(Closed) Did anyone have a Disney World honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Nope but we went for our first anniversary! No dining plan or anything, although we did make reservations at a few restaurants, because there are some that you can’t even THINK about eating at without one! Not sure exactly how much we spent, but we did let ourselves indulge a little–there are ways to save. We stayed on the property at a non-Disney hotel and got a good rate. The busses are great to avoid parking, the only downfall is waiting for them. Use the fast passes–they will help a lot with wait times (we went at a good time of the year that had little to no waits, so that was even better!). Also, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES ๐Ÿ™‚

We went to all the parks and had a blast! 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re going in August, so I’ve done a lot of research.

No matter which way I ran the numbers, I couldn’t make the dining plan(s) worth it. We would have to eat three enormous sit-down meals a day to even break even with the money we would spend on the plan, and by then you’re just spending your whole day in restaurants. Also, a lot of the restaurants we want to go to are “2 credits” on the dining plan, making them essentially twice as expensive because you can’t use those credits anywhere else. Allears.net has menus for all of the restaurants, so you can see how much you’d spend without the plan.

We’re also saving a bunch of money “renting points” from a Disney Vacation Club member. People buy DVC memberships, which are essentially timeshares, and if they can’t use all of their “points” before they expire, they’ll sell them at discounted rates. We’re staying six nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge for $1254 — the price on disneyworld.com was $3500. If you’re interested, there are brokers who charge a small fee, otherwise you can find people willing to rent points at disboards.com.

And speaking of disboards.com, I really recommend that forum for getting good Disney info.

Post # 6
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855 posts
Busy bee

@03KM0:  keep an eye out for a blog of mine coming soon…

and then a more detailed blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ i have LOTS to write on this subject!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@03KM0:  Some people swear by the dining plan, I just couldn’t make it work for us. I think it’s a lot more useful when there are kids traveling with you. Some people also like the convenience of having everything pre-paid, but you could have the same effect with Disney gift cards, or even just charging everything to your room.

I think we’re actually going to do a six day park pass, just because the extra days at that point aren’t that expensive and it gives us some more flexibility if we want to go to a park on one of our airport days. I’m definitely trying to strike the right balance between seeing lots of things and being able to relax enough! (I don’t know if I’m succeeding or failing, haha)

We can start making dining reservations for our trip next Wednesday, so I’m trying to finalize some of our plans.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m considering one, we’d be able to go at a time where it’s still warm and there would be less kids (mid-September). So it’s a serious consideration.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@03KM0:  We actually went directly through a DVC member and saved 1-2 dollars per point. It requires a level of trust though. We found her through the DisBoards and she’s been great.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am actually having a Destination Wedding there in June!  After the wedding my (new) husband and I will spend a few more days alone honeymooning. 

I would not suggest getting the dining plan, but I would suggest making reservations at least for a couple of the nights at some of the better restaurants.

We are staying June 17 – 25 and our package will cost us approximately $2,800 including our room and our park passes (we are staying at Coronado Springs).  Flights will end up being about $600 each.

We are bugeting about $500 between the two of us for food, but we intend on eating at a nice restaurant every evening.

I absolutely love Destination Wedding – I’ve been twice before and can’t wait to go again! 

To make the most of it, I would suggest attending all of the special events (parades, firework shows, etc).  I would also suggest watching the shows they have, because they are pretty amazing.

I hope this helps!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@03KM0:  I mostly want to try a lot of the restaurants in Epcot.  I’ve been to Teppan Edo (I think that’s how its spelled :/), but I’d like to go again.  I suggest it!  I am definitely looking forward to exploring Fantasyland and going to Be Our Guest!

I need to look further into the restaurants we’d like to try, but I am waiting until the parade/firework schedules come out so I can schedule our reservations around them!

Post # 16
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781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Random and non helpful, but we are going there as well and we have the same wedding date! When are you planning on going?!

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