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Ok, the Mister and I decided today to go to Disney for our honeymoon.
Anyone else going? Which hotel are you staying? Anyone know any secrets as to where the romantic places to stay/eat/exist in a puddle of wedded bliss are?? (Perferably without morgaging our future children’s existence!)
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I went to Disneyland for the first time last year, and had a blast. Most of the food was pretty touristy though (although I’ve heard good things about the Blue Bayou), but one restaurant that’s outside the parks, but inside the gates was a life-saver (Still trying to find the name…). They had the best turkey sandwiches and iced-tea. Our server was Kevin who so rocked.
I don’t have any other suggestions except that make sure to get your picture taken in front of Club 33 in the New Orleans part.
Oh, and we spent a lot of our time doing pin trading because the lines for the rides were so freaking long (definitely get up early in the morning if you want to avoid hugely long lines). If you decide you’re up for pin trading, buy a bunch of them on ebay before you go and save a ton of money. Then you get to trade with staff and other visitors…it was like a giant treasure hunt.
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- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
If you mean Disneyland in CA, not Disneyworld,you MUST visit Napa Rose for dinner in the California Grand Hotel. It’s excellent! YUMMM.
My guess is that this would be a good hotel as well. It’s right near Downtown Disney and the parks. It’s nicer than the Disneyland hotel (where I stayed 2 weeks ago) but I think it’s more expensive and probably has just as many kids.
There are a number of nice hotels close to the park but not in Downtown Disney. I’d reccomend the Hilton or Mariott near the convention center. There are also lots of more affordable, less upscale options!
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We’re doing Disneyworld (Florida) as well! We’re going for a package that has us spend half of a week in the park and then the other half on a Disney cruise. Don’t know all of the details yet because we’re waiting to see what kind of job I get after we move (and whether I get vacation time) to actually plan it.
However, from my family vacations there, I would highly recommend eating at Cinderella’s castle. It’s pricey (but what isn’t in the park?!), but on your honeymoon you deserve to be treated like royalty, which is what I found they did – even for a very much non-honeymoon-ing family!
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If you’re going to Disneyworld (in Orlando), head to Celebration and go to the Columbia Restaurant. It’s absolutely amazing, and since it’s off the beaten path, not touristy at all. Get the bread pudding. YUM. The town of Celebration is a little strange though — very Stepford-like.
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my husband works for Disneyland’s corporate offices in CA, and we honeymooned at Disney World in FL, so please feel free to email me whenever with questions: [email protected]. 🙂
we stayed at port orleans riverside at Destination Wedding, and looved it. it was quiet, our room was comfy and clean, and it was inexpensive (just under $100 a night). if you’re up for a splurge, wilderness lodge is GORGEOUS but can be expensive. go in the off season if you can. yes, it gets super humid.
our favorite parks were epcot (AMAZING food) and magic kingdom… the food everywhere in Destination Wedding is amazing. DL has pretty good food, but Destination Wedding is ten times better. make sure to get "just married" buttons when you check in to your hotel, as you’ll get all kinds of free food/champagne/perks. totally worth it! plus it’s fun when everyone says "congrats!!" to you. 🙂
if you want to eat at table service restaurants, (which you should, cause it’s your honeymoon!) and you go during the peak seasons, you’ll need to make dining reservations. you can find the phone number on the website. the best food we had, hands down, was artist’s point at wilderness lodge. expensive ($175 for both of us, including dessert) but SO WORTH IT. california grill, at the contemporary resort, was also amazing. tusker house in animal kingdom had a great african/indian buffet.
k, that’s all i can think of now… we went on my husband’s discount for the room/tickets, but our food wasn’t discounted, and we spent about $800 on food for the week. and that was eating at table service at least once a day, and ordering whatever we wanted. so not too bad of a deal, we think. 🙂
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oh, i forgot to say, if you’re going to CA and not FL…
it’s a much smaller park. it’ll only take you four days, i’d say, at most, even in the summer. therefore, not as many options for food and whatnot. although i see from your bio that you’re in CT, so i’m thinking you’d go to FL?
if you are going to CA, though, Grand Californian is a gorgeous hotel, and Napa Rose is an amazing restaurant! we also loved the prix fixe menu at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel – $36 a person and it includes salad, main course, drink, and dessert. one of the best steaks i’ve ever had!
Post # 10
I’m an Orlando native who has practically grown up at Disney World. My first real job was working for the mouse, and while I won’t be honeymooning there, I have gone on many a romantic date on Disney property. One of my favorite resorts is the Polynesian Resort, which is very relaxed, and especially romantic if you request a view of the Magic Kingdom so that you can see the nightly fireworks from your window. The Port Orleans resort is also lovely, and is more quiet and set back from all the action, with lots of places to take walks, and probably the most romantic of the moderately priced resorts.
As far as food outside the park, you can’t get better than Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian. It’s super-fancy, though, and extremely expensive, but everyone I know raves about it. It’s over $100 a person, so I haven’t been, but I would probably save up for my honeymoon. My favorite is actually an African buffet at Animal Kingdom called Boma. It’s perfect if you love trying exotic food.
Entertainment-wise, you will have so much to do, but I find it extremely romantic to stroll through Downtown Disney at night (if you are into Cirque Du Soliel, you could also catch the show their, or see a concert at the House of Blues, which is my favorite thing to do!) I also love staying in the park at night when it’s emptying out… there is something incredibly romantic about that as well. There are tons of romantic spots in all of the parks.. some of the secrets to hiding from the crows are going during the week if you can, avoiding the hot summer heat and crowds, and when everyone is swarming to see the parade, that is the perfect time to find a romantic spot and enjoy some "almost" privacy. 😉
PM me if you have any more questions. I could probably write a book on the subject!
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Assuming you mean Disney World Florida, I have some recommendations. I have been three times and stayed at the Polynesian Resort each time. It’s gorgeous, lush, and Hawaii-like. There’s a lovely little beach with tent cabanas, several pools, and of course, world-famous Disney service. It has much more of a grown-up feel than you’d expect from Disney. The Grand Floridian is also beautiful; I’ve walked through but have not stayed there.
Make sure you do the luau at the Polynesian! The last time I was there it was $80 per person, but that was ten years ago. Amazing restaurants at Epcot as well, at least one for each country featured. It Alfredo’s is still there in "Italy" don’t miss it!
Post # 12
Thank you for your suggestions! KEEP THEM COMING. My fiance is taking notes. Seriously.
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Be sure to use fastpasses for popular rides! It is a free program. You put your admission card into a machine for a particular ride (not all rides have them, just the really popular ones) and it issues you a ticket to return for the ride at a later time. Spend the time you would spend waiting in line riding other rides or eating or generally making merry and then return when it’s your time and you can walk right on! Be sure to enjoy the envied stares of people waiting in the regular line. (Note to avoid abuse of the system you can get only one at a time within a two-hour window.)
Also, get your photo taken with the characters! I visited Disneyworld after college with two girlfriends and we had such a good time getting our photo snapped with all the characters. They are extremely nice and make you feel like a million bucks. I can’t even imagine what a good time it would be if you were on your honeymoon!
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You are going to have a great time! One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet I think, is that at least in Disney World there are photographers all over the parks that take your picture and give you a card so that you can keep them all in one place and at the end of the vacation you can see them and buy them if you want. The pricing isn’t totally unreasonable (but it still isn’t cheap) but it might be something to budget for since it is your honeymoon! There are lots of sites about Disney, many with boards like this one that might be able to give you more specific info about this program.
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If you’re going to Disneyworld.. I would highly recommend you to get the delux dining package. It is definitely worth it. I just got back from my trip there from the 4th of July holiday, spent 5 days there at the park. It is definitely worth it because then you won’t be worrying about every meal cost when you’re eatting, instead you can go and dine in and make the most expensive meal choice and enjoy it without anything to worry about.
The meal plans have different categories (basic, delux, platium), which all is basically about the same except it various by the amount of meals per day and most restaurants are the same in the various packages. Delux included 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. During the dining time, each individual gets an appetizer, entree, and a dessert! (definitely more then enough food for the price). Our experience was that we went and chose the most expensive thing on the menu, and came out with a bill of $50-$100+ per meal, even breakfast can get very expensive. The great thing was everything was covered no matter the range of cost for the meal. Only thing the delux plan doesnt cover is the gratuity and alcohol.
I definitely recommend making the reservations ahead of time. The restaurants I tried and recommend is, Cinderalla Royal table dining at magic kingdom, Coral Reef at Epcot, Garden Grill at Epcot (character dining experience), Hollywood Brow derby at MGM (great desserts), Ohana Breakfast (at the Polynesian Resort, another character dining)
Hotel- I stayed at the Contemporty Resort, its a nice conveinent hotel, since the monorail goes right through the inside of the hotel, and walking distance to Magic Kingdom if you rather take a walk. Also, you can see the great fantastic Magic Kingdom firework each night from your hotel window.
Post # 16
I’ve had an annual pass to Disneyland for six years now. So, if you’re going to Disneyland in Calfornia:
 Disney Dining: inside the park there’s the Blue Bayou which is literally inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The atmosphere is great, but the food is pricier than the rest of the park, but definitely worth it. There’s also the Golden State Winery inside California Adventure. I’ve never eaten there, but I’ve heard great things. You will need reservations days in advance for these. You can call the Disney Dining line… on the Disneyland web site, i’m sure.
 Downtown Disney Dining: Downtown Disney is situated between the Disneyland Hotel and the actual parks. It offers a variety of restaraunts including the House of Blues, The Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone, etc. I really suggest the Jazz Kitchen. It has great food, great drinks, and a really fun New Orleans Jazz atmosphere with live music.
 Disneyland Hotel Dining: I second the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian. There’s also Hook’s Point in The Disneyland Hotel – my favorite of the Disney eateries. Hook’s Point has a Peter Pan theme including a map of neverland on the ceiling. It, like the other places I’ve mentioned, but the food is delicious.
 Lodging: there are three Disney Hotels: The Grand Californian, The Disneyland Hotel, and Paradise Pier – price and luxury levels in that order. I’ve stayed at the Paradise Pier and the Disneyland Hotel, and dream of staying at the Grand Californian. If you can afford it, I highly recommend staying there. Otherwise, the Disneyland Hotel is really nice. Stay at another hotel in the area if you can only afford the Paradise Pier. Most of the hotels in the area have free shuttles to the park.
 Schedule: buy park hoppers that allow you to jump between both parks. I honestly think you can do everything in two days, but three may be better to allow you to relax more.