(Closed) Disney honeymoon

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hi! We are also honeymooning in Disney. We live in AK but I grew up in FL and LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney World. Fiance loves Nascar so I am actually surprising him with the Richard Petty Driving Experience (he can drive like a race car driver for 30 laps, I know it will be worth every penny).We are going in Feb and staying at the Polynesian.

I hope you guys got the Deluxe Dining Plan…if not, definitely look into it! TOTALLY worth it. I would also, depending on what you like, hit a water park for a relax day…. even visit the other resorts or downtown disney for a stroll and some ice cream. Get a couples massage!

There are ALOT of fantastic websites about honeymooning tips for Disney World. 

You guys have a TON of fun.

Post # 4
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We did a WDW honeymoon in late May and it was amazing. The one thing I would recommend is booking all your dinner reservations in advance. While they say reservations are recommended they are pretty much demanded. We walked up to half empty restaurants only to be turned away.

Also definitely make the most of the Magic Hours. You will find that it is best to avoid the parks with Magic Hours throughout the day until the special hours…go to a different park as it will be less busy.

We bought our tickets from The Undercover Tourist and we saved quite a bit. They are legit and have a great free ap you can download for wait times, maps, park hours, magic hours etc. 

i highly recommend the VIP fantasmic dining. You get a great meal and reserved seating for the show.

For the dining plan check the math before booking. My husband and I ate at higher end restaurants for lunch and dinner, got snacks, ate at character breakfasts etc and our foods cost was nearly the same as the basic dining plan that would have severely restricted where we ate.

Post # 5
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Treejewel19:  totally agree about the reservations for dinner. Fiance is military so we are getting amazing rates for both resort, dining and park tix.

I have always tried to purchse the dining plan (the regular one, the deluxe is really just for the honeymoon). Whenever I didn’t purchase it, I always over spent more than what the dining plan would’ve been. It also gives us the ability to not worry about food and money when we are enjoying our days there.


Post # 6
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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!!!

Post # 7
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

my parents did a disney honeymoon. i have never been and would love to go but not for the honeymoon. im all about the beach. you will have a great time though, it will also be very very busy during the time you are going.

Post # 8
8484 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Neither of us have never been and really want to go. I may have to mention this idea to him!

Post # 9
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We went one day of our honeymoon and somehow got to ride everything we set out to ride in Magic Kingdom. Get there early before lines start and you can get a lot crossed off your list before lunch. We made sure to go to Splash Mountain really early because that line gets insane, plus it was the best ride ever lol. We ordered a map from this website and they give you stickers to map out a path of where you want to go. On the website you can also personalize your favorite rides and they mark them off for you. It’s free and was really helpful! Plus it’s really pretty and they put your family name on it and make it really personal and cool. I loved ours so much I kept them. 


Post # 10
1030 posts
Bumble bee

Google Glass Slipper Concierge- for $250 one of the girls there will plan your days, give you tips (best spot to see the fireworks etc) AND book your dining. They have a great relationship with the Disney staff and can be like “um, you do think you can get them a table by the window because well, it IS their honeymoon!”. You can tell them yourselves of course, but I think it’s nicer coming from someone else. Plus, ADR’s can be pretty hard to get and you have to be up at 6am when the lines open…

Totally recommend it! $250 to save loads of stress? Yes please!

Post # 12
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

hi. i just recently got back from my disney wedding and honeymoon.


the biggest thing i can say is don’t make too many dining reservations. my husband said it made him feel like he was missing out on stuff because we were trying to make it to scheduled meals almost every day.

the one place we said we will continue to make ADRs at for every trip is the San Angel Inn. It’s very romantic and the staff is so very attentive.


Post # 13
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Darling Husband and I are total Disney nuts, so we wanted to make our honeymoon special and a little more relaxed than previous visits. I definitely don’t think you need to hire anyone to plan out your days – just make reservations (yeah you’ll have to get up early one day if there’s any hard to get reservations you’re after, no big deal). Make sure you tell them when making the reservation that it is your honeymoon, They’ll put a note on the reservation and the host or hostess will do their best.

And reservations are pretty much mandatory – if you’re worried about spending too much time at restaurants and want to spend as much time as possible in the parks. I’d still make at least one reservation a day. Because if you decide you want a sit down meal and don’t have reservations, you’re out of luck. I swear every time Darling Husband and I went to one of our reservations we had to wait forever while some family who had apparantely done no research on WDW argue with the host about how could they not have any availability.

I totally agree that you should wear the pins! And the bride and groom ears if you can talk your Fiance into it =) And I highly recommend the Unofficial Guide books, there is a special one for adults travelling without children and their advice is always spot-on. We don’t bother anymore with the plans for each day because we know what our favorites are and the best way to do all of them, but when we were new to Disney the tips in that book were super helpful on what to do first, what spots are best for fireworks, what restaurants are best, etc.

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