t want to go on a cruise and sit on a beach when we could do that from home. Plus, FI is completely unable to sit still and relax. I can plop down in front of a pool, on a beach, on a couch, etc. and read or just sit in peaceful silence. FI would be nervously pacing within fifteen minutes and be bored out of his mind in twenty.
We like that there is so much to do when you go to Disney, but have never taken a vacation there before.
Post # 15
wifetobee63: I actually spoke to someone this afternoon about the monorails. Apparently they changed the hours, so they weren’t going to be offered as much as they were. FI and I were looking forward to a more convenient way of getting in and out of the park early in the morning or late at night, but that is “subject to change at any time without notice” and wasn’t running as early or late as the buses. I asked, besdies the monorail, what was so great about a monorail hotel and was told simply the proximity to the park and getting to see the fireworks from the hotel. Pass, haha. Going with Port Orleons or Riverside saves us $1000.