Many a happy couple has started their blissful marriage with a “Disneymoon” including my husband and myself. While that was many years ago and we had a fantastic time, there are now many more great ways to celebrate your honeymoon at Walt Disney World—some that are romantic and some that are just plain fun. One of the first things to do if you are planning a honeymoon is to make sure that it is noted on ALL of your reservations: resort, dining, tours, etc. Then pick up a pair of bride and groom ears and your celebratory buttons and begin your magical lives together. Here are my top 10 suggestions of things to do on your Walt Disney World Honeymoon:
10. Choose the perfect souvenir/keepsake
You will want to have many things to remind you of your first vacation together as man and wife, and Disney always has plenty of merchandise to choose from. The bride may want a piece of jewelry to commemorate her honeymoon, maybe starting a Pandora bracelet with a Disney charm that she can build on every year on her anniversary (listen up guys—this is a built in gift idea for every year). Another great idea is an ornament, you can even find bride and groom versions perfect for your honeymoon. And in many of the Christmas specific shops you can have the ornament personalized with your names and dates. A Christmas ornament is a perfect way to remember your honeymoon every year when you decorate the tree. A more unusual suggestion is to go the shops in the U.K. Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and pick up a framed Coat of Arms. You could find one with both the bride and the groom’s last names to frame together symbolizing your families joining.
9. Go to a Show
Walt Disney World has some very fun dinner shows that are great for regular vacations but are also really fun for a honeymoon because they usually recognize honeymooning couples in the audience (sometimes with participation). Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness Campground is my favorite of the dinner shows. It is so much fun and the food is very good as well. Another option is the Spirit of Aloha Luau at the Polynesian Resort. If you aren’t looking to combine dinner with the show, Cirque du Soleil La Nouba at Disney Springs is a great choice—the acrobatics in the show are just amazing and you can pair it with a delicious dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants in Disney Springs, or maybe just drinks after the show.
8. Participate in a recreational activity
While it is tempting to go, go, go at the parks when you are at Walt Disney World, it is really nice (especially on your honeymoon) to take some time to slow down and smell the roses. One of my favorite ways to do this is to take advantage of the recreational offerings around the resort. You could take an archery lesson or go horseback riding together at Fort Wilderness, visit the Sammy Duvall Centre at the Contemporary for a jet ski rental or parasailing, play a round of golf (or mini-golf),reserve a fishing excursion, or rent a watercraft from one of the resort marinas. One thing I distinctly remember from my honeymoon is renting a canoe (which they no longer offer) at Port Orleans Riverside (then Dixie Landings) and paddling around the Sassagoula River. One of the boat captains on the launch to Disney Springs (then Downtown Disney) said, “Look! It’s Pocahontas and Captain John Smith.” (I had long dark hair & my husband is blonde). Just one of those fun, not-so-hurried magical Disney moments.
7. Dress the Part
I may have a slight obsession with picking outfits for Walt Disney World, and on your honeymoon it is the perfect time to dress the part. Not only should you wear the bride & groom ears and the button, but think about wearing Disney “couple” attire—you know like Carl & Ellie, Mickey & Minnie, Princess & Prince, etc. Maybe it is a Disney Bounding style where your outfit resembles that of a Disney couple, or you could purchase custom shirts from an Etsy shop that feature your favorite couple. One of my favorite shops that specializes in just about any character you can think of is SparkOfInspiration. The creative maker behind that shop hand paints shirts with any theme you want—my husband & I even have shirts by SparkOfInspiration featuring John & Sarah from Carousel of Progress.
6. Visit the Spa
No matter which resort you choose for your stay, you can still visit the spas at other resorts. The Senses Spa at the Grand Floridian is the most posh and offers the greatest variety of services. Whether you want a couple’s treatment, or just separate treatments to relax and unwind after the stresses of the wedding, adding a spa day is a must-do for many honeymoon couples. And as a bonus, you could make a reservation for afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian once you’ve finished at the spa.
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5. Take lots of Photos!
Under this category I would highly recommend that you purchase Memory Maker for your honeymoon. Your travel planner can add it to your package, or if you are not staying at a Disney Resort (first skip to #1) you can purchase it separately and they will give you a card to collect the photos. With Memory Maker you can capture all of those special moments together, you can get the “magic” shots, and you will get ride photos and videos (where available). My next suggestion would be to consider a Disney Fine Art Photography session. The pricing is reasonable and they have several choices for the setting. My family recently did this in Epcot for my son’s senior portraits—we entered the World Showcase before opening and had a great session with a photographer and his assistant. About a week after we returned home we got a CD filled with edited images to print and share as we wanted. This is a really nice way to remember your honeymoon, and might make for great Thank You cards for those wedding gifts. You can also find several private photographers who can do sessions outside of the parks (like at the resorts or Disney Springs), searching through some of the Disney wedding forums will help you find recommendations.
4. Hire a VIP Guide
You only have one honeymoon, right? So why not splurge? You may not want to do this for your entire vacation, but perhaps one day you go all out in the parks and hire a VIP guide to take you around. You’ll be able to see and do more than if you tour the parks on your own, your guide can customize your experience and point out facts and information you wouldn’t normally know, and you will feel like a rock star touring around.
3. Make a reservation for a fine dining experience
Going along with number 4, your honeymoon is a time to pamper yourself a little and Walt Disney World has several fine dining experiences that you can take advantage of on your honeymoon. The number one pick would have to be the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s—a one of kind culinary experience that would make the perfect honeymoon experience for “foodie” couples. If you can’t get in for that (and it is very hard) you can always enjoy the dining room at Victoria & Albert’s. Other recommendations would be California Grill at the Contemporary Resort where you will have an unparalleled view of the Magic Kingdom, Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for something a little exotic, Yachtsman Steakhouse for the meat & potatoes lovers, and Monsieur Paul at Epcot for those seeking French cuisine. There are lots of other excellent dining choices as well, so look at sites like DisneyDining.com for recommendations to find the right fit for your honeymoon.
2. Private Evening Entertainment
Not what you think folks—but this is a honeymoon. I’m talking about some of the options you can reserve in the evenings like the carriage rides at Port Orleans. A very romantic ride through the picturesque resort, I think this would be a perfect ending to a day on your honeymoon. My top recommendation would be to reserve a fireworks cruise for just the two of you. These are available from the Magic Kingdom resorts to view the Wishes Fireworks and from the Yacht Club Marina to view Illuminations at Epcot. Both are excellent viewings spots with a little bit of a sightseeing cruise beforehand. The fireworks cruises are a great way to see the shows without being in the crowds of people while have the feeling of a private show.
1. Pick the right resort
While I contend that any of the resorts can be perfect for any occasion you want to be sure to pick the right one for your honeymoon. I would highly recommend choosing to stay at a Walt Disney World owned and operated resort for your honeymoon with a Magic Your Way package. The perks of an onsite stay and being able to create a package with the dining plan and tickets will make your honeymoon much easier. The value resorts tend to have the most families, and at certain times of year groups of children, so honeymooners might naturally shy away from those. However, the value resorts can be heaven for fans of Disney Animation in particular. For that I would recommend the Art of Animation resort. The immersive “sets” from some of your favorite movies along with a really good food court make it a top pick. You can choose a standard room, or if you wanted a little more space one of the suites. All of the moderate level resorts are good honeymoon choices, but I think my favorites would be Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter. To me they just have a romantic feel with the architecture, landscaping and theme. Plus the boat ride over to Disney Springs is a bonus. And the lounge shows with Yee Haa Bob over at Riverside are a ton of fun. You really can’t go wrong with a Deluxe Resort. I would guess the Grand Floridian is probably the default honeymoon resort that most people think of, but it really depends on your personality. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is exotic and unique—there are not many places where you can walk out on your balcony and watch zebra grazing. Wilderness Lodge has a cozy and romantic feel. The Polynesian is a great way to combine the feel of a South Seas honeymoon with Walt Disney World. And I love the Yacht & Beach Club and Boardwalk over in the Epcot resort area because they are so convenient to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they have nice pools and they are all connected so you have a feeling of a seaside getaway with lots of entertainment options.
That’s my top 10 list of things to do on your Walt Disney World Honeymoon. Have you honeymooned at Walt Disney World? What was your favorite thing (and remember this is a G rated website)?