- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Hey everyone! I have a few major interests in life… Weddings, dance, reading, bath and body works, and… Disney World.
My parents got married when I was 6 and I was a flower girl in their wedding… For their honeymoon they went to Disney and they really didn’t want me to miss out on it… So they invited my grandparents to come on their honeymoon with them and take care of me. So I’ve always known I wanted to go to Disney for my own honeymoon.
i know a ton about Disney… I have 2007-2013 Birnbaums Guides, as well as several trivia books I’ve read cover to cover. I have spent years playing around with vacation packages so I know the ins and outs pretty well. Right now I have narrowed down to the best possible way to book out honeymoon. It should ensure that we get the absolute best honeymoon for the best price. So I want to share my own tips/suggestions and ask you to share your own.
First off… If you are booking the full package don’t book it the same day as your arrival… By the time you fly to Florida, get transported to the park, and check in to your hotel you’ll have lost a decent portion of your time in the park. What my Fiance and I are doing instead… Taking a later plane to Florida so we will arrive around 6 or 7 and checking into a Disney value resort, the All Stars music. It’s a room only reservation and will cost around $100. Then we will take the Disney transportation into Downtown Disney for the evening. The next morning we will check out of the All Stars music and check into the Polynesian.
Why are we doing it this way? Well by checking into a different hotel the first night and spending the evening in downtown Disney we are avoiding paying for a ticket and losing half the day in travel and getting settled instead of having fun. And by checking into a Disney hotel for the single night we are able to take advantage of perks like the Disney magic express from the airport, transportation to downtown Disney, plus the next morning when we check out we give our bags to the concierge and they transport them to the Polynesian for us.
The next tip… Skip the dining plan. My Fiance and I spent hours looking over the restaurants and menus… The only way to get the full value of the deluxe dining plan is to specifically eat at the most expensive restaurants and order the most expensive items. Plus since when can one person eat an appetizer, entree, AND dessert? Because that is what each person is entitled to. We went through and selected restaurants as well as selected what we would most likely order (Disney lists prices too!!!)… And although the menus will change over the next year… It was almost $400 cheaper to skip the dining plan. That included desserts, some alcohol, and tips… Where as the dining plan at $400 more would not include any alcohol or tips. So trust me, skipping the dining plan is better.
Next on hotels… We selected the Polynesian. We wanted a hotel on the monorail, which limited us to three options. We have both stated at the contemporary so we didn’t want to again. We thought we would stay at the Grabd Floridian… But we have gone over the pictures and the rooms are just kind if boring. Not exactly worth being the priciest hotel. So we are down to the Polynesian. If you want a deluxe hotel, I recommend going for one that is either on the monorail or is within walking distance of 2 parks… So the Boardwalk is good, it is within walking distance of Epcot and Hollywood studios. So look for that, based on what parks you’ll be at most. We will visit magic kingdom and Epcot twice each… So we want them to be easily accessible.
The next tip… Book everything seperately. We are booking our room as a room only reservation… Then we are buying our tickets on their own most likely. Why? Because if Disney does not run the same special next year that they did this year (30% off room and tickets) then we can get our tickets a little cheaper through AAA. It’s only a difference of $36… But saving money is saving money.
Next… Wear the honeymoon button, buy the bride and groom ears, and make sure you mention that it is your honeymoon to cast members for extra treats and special treatement. From what I’ve seen and heard couples on their honeymoon get a variety of perks… Special desserts, keepsake menus, free bride and groom ears, jumping ahead in line, etc. I’ve even read about some couples who manage to get upgraded to a room with a better view for free simply by mentioning its their honeymoon and asking if there are any free upgrades available at check in. We totally plan to try it.
Any other hints/tips/suggestions? I plan on adding to this tomorrow when I’m not tired.