(Closed) Disney Honeymoon – booked now we need help!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Where are you staying? We always stay in the Disney resorts and adore it! If you are, I have some really specific recommendations – if you’re not, there’s still so much to do and see! I would definitely book dining reservations early. Make time (and money) for dinner at the California Grill, which is part of the Contemporary Hotel, and overlooks Magic Kingdom. The food is AMAZING fresh, seasonal food based on California restaurants like Chez Panisse. It’s to die for! 

I’d also recommend spending at least one whole day at Epcot. There is so much to do and see there, and we usually ONLY go there (parks-wise) since we don’t go down with kids and have been to Disney a lot. In Epcot, Mexico, France, and England are my favorite stops, but it’s worth browsing everywhere. 

I would also suggest either renting a car or taking a cab out to a grocery store if you’re going to be there for longer than a few days. Many of the hotel rooms have full kitchens, and the food is so expensive (and filling) that I’ve found it’s best to eat light breakfast and lunch meals at the hotel, and then splurge a little on dinner. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Port Orleans rooms do not have kitchens. In fact most of the resorts do not except for the vacation club resorts (the villas). I’m just saying this so you don’t expect a kitchen and be disappointed. Were going on our honeymoon to Disney in August and we have reservations at: the California Grill, Kouzzina, Artist Point, Coral Reef and Boma. We’ve picked some fancier restaurants that we’ve never tried before (California Grill and Artist Point). I also made reservations for facials at the spa at the Swan and Dolphin. There are also spas at the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs Resorts. Check out http://relaxedyet.com/ for the spa menus. We would also like to make reservations to do the Epcot segway tour, which I’ve heard is really fun. We’re mainly planning on relaxing by the pool.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Be sure to check out Victoria & Alberts in The Grand Floridian! My Fiance and I went there while we were still dating. It was seriosuly the best $450 we’ve ever spent on a meal! ahha!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Fiance and I love Disney World and very blessed that we get to go rather frequently. Something you might check into is that you can make dinner reservations well in advance. I think it is like 180 days prior or something. Also, the resorts are amazing in and of themselves. We’ve stayed at the Boardwalk Villas and it was fantastic. Also remember that as a resort guest, you can take advantage of magic hours…these are hours that certain parks are open to only resort guests. I found that the parks can be overwhelming if you try to do everything available. Make a plan, but don’t be afraid to just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. The disney world website has lots of useful information that you can browse ahead of time including maps and attraction descriptions. Good walking shoes are a requirement. hope this helps…congratulations!!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

WDW is amazing!  As a Vacation Club owner and former employee, I can guarantee that the two of you will have an amazing time!  I definitely recommend going to the website and reviewing the Dining Plan guidelines to help you plan.  You can visit some reallly great restaurants by planning accordingly.  I definitely recommend having dinner in Epcot at least once.  The Teppanyaki restaurant is Japan is AMAZING as is Coral Reef at the Living Seas pavillion.  At Coral Reef, you have an amazing view of an enormous aquarium (where you can sometimes see people snorkeling)! A great place to visit in the afternoon is Downtown Disney.  The shops are great and I definitely recommend eating at Wolfgang Puck Express.  It is a really good sit down quality meal that takes only a Quick Service meal. Port Orleans is a HUGE resort so be prepared to have to walk back to the main area or to take a bus if you need something from the front desk. Have a great time!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We just got back from our Disney World honeymoon last week.  We’re not super foodies, so we skipped most of the really high end restaurants.  We went to Coral Reef, which has great atmosphere, and they had the most amazing mahi mahi.  I ordered the steak, and then proceeded to eat most of his meal.  The Yak and Yeti in Animal kingdom was pretty good too.

It was SOOO hot when we were there, so my best tips are where there’s lovely air conditioned, non food related seating.  Epcot’s France show… 18 minutes, in a lovely squishy chair in an air conditioned theatre… God send I tell ya.

We did the dining plan with one quick service, one sit down and a snack a day.

My best recommendation is to sit down for a bit before you go, and make a list of highlights that you MUST see in each park.  And go early, and take advantage of the less people/cooler weather time, and get your fast passes.  We usually went back to the hotel for a swim/nap in the mid afternoon, which worked out well.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Fiance and I are going to Disney in October! We made reservations for breakfast with lilo and stitch, alifornia grill, jiko, and boma! Planning on going to the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, parasailing, horse back riding, and going to the spa!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

We went for our honeymoon too.   In addiiton to great restaurants mentioned above, and the spas, if you’re interested in getting away from the parks for more quiet time, you can also check out golfing, carriage rides, and water activites (renting boats, parasailing etc.).

Right around the time you’re there, they’ll be putting up Christmas decorations.  THose might be nice to check out. Even stop by the hotels, particularly the deluxe hotels, to see their lobbies.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re going to Disney too! We’ll be there the week before you πŸ™‚ My Fiance and I work for the Federal Government, so we’re staying at Shades of Green, a government/military resort on Disney grounds! We bought 4 day Park hopper tickets, and plan on spending an entire day in Epcot at least… I’ve been told to have dinner in Mexico. We also bought tickets to Islands of Adventure World of Harry Potter πŸ™‚ He’s so excited for it, maybe more than Disney! Lol.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are honeymooning at WDW, too, but in early December 2010! We were just there last late Sept./early October when my fiance proposed. πŸ˜€

I agree that you need to make sure that you book all the advanced dining reservations you want NOW, or else it can be very hard to get into some of the most popular restaurants….especially with the “Free Dining” promotions going on this season. Don’t forget that Downtown Disney also has some great restaurants on the Dining Plan and some nice shopping, too.

I would recommend 2 days, at least, for Epcot…..one for the front part/”Future World” and at least a day for the Showcase/World Pavilions. And Animal Kingdom is a TON of walking (it’s the largest park of the 4) w/narrower and “hillier” paths, so be prepared for the walking. Even in November, you will still need sunscreen and probably can still wear shorts during the day. A light jacket or sweater  or just some long sleeves should be enough for cooler evenings, I would think.

Also, make sure to take advantage of their FastPass system for the popular rides/attractions…..it can make a good difference in waiting in line time.

And now they have PhotoPass photographers set up everywhere in the parks, so make sure you ask them for a (free) PhotoPass card and get a couple of professional shots w/them taking them for you. That way when you get home, you can go online and see the photos and decide if you want to purchase a few. We got some of the BEST pictures last year that way (including live shots of my fiance proposing!) and I wish I had taken more w/PhotoPass.

Although it may start to be cooler when you are there, the outdoor pools in the resorts are usually heated, so you still may want to bring swimsuits….and I think Port Orleans is one w/a nice big hot tub, too. And they have carriage rides thru the resort (for extra $$, of course), but I have heard that this is very romantic.

And try to catch at least a couple of the evening fireworks shows! Both “Illuminations” at Epcot and the one every night at Magic Kingdom are great! We make a point of going to see them every trip.

Well, I know there is a ton more, but you will get a lot of info. and advice when you get there, too. Get ready for lots and LOTS of walking and a wonderful time! Have a magical honeymoon! πŸ˜€

PS. don’t forget your Bride and Groom Mickey ears! I have heard that cast members will take extra special “care” of you when they can easily see that you are a honeymooning couple. πŸ˜‰

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Blushing bee

@kara – try this link

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