Disney World Honeymoon Tips

Are you taking a Walt Disney World Honeymoon in 2014? We honeymooned at Walt Disney World, and it was a great time. Scratch that–an unbelievably amazing time. This is unsurprising, as Walt Disney World is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, and for good reason. Our honeymoon (or “Disneymoon” as we like to call our honeymoon–you can read the full trip report from our honeymoon here!) was such an amazing experience that we’ve been back to Walt Disney World many times since.

Sarah and I, as you probably guessed if you’ve been reading this site, are big Walt Disney World fans, so we knew exactly what we wanted to do for the trip. However, if you’re not as familiar with Walt Disney World, planning for a Walt Disney World honeymoon can be a bit overwhelming.

In no particular order, here are our top 10 tips for a Walt Disney World honeymoon…

10. Splurge On Your Hotel

First and foremost, this means staying on property. Granted, you could find a very luxurious resort off-property, but for convenience’s sake, which will be important for the other tips, stay on property. We highly recommend staying at one of the Epcot Area Resorts: BoardWalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, or the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. These resorts are within walking (or boat) distance of two theme parks, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and are a walk plus a monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom. These resorts are also within walking distance of one another, and also offer exceptional dining options, including Flying Fish Cafe and Yachtsman Steakhouse, and many excellent non-Disney options in the Swan and Dolphin hotels. Most importantly, they’re within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase, which is a great place to spend time on your honeymoon. There’s nothing magical about a rental car on your honeymoon, unless you share a mutual love for traffic and road rage, so avoiding conventional forms of transportation on your honeymoon can really enhance the trip.

If you check the rack rate prices on these resorts, and they seem expensive, fear not. You can frequently find rates at the Swan and Dolphin for around $175/night after all resort fees and taxes. If the BoardWalk Resort or Beach Club Resort are more to your liking, we trying renting Disney Vacation Club points, which can bring the costs of these resorts down to less than $200 per night, and which also enables you to purchase the Disney Dining Plan, which we actually recommend (a rarity!) during your honeymoon.

9. Do Some Fine Dining

The Magic Kingdom area resorts are beautiful, so if you eat at one of them, make sure to stop and get some photos of yourselves!

As mentioned above, we are typically somewhat skeptical of the Disney Dining Plan. However, on your honeymoon, you absolutely should purchase it. The last thing you should be worried about on your honeymoon is costs, and one of the benefits of the Dining Plan is the disconnect between meal prices and the price of the Dining Plan. Now, if you’re a really light eater or vegetarian, you might want to give this some thought, but if you love steaks and desserts, just book it.

If you decide to book the Disney Dining Plan, make sure to check out our list of the Most Romantic Walt Disney World Restaurants. Many of these Walt Disney World restaurants are popular, and you are able to make dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip, so make sure to avail yourself of this opportunity! Nothing would be worse than being stuck eating nothing but counter service pizza because you didn’t do the proper planning. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, that isn’t exactly the epitome of luxurious.

You do a lot of planning for your wedding, do a little for your honeymoon, which should easily be exponentially more important than the wedding. ;) Since dining is an integral part of any Disney vacation, it’s an important part of your honeymoon planning! Besides romantic restaurants, some of the best restaurants for honeymooners include those with views of the Wishes fireworks show (California Grill, ‘Ohana, and others). There are also fun restaurants like Beaches & Cream in Disney’s Beach Club Resort. See if the two of you can conquer the Kitchen Sink–we did!

Are you brave enough to conquer the Kitchen Sink?!

The best restaurants in Walt Disney World are all good, fun options. The #1 restaurant on both that list and the Most Romantic list above, and one of the best restaurants in all of Florida, is Victoria & Albert’s. This is a great place for your honeymoon. At $125 and up per person, Victoria & Albert’s may seem overpriced, but if you ask us, it’s one of the best values on Walt Disney World property. Seriously, the food is that good. You can read me gush about it at length in our full review, but suffice to say, it’s worth visiting on your honeymoon.

Unfortunately, Victoria & Albert’s does not accept the Disney Dining Plan. Recognizing this, and also that two other restaurants (Beaches & Cream and California Grill) we wanted to visit were bad uses of Dining Plan credits, we actually split our stay into separate reservations, and didn’t book the Disney Dining Plan on the days we went to these restaurants. Since you have to book the Disney Dining Plan every day of your trip (or not at all), splitting your hotel reservation is the only work-around to not purchase the Dining Plan on particular days.

It’s not worth a section of its own, but you should also “splurge” on park tickets. Even if you normally don’t get Park Hopper or other add-ons, do it for your honeymoon. These add-ons are relatively inexpensive, and you can save a lot of money on these tickets through an authorized third party ticket broker, like Undercover Tourist. We have more discount ticket-buying information here.

8. Buy A Custom Souvenir

Walt Disney World sells a lot of generic souvenirs that will end up on eBay or in your garage sale in a couple of years. Instead, we recommend buying something that you’ll keep a lifetime, and will be an omnipresent reminder of your honeymoon. If your budget is large and you’re crazy about Disney, stop in the Art of Disney and buy some framed art. This will probably set you back at least $400.

Alternatively, if you only want to spend $30 or less, get a custom-painted Mickey-Mouse head Christmas ornament. Now, this won’t exactly serve as a constant reminder of your honeymoon unless you defy social custom and leave up your tree year ’round, but it’s cheap, unique, and something you’ll cherish for a lifetime. After Sarah and I got engaged on the beach of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, we purchased one of these hand-personalized ornaments the next day to commemorate the occasion. It’s without question our most prized Christmas ornament!

7. Do A Photoshoot

PhotoPass photographers effectively captured the moment using our camera.

Although we don’t usually recommend purchasing Disney’s Memory Maker, it can be a good purchase for your honeymoon. Regardless, the PhotoPass photographers can take photos of you with your own camera, something that’s difficult to accomplish on your own, unless you carry a tripod at all times! The PhotoPass photographers will take a photo of you with your own camera, so don’t feel uncomfortable asking. We strongly recommend doing this over buying anything from PhotoPass.

That said, there are photographers in some of the Deluxe Resorts that seem to be the upper echelon of PhotoPass photographers. While I would still be reluctant to use one of these pricier photographers without seeing some samples (taken by the actual photographer you’d be using), they seem to be at least a better option than the in-park photographers. On our honeymoon, after our dinner at Victoria & Albert’s, I set up a tripod and took photos of us. Obviously not ideal, either, but that was our solution.

The self-portraits we took on our honeymoon will always hang in our house.

Ideally, I’d hire an independent photographer to take some photos. Generally, this is frowned upon in the theme parks, and I’m certainly not advocating that you break any rules. It’s okay at the resort hotels, though! If you’re willing to have photos taken at the resorts, and the resorts are beautiful so don’t hesitate to do this, I recommend checking out Orlando photographers who don’t work for Disney. They’re typically better and often less costly. If you need any specific recommendations for photographers, let us know!

6. Drink (Or Snack!) Around The World

It’s your honeymoon: eat, drink, and be merry!

Here is why that Epcot Area Resort will be important. In Epcot’s World Showcase, each of the countries have desserts and adult beverages that are unique to that country. While a lot of these purportedly unique beverages are things you could find in your local supermarket, the desserts are generally really good, and there are a few standout drinks worth trying. Enjoy the slower pace of your honeymoon and spend an afternoon in Epcot soaking up the exquisite details of the World Showcase, and drinking and eating “around the world.” Check out our Drinking Around the World Showcase at Epcot Tips for our drink recommendations and other strategy for this fun activity. If drinking isn’t your thing, or you want some food to soak up the alcohol, we also have Tips for Snacking Around the World Showcase at Epcot that will help.

With this, we again want to stress the importance of slowing down and enjoying yourself. In the theme parks, there is the temptation to go at break-neck speed to accomplish as much as possible. For some trips, this is fine. Your honeymoon should be about enjoying the company of one another and relaxing. While I couldn’t tell you how many times we rode Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Soarin’, or any other attraction on our honeymoon, I can recite even the most inconsequential details of our afternoon drinking around the world. We had a great time with one another, and once we had a couple of drinks in us, it became an amazing adventure where we met some very interesting people. I *think* we still may own a donkey in Spain somewhere. Like I said, it was a real adventure! Staying in an Epcot Area Resort is nice for this, as it’s a short stumble (kidding–drink responsibly) back to your resort when you’re done.

5. Get “Just Married” Buttons

Bride and groom mouse-ears are another cute option here that make for fun photos. We opted for the more discreet (and free!) buttons, and we were inundated with “congratulations” from fellow Guests and Cast Members. We also received some special treatment from some Cast Members who went above and beyond, which really made our day. I would strongly caution against getting these buttons with the expectation of receiving special treatment or “free stuff.” If that’s your expectation, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Instead, wear these accessories because you want to share with the world that you just got married! You’ll be amazed at how many random people will strike up conversation with you because of the buttons (so if you’re shy, they might be a bad idea). On our honeymoon, we spoke with a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary, and many other couples who shared stories of their long and happy marriages. Some even gave us tips! For us, this was a great experience and it was wonderful seeing other Guests and Cast Members so willing to “make the magic” for us.

4. S-L-O-W D-O-W-N!

Your hotel’s pool is a great place to relax mid-day.

Have I made it clear-enough yet that this trip is not like your typical Disney trip? This is an especially important tip for Disney vets, and one that we didn’t always follow. If you’re tired, don’t get up for rope drop. Leave the park during the hottest and busiest part of the day to relax by the pool. Or, take a nap during the middle of the day so you can get up early and stay late, the times when the parks are least busy.

Stop and get ice cream–a lot of ice cream–and eat it in out of the way places like the old Swan Boat landing with a view of Cinderella Castle and the water. Spend some time animal–or people–watching. Buy the wonder Hidden Mickeys book and spend some time tracking down the most elusive Mickeys!

3. Relax On The Beach

Okay, so due to some rabid man-eating bacteria in Walt Disney World’s bodies of water, you can’t exactly swim in the water (unless you want to die a grim death by having your flesh eaten…or something like that). However, that’s not the suggestion. Instead, we suggest that you head out to one of the beaches at the Magic Kingdom resorts after an early dinner one night (say, at Victoria & Albert’s), relax in a hammock, enjoy the sunset, and watch the Electric Water Pageant and Wishes from the beach before heading to the Magic Kingdom for a peaceful night.

Bonus points if you do this on an evening with late Evening Extra Magic Hours when the park is open until 1 am, 2 am, or 3 am. At those late hours, you can enjoy attractions with minimal waits since most of the kids are in bed. Standing in line to pilot Dumbo the Flying Elephant may not be fun in the midday heat with hundreds of screaming tots all around (although it may reinforce the notion that you need to “be careful!”), but you’d be surprised how fun it is to fly high late at night when few others are around!

2. Party Like It’s 1995!!!

Luckily, at the Atlantic Dance Hall, which is perpetually stuck in the 1990s, you can do exactly that. On second thought, maybe you ought to avoid that train-wreck at all costs. Instead, head to its neighbor on Disney’s BoardWalk Jellyrolls.

Jellyrolls features awesome dueling pianos, and has a great atmosphere. If you want to visit on a less crowded night, try Tuesday or Wednesday. If you think more people add better energy and a palpable level of excitement (we do), visit Jellyrolls on a Thursday or the weekend. Other great locations for late night entertainment include Kimonos and Crew’s Cup Lounge. All four of the lounges/bars mentioned here are located in the Epcot resort area, giving you yet another reason to stay in one of these hotels!

Downtown Disney also offers some good nightlife. By far our favorite location here, and second favorite bar on property after Jellyrolls is Raglan Road. Raglan Road has great Irish food, and excellent entertainment. We absolutely love Raglan Road. It’s also one of the locations at Walt Disney World that is open latest!

1. Be Imaginative & Have Fun!

RAWR! Monsters!

Walt Disney World is one of the few places where it’s okay for 20, 30, 40, 50, and even 90 year olds (but not 51-89 year olds!) to act like they’re 6 years old. Never forget this. Let loose. Nothing is too silly or juvenile at Walt Disney World. If you think it might be fun to race around the Tomorrowland Speedway with the tykes, or fly high in Dumbo, don’t have reservations because those attractions are “for the kids.” Trust us, you won’t be the first adult.

If you see a silly Pluto hat that you think would be fun to wear for some photos, buy it. Likewise, you’re never too old for customized Mickey Mouse ears. Make crazy monster faces when you meet your favorite characters! Don’t be dismissive of something that you think might otherwise be fun because you’re embarrassed that you’re “too old” for it. Walt Disney World is the perfect place to let loose, and have fun. Walt Disney built Disneyland for the young and the “young at heart.” The same philosophy was carried over to Walt Disney World. Embrace the “young at heart” within yourself. Trust us, you won’t be sorry!

If you need help booking your honeymoon at Walt Disney World and would like the assistance of a no-fee, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, email my wife, Sarah (sarah@disneytouristblog.com). She planned our Walt Disney World honeymoon (among many other trips), so she knows what she’s doing! 

For more Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles.

Your Thoughts…

If you’ve honeymooned at Walt Disney World, what do you recommend to others that made your trip special? Planning on something not on the list that you think others might want to try? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments!

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50 Responses to “Disney World Honeymoon Tips”

  1. will says:

    your totally right about the photopass photographers.

    BUT sometimes they run a specials (on their website) or the photographers add little bits of magic. E.g. they had us cup our hands, and low and behold-tinker bell appeared in our photo.

  2. Joy says:

    Myself and my fiance are getting married in April and our Disneymoon is in August (as I’m a teacher in the UK). We absolutely cannot wait and to be honest although we can’t wait to get married (we have been together 8 years) we are far more excited about planning the honeymoon! We are staying in the Wilderness Lodge (which we love) and have already planned all our ADR’s (including V&A) that we are going to make once the 180 days comes around :-)

  3. Donnie says:

    Getting married in WDW next month!

    Honeymoon cruise and parks over christmas break.

  4. Amanda says:

    Do you think these resorts are better then the Grand Floridian Spa and Resort? I am slowly beginning to plan our honeymoon at Disney world. It’s not until May 2013, but hey you can never start planning too soon :)

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Grand Floridian is a great honeymoon choice. It wouldn’t be my personal first choice (I think it’s a bit overpriced for what it offers), but it’s definitely a great option!

      If you need further advice or help booking, feel free to email my wife, Sarah: sarah@disneytouristblog.com

    • Molly says:

      Amanda, we’re having to delay our honeymoon, so we’ll be going in May, too! Maybe we’ll see you around with your mouse ears on! CONGRATS!

  5. Danielle says:

    I adore your blog!!!! :) love this post

  6. Chris says:

    Thanks Tom for the great read.

    I’ve been following you on Flickr for a while and your photos have inspired me to take up photography. Why?

    In 2009 I went with my Fiancée (girlfriend at the time) and, although I took over 700 photos, I was disappointed in how few were actually worth keeping. When I see your photos I realise that with a bit of effort we can come home with a set of photos worth displaying.

    We’re going on our Honeymoon in August 2013, and we’ll be staying on-site for the first time (I’ve been 5 times ebfore but never on-site) in a deluxe with the DDP. I’m glad to see that it seems to be worth doing, over the cheaper option of an off-site apartment or villa.

  7. Jenn says:

    My fiance and I are getting married in 18 days and will be travelling to Disney World for our honeymoon :)

    We are staying at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa! Very excited. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Jeremy says:

    My partner and I honeymooned at the Yacht & Beach Club Resort 10 years ago. I had stayed at this resort in the past, but I can’t comment enough on how perfect of a location it is for honeymooners. As a Disney travel consultant, I highly recommend it to my clients who are honeymooners.

    Just recently returned from our 10 year anniversary trip to Disneyland and stayed in a one bedroom suite in the Frontier tower at the DL Hotel. I can’t say enough positive things about the upgrades that have taken place there as well.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Great post! Thank you for all the tips!

    My fiance and I are getting married this September and are tossing the idea around about a “Disneymoon”. I am getting SO excited just reading your posts. Besides the ones above do you have any other major tips in regards to a couple who has never been to Florida/Disneyworld on their honeymoon? I’m sure there are tons but what, in your opinion, are your top MUST DO’s??

  10. Rachel says:

    I also honeymooned with my husband at WDW and we had a fabulous time! I tell everyone to be sure and get the wedding ears (no pins 8 years ago). We also met a lot of other newlyweds and got tons of special treatment from CM’s. We were picked to participate in all the shows we went to, got extra fastpasses, free desert and got to ride the Rockn’ Roller-coaster 3 times in a row. I just got back from WDW and made a point of telling honeymooners, “Congratulations!”

  11. leah says:

    Hi Tom! I love your photos and your blog! I had to comment on this one because I had a Disney Wedding and honeymoon last year. Both were absolutely perfect for us and we had a great time. I completely agree with upgrading your resort and not being afraid to splurge on meals. While more of the time we are trying to do Disney on a budget, the honeymoon was definitely a time to go the extra mile to create a truly grown up and romantic trip! All your tips were perfect! Keep up the great work!

  12. Katelyn says:

    Are the wedding mouse ears something that sells out quickly? I’m not sure if I should try to buy them online before we go or get them there…

    Our honeymoon is coming up so very quickly. On the recommendations of this blog, I’ve booked California Grill, O’Hana, Victoria & Albert’s, Flying Fish Cafe, Jiko, and of course Sci Fi Drive In (for lunch..) which is always a tradition of mine! This is probably my 12th trip to Disney and British hubby to be’s FIRST!! I haven’t been to any of the above restaurants before so it will feel super new to me too :) We are staying at Caribbean Beach resort though, (again, a first-time for me..) Boardwalk was on my wishlist but unfortunately was way too expensive and I really wanted to splurge on other things like food, souvenirs, and a spa visit at the Hotel Hershey at home the day before the trip.

    • Jen says:

      Congrats!!!! We honeymooned at CBR too! I say buy the hats before if it’s not too late. There are two versions of the wedding ears (my fav was the minnie headband/mickey plain top hat with ears). If you order online you can get the ones you want, and have them from the beginning. We got lots of special experiences because we were wearing them :) You’re going to have a great time!!

  13. Aimee H says:

    We Disneymooned 8 years ago & it was incredible! We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, it was very “safari romantic”! I also suggest the horse drawn carriage ride at Port Orleans- if you book in advance & are over 21 it includes a small bottle of champaigne! Do it at night, so pretty! Also, a couples massage at one of the spas, extremely relaxing after days in the parks. We wore the bride/groom ears & scored a gift from Cinderella @ Cinderella’s Royal Table- 2 engraved flutes! We had such a wonderful time & will be renewing vows/honeymooning again in a few more years!!

  14. AC says:

    Great blog- we are going on our honeymoon in February – I cannot wait. I was at WDW about 11 years ago so I am sure it has changed a lot since then. We are staying on I-Drive however as we also want to incorporate other theme parks.
    My question to you is this- as there are only 2 of you on honeymoon (obviously!) how did you incorporate going on rides etc with your bags/belongings etc? I am trying to prepare in advance how we will work this one out. I can’t recall what I did the last time I was there – I think I left belongings with family members. Just wondering if backpacks/purses are allowed on the rides?
    (We are from Ireland so the excitement is building already about the honeymoon even before we get married! )

  15. Gage says:

    Hello there! Do you mind telling me how much you spent in general as far as hotel rooms, dining, disney tickets and packages, souvenirs, etc.? I’d like to know exactly how much to expect. I’m planning on going on a 10 day disney honeymon!

  16. Aly says:

    I’m planning my honeymoon with my fiance for next fall, and I love your tips! I’m a frequent Disney “tourist” as well and I agree with everything you’ve said! My fiance isn’t as experienced, but he’s traveled to WDW with my family before and loved it. This post just backs up everything we’re planning to do and is a great reminder to slow down! :) Can’t wait for our own Disneymoon! (And we’ll definitely try ‘Ohana and Victoria and Alberts! I’ve never been to either!)

  17. Congratulations!Having a honeymoon in Disney World sounds interesting.I like the tips you shared.Very helpful for newbies.Thanks..

  18. lorina VanDrisse says:

    I was wondering if there was someway to contact you guys. Because I am planning our honeymoon for june 2013 and I have alot of questions and I am lost at where to start I just want to be magical.

  19. Lauren Mickwee says:

    Hi Tom!! Quick question. My fiance and i are honeymooning at Disney World Sept 2013. We are currently booked to stay five nights at the Beach Club Resort. We love the idea of being so close to Epcot because we will be doing lots of eating and drinking there, but i am concern about the convenience of getting to Magic Kingdom, my favorite park. I am trying to decide if we should switch to a hotel on the monorail instead. Do you know how you get to the Magic Kingdom from Beach Club? Do you suggest stying at Beach Club or staying at one of the monorail resorts? Is it difficult to g et back to Beach Club from the Magic Kingdom if you stay late for extra Magic Hours?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Personally, I’d stay at Beach Club. You can either take a bus to the Magic Kingdom or (my preference) walk through Epcot and take the monorail. Getting back after EMH won’t be difficult at all.

      Monorail resorts are nice, but I think Beach Club is a stellar honeymoon choice. Make sure to eat at Yachtsman Steakhouse if you’re carnivores! :)

  20. Marissa says:

    In response to your photography tips, I usually would totally agree with you just bringing your own camera with you and having the PhotoPass photographer take pictures for you. After all, that’s what we always do. BUT, as Will stated above, that limits the type of magical photos you will receive, such as them adding in a Tinkerbell to your hands. One year, what we did (at Disneyland) was that we got the PhotoPass card and used it any and every chance we could. We racked up SO many pictures on it (hundreds) and then purchased the digital CD version at the end of our trip. It was $60 but now we have every single picture that was taken by a PhotoPass photographer, plus those special edited ones too. I’d highly suggest doing that, not every trip, but at least on your honeymoon!

  21. Patty Franco says:

    This was a great read. My fiancé and I are planning our wedding for the end of next year, and when we were discussing our Honeymoon Destination it was a no-brainer, Disney World was our first choice. Neither of us has visited the park (only Disneyland) and never together, so we want to make this trip the most wonderful way to start our marriage.
    Love your blog!

  22. Jessica says:

    My fiance and I are possibly planning on doing our honeymoon at Disney. I am an avid Disney lover and I think he is going along with it for me. Our compromise is that we will not spend every day in the parks…my question for anyone is this. Has anyone gotten the Premium Dining Plan that includes the recreation and Cirque du Soleil? I am thinking that it would be worth it to just have other things to do besides go to the parks all day, but not sure if anyone has insight on this. We are also planning on visiting in October so we will go to the Food and Wine Festival which we have been to together before and had a blast, but I don’t want my fiance to be bored and annoyed of standing in lines for rides…golf and boats may be the perfect thing to add to our trip :-)

    • Jessica,

      I am a vacation planner and I specialize in Disney travel. I would recommend AGAINST that plan. You would be better off to have the regular Dining Plan and then purchase the Cirque du Soleil tickets separately. Disney also has a honeymoon registry, so you can select items for your wedding guests to contribute to for your honeymoon and Disney will deposit the money into your bank account at specific intervals.

    • Tiffany says:

      I agree with Lynne. My fiance and I are having our Disneymoon in October as well. We thought about doing it on our own but after looking further into it… you WILL WANT a travel agent! We are going through AAA. Our agent is amazing and she even haggled some prices for us with our flight and room! We are staying at the Caribbean Resort. You will save a lot of money with bundling certain events. We got the small dining plan and we are bringing some snacks. Also we are only staying for a week. We are spending Mon-Thur at the parks. Then we will spend the other days trying out all the cool misc. stuff at the Resorts. Our resort has a bass fishing excursion (we love to fish) and it doesnt cost that much!
      The We also did a honeymoon registry through AAA. We sent out registry cards with our save-a-dates and our guests would call her and put money towards our Disneymoon! So far so good, as we have received $350.
      The more money you save, the better time you will have!! :-) Congrats on the nuputals and have a MAGICAL TIME on your Disneymoon!

  23. Fantastic honeymoon packages and popular honeymoon treats are awesome.

  24. Katie says:

    Such adorable pics! I’m headed back next week. Can’t wait!

  25. Fantastic honeymoon blog.Packages And activities are really awesome.

  26. SoontobeMrs.Scott says:

    I absolutely love your blog! I admit I have been to Disney every year since I have been four, but to go for my honeymoon will truly be something unique and extra special. Your blog offered so many new ideas that I would have never even considered! We definitely want to stay at a Disney resort, but we just can’t choose which one. We also want to get on the dining plan. We will be staying for five nights and then spending a week at another destination. Which plan would be best to purchase, in your opinion? Is it worth it to get the premium package that offers the tours? I had always been curious about those…
    I also noticed that you said that by mentioning it’s your honeymoon you can get some special treatment. Do the resorts do anything special for you? Or the parks? I have added a pair of mouse-ears to our disney registry (which is another good tip I learned about through my research)! Thanks again – any and all info is much appreciated!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I think it depends (that’s always the safe answer, ha!). Are you planning on doing Victoria & Albert’s? If not, do you want to do other Signature Dining? I probably wouldn’t recommend the packages that include tours unless you have a really high budget, but ultimately that’s up to you. As far as treatment goes, that varies really widely (it’s case by case), just make sure you let the hotel and restaurants know you’re celebrating your honeymoon when you make the reservations.

      If you need some additional personalized advice or have questions, please email my wife, Sarah: sarah@disneytouristblog.com.

      • SoontobeMrs.Scott says:

        Thank you for your quick response! I agree with you about the tour package – we certainly are on a budget, but also want to “go big” for our honeymoon. We could always add those things on later, instead. In terms of signature dining, I think we are going to make a reservation at ‘ohana. We are leaning more toward staying the Polynesian resort – thoughts? I’ve heard good things about the Epcot resorts too though. Too many options! We are going in July after our wedding. What is the best site to purchase the package through? Do you recommend AAA or going through Disney themselves?
        I’ll email your wife for my millions of other questions! I’m Sarah, too! :)

  27. Michelle says:

    As for doing a photoshoot… Contact Disney event photography. They’re the pros that do the fairy tale weddings but they offer all kinds of photography. Also there are local photographers who are allowed to do photo sessions on property but not the parks, like the boardwalk and downtown Disney. Check out Regina Hymen’s work, she used to be a Disney event photographer but now she’s private. The pictures will be a million times better than a photopasstographer!

  28. DexterDavis says:

    This all places are very romantic & beautiful.

  29. Amanda says:

    My husband and I did the Land and Sea package for our honeymoon almost 6 yrs ago. It was amazing! I would definitely recommend wearing the just married buttons as they get you perks besides just congrats. We stayed at a Disney resort and took advantage of the extra magic hours. We are night owls by nature, so it was awesome to go through the parks in the wee hours of the morning and feel like you had the park all to yourself. We are planning on going back this year for our anniversary. Any advice on things that have changed since we were there 6 yrs ago?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      With the exception of new attractions (like New Fantasyland), the big difference is probably going to be the price increases and lowered value of the Disney Dining Plan (if you used it last time). It’s not a great value like it once was.

  30. Angela says:

    My fiance and I are honeymooning in Disney in October; I’ve been many times, he’s never been at all! What are your suggestions for one thing in each of the 4 parks that he absolutely must do? We don’t want to go crazy packing in a ton of stuff each day!

  31. Michelle says:

    We are going to have our Disneymoon not until next year in Dec I’m slowly planning it already . It’s never to early to start to plan it..

  32. Aleese says:

    We are getting married next week and going to Disney for our honeymoon! We got engaged in Disney so it will be special to go to Disney exactly a year later. Unfortunatly I tore my mcl last week so we will be a lot slower then normal but that may be good for us! We have the Disney dining plan and have all the meals planned but I thinking about canceling lunches and just do quick service just in case we want to go to the hotel for the afternoon. Last yeAr we stayed half hour away and stayed at the park all day and were exhausted but now that were on property were able to come and go more freely. Were stayig at pop century. I wanted to stay at yacht and beach club but it was out of budget and this way we could do the fishing excursion and Disney dining plan. As far as carriage rides are they worth it around the properties?

  33. Sophie D says:

    We cannot wait for our Disney Honeymoon in March 2015…we live in London, England, and find it hard to slow down…even when on holiday! The rest of your tips will be put to good use though!

    We received free dining with our booking but are tempted to upgrade to deluxe dining as most of the restaurants we want to visit are signature restaurants…do you think it’s worth it?

    • Luke B says:


      Congrats on your wedding and upcoming honeymoon! My wife and i became married in may this year and are going to WDW in the first week of December for our honeymoon!

      I hope this helps you with your decision. We had origionally reserved the regular dining plan, but we felt it wasnt enough bang for our buck (we reserved Le Celier and other 2 meal options). If we would have stayed with our origional meal plan it would have only paid for a portion of our meals and we would still have to worry about where we would eat and what we should budget for the days we did not have a reservation. Now we have more than enough meals (we made more 2-meal reservations) and we do not have to worry about bringing money (or not bringing enough!).

  34. Shir says:

    LOVE your blog! my husband to be and I are going on our Disneymoon next October, and I was wondering about the “Just Married” pins – do we simply get them at the hotel? I read somewhere that you can get diffrent ones for each park, but if so, does that mean waiting in line at every park entrance?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      To my knowledge, there are *NOT* different ones for each park. You can pick up the buttons at either your hotel or guest relations in the parks.


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