Wordless Wednesday Honeymoon
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.