I love Disney World and have been there quite a few times. In fact I was just there with FI last year and we’re going back again this fall. We had a fantastic time, and yes, it’s possible to keep things laid back when you’re traveling kid-free.
While I would NOT call it a romantic destination by nature, and I would personally not choose it for my own honeymoon, there ARE plenty of ways to play up the romance factor, especially if you have the money. Some tips and ideas if you decide to go this route:
-Stay on Disney property if at all possible, preferably at one of the deluxe resorts that don’t require busing to all the parks. There is nothing less romantic than spending hours riding a bus with screaming children-plus it’s tiring and eats up alot of your park and relaxation time. Trust me, we stayed at a moderate last time and are upgrading to one of the deluxe Epcot resorts this time, so that we can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Disney buses are not my friend.
-Get the dining plan. It may not necessarily be the CHEAPEST way to eat in Disney, but in terms of a honeymoon it’s going to give you the closest possible experience to an all-inclusive. Dining out is a whole lot more fun, and romantic, when you’re not stuck figuring out the bill at the end of the meal.
-Take advantage of Downtown Disney at night. We loved the House of Blues in particular, but there are plenty of spots there for dancing and drinks.
-You could splurge for a fancy dinner at Albert & Victoria at the Grand Floridian, or do a dinner show. (The Hoop De Doo Revue was a TON of fun, but the Polynesian’s luau might be a bit more on the romantic side?).
-If you stay at any one of the deluxe Epcot resorts, you’ll be walking distance to the Boardwalk resort. They have bars (a dance hall, a piano bar, a sports bar, etc), that you can take advantage of WITHOUT having to use buses after the parks are closed.
-Get a reservation at the California Grill at the top of the Contemporary, during the Wishes fireworks display. I believe they’re closed for renovations at the moment but may be open by the time your honeymoon rolls around. Also be sure to check out Illuminations at Epcot.
-Watching the fireworks from a boat in the lagoon was AMAZING. We had it happen by chance, but if you have the money you can also have a private boat chartered, if you have the money.
-Try to get your dinner reservations for mainly the Signature Dining restaurants. There are alot of great “normal” restaurants too, but the Signature Dining spots tend to not have as many kiddies running around.
-Take advantage of Disney’s extended hours when they’re at night. There is something really special about the Magic Kindgom at midnight 🙂
-Seek out the “quiet” pools at your resort. Depending on the season you go, you’re apt to have the whole pool to yourselves.
-Do the Wine Flight in Epcot! You’ll get to try wines from a number of the different “countries” and get to explore the World Showcase at the same time.
-We found the San Angel Inn in Epcot’s “Mexico” to be pretty romantic. The ambiance is a lot of fun, low lighting, and really pretty. On that note, stay out of the T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney if you’re looking for romance, you are never going to find it there!
-If you’re not afraid of hot air balloons, I know there are private companies that offer hot air balloon rides out of Orlando that give you a great aerial of all the parks.
-See the Cirque de Soileil (sp?) show in Downtown Disney.
-Most of all, make sure to give yourselves a lot of time to relax. Especially if you’ve never been before, you’re going to want to run around and see everything, but you’ll just run yourselves ragged. Sleep in, order room service, lay at the pool, go to the spa. Resist the urge to do EVERYTHING at once.
Okay, that’s more than a few ideas lol. There is just SO MUCH to do. Check out their website, and you’ll get a feel for what types of resorts and things there are to do and what would be right for you guys.
Best of luck and have a great time!