42 Tips for a Walt Disney World Honeymoon

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney Company

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11. Read Destination42’s 5 Best Disney World Honeymoon Hotels. Then come back to read the rest. You’re only on No. 11!

The Animal Kingdom Lodge's Savanna - Photo by James Riswick
The Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Savanna – Photo by James Riswick

12. Disney resorts are very expensive compared to those resorts of similar quality and star-level “off-property.” Are they worth it? Well, if you’re going for an all-encompassing Disney experience filled with whimsy, wonder and yes, magic, then a Disney resort is a must. We would stay on-property. You also get access to Disney’s myriad transportation options (busses, ferries, monorails), souvenir delivery, Extra Magic Hours at the parks and world-famous service from Disney cast members.

13. However, Disney resorts are indeed expensive and you’ll find better value at any number of nearby hotels. Those used to luxury hotels in particular may find many of Disney’s “Deluxe” offerings to be underwhelming.

14. Disney’s “Value” resorts may be tempting and are certainly budget friendly, but they are also extremely geared toward families. Could you really imagine a romantic honeymoon evening in this room?

15. For all intents and purposes, consider a “Moderate” resort like Port Orleans – Riverside to be the entry-level for a Disney World honeymoon resort. Riverside is our No. 4 Disney World Honeymoon Hotel.

Grand Villa at the Bay Lake Tower
Grand Villa at the Bay Lake Tower – Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney Company

16. Though we ultimately recommend splurging on a Disney resort, we’re not made of money and constantly look for ways to save some dollars. One way is to stay at one of the many Disney Vacation Club resorts – aka Villas. The kitchens and kitchenettes can save you money on meals (see our Eat section), while one-bedroom Villas include large whirlpool tubs. We needn’t explain why this is appealing on a honeymoon. The price difference between a Villa studio and a regular hotel room can be as low as $10 per night.

Furthermore, a three-bedroom Grand Villa at a Vacation Club resort (Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort pictured) would be an awesome choice for family accommodation during a destination wedding.

Standard Room at the Yacht Club Resort - Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company
Standard Room at the Yacht Club Resort – Photo courtesy of The Walt Disney Company

17. If a Vacation Club Resort appeals to you and you’re willing to do a bit more work to save a lot more money, consider buying points from Vacation Club time share members. The good folks over at DisneyTouristBlog.com have more details, but in short, you can get a $400 per night room for $130.

18. If we could stay anywhere on a WDW honeymoon, it would be at an Epcot area resort. Primarily, it’s because of their central location within the “World” and because they are either a short boat ride or walk to Disney Studios and Epcot’s World Showcase. The resulting diversity of dining selections alone is reason to stay here. Your choices include Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas, the Starwood-operated Swan and Dolphin resorts and our No. 1 Disney Honeymoon Hotel: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts.

19. If, however, you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind resort experience, consider Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Never mind Walt Disney World, where else on this continent can you throw open the drapes in the morning to discover a giraffe just a few feet below your balcony? It’s our No. 2 Disney Honeymoon Hotel.

20. Don’t feel like you have to stick to the resort you’re staying at during your trip. It can be fun to explore the other hotels and try out the restaurants, bars and lounges they offer (sadly, the pools are for guests only). The easiest way to hotel hop? Grab a Disney bus going to either Downtown Disney or a theme park nearby, since the shuttles don’t run in between resorts.

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