Do you dream about going to Disney theme parks all the time? Are you considering going to Disney World for your honeymoon? If so, then read on for my honeymoon experience and find out how they made it extra special!
Disney World may not sound like the most relaxing or romantic honeymoon spot to everyone, but if you’re a huge Disney fan who is looking to stay at a resort without having to think about transportation and meals during the trip, it may be a good choice for you. I’ve never been to Disney World before (although I have been to two Disneylands), I wanted to save it for a very special occasion since it will be quite expensive. I knew it would be crowded and there would be a lot of kids, so how do I still make it relaxing? I started planning by calling Disney and asked which resort hotel would have the least amount of kids and they suggested the Polynesian. The Polynesian aligned with the 2 most important things I wanted: located in Magic Kingdom area, and had monorail, boat and bus transportation. Magic Kingdom was the park we would spend the most time at. The monorail was the quickest, easiest mode of transportation. Minimizing transportation times was a priority, getting to MK took us on average 15-20 minutes.
Every guest receives a plastic welcome lei when you check into the Polynesian. But I guess since we told them when we booked our trip it was for our honeymoon, they also gave us real flower leis as it’s a Hawaiian newlywed tradition. They also gave us ‘Happily Ever After’ pins and wrote ‘honeymoon’ on them. This was very unexpected and sweet of them!
Another bonus for me is Pineapple Lanai (quick service dining) is located inside the Polynesian resort! They serve DOLE WHIP!!!! I was on their meal plan so I could easily grab one everyday ;D This was actually the very first thing I did on our honeymoon haha! Have I sold you on the Polynesian yet?
First thing you should do after getting inside the park is to buy some bride & groom Mickey ears and wear the ‘Happily Ever After’ pins. This way, cast members and characters know you’re celebrating a special occasion and the interactions you’ll have may be different. For example, the photographers suggested romantic couple-y poses, close-ups of our rings, and the characters had funny interactions with us! (I’ll give some examples later on!)
This next one is of course dependent on who you stumble across, but in general, I found all cast members tried their very best to make our trip special and memorable. At some of our table-service restaurants, the servers went above and beyond and made us little celebration desserts.
Throughout our entire vacation, a lot of cast members would congratulate us even just in passing or in lines. Even though it’s a small gesture, it’s very appreciated especially when we were just married days ago and still on a wedding high!
One thing that made this honeymoon super laid back was allowing ourselves a longer vacation. We rarely had to lineup long for anything because you get at least 3 fastpasses everyday. We went on every single ride we wanted and some even 2-3 times. I think our longest wait for the entire trip was 20 minutes, and we went in August! Take advantage of the dining reservations system and plan out your days in advance. Match your fastpass ride locations with your restaurant locations down to the hour to minimize walking and travel times. The whole trip was very convenient, we didn’t need much besides our magic bands, transportation and restaurants were all taken care of.
Time for those character interaction examples I mentioned earlier! For a lot of the non-talking characters like Mickey, Minnie, Pooh, Tigger and Donald, they would gesture at my rings and make surprised faces and other love hand gestures. When we met Chip and Dale, I joked to Chip that I liked him more than my husband, they both laughed and Chip jokingly shoved my husband out of the picture while we posed. When we met Mickey and Minnie at Animal Kingdom, Minnie conveyed that my husband did a good job with the ring. When I asked if Mickey has given one to her yet, she got mad playfully at Mickey and he hid his face in his hands. For talking characters, the interactions were more in-depth. The princesses talked about how lucky we were to find our princes and our happily ever afters. Gaston took a photo with my husband in front with his arms hidden, and him hiding behind with his arms/biceps out. He suggested this would be my favourite picture of my husband 😂!
Towards the end of our trip, as we were about to exit a shop after buying some Mickey and Minnie TsumTsums, two employees (perhaps managers?) congratulated us and offered to embroider our hats for free! We decided to get our wedding date embroidered. This was a really unexpected pleasant surprise!
My suggestion is to go in with no expectations, that way if anything extra special happens, it will be all the more meaningful! My husband, who wouldn’t call himself a Disney fan, was surprised how much fun he had too! He liked the rides and didn’t think they were too kiddy. We really enjoyed our trip and these memories will stay with us for a long long time, every moment was truly special.
Keys to making a trip to Disney World relaxing:
- Stay at a resort with monorail transportation
- Only go on popular rides if you have fastpasses
- Stay at least 7 days to enjoy the park at a leisure pace
- Make all dining reservations in advance
Following these 4 points allowed us to sleep in until noon, take the monorail when there wasn’t rush-hour crowds, go on popular rides with very little wait times, have enough time to take pictures with all the characters.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN (for 2 people)
Resort Hotel Stay (10 nights) $4,932.40
Park Tickets (10 days) $950.60
Park Hopper $159.74
Memory Maker $169
Dining Plan $1,509.76
TOTAL $7,721.50 USD