Disney World Honeymoon Itinerary: A Perfect Week in the Parks

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A view of the new Fantasy Land from the Magic Kingdom castle. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney.

If you’re planning a honeymoon in Walt Disney World, the good news is you’ve got plenty of options to fill your time there. The bad news is there’s almost too much good stuff to do. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed planning your Walt Disney World honeymoon, we’ve laid out a potential itinerary for a week-long stay there. You can easily customize it to fit in your favorite restaurants or attractions so consider it a starting point for your honeymoon in Disney World. And of course, for even more advice, check out our 42 tips for a Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Day 1: Check in and unwind
Whether you’re driving or flying into Central Florida, if you left soon after your wedding odds are good that you’re on the tired side. So take it easy your first day. Check in to your room, explore the hotel and spend some time by the pool if the weather’s good.

(Need advice on where to stay? We’ve listed our top 5 Disney World hotels for honeymooners here.)

For an extra treat, consider booking a spa service at Senses Spa in the Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs for the day you arrive. A nice long massage or a visit to the steam room will do wonders to put any wedding stress behind you and get you relaxed and refreshed for your honeymoon.

For dinner, take it easy and dine at your hotel or catch a Disney World bus to Downtown Disney for a casual bite to eat.

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The new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at the Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Disney.

Day 2: The Magic Kingdom
It’s why you’re here, right? Begin your time at the parks with the one that started it all. The Magic Kingdom has all the classic Disney rides – Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain – and you can experience the recently revamped Fantasy Land. If they’re offering extra magic hours definitely take advantage so you can see Fantasy Land before it gets too crowded or enjoy the park long after dark.

For dinner, why not make reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasy Land? It’s the newest restaurant in the park and makes for an eventful evening. You should probably make that reservation now, though, since it’s one of the most popular in the whole “World.”

Day 3: Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot
For a park with a pretty different feel than the Magic Kingdom, start your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can check out the Tower of Terror, Rockin’ Roller Coaster and Star Tours (make sure to ride more than once, it’s different each time!).

Once you’ve had your fill of the Studios, catch boat to Epcot’s World Showcase for an afternoon of eating and drinking. You probably won’t be able to sample every pavilion but you can pick and choose your favorites. Make sure to read our guide to “Drinking Round the World.”

For dinner, stick around Epcot and enjoy one of the pavilion restaurants. They’re all tasty, but our personal favorite is San Angel Inn Restaurante in the Mexico pavilion for its upscale cuisine and romantic atmosphere.

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Epcot at night. Photo courtesy of Disney.

Day 4: Get the keys to the kingdom
If you’ve never taken a behind the scenes tour of a Disney World park, consider this a must-do. You’ll learn all about the inner workings of Disney and get to see things only cast members typically can. Plus the guides are full of Disney trivia and knowledge about the history of the parks. We recommend the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom for the best experience, but there are tours at all the parks as well.

Tours are typically about a half-day long, so spend the rest of your day either continuing to explore the park you’re in (and sharing your new-found knowledge with other park guests) or hopping to another.

Day 5: Pool time and Disney’s Animal Kingdom
After a few days at the parks it’ll be a nice break to sleep in and stay off your feet for a bit. So spend the morning relaxing around your hotel’s pool.

Around late afternoon though, head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and catch one of the last Kilimanjaro Safari rides. At the end of the day many of the animals are waking up from their afternoon naps for dinner and the last few safari trucks tend to drive a little slower (since no one is behind them), allowing you more time for photos.

Since you’re already in the area, enjoy dinner at Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort. It’s African-inspired fine dining and absolutely delicious, even if you’re not a particularly adventurous eater. Before your meal you can walk around the resort and see the Disney savannah from another angle.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Disney.

Day 6: Call it a catch-up day
You’ve seen a lot, but there’s still tons more to experience at Walt Disney World. Consider this your day to hop around the parks and do all the things you’re still dreaming of. For instance, experience Mission: SPACE and the rest of Epcot’s Future World before taking the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom for an afternoon and evening spinning around in the tea cups at Magic Kingdom.

For dinner, try one of the restaurants at whichever park you end up in during your catch-up day, or head to a nearby resort to see what they offer.

Day 7: Get out of the parks
Walt Disney World is so much more than the theme parks, so take a day to explore what else is on offer. You can bus hop to experience different hotels (just take a bus to Downtown Disney or the nearest theme park and hop on whichever resort bus you want to visit), shop at Downtown Disney, rent a paddle boat and cruise down the creek, the options are endless. Whatever you choose, it’ll be a relaxing way to end your honeymoon at Walt Disney World.

For dinner, consider something swanky like the Victoria and Albert restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Formal wear is required so it’s not for everyone, but it is a fantastic and unique dining experience within Disney. For something a little more casual, try California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, which offers a perfect view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Finally, we know we’re only scratching the surface here, so share with us your favorite things to do in Walt Disney World. What restaurants and rides are can’t-miss for you?

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The Magic Kingdom. Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney.

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