After months of planning our dream wedding at Walt Disney World, our big day FINALLY arrived.
And while the wedding was wonderful in every way, my husband and I were ready and excited to relax on our honeymoon at Walt Disney World.
Having our honeymoon at WDW was the perfect choice for us.
A major perk of having a wedding at WDW is that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings sends the bride and groom complimentary annual passes! As a cast member, I used discounts on our Disney resort, food, and merchandise. We also love being at WDW and knew it would be a fun place to run around as newlyweds and HAVE FUN!
For you fellow Disney-lovers, I have shared a few “Disney-moon” ideas and tips! If you have any questions about our Disney-moon or Disney travel in general, feel free to contact me. Enjoy! ♥
WHERE WE STAYED:
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Oh, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge…. such a beautiful place. One of Disney’s deluxe resorts, the Wilderness Lodge is known for its elegant yet rustic flair and being just a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom. Since my husband proposed while on a camping trip, we agreed that this would be a fitting resort to stay at during our honeymoon.
Why it’s a great honeymoon resort:
It’s a perfect place to relax – rocking chairs, cozy fireplaces, nature trails, a murmuring creek inside the hotel… This place was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I wish we had spent more time exploring this incredible resort instead of running around the parks. I would HIGHLY recommend spending a peaceful day at the resort.
Staying on Disney property worked well for us while on our honeymoon. The resorts are close to the parks, and we didn’t spend too much time traveling from park to park. Another way to cut out wasted time is to bring your own car/renting one. While the resort bus system can be great, it can also be unpredictable and crowded. Having our own transportation saved us a great deal of stress.
Other great “Disney-moon” resorts:
$$ – Port Orleans – Riverside, Coronado Springs
$$$ – Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, Yacht Club
TIPS: Be sure to call ahead and make sure you share a room preference. It’s never guaranteed, but it sure does help. I failed to do this, and they placed us in a handicap-accessible room, which ended up being a very aggravating situation.
It’s also a good idea to call ahead and let them know that you will be celebrating your honeymoon at their resort. Who knows- you may get a free upgrade into a nicer room or a complimentary gift! Disney is all about magical surprises, and it helps to let them know that you are celebrating!
Real talk: Disney World has AMAZING restaurants. From fancy character-dinning to casual quick-service at the parks, you’ll always find great food, and you can never really go wrong. I could seriously write a blog post on just Disney food. In the meantime, here are a few places my husband and I really enjoyed on our honeymoon:
- Be Our Guest (dinner)
at Magic Kingdom
- California Grill
at the Contemporary Resort
- Artist Point
at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
TIP: Save yourself the trouble and make dining reservations. It was nice to have certain meals planned in advanced. If you have specific restaurants on your wish-list, make those reservations sooner than later! Be sure to add to your reservation what you’ll be celebrating – your honeymoon! You may get complimentary drinks and desserts!
Other great places to eat on your Disney honeymoon:
Breakfast – Boma- Flavors of Africa, Crystal Palace, Tusker House
Lunch – Nine Dragons, Splitsville, Hollywood Brown Derby
Dinner – Fulton’s, ‘Ohana, Le Cellier, Monsieur Paul
Dessert – Beaches & Cream, BoardWalk Bakery,
Photo Shoot at Magic Kingdom
Instead of engagement photos, my husband and I decided to do a Disney honeymoon photoshoot! This has become a fun trend, and I’ve seen a lot of cute park shoot ideas on Pinterest. It was something different to do early in the morning at Magic Kingdom. Check out more of our honeymoon photoshoot here.
TIP: As long as you stay at of the way and don’t make a huge scene about it, cast members do not mind a park photoshoot. I think there are a few guidelines and rules (like not wearing your wedding gown), so if you want to do a park shoot, be sure to do a little research.
Photos by Elizabeth Kennedy
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Since our wedding was in April, we were able to enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival during our honeymoon! Tinker Bell’s butterfly house was like a dream come true! If you are having a Disney-moon, be sure to be aware of any events happening!
Typhoon Lagoon – Water park
During the summertime, the Disney water parks are really crowded. Not only is it less crowded in April, but the weather was also fantastic. I’m not usually a huge waterpark person, but this place is very clean. While the water rides are always really fun, my favorite part is definitely the lazy river. Definitely one of my favorite parts of our honeymoon.
AMC Downtown Disney (now “Disney Springs”)
Since it rained a few days on our honeymoon, we thought it would be fun to see a movie at the AMC in Downtown Disney. It’s a great way to escape the rain and park crowds!
— Other fun indoor ideas: bowling at Splitsville, playing cards/reading at the resort, couples massage at spa.
I wish we could relive our Disney-moon all over again! More Disneymoon posts – coming soon!
Again, if you have any questions about our Disney-moon or Disney travel in general, feel free to contact me.
Happy planning! 🙂