(Closed) Disney Honeymoon Experiences

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m from Orlando, so I have maybe a slightly different perspective, but…

 

Try not to leave the parks right when they close (especially the Magic Kingdom, oh em gee). It will take you literally hours to get back to your hotel, and you’ll be totally exhausted. Even leaving 15-30 minutes earlier can make a big difference. Also, if you are stuck in crowds and don’t get out for a while, the monorail will CLOSE (it closes before the boat) and you’ll be stuck.

 

The Polynesian is wonderful, but the Grand Floridian is the MOST. BEAUTIFUL. HOTEL. EVER. It is outrageously pricey, I agree, but try to see if you can just go there even for a day (I think you can get a day rate on the rooms and not actually stay). The pools are gorgeous, and if you have any interest in seeing celebrities when you’re in Orlando, they’re most likely to stay there, in my experience.

 

I definitely second the advice on making sure everyone and their mama knows it’s your honeymoon. People at Disney try so hard to make everything magical, and they will definitely go out of their way for special events.

 

Plan to get quite sloshed at EPCOT, if you like drinking, lol. Sake in Japan, wine in France, tequila in Mexico, etc. And if you like rides, do the EPCOT rides before you start drinking!!

 

You are going to have SO much fun! Eek!!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

As someone who had my honeymoon at Disney World and has been there more times than I can count on vacations, as well as a semester working there, honestly I don’t think these are great tipes for everyone – Disney runs some great package deals that you will not be able to take advantage of because you booked everything separately and don’t want the dining plan (not that you can have that since you’re booking everything separately anyways.) Also, there are many ways to save more money than the very minimal discount AAA will offer you – I recommend signing up for the Mousesavers newsletter, checking Disney’s website frequently to see what their special offers are (because if a better deal rolls out after you’ve already booked your trip, you can call and have them apply the new promotion to your reservation – but again, this doesn’t work if you’ve booked everything separately), and doing as much as possible to get yourself into Disney’s system to increase your chance of geting a pin code (which is a special discount code that only you can use – we saved 40% off our room thanks to one of those!), so make an account on their website, request a free trip planning DVD, etc.

 

WDWmagic.com and disboards.com have some really great planning tips as well.

I do loveeee the Polynesian though, great choice there =)  DH and I stayed at the Contemporary, which was kind of a compromise because he’s cheap but I really wanted to be on the monorail line and have a balcony we could watch the MK fireworks from, so we went with the least expensive hotel that still met those requirements. And like you said, make sure they know it’s your honeymoon – don’t just say it when you get there, tell the person making your reservation for you. We got upgraded to the concierge level and got TONS of free stuff that they’d arranged before we’d even arrived because we did that.

 

But my best tip for saving money, other than watching the special deals, signing up for Mousesavers, and getting yourself in their system to up the chances of a pin code, would be for brides who haven’t chosen a wedding date yet – don’t have your wedding during summer vacation if it’s at all possible! I’d been wanting a Disney honeymoon since I was like 7 years old, so we considered when the best honeymoon was possible when choosing our wedding date. During summer vacation Disney runs a lot less specials because the demand is alread there, it’s their busiest time of the year. By scheduling our wedding for just a couple of weeks into the school year we first got their free dining promotion (and eating at Disney is EXPENSIVE – especially if, like us, you’re trying to make your honeymoon more special than past trips by eating at the nicest restaurants), but then were offered 40% off our room through a pin code for that time of year, and ended up taking that deal instead (also improtant to note – you can’t combine promotions, you have to pick just one.)

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I totally agree with disboards and mouse savers   for me thier tickets aren’t cheaper (miltary) but for some they are.  one hotel to look into is port Orleans French quarter. it’s the smallest one they have so quieter. and quiet lovely. tho lacking a monorail

 

and as for the dining plan you don’t get the normal menu that you’ve been searching over. they have a different one. I’m by no means a big heavy eater (I can’t go to a normal restaurant and order both an app and entree) but the portions on the dining plan are more manageable. so it is do able. the kicker is the snack you get a day. that does one in lol we usually just get Mickey treats that are sealed and take them home!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@seabyme:  The last time we went they had actually changed it so that with the dining plan you could get whatever you wanted off the menu. Although we did have the deluxe plan because, like I said, we were trying to make it a bit fancier/nicer for our honeymoon, maybe it’s different with the regular dining plan. I agree that Port Orleans French Quarter is a nice choice if you can’t spring for a deluxe resort.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@CiaArielleNeugebauer: Wow, you’re getting really defensive over a simple piece of advice… I could go through and bold the parts that support what I said to, but I don’t really see the point. It does also say that verious special offers (which are exactly what I was talking about) are only valid on vacation packages. I never said it was an automatic discount, but Disney frequently runs special offers that you can only get by doing the vacation package, and I saved nearly a thousand dollars doing it that way – it’s always worth it to weigh the different options and see what it least expensive for your situation. I would just hate for someone to not even check and miss out on a better offer because your OP said it’s better to book everything separately, because that’s not always the case. For example, right now if you book your hotel and tickets together for a trip this summer, Disney gives you 30% off your hotel plus a discount on your tickets!

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m going to Disneyworld for our honeymoon and neither of us have been. We’re staying at some time share though that’s three miles from the parks. I’ve already bought us the ears and everything I’m so excited lol. I’m so lost on how Disneyworld works though. I’ve been to Disneyland a million times but of course that’s only one park (well two if you’re counting california adventure.) Are the parks in Disneyworld close by enough to walk to each or are they very spaced out? And we are going october 26th-november 2nd. Is halloween time normally pretty packed?

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@CiaArielleNeugebauer:  Yeah the festival is going on around that time. Oh gotcha. Are the monorail rides/busses free or is that something you pay for? I will get my hands on that book as well, thanks!

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