Post # 1
We are getting married in July of 09 and would like to fly down to Orlando for a few days before our tropical island honeymoon starts (where that is – who knows right now!) – but we are having a hard time picking out a place….
We think we would like to stay ON Disney property – but have no idea where. We are torn between staying at a "fancy" hotel – because it will be the first place we go as hubbie/wifey – but we don’t want it to break the bank….OR staying at one of the lower "moderate" hotels -but are afraid that perhaps it will be TOO casual….My fiance has never been to Disney World, and I have so many great memories – that I would like him to get the whole picture. And as cute as it is, he is really excited about it…..
But again, $$$ is the factor….sadly 🙁
Thanks so much for anyone’s input!! Any and all advice or suggestions greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
There is a great promotion right now on the Walt Disney site that you can get a free ticket to either park in Florida or California on the day of your birthday. Now sure if that helps.
Post # 4
- Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception
For the higher end properties, Wilderness Lodge and the Polynesian are fantastic. Mid-range, I’ve liked the Yacht Club/ Boardwalk properties. The Swan and Dolphin are on Disney property but managed by an outside company – I’ve preferred those to the official entry-level resorts (the Pop resorts). I know there are WDW forums so maybe you’ll have more info there? Good luck and have fun!
Post # 5
<font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″>I love, love, love the Boardwalk Inn and Villas. The hotel is beautiful and the Boardwalk is so quaint. The BIG plus is that you can walk to both Epcot and MGM Studios from the Boardwalk hotel!!!</font>
Post # 6
I got (priceline dot com) a killer deal last year staying at Omni Championsgate. It was gorgeous and a four to five star property. I went on a whim with one of my girlfriends and our kids and we stayed for a long weekend and went park hopping. Thing is, the pool there and lazy river is so amazing, we thought we were somewhere tropical! Definitely better than staying in Disney imho and the food is wonderful.
I’d recommend the sites where you learn how to bid on travel. I use them all the time. biddingfortravel.com is one such site. teaches you how and what resorts are up for grabs in a given city/country/region. I got a room for 120/night that is usually during high season 300 plus.
Post # 7
I personally think its VERY worth it for the Contemporary. That being said – you are right about the budget ones – they are very plain and you might feel a little left out in the cold. However, the mid range (a la boardwalk) are amazing places.
Post # 8
I forget how much it costs, but the Polynesian is very romantic and perfect for a honeymoon.
Post # 9
i’ve stayed at the swan and dolphin resort thru a priceline rate of $75/night, and it was great! very convenient to get into disney world also. good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
So … I’ll suggest a moderate resort in case you don’t want to splurge on the $289+ lux resorts: Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s quiet and full of romantic hideaways. It books up quite quickly because of its size though.
The current Buy 4 nights-Get 3 free is quite lovely as well… Darling Husband & I are staying for a week at the French Quarter for $1300 (hopper tickets, upgraded room)… and while staying at a deluxe resort (like Boardwalk, Animal Kingdom) was a bargain for only $1000 more… we’re splurging on fun things and food instead, and visiting the other resorts for dinner and meals.
Breaking the bank is fun sometimes, but on trips like this, saving the money on your room (without real sacrifice) might be a $200+ difference per night… that’s enough to see Cirque or have a fancy dinner at V&A! Fill things with experience
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception
For a great room at a medium price, I would recomment the Yacht Club. Really cute and romantic atmosphere.
If you’re thinking about splurging, nothing is better than the Grand Floridian. Gorgeous! And the rooms are really romantic and plush. I love staying there. 🙂
Have fun! Disney World is the best!
Post # 12
My fiance and I are staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was not cheap… but we decided to splurge. We are nearly 30 and the Mr. is going to med school, so we won’t be going on any nice vacations after that.