(Closed) Decisions, decisions. Disneyworld or Sandals resorts??

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

AHH! We’re totally trying to decide between the 2 right now. We’re also thinking if we do Disneyworld we are going to try to go to Puerto Rico for a bit. Still cheaper than Sandals, more flexible, but also still has the exotic excitement. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You’re an adult, you’re getting married, and you want to spend quality time with your husband and not a million screaming children. Save Disney for later. Other resorts might be more reasonable than Sandles, maybe not. Do some research.

Post # 5
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11168 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

To counter the previous poster I too am an adult and obviously getting married and we opted for Disneyworld, despite the screaming children. To balance out our stay we chose a luxury resort that would be more adult friendly versus families.

I think either option is good depending on what you are looking for. If you want a super romantic lay in the sand time of no activity honeymoon, in other words pure relaxation, then perhaps Sandals in right for you.

If you want something more active and filled with different experiences, food, rides etc that is a bit more fun based than WDW would perhaps be better.

Either way you really can’t go wrong. Just for record we were also considering both Sandals and Hawaii and WDW won out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would probably choose Sandals, b/c the atmosphere caters to honeymooning adults almost exclusively. You’ll be able to relax w/o tons of children around, unless you truely enjoy the company of kiddos and won’t be bothered by it. If that’s a non-issue then go for Disney since you’ll save money. Disney has activites that cater to adults only if you need a break from little ones once in a while. 

For what it’s worth, our friends went to Sandals in the Bahamas and LOVED it. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you want to relax and rest while soaking up the sun and enjoying the beach, go on a beach vacation for your honeymoon.  If you want to stand in lines, spend hours upon hours walking, and riding a lot of rides, go to Disney (athough Disney definitely has some gorgeous properties and activities for adults as well as children.) They are very different experiences.  However, if you want to try to do a beachy type vacation while at Disney, I highly recommend either the Disney Yacht Club or the Disney Beach Hotel, as they have several sand-bottom swimming pools.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would choose Disney World even if it was MORE expensive. Having people congratulate you every five seconds and getting tons of upgrades and free desserts, while getting to go on rides, see shows from Disney ones to Cique du Soleil, shop, see fireworks and parades, chill out at the pool/hot tub or go to the awesome waterparks, eat amazing food…I could go on and on. Our Disney Honeymoon was amazing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I did tone it down a bit for Darling Husband, his request was that I please let it be more relaxinf than our usual Disney vacays. So I had to let him sleep in and skip the early morning magic hours and we took it slow, didn’t stay in the parks all day or try to ride everything, because that is when it can stop being relaxing.

ETA: I think everyone who thinks Disney is just screaming kids and long lines either has never been to Disney or just did not plan their trip very well…I never wait in long lines, and the kids are usually pretty darn happy, makes me daydream about our own little ones someday, which seems pretty perfect for a honeymoon thing! Although at the more adult shows and restaurants there are usually few children, Victoria and Alberts doesn’t even allow children under 13!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would do Sandals. It seems more romantic and relaxing to me. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

DISNEY GIRL!!!!! you found your prince.. now head your happy you know what to the PALACE!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I say save Disneyworld for when you have children. 

You want to relax and cuddle on your Honeymoon right?

Standing in long lines and screaming children just doesn’t seem that romantic to me. Then again I’m not a Disney fanatic and being from AZ and 42 with two grown kids I have been to Disneyland a lot! 

I say do what your heart desires and what your wallet ccan afford. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I disagree… Disney World is way more fun without children (when you can actually enjoy it instead of standing in line for kiddie rides… On a side note, Disney really manages the lines well so you can grab a ticket and come back at a designated time for a ride you really want to do).

We didn’t choose Destination Wedding for our honeymoon, but we went 2 years ago and had an absolute blast.  Yes, it can be a more tiring trip, but who says you can’t break it up?  We ended up taking a drive one day south to Clearwater, FL and relaxed on the gorgeous beach all day and played a round of golf.  It doesn’t have to be all Mickey all the time.  I think both options are pretty great, but the Disney naysayers don’t seem to get the Disney experience.  I’ll tell ya what–that place is magic, whether you’re 8 or 80 (or somewhere in between). I get excited just thinking about the nighttime parades in Magic Kingdom. Maybe I’ll be planning a trip there next year…

 

On Edit:  Oh yeah, Typhoon Lagoon is my favorite place in the USA ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@fembride045:  I’ve still never been to Typhoon Lagoon, but I’m dying to try out the surfing lessons they give there on our next trip! It ended up being a little too pricy for us to do on our Honeymoon because we rented a private boat for just the two of us and the boat captain, and he drove us out to the lagoon in Epcot for a perfect view of Illuminations, it was super romantic =)

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Wonderstruck:  Wow, that sounds like a wonderful experience!  That’s FI’s favorite firework show (I am partial to Magic Kingdom).  Typhoon Lagoon is worth a trip all in itself.  In fact, whenever we talk about going back, we just talk about going there.  Fiance is an excellent swimmer (me not so much) so he loved the giant wave pool.  I enjoyed it too, but like I said, not the greatest swimmer so I could only last short stints in the deep end.  What I loved the most at Typhoon Lagoon is the huge lazy river that you can transport you around the whole park and also there are so many water slides (and snorkeling!).  I woke up this morning wondering if it was too late to get my deposit back for our honeymoon so I can go to Destination Wedding again, oh no…

If you like water parks, and if you live in the Detroit area, I highly recommend Kalahari Indoor Water Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.  We were there for a work trip last year in the down season and it was so much fun.  It’s a great weekend or night away (if you’re a big kid like we are).  And now is the time to go because all of the kids are in school so there is no one there!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs. Adams:   We went in September too, it wasn’t too bad. It’s a less busy time of the year, which works out great for lines and stuff. But I’d try to decide in the next couple months if you pick Disney, because you can make restaurant reservations 180 days in advance if you’re staying on Disney property, and the mst popular places fill up fast! I got up early and called when the phone lines pen at 6am to make sure I could get into the nicer restaurants during the times I wanted.

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