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Honeymoon at Disney World

By August 12, 2009

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Wordless Wednesday Honeymoon

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A view of Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

Those who think Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. is just for kids are mistaken. If you regularly read this blog, you know that my husband and I couldn't go on our Mexican honeymoon right after our wedding in Italy and vow renewal in the United States. But, thanks to my sister, who works in Disney's Animal Kingdom, we managed to escape for a weekend at Disney World's Polynesian Resort. Although Disney can be pricey, it was paradise -- and more honeymoon friendly than I ever imagined. We spent our mornings with a room service breakfast and some fun in the pool. Until we got to the parks in the afternoon, we didn't even realize we were at Disney World. We spent our evenings outside the parks at other Florida hangouts, including the Gaylord Palms Resort, where we partook in ICE!, an annual December event that brings holiday-inspired ice sculptures and cold temperatures to those who live in the Sunshine State.

The reason I bring up this honeymoon suggestion again is that now the usually expensive Disney World is offering great deals. I guess there are some perks to an economy in crisis. For starters, either you or your spouse can enter the park for free on your birthday if you register the date with Disney ahead of time. You can also get a free dining package with purchase of certain hotel/park packages. Some of the Disney restaurants can be expensive, and this helps cut down costs. But make reservations for restaurants you really would like to hit because often they are booked months in advance. My favorite is the Polynesian's Ohana, which has waiters bring barbecued meat and shrimp to you continuously.

You might be thinking that because this is a honeymoon or romantic getaway that you have to splurge on the luxury hotels at Disney. My husband and I have also stayed at the Pop Century, one of the Disney value resorts, and they had all the same amenities, including a fabulous pool. The biggest differences were the man-made beach at the luxury Polynesian and the convenience of having the monorail. The value hotels offer buses to and from the parks and other Disney locations. The accommodations are otherwise equal but much more affordable. If you want to rent a car, there are plenty of affordable hotels off Disney property but in the vicinity. But those deals on the parks aren't all applicable if you stay elsewhere.

The best part of a Disney vacation is that even though you have just gotten married, which is a very adult thing to do, you can feel like kids again. That is a whole lot of fun, and fun is good for your marriage.

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August 12, 2009 at 8:07 am
(1) Anne says:

I would have had big doubts about Disney as a honeymoon choice, but you make it sound so nice!

August 12, 2009 at 8:31 am
(2) Nancy says:

These are great Disney travel tips! I am not sure I would have gone to Disney World for my honeymoon either, but I know many people who would. It’s fun to visit a Disney theme park at any stage of life, in my opinion!

August 12, 2009 at 8:31 am
(3) Beth says:

A little pampering on your honeymoon is wonderful! :D

August 12, 2009 at 8:44 am
(4) MushaMommy says:

May you live happily ever after..:)

August 12, 2009 at 8:52 am
(5) Julie@Momspective says:

How wonderful, a dream come true!

August 12, 2009 at 9:12 am
(6) Rain says:

Francesca, my fiance and I are going to stay at the Poly for our honeymoon in October during the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. We went the first time to Disney with the kids last year and decided that it would be a great honeymoon spot.

We splurged on a Land/Sea Disney cruise, but you’re right, there are so many deals out there right now can save some cash, especially the free dining.

August 12, 2009 at 10:16 am
(7) AuntieE says:

We went there for Our Honeymoon also, 32 Years ago. Been back several times since. I really Love Disney World. Happy WW

August 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(8) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

One more reason to go is that a fairytale beginning ends with a happily ever after :)

August 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(9) Suzanne says:

You make Disney World sound like a great choice for a honeymoon destination! Sounds like fun. Excellent tips.

August 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm
(10) Linda Larsen says:

Disney World is the perfect vacation for any age! And a wedding and honeymoon there would be magical.

August 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(11) Stan says:

If they can afford it, newlyweds should go see the real thing at Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

August 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm
(12) Life With Dogs says:

I just want a moat. Call me crazy. ;)

October 19, 2010 at 8:08 am
(13) Nelly says:

I think Disney World is such an excellent choice for a honeymoon… Before I used to think that Disney is such a childish place but I was wrong. Experiencing Disney made me realize that it is made for everybody. Young, adult, and even old aged.

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