This Ask a Disney Question article comes to us from Brooke:
I stumbled across your fantastic website thanks to Couponing to Disney. I recently got engaged and my fiance and I have decided to go to Disney World for our honeymoon.
I went to Disney when I was 5, but have no real memory of it. (I will turn 30 in less than a month *gasp*) 😉 My fiance went in his early teens. We feel that we want to experience Disney Wold as adults before we have kids.
Which brings me to my question(s)…I have no idea where to begin to plan. We are fortunate that his parents will be paying for the honeymoon, but we need to give them some ideas to help with the planning.
What do you suggest for (essentially) first timers to Disney World who are also celebrating their honeymoon? Places to stay, dining, rides? I’m so overwhelmed and don’t want to be. Isn’t Disney the happiest place on Earth? 🙂
I look forward to your response! Thanks in advance!
Thanks Brooke for the question and being a fan of not only Chip and Co but also Couponing to Disney.
Honeymooning at Disney World is a topic that is near and dear to my heart as this is where I spent my honeymoon three short years ago! Planning any Disney vacation is something that can quickly become overwhelming, but toss in the need to truly celebrate this momentous occasion and you could easily become overwhelmed.
First of all let’s talk accommodations.
I highly recommend staying on property as you will have access to so many amenities such as extra magic hours, world class service, and the ability to easily escape the theme parks for a mid day break and a poolside cocktail!
There are three categories of hotels at Disney: Value, moderate, and deluxe. For honeymooners I suggest a deluxe resort. If money is an issue than a moderate such as Port Orleans or Caribbean Beach are options as well. On your honeymoon, you will want a bit of romance to go along with your stay. This is why my top resort picks for a honeymoon are Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The Wilderness Lodge is a beautifully themed resort that gives you the feeling of vacationing in the great northwest. The pools are wonderful, the restaurants are delicious, and the rooms are cozy. You can take advantage of the walking trail that leads to Fort Wilderness and enjoy the many activities that take place there as well such as the Hoop Dee Doo Revue Dinner Show and horseback riding.
The Grand Floridian is the crown jewel of Disney accommodations. You will spend your honeymoon in the lap of luxury with beautiful pools, exquisite dining, gorgeous rooms, plenty of cute shops, and a world class spa (read couples massage!)
World Class Dining
In terms of Dining, honeymooners should plan on utilizing at least two of Disney’s Signature Dining Restaurants. These are the cream of the crop when it comes to Disney dining, and the price tag reflects that. However, they offer supreme food and often have very romantic atmospheres. My number one pick is the California Grill. This restaurant sits atop the Contemporary resort and boasts lovely views of the Magic Kingdom. If you time your meal so you are eating at the time of the Wishes fireworks show, you can go out onto the deck and watch the show complete with piped in music. Another tip for the grill: Sunset is a spectacular time to dine here. Save your receipt and you can come up later to watch the fireworks and enjoy a little nightcap. My other picks for Signature dining include Artist Point and Jiko; the Cooking Place.
For regular dining that doesn’t fall into the signature category you may want to check out O’Hana at the Polynesian Resort. Arrive a little before your meal and enjoy sitting by the beach with a snack. Some other great choices are Via Napoli at Epcot, The 50s Prime Time Café for some fun while you dine at Hollywood Studios, and of course Chef Mickey’s because no honeymoon is complete without a picture of the happy couple with the mouse!
Now let’s discuss the rides!
Everyone needs to gauge for themselves what rides they want to do. If you are both thrill seekers than by all means conquer all the mountains (Space, Splash, Big Thunder, and Everest.) If you are more laid back stick to rides such as soarin’. The best advice I can give you is to have try anything that looks interesting because it just might be your favorite! Plan ahead and know where things are so you are not walking all over the park. Utilize the fast pass service on rides that offer it. My favorite rides for adults include all the mountains, rock n rollercoaster, Test Track, Soarin, and Kali River Rapids. Also, don’t miss Kilimanjaro Safari, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lights Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show, and The Jungle Cruise just for kicks at night!
Last but not least, take some time for activities outside of the theme parks.
Rent a watercraft, go canoeing, ride bikes on the boardwalk, play a round of golf, or explore Downtown Disney. Also, make sure to tell everyone you are celebrating and wear your honeymoon pins…you never know what extra magic will come your way!!! Congrats and have a great vacation!
Hope that helps
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