Disneymoon

Is it weird that I started researching our honeymoon before we even got engaged?

Throughout our entire relationship one thing had become very clear—we wanted to go to Disney World. I have been twice—once when I was 11, and another time when I was 17. He has been zero times. We both expressed a wish to go to Disney World whilst we were adults and free of children so we could really enjoy all the “grown up” aspects.

Obviously the theme parks play a key roll in a Disneymoon, but I’m thinking more about all the other honeymoon-worthy things that Disney has to offer—like Victoria and Alberts, the AAA Five Diamond restaurant.

VandA

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And La Nouba—The Cirque du Soleil show at Downtown Disney.

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Not to mention a glorious couple’s massage at the newly renovated Grand Floridian Resort and Spa…

Image via Disney World website

There is so much more Disney has to offer than pin-trading, fanny-packs and children screaming.

Before we got engaged I started researching Disney as a normal holiday for us, but the more I read about it, the more excited I got and the more I wanted to go right this second. I tried to put it to the back of my mind and instead suggested we pop on over to Disneyland Paris for a long weekend so I could get my “Disney fix.”

In January 2012 we decided that yes, we’d go to Disneyland Paris for my birthday in September. But when I started researching into that park I just couldn’t get as excited. The website was clunky, I couldn’t find any blogs with awesome tips, and the hotels looked really standard. When I glumly explained this to him, he suggested we just go to Paris instead and forget about Disney.

“We’ll go to Disney one day,” he said. “We’ll even go on our honeymoon if that’s the best chance we have!”

I never let him forget that sentence right there. He said it—he couldn’t take it back. We were totally going to go to Disney on our honeymoon. It had all the best elements a honeymoon had to offer for us: a long haul flight, hot weather, excellent restaurants, excitement, and lots to do.

My parents have a villa in Spain, and every year we go on a two-week holiday and sit by a pool in the heat. We relax. We read. We soak in the rays and take walks on the beach. Europe is on our doorstep. We can take in the sights of Rome or Athens in a moment’s notice.

We wanted our honeymoon to be more than that. It’s nothing new to us. Disney really was just the perfect option.

When we officially made the decision that this is where we’d honeymoon, I went planning crazy. I researched everything. Hello DisneyFoodBlog (mild obsession) and TheDibb! I read countless trip reports, reviews, tips, and tricks—everything you could ever want to know about Disney became my expertise. I found the perfect hotel and even got a travel agent on board.

We booked 14 nights at the Port Orleans French Quarter.

POFQ

Image via Disney World website

We’re pretty excited.

Has anyone else done the “grown up” Disney things? Any suggestions on what we must not miss out on?

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Mrs. Jackrabbit

Location:
Brighton, UK
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 5:25 am

    You had me at “AAA Five Diamond restaurant”! And then again at “couples massage”. Your honeymoon sounds fantastic!

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    irin997 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:28 am

    Check out the DIS Boards – they might even have a UK planning board. Either way, if you can’t find it there, you can’t find it!

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    estella, Guest @ 5:39 am

    I went to Disney World as an adult for training (you can learn the Disney customer service model if your company shells out enough cash) and it was amazing even as an adult going by myself. I suggest a night in Epcot’s World Showcase eating and sampling the adult beverages. You can literally drink your way through 11 countries :) The different countries have live music and yummy food. There are a few rides, but it’s worth it just to go spend the evening soaking it all in before the amazing fireworks display.

    Also, the Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios is hands down the BEST. RIDE. EVER.

    Oh, if only my husband were as kind about going to Disney World as your fiance is!

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 am

    I want to to go Disney World in the worst way! I have never been and wanted to go there for our honeymoon as well. My FI wasn’t having it but maybe one day… Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

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    dewingedpixie 2701 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:03 am

    I love Disney! I’m getting married there!

    EPCOT has a lot of cuisine from around the world that picky kids may not like. The shopping is good too. Many peoplealso enjoy the adult beverages at EPCOT.

    There are also private beaches on some of the resorts that you can see the fireworks from MK at. You can take a blanket and watch away from the screaming kids. Another option is to book the Wishes Dessert party which may have less kids.

    You can also get an epcot photo shoot or MK photo shoot while you’re there either in honeymoon attire or your wedding attire.

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    tpag8rgirl 74 posts, Worker bee @ 6:06 am

    Take a ferry over to Fort Wilderness and eat at Trails End. Best southern food buffet! They also have a musical dinner thing next door.

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    Biandi 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:17 am

    I am uber jealous. I tried to talk the hubby into doing this but we went to Hawaii instead. I am a huge disney freak. I have been to Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disney, and Paris Disney (you really should go my best friend and I went for 4 days while living in Germany and had a blast, we stayed at the sequia lodge, maybe go for a long weekend for your first wedding anniversay).

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 6:20 am

    I’m so excited for you!!! Mr. B and I are going to do Disney for our one year anniversary and I am so looking forward to it!!! I really believe Disney is the happiest place on earth!!!

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    An, Guest @ 6:20 am

    You can’t miss Space Mountain!

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    samsmartypants 37 posts, Newbee @ 6:20 am

    I love Disney and have stayed at the French Quarter the last 3 times we’ve gone. (LOVE the boat ride into Downtown Disney!)

    Make a point to drink around the world at Epcot, and also grab a margarita at Tusker’s in Animal Kingdom. We ended up liking Animal Kingdom the best just because it was so much more relaxing than the other parks.

    Also, wear the Just Married pins everywhere you go. Free things and congrats from all the characters! Disney really goes out of their way to make things special!

    I am sooo excited for you guys to go to the mouse house!

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    Choreographer82 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:38 am

    I’m not going for a honeymoon, but my family has gone twice in the past 5 years (all adults) and we had an AWESOME time!
    Definitely see La Nouba – it’s really great!
    If you like shows, be sure to see “Festival of the Lion King”. And Soarin’, Test Track & Toy Story Midway Mania were some of our favorite rides.
    Also, we have done a couple of the walking tours (one in Magic Kingdom & one in Animal Kingdom) and they are great! Informative and fun!
    Hope you have an awesome time!! :)

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 am

    I wanna go so bad! It’s lame that you live in mother-freakin’ ENGLAND and get to go to Disney! And I don’t!
    FI wasn’t feeling it for our honeymoon and didn’t see the point of going because we’ll probably go several times when we have kids. But that’s not the point! The point is to do grown up things!!! ugh!
    (can you tell I’m jealous??? no seriously, yay for you)

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:40 am

    @irin997: on my way!

    @estella: i’ve heard so much about the toy story ride and i’m very intrigued! sounds like i need to get there at rope drop to avoid waiting 1hr+!!

    @mkelove: oh definitely one day! when you have kids you’ll have an excuse, right? ;)

    @dewingedpixie: awww congrats! and great tips – i like the sound of the beaches and fireworks :)

    @tpag8rgirl: mmmmm

    @Biandi: hahaha, i will try and get to Paris! anniversary sounds like a good idea!

    @Mrs. Beanstalk: woo! your honeymoon made me have a slight twinge of envy, though!!

    @samsmartypants: i don’t think they do the just married buttons anymore :( only ‘happily ever after’ but it’s not really the same :(

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:44 am

    @bluebelle23: awwwww! *massive hugs* i have read that there are things to keep kids entertained for a while though whilst the adults nip off for some spa-time – so maybe if you go when you have kiddos, you can do that? my dad went for the first time when he was 40 and still talks about how much he loved it – men really enjoy it but i guess they have to go first before they realise what they’d been missing out on for all these years!! x

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    jaina8851 107 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:49 am

    I hope you write recaps for your honeymoon!! I have always wanted to go to Disney before I have kids, because I don’t want to be experiencing it for the first time with them… Pretty sure my future ten year old will be pretty embarrassed if their mother was more excited to meet Donald Duck than they are.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:50 am

    Yay, I love Disney! We went there on our honeymoon and it was so much fun!

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    jainaskiwlkr 71 posts, Worker bee @ 7:17 am

    I love Disney! My sister and I did an adults only trip and few years ago and loved every minute of it. Check out allears.net for even more travel tips. They have a specific page for UK visitors (http://allears.net/pl/uktravelers.htm)

    Definitely make sure to mention every change you get that it’s your honeymoon! Something “magical” might show up somewhere.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:22 am

    Ahhhh, so jealous! I definitely grew up as a Disney kid and Mr. A has never been to Disney World before, so it’s a must on our bucket list for places to travel BEFORE we think about having kids! You two are going to have a fabulous time!

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    ItalianTraveler 57 posts, Worker bee @ 7:36 am

    I figured out that’s where my husband and I are going on our honeymoon!! YAY!!! It would have been so cool if we were going at the same time and we could meet up at Disney, but alas, we are going in May :-)

    How do you get the “Just Married” or “Happily Ever After” buttons?? Since my husband is the one planning the honeymoon, I’m sure he know nothing about this! Please tell!!

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    darthbetty 511 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 am

    You and I have a ridiculous amount in common. My fiance is a singer/songwriter muscian, he loves romantic films probably way more than I ever could. (this one is reversed) He has a a tiny family of about 6 that will be at the wedding while I have closer to 60 or so. There is a ton of other stuff but at the risk of being a total creeper I won’t list them. Oh! We are going to Disney World for 7 days in October also! So yay :)

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 8:08 am

    We’re honeymooning at Disney, too! Of course, for us it’s a 4.5 hour drive, not a long haul flight, but it’s still exciting!

    First, if you haven’t already, get yourself a Passporter–it’s the bee-all end-all guidebook for Disney and has a great forum, too, for planning and such. They even have a tip book for European travellers to the House of Mouse!

    And I love POFQ–it’s my favorite resort and also where we’ll be staying in November. Such amazing attention to detail all over the resort, just like you’d expect from Disney :)

    Make sure you put “honeymoon” on any reservations you make (or tell the person you talk to at Disney what you’re celebrating for chances at bits of extra magic. Also, the bride & groom mouse ears really are fun.

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 am

    @Choreographer82: OMG La Nouba looks SO amazing. And a few tours are definitely on our list! With 2 weeks we’ll have plenty of time :)

    @jaina8851: Ha! I know, right?! I want to race to splash mountain without any kids to hold me back!

    @Mrs. Pony: totes went and stalked out your recaps just then. we will 100% be taking a detour to WWOHP!

    @JainaSKiwlkr: eeeee pixie dust!!

    @ItalianTraveler: they hand them out a guest relations, I’ve heard (or at your resort if you’re staying on property!) I’m soooo tempted to buy some off eBay though… I know they’re free at the parks, but I just want a Just Married one, even if I have to pay!!

    @DarthBetty: no way!! (Not total creeper! i love stuff like this!!) When in October are you going?? We’ll be all over the Food & Wine Festival! x

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:26 am

    @thirdtimebride: Yaaaaaaaay! Oooh I’ll get a Passporter – thanks for the tip! My travel agent is booking in our ADRs and she’ll be trying to get us the best seats with the ‘its their honeymoon!!!’ trick.
    Glad you like POFQ! So excited!

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    BelleBride2013 1 posts, Wannabee @ 9:10 am

    We’re going to Disney for our honeymoon too! So I really understand the excitement!

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    brooklyn55 743 posts, Busy bee @ 10:50 am

    We will be on our Disney honeymoon in 10 days!! So excited! We are staying at the Hilton in Downtown Disney and are super, super excited! I am jealous that you are getting 14 days… wish we could take that long but FI has to be back at work.. We are staying 7 nights and doing 4 days at the Disney Parks (one day at each of the 4 parks). We are also planning on spending some time at Downtown Disney, visiting downtown Orlando, trying some new dining places, and of course (shopping lover here) doing some shopping at the outlet centers in Orlando. We are super excited. We thought about doing Universal Studios because I want to go to Harry Potter World (Harry Potter lover here) but we just didn’t have to to doing a park every single day, so we hope to go back in the next few years and do Universal, Sea World and Busch Gardens!

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 11:06 am

    Are you going right after your wedding? The Food and Wine Festival will be going on at Epcot while you’re there, and that’s THE ultimate adult Disney thing to do!
    I think the menus get posted online, but they put out lots of booths for different countries not normally at the World Showcase, with food and drink from those places! So fun to just wander around and drink and eat. Have fun!! Two weeks sounds awesome!
    And I love the Port Orleans hotels, just very good locations and layout.

    And you have a comment about the Just Married buttons..sometime’s they’re hard to find in the parks now (they’re discontinuing them!) so maybe buying online is not a bad idea!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:56 am

    I highly suggest reading Mrs. Lioness’ Honeymoon in My Hometown post. She highlights all the great things to do outside of the parks, but all in the resort! So jealous! I go to Disneyland all the time, but Disney World is just a whole other level of awesome.

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    missy, Guest @ 12:40 pm

    i don’t know if this is cheating (and the price is a little ridiculous for buttons), buuuut:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-RARE-Walt-Disney-World-Just-Married-Button-/290883390480?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ba004c10

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    jm, Guest @ 1:07 pm

    Definitely get the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger- it’s the best Disney guidebook!

    Also- make reservations for restaurants in the parks on the disney website up to 6 months in advance- you can cancel them if your plans change, but it’s sometimes hard to get reservations on short notice.

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    alicatinthehat01 11 posts, Newbee @ 1:48 pm

    My husband and I got engaged at Disney World and honeymooned there! I’ve been 9 times, and we are already planning our next trip! We booked dinner at California Grill in the Contemporary, and during the Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle they pipe in the music! You can see the show from your dinner table! Very romantic and great food! Also, PLEASE go to New Fantasyland and eat at Be Our Guest if you can! I’m so anxious to go, and I would love to read about it in your recaps! Since you’re staying at Port Orleans/French Quarter be sure to check out their horse-drawn carriage rides you can book. The carriage takes you around the resort and river. That would be very fun and relaxing! You’re going to have a Magical time!

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    alicatinthehat01 11 posts, Newbee @ 1:50 pm

    Also, we saw La Nouba on our first trip there…it is beautiful and amazing! Downtown Disney is full of fun things to do and great restaurants!

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    dommiebatsch 52 posts, Worker bee @ 2:59 pm

    Ahhh! So excited for you, i LOVE disney, and have been to WDW three times and TDL once. Fiance and I just got back (ok, september but still) from 13 days at Port Orleans Riverside, and let me tell you, you are just going to LOVE it! POR and POFQ are the most beautiful resorts, and they feel really American to me (coming from an aussie, lol). some advice for a long trip, either order groceries from garden grocer before you go, or take a taxi to the nearest supertarget on your first day, to stock up on all the stuff you need (but dont want to take in your long haul luggage, and will be much cheeper over there anyway), like sunscreen, and water, and pretzel m&ms and snacks and breakfast type foods. Ahh! So excited for you! You MUST try the Beignets from the food court, and the make your own pasta station at POR food court is like mt favourite thing on earth.
    Ooooh, and make sure you get your bride and groom mickey and minnie ears engarved with your new married names from the chapeau in Main Street, the girl there was so super sweet when we got ours done (even though we’re not getting married for a year, I want them for photos)

    OOOOh, and if you’re going to be there in late September you have to go to Mickeys Not So Scary Haloween Party, was easily the best night of our holiday!

    I’m also going on a Disneymoon, not sure where yet, but DF knows I’m not going unless there is some disney action, at the moment it’s looking like DLP and a med cruise! But WDW and a carribean cruise is also an option (but DF things that wont be as special as we’ve been to WDW twice before as a couple).

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    catholicbride 212 posts, Helper bee @ 3:55 pm

    We had a Dinseymoon and it was awesome! We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and loved it. I can’t wait to take another trip to Disney World.

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    Reeniero 939 posts, Busy bee @ 5:40 pm

    You MUST go to Victoria & Alberts – I’ve been twice, and each time it was fantastic!

    Oh, and as PP said, make your dinner reservations as early as you can. You won’t regret it!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 6:34 pm

    Disney World for a honeymoon is awesome!! We went for our first trip as a belated honeymoon/1st anniversary trip and then last year for a Christmas trip. It really is the Happiest Place on Earth! We stayed at French Quarter last time and loved it. It’s nice, quiet and it’s small enough that you can stroll around the whole resort.

    Make sure you see Fantasmic while you are there!

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 12:32 pm

    Ok, let me preface this Great American Novel I’m about to write by saying that I have lived in Florida for 23 years, have had year passed twice now and at one point worked for the Mouse for over five years….and I *still* have not seen and done everything Disney has to offer, so no matter WHAT you do, you’re going to have a wicked good time here. That being said, if I was to have two weeks to hit the best of an Adult-Disney-Vacation, here is what I would do:

    First, excellent choice on your hotel. I stayed there shortly after it first opened in 2004 and I found it to be the perfect middle ground between getting a good value for a place you’re really only going to sleep in at night, and a “Disney Experience” resort where you could just lounge in the themed hot tub all afternoon if you were burned out on the parks. Kudos. Most people place far too much importance on the hotel when they come here the first time because let’s face it…nobody knows how to make a room with a bed in it seem magical quite like Disney. Also, that resort is really close to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom, so your commute time on the buses will be good.

    Dining: I would strongly recommend looking into the Disney Dining Plan. This allows you to not have to think about money all day every day, as you still have choices and can eat whatever you please, but it’s all prepaid. I break Disney dining down into three categories:
    Counter Service Meals – anything you walk up to a counter to order – most people opt to do this for lunch, but I wouldn’t. With very few exceptions, counter service is bland, overpriced and boring. It’s pretty much some variation of burger/pizza/salad across all the theme parks. In my opinion, it’s a poor representation of what world-class fare Disney offers. My *ONLY* caveat to that statement is Casey’s on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It’s typical American baseball park fare and their chili cheese dogs, nachos and cheese fries are beyond good. But then, I’d eat a phone book if it was covered in nacho cheese.
    Snacks – here is where you can go absolutely NUTS. Disney snacks are the best in the Universe and they are found in every nook and cranny of the property. When I spend a whole day at Disney, I make a point to book a nice sit-down dinner and instead of lunch or breakfast, try a few different snacks. You can get anything you can imagine here. Disney’s Facebook page recently ran a poll of guests’ favorite snacks and while the old staples (popcorn, Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, frozen bananas) were all represented, two items were far and away the overwhelming winners. #2 was the Smoked Turkey Leg (available in Frontier Land in the Magic Kingdom, among other locations) are giant, unwieldy, gross hunks of meat on bone. I’m not a fan of them because I think people just look like cavemen gnawing on these huge things, but I will say they smell so amazing that Disney even has a line of air fresheners in the gift shops that smell specifically like their famous turkey legs. Ew . And #1 was Dole Whips (found in Adventure Land in Magic Kingdom). Now, to prove that Disney has so much to offer that you could spend a lifetime there and not see everything, I had never heard of these things until this poll. But OMG, they are AMAZING. It’s basically fresh pineapple soft serve ice cream. That’s it. No big whoop, you’d think. You’d be wrong. I’ve gone out to Disney JUST to get one. No joke.
    Sit-Down Dining: Disney really shows its world class fine dining stripes off here. Most of the really excellent restaurants on property take two Dining Plan credits (which is also why it’s wise to skip the mediocre lunch options and just have snacks until dinner…it saves credits for a meal you’ll remember forever) but they’re worth it. Every park has one or two stellar choices here, depending on your tastes. Since you’ve never been, I’d recommend you book Cinderella’s Royal Table (the restaurant is IN the castle at Magic Kingdom and offers an awesome view of the park while you dine) just because it’s so quintessentially Disney. But you’d be crazy if you missed my personal favorite restaurant on the planet, Le Cellier Steakhouse at the Canada pavilion at Epcot. Oh. My. WORD. Have their house special (Filet Minion. I always ask for the cream cheese mashed potatoes instead of the mushroom risotto, but that’s just me) and their famous cheddar cheese soup. Ah-Ma-Zing. I go absolutely every chance I get. My only other note on dining is that it is not uncommon for the good restaurants to book up six months or more in advance, so BOOK NOW. You can change your reservations or cancel any time up to 24 hours before your meal should you change your mind, but getting a last minute reservation is nearly impossible so err on the side of caution here. Call 1-800-WDW-DINE to make reservations.
    Ok, moving on to the parks themselves. If I had two weeks to roam Disney, I’d break it down to three days each for each of the four parks (though you might be able to get away with just two for Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, since September into October is an average time for crowds…the summer rush has gone home and kids are back in school locally), and one day to explore Downtown Disney and do La Nouba (which is super awesome, btw…good call there!). The one BIG thing to remember about all the parks is not to panic or stress out about lines. They’re going to be long and you’re going to have to deal with it. All of the major attractions (all three mountains at Magic Kingdom, Rockin’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom, Soarin’, Mission Space and the newly reopened GM Test Track at Epcot) will all have lines of AT LEAST 45 minutes each, even in the fall. And don’t even get me STARTED on the Toy Story ride at Hollywood Studios. I have had year passes since JUNE and go almost every single weekend and have still never seen that ride with less than a 2 hour wait. I can only assume there are rainbow-spewing unicorns or wish-granting leprechauns in there for how crazy people go for it. I wouldn’t know because it’s always a freakin’ madhouse over there every time I try and ride it. You’ll be here long enough (and during weekdays when it’s calmer and less crowded) that you more than likely won’t have any issues getting on rides you want to go on, but I’d plan for hitting each park two or three times….that way you pick up all the big stuff but have enough time to check out all the little things (one of the shops on Main Street in Magic Kingdom has real glass blowing demonstrations! It’s awesome and tucked out of sight of the street so you have to look for it but it’s SO cool…Disney is full of little slow-down-and-appreciate-the-details moments like that). Two tips: Hit Toy Story as soon as the rope drops in the morning (use the extra hours that staying at a Disney resort affords you! That resort pass is GOLD for getting big stuff out of the way early so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your day later when the real crowds hit!!), and take advantage of any “Single Rider Lines” you find. You may get split up as a party, but at worst you’ll be a couple of minutes behind your partner but it can easily save you 45 minutes or more in line. I know Rockin’ Rollercoaster and GM Test Track have Single Rider Lines and I *think* Mission Space does too, but don’t quote me on that. Also, use your fast passes to lessen your wait times. You can only have one out at a time, so check wait times and pick the busiest ride to get a Fast Pass from first.
    Disney has an app for the iPhone that will actually track wait times in real time while you’re in the park, so that’s a useful thing to have. Plus it can point out little attractions you might have otherwise walked right past. I think it’s just called “Disney Mobile Magic” and is really cute and easy to use. It’s also hella useful in figuring out where the heck the closest bathroom is without looking like a tourist by having your nose buries in a park map all day. If you don’t have an iPhone, just check the Android store for apps that tell you “Disney Wait Times”. They aren’t as complete as the official app, but they’re still useful!
    Ok, on last thing: A tip on how to get the most out of the International Food and Wine Festival. At most of the gift shops in Epcot that time of year, they have a gift card with the IF&WF logo on it that are about the size of a small business card, and they have a wrist strap attached to them. These things are super awesome. Preload it with whatever amount you thing you’ll spend (you can be super Type A like me and look up the entire menu for all the food stations beforehand with the prices for everything you want to try and figure out how much you need to put on the gift card), then all you have to do it swipe that wrist card each time you order. It’s SO much easier than paying cash or even paying by credit card because most of the food runs $1.50 – $6.00 each and by the time you eat/drink your way around the World Showcase, you could have a LOT of charges on your card to reconcile (plus that way you don’t go over your limit…trust me it is SO easy to rack up a huge bill when every ten feet is another stand with yummy offerings!). Also, if the stand for Canada is there, try the Neige Apple Ice Wine. It’s like five dollars for a thimble-full but it is SO good.
    I’m sure I’ve left out a ton of stuff, but I’m a Disney Princess through and through and it makes me SO happy when people get to experience all this for the first time. I’ve brought my fair share of newbees to Disney and the look on their face when they see the castle fireworks for the first time is absolutely priceless. If you have ANY questions whatsoever, please please do not hesitate to contact me at ladymegbeth@hotmail.com and I’d be happy to help you have an amazing honeymoon any way I can!
    OH! And PS – those “Honeymoon” buttons are available at any ticket gate, resort front desk, or Guest Relations booth on property. They also have pins that say “1st Visit” so you could double up and get twice the magic!

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 12:45 pm

    And I apologize for all the awful typos in that rant. I get excited about Disney and my fingers get away from me…..lol. ;)

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 12:50 pm

    I don’t know if the rumors about the “Just Married” buttons is true or not (I could have sworn I just saw someone with one a few weekends ago, but it could have said “Happily Ever After”…not sure. I was too busy cooing over their Bride and Groom Mickey Ears…), but I’ll ask next time I go and report back. Also, here’s a great article on how to get the most magic out of a Honeymoon trip to Disney:

    http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/03/28/honeymoon-anniversary-treats-in-disney-world/

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:42 pm

    LOVE Disney… have been to WDW several & different times in my lifetime (College Student – Young Mom – Mom of Teens – and a 50th BDay Trip with GFs). All the trips were great for sure, but I have really sweet memories of the “without kiddies & spouces” trip I made with my BFFs.

    Disney truly is a place of wonder… no matter how old you are. And lots to see and do no matter how often you’ve been previously.

    My best tips…

    Don’t do Magic Kingdom first / early in the week. Save it for the middle.

    Everyone when they come to Disney heads to Magic Kingdom before exploring the other parks… so it is busiest Friday thru Monday. And most quiet on Wednesday.

    Sooo many great things in Magic Kingdom… very difficult to pick a fave. But I will tell you some I’ve loved on past trips… Jungle Cruise – Pirates of the Caribbean – Splash Mountain – The Haunted Mansion.

    Loved Animal Kingdom… especially the Safari.

    Epcot is amazing… like others I loved the food. We ate & drank at Canada, Britian, Germany and China. And enjoyed it all. Have fond memories of having a British Beer in the Garden across from the Pub and watching the “Fab Four” (aka Beatles impersonators) perform. It was a great afternoon in sunny florida with all the right things happening, while it was snowing and freezing back home !!

    Soarin’ is a great ride in Epcot… gorgeous photography !!

    And on the subject of photography… come prepared. Keep your camera well stocked (including batteries) and at the ready, because one of the cool things about Disney is there is something to see around every corner… not to mention the “surprise” stuff that just seems to happen without warning.

    Enjoy !!

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    stephee 1103 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:57 pm

    @ItalianTraveler: @ItalianTraveler:

    Go to Guest Relations! They hand out the pins there. So easy!!

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    rumpunch712 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:32 am

    We are doing disney for our honeymoon too :) We will be staying at POFQ too!!! I think it’s the most romantic-inspired moderate.

    I’ve been a few times, and I’m very excited to take advantage of the extra magic hours with FH (who has never been). I think Disney is a really romantic place despite the children, mostly because of the beautiful details that add a lot of fun and whimsy to just being there.

    Magic Kingdom at night is very special. Also, check out the Boardwalk resort after sun down… it’s a nice place to take a stroll and beaches & cream does not disappoint!

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    TheBuzz103 23 posts, Newbee @ 5:35 pm

    As a native Floridian, I highly recommend Discovery Cove and Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter land is a-mazing. Have a frozen butterbeer for me!

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