(Closed) Disney World Honeymoon {3 days}

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@skinnypinkmartini:  First off, CONGRATS! You are a lucky lady! That is such a generous offer. 

I am a Disney FREAK! We have premium annual passes and try to attend all of the special functions. Since you are visiting in October you should experience GORGEOUS FL weather AND Epcot’s food and wine festival! My top stops are Magic Kingdom and Epcot for sure. There are so many places to stay in Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee area. Money no object I would hands down stay at one of Disney’s hotels. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Yacht Club Resort, or the Grand Floridian! 

There are several amazing dining experiences. And there is the chocoalte dessert buffet at the Tomorrowland Terrace over looking the fireworks several nights a week. 


Post # 4
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@skinnypinkmartini:  We JUST got back from our Florida/Disney/Universal Honeymoon! And my grandmother gifted it to us – we’re two peas in a pod!

The only park we visited that was a part of Disney was Magic Kingdom and since it was slow season we walked on every single ride!  It was awesome – you must go there.  We rode Space Mountain 4 times and many others 2 or more times.  I even went so far as to wear the wedding minnie ears with veil and we had matching Mr & Mrs disney shirts!

I hear Epcot is amazing so I thnk we’ll do that when we go back!


Post # 8
2737 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am from Orlando!

For me, I would do a day at Magic Kingdom, a day at Epcot, and a day at Animal Kingdom–I feel kind of meh about Hollywood Studios, but you might want to stop by just to see it.

Magic Kingdom is awesome for feeling like a kid, but a lot of the time it’s incredibly busy. Animal Kingdom has TONS of animals, and a ride or two, and I just think it’s really special and awesome if you like animals. And Epcot is all about the eating and drinking!! The food is always good, especially if you like to be adventurous (I think I have eaten every single thing in Japan, oh em gee) and a thing we do is try to “drink around the world” by having a drink in every country, lol. 

Are you at all interested in Universal/Islands of Adventure? Those parks are quite close to Disney and also really fun. Islands of Adventure includes the Harry Potter theme park, which is seriously THE SHIT, haha. And there’s lots of other rides and stuff there–it’s my favorite personally, though if you want to do all Disney, I understand.

If I had three days, I would probably do: half-day at Magic Kingdom/half-day at Epcot, half-day at Animal Kingdom/half-day at Epcot (because I really like eating and drinking in the evenings, lol), and a full day at Islands of Adventure/Universal. But that’s just my personal preference! If you are all Mickey/Minnie/princesses, then go crazy at the Magic Kingdom and definitely stay for the show at closing, even though it will make getting out of the park the worst, slowest thing you can possibly imagine.

I think the park hotels are a little overrated–or at least, I don’t think they’re worth the ridic prices. I would stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress ten times out of ten–that’s where we stayed on our wedding night! Also I saw Dolly Parton there one time.

Post # 10
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

HP world was amazing!!! Well worth it. 

Post # 11
2737 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@skinnypinkmartini:  No prob, lady! If you are a big HP fan, then definitely do the Wizarding World.

It’s a little confusing, but basically Universal has two parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. They are connected, but you have to pay extra if you want to get into both on the same day.

Right now, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is inside Islands of Adventure. It’s one of several “islands” which are all pretty cool, though the WW is definitely coolest. When you buy your ticket to Islands of Adventure, you get access to all of the islands.

If you are going this fall, they should have the second half of the Wizarding World open by then, which is inside Universal Studies. It means that, if you want to go to both, you will have to buy the two-park pass (so, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure), but you get to go to the Wizarding World (which is designed to be Hogsmeade) and the new part, which is designed to be Diagon Alley. Plus, you have access to the whole rest of both parks, which are both really fun.

Here’s a link to what the new park will look like: http://www.orlandoinformer.com/universal/harry-potter-expansion/#tour

And you can see the first half just on the Universal website–it is SO cool. We went to Islands of Adventure with my ILs the week before our wedding, and they LOVED it!!

Please feel free to PM me if you have questions!

Post # 12
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@skinnypinkmartini:  yay ! Have fun!

1. Def stay at Disney resort so you can shuttle around for free and have more of a Disney experience – we stayed at pop century and this October ( for our honeymoon) we will be at the French quarter one

2.  You must stay all day at magic kingdom. From park opening show to the parades and the fireworks at night! It is soooo worth it. If I had only one day – no question. Park 2 would be Epcot 

3. Character dining. We went to the Polynesian LILO and stitch one and it was awesome. Disney is just awesome.

4. Stay longer… Lol!

We went 5 days last year ( animal kingdom, magic kingdom, mk day 2, Epcot , and Hollywood studios. My feet hurt, my legs were so swollen by time we got home. It was worth it! And this time we are planning a week or more. You could spend a day at downtown Disney too! We saw a cirque show and just had a blast.

Post # 13
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Walt Disney World

Ooooooh! Disneyyyy!!!

What we typically do if we have to narrow our park visiting to 2 days is 1 day at Magic Kingdom, and one day of Hollywood or Animal Kingdom in the AM with Epcot in the PM. Epcot at night is just so pretty – plus you’re able to do dinner reservations at one of the countries.

Visit my wedding website for tips on restaurants!


Also – MAKE ADVANCE DINING RESERVATIONS. You will not regret it. 

Post # 14
118 posts
Blushing bee

@skinnypinkmartini:  If there’s truly no budget and you can stay wherever you want, I would absolutely recommend one of Disney’s deluxe resorts–either one that is on the monorail (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary) or one of the Epcot resorts (Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Beach Club).  My Fiance and I really enjoyed staying in the Epcot area, because of all of the walkable dining options (both at Epcot and at Disney’s Boardwalk). 

+1000 to PP who said to make advance dining reservations.  You can cancel them later if you want, but trying to find someplace to eat dinner in Disney without a reservation can be a bit of a hassle.

Post # 15
639 posts
Busy bee

@skinnypinkmartini:  Absolutely assuming no budget — this is how I do Disney in 3 days. 

Stay at: Either the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian. Both places are on the monorail so you’ll be able to get around. The Grand Floridian is certainly more adult oriented but I love the Polynesian AND you get to watch the fireworks from the beach there. 

Day 1: Make a 8:00 AM Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) at the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. Confirm before you do that there are not Early Magic Hours (EMH) at that park on that day. You get into the park early and it’s one of the best breakfasts in all of the parks. Once you’re done, you exit right by the Safari ride — argueably the best ride in the park, and you’ll be first in line while the animals are still out and active because it’s cool out. Once you’re done, hit up Expedition Everest (even if you don’t like coasters), and Dinosaur for sure. Don’t get on the river rapids ride unless you want to get wet, and you can take or leave Primeval Whirl. Festival of the Lion King is also good, but not necessary to see. 

Head to Hollywood Studios next. Send a ‘runner’ (running is against the rules, but speed walking is key) to get a ‘fast pass’ for the Toy Story ride. It’s important to get these first as they will be out halfway through the day. Get a quick bite to eat at Starring Rolls cafe. Ride Rockin’ Roller Coaster (again, even if you hate coasters) and Tower of Terror (skip if you do). The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours are also good, particularly to get out of the sun. Other good sun/feet resters are Indiana Jones, the Studio Backlot Tour, and Muppetvision 3D. They also have a drawing class you can take at the Animation Academy. It’s free, gives you a souvenier — and if you ask the instructor for THEIR drawing, they’ll give it to you (if no one explicitly asks, it usually goes to a kid, but there’s no harm in asking!). Make an ADR for the Hollywood Brown Derby Fantasmic Package. The food at the Brown Derby is excellent, and it gets you a ‘reserved’ seat at the Fantasmic show — so you literally just get to walk in and sit down while everyone else has to line up hours in advance. SO WORTH IT.

Day 2: Make an ADR for Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. Again, it gets you into the park early — and gives you a prime photoshoot with almost NO people in front of the Castle. Assuming no budget, get the ‘Memory Maker’ –– a little card that gets the professional photographers to take your picture for free in all the parks. It also gives you your ride photos for free. After breakfast with the princesses, go to Peter Pan’s flight and get a Fastpass. It inexplicably has the longest lines, so if it’s something that’s important to you — do that. Make sure to hit all the Mountains (Space, Splash, Thunder), Pirates of the Carribbean, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. The new Seven Dwarves ride might be done by then too. Get Lunch at Be Our Guest. Dinner reservations are notoriously hard to get, but they don’t take resrevations for lunch.

Head over to Epcot and send a ‘runner’ to get a Fastpass for Soarin’. Neither of those require reservations. Ride Test Track, Mission Space (Green is barely a ride, Orange is a little much even for people who love coasters), and go to the Soda from around the world place for fun. Maelstrom, Nemo and Friends, and Spaceship Earth (inside the big ball) are great to get off your feet and out of the sun but are not worth it if there’s a wait. Make sure to hit up the Patisserie in France. Feel Free to attempt to ‘Drink Around the World’ in you free time πŸ™‚ Make an ADR at either Bistro de Paris or Le Cellier. 

Head back to Disney for the Fireworks. 

Day 3: Universal Studios and Harry Potter World

Take Mears shuttle service (assuming you haven’t rented a car) to Universal. Get there early and get in line. You’ll see other people being able to enter before you, because they stayed at a hotel on property. Once the gates open — BOOK IT for Hogwarts Castle. If you’re at all confused about where to go, that’s where everyone else will be going. Ride the Castle ride first, and if you enjoy it at all, ride it again immediately. If you like coasters, ride Dragon Challenge as it never has a wait. Unless you REALLY want to, you can skip Olivanders and go nextdoor to Owl Post to get a wand. The Three Broomsticks has good food, but chances are (this is without the expansion) that you’ll be done long before you’re hungry. So exit HP world and head back to regular universal. You can get most of the rides done before like 3 in the afternoon, particularly if you get their version of the Fast Pass (note: you have to pay for their version.)

Head back to Disney property. Here you can either get dinner at Epcot again, OR dine at Victoria and Albert’s. It is hands down the fanciest restaurant at Disney so it depends if you want to get dressed up for a night or if the theme parks are more your speed. Then see the fireworks at Epcot or watch them from your Beach. 


I THINK that’s it. Never go to a park the same day there is an extra magic hour. Always have lots of fun. And head to guest services on your first day and they’ll give you a ‘Happily Ever After Button’ for being on your honeymoon πŸ™‚

Post # 16
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beeintraining:  A note about Fastpasses… they have now moved to this Fastpass Plus system, where it’s all digital, and there aren’t paper passes anymore. 


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@skinnypinkmartini:  Definitely stay on Disney property!! If you do, you’ll get “magic bands” wrist bands and be able to book your fast pass plus months in advance, so you’ll KNOW you can reserve space on your favorite attractions! We went in the fall and had SOOOO much fun! People have given you great advice so far… Agree that with no budget, I’d love to stay at Beach Club or Yacht Club (they share a really cool lazy river pool that nobody else is allowed to swim in) plus you’re walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. If I could do one thing differently, I would have allowed more time to just wander the World Showcase in Epcot – awesome drinks, eats, and atmosphere. The cast members there are from the pavillion’s home country, and are really fun to talk to.

The Polynesian and Grand Floridian seem amazing also, as does Animal Kingdom Lodge if you don’t mind being out that way. It sounds like you might be there when Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is taking place… I’ve never been, but read and hear amazing things, so check it out! And if you REALLY want to splurge on a dinner, Victoria and Albert’s… super pricey, but everything I’ve read says that it’s worth every penny.


Finally, if for whatever reason all those hotels are booked, and or you decide to be a bit more budget conscious, we LOVE Port Orleans Riverside… great atmosphere and romantic place to walk around. Even if you don’t stay there, they have nice activities like boat rides.


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