(Closed) Disney World – give me your views

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 46
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

writersblock:  When are you planning to go on your honeymoon? Florida in the summer is unbearable and really ruins the time at any amusement park, IMO, and I live here. 

I also don’t find Disney particularly stressfree, you’re constantly fighting crowds and tripping over toddlers and waiting in line. There are so many people EVERYWHERE and someone is always in your way or you’re in someone else’s way. 

I get that you’re not the type to lie on a beach, I’m not either, if I want to lie around, I’ll save my money and stay home. I want to explore. I’d much rather explore a place that has a real rich history and culture (Italy) than an amusement park where everything is fake. I also find that exploring is limited in amusement parks, because you have to wait in line so long to do anything. It can take all day just to do a few rides/shows, when most of your time is spent standing in the sun and sweating.

If you want to come to the US, maybe you could visit Disney for a couple days and then go elsewhere? There are many other lovely places in FL or the Southeastern US that are much cheaper than Disney. We went to New Orleans recently and it was awesome and not too expensive. 

I know you didn’t mention it at all, but have you considered a river cruise? I did one on the Rhine a couple years ago and it was absolutely amazing. You travel to different places everyday, but you’re not cooped up in a van. 

Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I agree with others who mention that a big factor will be time of year. May-September is miserably hot in Orlando. Add in long lines and thick crowds and it makes it 100x worse. You seem to be pretty set on going to Disney though, so I say go for it (unless it’s during the summer). There are ways to make Disney romantic, it just takes some planning. 

Post # 48
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We’re doing Disney for our honeymoon in September, but our reasons for doing it are pretty different from a lot of others, as is our touring method. We’re definitely adults who love Disney and originally wanted a Disney wedding, but I’m also a cast member and my fiance is trying to come back to the company. Because I work there, we get some massive discounts and benefits that make it really affordable. That means that a week at a moderate resort with the dining plan is cheaper than a 4 night cruise, for example. We’re also used to the crowds and are planning to just take it easy, since we’re there all the time anyway. We’d love to go overseas or something, but we just can’t afford that right now, so we’re basically doing a staycation. Our main priorities are restaurants, the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Aside from that, we’re just going to see what we want to do on the day.

All things considered, it sounds like the Italy option might be the better choice for you guys. Shorter flights, more bang for your buck… I’d rather do a two to three week trip than a 6 to 7 day trip if it was the same amount of money. That’s one of the reasons we’re doing what we’re doing.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

That being said, if you guys do choose Disney and want some tips, feel free to send me a PM 🙂 I love helping people plan!

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I suppose it also depends on how you like to travel? We went to Disney World for our 10 day honeymoon, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Would I like to travel to another country someday? Sure. But being in a foreign place really stresses me out, whereas Disney World absolutely knows it has visitors from all over the world and really welcomes it as opposed to some places which abhor tourists. Being at Disney for so long allowed us to relax and we didn’t feel stressed out our rushed at all because we had so much time. Also, we stayed at the Port Orleans-Riverside and it was absolutely beautiful. I also know everyone keeps mentioning standing in line and wasting your time….but honestly, in my experience, Disney World is not like Disneyland in that regard. Sure, there will be some standing around, it’s unavoidable, but even so I never felt like we wasted our trip on it because there ws just SO much to do that didn’t require waiting at all. The parks are huge, as is downtown Disney and even our resort was beutiful to just take a few hours to walk around and explore. We could take downtime when we needed it, but there was also always something new to see or do, rather than the constant standing in line like everyone likes to make it seem. 

What I like about Disney, especially if you go all out, is that they absolutely take care of everything for you. It’s easy to feel incredibly pampered, and there are definitely spas and the like where you and your husband cn go if you need some relaxation away from children or the weather. I loved that Disney picked up and dropped off out luggage for us at the airport, and had buses for literally everything. I love that peace of mind of knowing it’s taken care of, because again, I don’t travel well and trying to flag down a taxi or carrying around luggage and trying not to get lost would have really put me in a sour mood. I know this isn’t a problem for a lot of people, but it’s something to consider. 

Yeah, my husband and I are those “freaky adults who are obsessed with Disney”, so I guess you should take my experience with a grain of salt. But if you can shake from your head that Disney is “just for kids” and is actually meant to be an experience for all ages, then you could have a ton of fun. Plus, only Magic Kingdom and to an extent Hollywood Studios is really Classic Disney. Animal Kingdom and Epcot definitely feel more all age encompasing with only a dash of Disney. 

Post # 51
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

cupcakequeen42:  We are doing the Halloween party in September as well!  We are very excited!

Post # 52
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Italy or Disney? That’s 100% a no-brainer….ITALY!!!

Some people are Disney fanatics and just love it. For me, eh it’s not all that great. It’s a fine family trip for 2-3 days but after that…no thanks. That being said, my idea of a honeymoon is NOT spending excessive amounts of time with lots of screaming kids and getting your ankles run into by strollers. It’s always crowded, long lines, and it’s expensive for what it is. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed every trip I’ve taken (for the most part!) to Disney but never in a million years for a honeymoon. Then again my honeymoon was a 2 week ski trip out west. We love adventure and travel to tropical places all the time for DH’s work so I totally get that our unconventional honeymoon might not be everyone’s cup of tea either. 

 

 

Post # 53
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Busy bee

writersblock:  I’m here now on my honeymoon. Best advice… pick either boardwalk, yatch club or beach club to stay. You can walk to epcot and Hollywood studios. Everything else is done by bus. You also can see fireworks from your room. Also do the deluxe meal plan. Some restaurants are 2 meal points per person  (they are the fancy ones). Do them! They will do cute things for you for your honeymoon. They know it’s your honeymoon since you will get a pin when you arrive  (make sure you both get one and wear it all the time). Also check out extras you can do like snorkeling. It’s so much fun. I was nervous about having our honeymoon here and I would not change it. It’s been a blast.

Post # 54
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Busy bee

writersblock:  to add to my post… I’ve never been to Disney until now. The longest we had to wait in line was 20 minutes. You have to be smart about rides and fast passes. Also it is hot. It can be draining (hubby is sleeping as we speak) but schedule activities to break up the day. I’m not a Disney person but would recommend this for anyone.

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2016 - Weston Hall

TwinkleBoss:  This is exactly why we’re having a Disneymoon.

We wanted to go abroad for our honeymoon (we’re in the UK) but travelling to most countries, particularly when I don’t speak the language, stresses me out. I’ll do it for most holidays, because the stress is worth the experience, but on my honeymoon I want to be able to completely relax. At Disney we might be physically exhausted from spending all day in the parks, but mentally there’ll be no stress and we’ll just be able to have fun.

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We’re in the UK too and went to Disneyworld for our honeymoon. It was perfect, magical. I can’t possibly recommend it enough.

We are used to loads of walking and also planned the trip to death and the result was a really relaxed, varied, romantic trip. We chose the Contemporary for its location, and also it had been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to stay at the hotel with the monorail running through it.

We got a free dining plan (there was a special offer on) and booked all the table service meals six months in advance and the fast passes two months in advance (one of the benefits of staying in property). In total we were there for 8 days. I had been twice (as an 8 year old and again as a 14 year old) and my husband had never been and wasn’t really sure what to expect and he absolutely loved it.

We avoided all the queues, we had some awesome meals, wore the “happily ever after” pins and got loads of attention, and now we are hooked! We booked a trip to Disneyland Paris for my birthday in October 🙂

Post # 57
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Busy bee

It’s a cult…I don’t even allow my daughter to watch the channel or wear the clothes.

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d go to Italy. Save Disney for when you have kids, if you plan to. It’s not romantic, way crowded, hellishly hot and so expensive. 

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Yes, but you can travel to Italy anytime from the UK. in fact, we spent a week in Rome last October. Oh, and Italy can be hellishly hot as well. 

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

There is no way I’d pick Disney over Italy. No way in hell. 

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