I, for one, absolutely LOVE Disney. My Fiance and I have been there 12 times in the last 3 years!
First things first, make sure you get your bride and groom ears, as well as your “just married” buttons!
For starters, you definitely want to book dining reservations in advance. My personal favorites are. . . Epcot: San Angel Inn (Mexico) or Via Napoli (Italy). . . Magic Kingdom: Tony’s (Italian) or Liberty Tree Tavern (Family style. . .like Thanksgiving dinner!). . . Hollywood Studios: 50’s Primetime Cafe or Mama Melrose’s. We usually don’t eat at a sit down restaurant in Animal Kingdom since we consider it a “half day” park. For lunch though, we usually eat at Flame Tree Barbecue which is a quick service. Look into adding the dining plan if you haven’t done so – it’s worth it!
Since you’re staying on property, you’re entitled to Extra Magic Hours. Look into Park Hours for when you will be there. Some parks will open an hour early or stay open really late!
Also, keep in mind that Fast Pass is available to you, as well. You’ll definitely want to use these for the busier rides.
Here are some tips for each park. . .
Animal Kingdom: Like I said before, we consider this a “half day”park. If you’ve never been there before, you could easily make it a whole day, though! There’s not that many rides – Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, Primeval Whirl, and Kiliminjaro Safari. That’s about it. You have to see the Finding Nemo show – the theater fills up quickly though, so you’ll want to get in line early! When you come out of the Safari there’s a walking trail where you get to see more animals.
Magic Kingdom: Get there when the park opens. Head straight to Peter Pan. If you don’t, there will be a 45 minute wait ALL day. This is no exaggeration. Do the rest of Fantasyland FIRST. Fantasyland is always busiest. After Fantasyland head to Tomorrowland. We usually Fast Pass Space Mountain and depending on the wait, we’ll ride it while waiting for our Fast Pass time. Don’t skip over anything. Do Carousel of Progress, Buzz Lightyear, the People Mover, Monster’s Inc, etc. After Tomorrowland head to Adventureland – Jungle Cruise and Pirates are a must. Make sure you have a Dole Whip – it’s the most delicious thing EVER! Next head towards Frontierland to ride Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain. The daytime parades are good, but the night time parade is BETTER. For the Electrical Parade your best spot to sit is on Main Street. However, you’ll need to find a seat at least an hour before the parade starts, otherwise you’ll be standing and may not have a good view. Make sure you get delicious treats in the Confectionary on Main Street. If you’re looking for a quick place to eat I highly recommend Casey’s Corner.
Hollywood Studios: Again, get there when the park opens. Head STRAIGHT to Toy Story. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to ride it. I’m serious. I was in Disney just a week ago. An hour after the park opened, the Fast Passes were already at 4:00 pm. An hour later they were all gone for the day. Get a fast pass for Toy Story and try to ride it while waiting in line, as well. After Toy Story head to Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. Those also get busy, too. After that head to Muppets and Star Tours. Your must see shows are Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones. And check to see if there will be Fantasmic the night you’re there. It’s a show they don’t have every night. Make sure you line up for it EARLY. Again, this is another huge theater that fills up FAST.
Epcot: First thing to do: Soarin’. Head there first. I’m going to again recommend getting there when the park opens. Soarin’ fast passes are usually distributed very quickly, as well. You don’t want to miss this ride. Do all of Future World first: Spaceship Earth, Nemo, Figment, Test Track, and Mission: Space. World Showcase doesn’t open until 11 am. We usually start in Mexico and take our time going around the countries. Make sure you stop in all of the shops – you’ll find some neat things. Take your time and you may come across a Mariachi band in Mexico, a street performer in Italy, etc. There’s a bakery hidden in the back of France that is AMAZING. I highly recommend it. Epcot is my FI’s favorite park – so many delicious things to eat and drink! Be daring! Try new things!
Downtown Disney can be done whenever. I like the nightlife there, but it does tend to get crowded – especially on weekends. If you want to take your time there, I’d recommend going during the day. There are a TON of shops. Take your time and stroll through all of them. There’s the Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the West Side. The place is HUGE.
If you want to venture out of the parks to eat. . . here are some recommendations.
California Grill at the Contemporary. It sits on top of the hotel and you have a panoramic view of the Magic Kingdom. The food is to die for. Seriously. Also, if you ate there, you are entitled to watching the fireworks from their balcony. Amazing.
I highly recommend Kona Cafe at the Polynesian for breakfast. It’s delicious and just a monorail ride away from your resort.
Don’t forget your camera (of course) but also feel free to use the Disney photographers. They’ll give you a photopass card where you can view your pictures online right after your trip and order them. They’ll also take pictures with your camera if you choose.
And if you’re feeling like big kids, see the characters! There are SO many in all of the parks and they’re so much fun.
I know this is a LOT of information, but I like to think I’m a Disney guru. If you have ANY questions feel free to ask! Have fun!!!