We all know that Disney World is a great place for family vacations, but did you also know that Disney is a terrific choice for a honeymoon? According to How Stuff Works, Orlando is one of the top ten destinations for honeymoons. After all, when honeymoons typically last 8 days and cost in upwards of $5,000, you want plenty of options and variety for how you will spend your first precious days together as husband and wife.
Here are five tips for planning and enjoying your honeymoon at Disney World.
1 – Pick A Deluxe Hotel
Yes, Deluxe Disney resort hotels are super expensive – especially during peak periods of the year. But this is a very special occasion, so if you have any way to pull it off financially, splurge and stay at one of the nicest hotels on the property. Not only will you have access to better quality sit down restaurants, but you will get to enjoy the special atmosphere that only exists at deluxe resorts –from the Victorian charm of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to the rustic and cozy feeling of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Disney World dining is about far more than hamburgers and fries. Take in some of the higher priced and finer dining establishments like the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. And for the ultimate dining experience, bring your dress-up duds (a jacket and tie for the gentlemen, a dress for the ladies) and enjoy the gastronomic wonder that is Victoria and Albert’s. Yes, it is expensive at $125 per person (plus add-on options for wine or a wine pairing), but the meal is truly out of this world, and one you will talk about for years to come.
Be sure that you make Advanced Dining Reservations for your big meals. The restaurants around Disney World often book up well in advance. And while eating on a Disney vacation doesn’t have to be about hamburgers and fries, you don’t want it to become that way just because you can’t get into the nicer restaurants when they are all booked up.
In addition to taking in some nice restaurants, have fun with other food options. Take a stroll around Epcot‘s World Showcase and partake in the wines or beers of the world. Or head over to Beaches & Cream and see if you can polish off The Kitchen Sink – the monster ice cream sundae.
3 – Get Bride & Groom Mouse Ears
When you arrive, stop at the Chapeau hat store on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and purchase the Mickey Mouse Ears hats for Brides and Grooms. Not only are these fun, but they will let everyone know that you are celebrating your honeymoon. You shouldn’t do this with the intent of getting special favors or free stuff (although that does occasionally happen), but instead as a way to have fun and let the world know you are on your honeymoon. A cheaper (read – free) option is to get the “Just Married” buttons at City Hall.
4 – Buy A Special Souvenir
You will have other vacations where you buy a refrigerator magnet or a t-shirt. This trip is special. Look for something special to commemorate the event. Stop by the Art of Disney store in the Magic Kingdom or Epcot and check out the framed artwork and sculptures available. Select something beautiful and timeless that you can use to decorate your home together.
5 – Relax & Have Fun
There is plenty of planning and stress that goes into a wedding. Now that the big day has come and gone, be sure to relax. Don’t “go commando” with hopes of seeing and doing everything that Disney World has to offer. It’s probably not possible, and even if it was then you would be exhausted after your vacation. Hang out in a lounge for a while after dinner. Take a relaxing stroll along Disney’s Boardwalk. And sit on a beach and watch the sunset. Sure, take in all the fun that the parks have to offer, but also be sure to relax too.
What do you think about going to Disney World for a honeymoon?