1. If there’s one thing to know, it’s this: Walt Disney World is not a theme park. It is in fact four theme parks … and two water parks, a world’s fair, a film studio, a colossal zoo, a space simulator, a hydroponic farm, a nature preserve, a race track, 99 holes of golf, nearly 30 hotels, innumerable world-class restaurants and a fascinating study of engineering, architecture and creativity. Get ready for a honeymoon like no other.
2. Plan a full week for your WDW honeymoon. See all that stuff we described in tip No. 1? Well, you’d be lucky to see a fraction of it all in two weeks let alone one. Heck, we usually visit Epcot at least three or four times alone since it’s the most adult- and honeymoon friendly.
3. Consider a Magic Your Way vacation package. Depending on the package, these bundle your room, meals, park tickets, any extra parks and activities like water parks or mini golf, discounts at select activities, and on the priciest packages, unlimited access to golf, water sports, behind-the-scenes park tours and even Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba.”
For more information about the Disney Dining Plans, go to our Eat section.
4. A Disney vacation is expensive so why not let your wedding guests pay for at least part of it? The Disney Honeymoon Registry is like many such services, but obviously designed for and by Disney. This is especially helpful if your house is already fully stocked with silverware, blenders and Egyptian cotton sheets.
5. If you’re staying at a Disney World resort, transportation from Orlando International is complementary via the Magical Express. You can even bypass baggage claim as they’ll deliver your bags directly to your room. Not a bad deal. This is a motor couch, however, and your travel time depends on where your hotel is on the drop-off/pick-up schedule. A rental car is good idea if you’re impatient, intend to travel elsewhere in Florida or plan on buying groceries for a Vacation Club resort (see Stay).
6. Make sure they know it’s your honeymoon when you book or check in, as you’ll likely be in for surprises throughout your stay. At the very least, the staff can give you commemorative buttons, and you’ll have plenty of people congratulating you.
7. Want to buy that 10-pound Cinderella’s Castle snow globe, but don’t want to lug it around all day? No worries. If you buy souvenirs, Disney provides complementary shipping to your hotel.
8. Constantly asking strangers to take your picture is a common hassle on everyone’s honeymoon. At Walt Disney World, however, there are nice Photo Pass “cast members” spread throughout the parks ready to take your picture and download the shots to a central website for your later purchase. Or, you can ask them to take one with your own camera – they’ll almost certainly oblige.
9. A Disney World honeymoon isn’t quite a swimsuit-and-shorts beach vacay, nor is it a dressy-casual city trip. And despite Blizzard Beach, it’s definitely not a down-jacket-and-ski-boots jaunt (but you knew that). So read our Walt Disney World packing guide to know what’s a must-bring and what can stay behind.
10. Should you be interested in a Disney World wedding, it’s actually possible to say I-do virtually any where – for a price, of course. The Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian resort is the most popular, but how about a morning wedding in the Victoria Gardens at Epcot’s Canada pavilion or a nighttime reception in the Great Movie Ride’s Munchkin Land recreation? Your family would love it, and their little dog too!
For more information, visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. If you don’t start picturing yourself as a princess, we’d be shocked. Well, unless you’re a guy, in which case Prince Charming? Prince Eric? The Prince Formerly Known as Beast? Take your pick really.