What are your thoughts on having a honeymoon in Disney World?

I have a friend who recently decided to honeymoon in St. Lucia. But he almost chose a Disney honeymoon and we were curious how many out there went to Disney for their honeymoon and if they were happy with the choice.

I’ve already collected a few answers, but I hope people who honeymooned in Disney will comment below. If you want to write a blog entry on your honeymoon recommendation, feel free to email jtrotta@gmail.com.

Comments on honeymooning in Disney:

1. I’m sure someone will advocate it but for the love of God man, if you plan on having kids, you’ll get there eventually (and likely be forced to go back). Go somewhere else now that you won’t be able to go later.

2. I did St Lucia – fantastic. Can’t wait to bring my kids to Disney in a few years but I don’t think it would be appropriate for a honeymoon. It Sounds Goofy. Sorry. But seriously, I can’t see why anyone would go for a Disney honeymoon. But that’s just me. I’m more the world traveler type – get somewhere that you’re more than likely never to go again or highly unlikely to visit.

Florida or California? Not on the list. Not that I wouldn’t ever visit them, or that it wouldn’t be a fun trip, but it just doesn’t say ‘once in a lifetime’ to me. Then again, if this is your fourth marriage and you’re kicking it off in front of Elvis in Las Vegas, then go for it!

3. You do get treated more personally by the cast members when you are celebrating something (honeymoon, birthday, etc). However, if you aren’t a big fan of WDW, you’ll probably enjoy somewhere else better. Having said that, we went for our honeymoon–and it was great. We loved it. We wanted to do something where we could have a ton of fun. It helped that my wife had never been there and I had not been to the one in FL in 20 years. we actually stayed off property (at an Embassy Suites) and it was awesome no matter what anyone says.

4. I did it. Honeymooning in Disney worked out for us because leading up to the wedding, we were too busy figuring out how to pay for the wedding and close on a new house. We didn’t book the honeymoon until about 3 weeks before the wedding, and Disney World seemed like a decent, and not too expensive, trip. Having now gone there with kids, it was actually pretty nice for just the two of us to be able to go there and not worry about anything, or anybody, else. If we wanted to go on the fast rides, we didn’t have to think about kids. If we wanted to stay at the park late, or go to bars afterwards, that was OK. We didn’t need to eat nutritious meals, and we could actually skip meals altogether and catch up on eating later, and cheaper, after we left the park. “Pleasure Island” is a great part of Disney World, not open to kids. You pay a cover charge to get on the Island, then there’s about 20 bars there (a dance club, a comedy club, an live rock bar, a country ,music bar, and jazz bar, etc.) that you can go in and out of as often as you like. I had a great time.

5. You can have a blast in Disney. Anyone who decides to go to Disney without kids –honeymoon or not– I highly recommend doing the “beer in every country tour” at Epcot. It is self run, but very fun! Ever go to Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival? It’s from Sept-Nov every year. A lot of countries that aren’t represented in Epcot have stands there as well.

6. I’d do it… I love it there. My wife and I when we first got together spent a week down there, some of the best times we’ve ever had. We had a blast hanging out at the English pub in Epcot for a brew(s) after daily activities. Plus you can hit Universal which is awesome. Also, my brother-in-law did the Disney Cruise thing for his honeymoon. You spend a few days on the Big Red Boat cruising the Caribbean, then return to Disney World for a few days.

By the way, the Disney Cruise is where Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls and American Idol got started. This page is taking a long time to load, click the link now and it should be ready by the time you finish this article.

7. I’m going to Disney World for my honeymoon and I think its going to be great. 10 days of fun. We can take our time and do the park right. Check out a multitude of cool restaurants, rides, pavilions, shows, and so much more. Plus, for romance, we’ve got reservations at two of their best restaurants, Flying Fish Cafe and the California Grill. I’m especially looking forward to dinner at the California Grill. Its located on top of the Contemporary Hotel and while we are eating our dessert, the Disney Wishes fireworks show will be going off, right outside the window. So cool. And then we’re doing the Illuminations cruise! To each their own, but I’m so looking forward to this vacation!

Just remind me to ask for a window seat at the California Grill when I check-in at the front desk. If you don’t ask, you may not get one….

8. The whole point of a honeymoon is to spend some much needed downtime with your new spouse. While I won’t sit here and tell you I’d agree to sitting around the house with the phones turned off and the doors locked after a wedding, to me it wouldn’t matter if it was Hawaii or Disney World so long as I knew I could spend some relaxing downtime with my new spouse. (And yes, I’ve been to Disney several times; I went with my husband before we got married — it was his first time and my fifth, but as we explored the different parks, it was like I was seeing them for the first time, which made it special.)

Having said that, if you go to Disney, go at the right time. Why spend your honeymoon standing in line and around kids all day? If you’re honeymooning in summer, go to and all inclusive 5 star resort and just have a blast.

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  1. j, boger says:

    we went to disney world for our honeymoon with my new father-in-law, brother-in-law and his wife. we had a ball. would do it again in a second!!

  2. Angela B. says:

    My husband and I did the Disney cruise/land vacation for our honeymoon six year ago! It was great. We are looking forward to taking our 4 year old next year. If you want to be romantic, what’s the best way to be romantic than to mix it up with some fun. The fun we had on our honeymoon is a contant reminder to keep the marriage fun as often as possible. Disney is an ever changing experience, who goes just once in a lifetime, kids or no kids!

  3. kymmie says:

    ABSOLUTELY NOT……….and then the next question is WHY? there are so many beautiful places in this world…..and your marriage is a beautiful bond, not to be shared by goofy, mickey, and the gang……it is about you two enjoying a romantic getaway and experiencing each other….i think there are many other places they could find much more enjoyable. When you have kids or maybe like a fun vacation for the two of them later on, Disney isn’t going anywhere, but not for a honeymoon……..sorry for the people who have choosen Disney because you shorted yourself on seeing somewhere you might never get a chance to see again..

  4. Beth says:

    My husband and I honeymooned at Disney back in the summer of 2003…and we had such a great time that we’ve been back three times since then and are planning our fourth trip! In regards to comments by previous posters, I actually found WDW to be a very romantic place. I’d been several times with my family as a child, and going with my new husband was a completely different experience. When we stood there watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle, it felt as though they were just for us. We ate late dinners at very nice restaurants and only did the rides and attractions that we wanted to do…both things we probably won’t be able to do when we take the kids a few years down the line. Looking back at my Disney honeymoon, I don’t feel “shorted” at all. My husband and I had an absolute blast exploring the parks *together* for the first time. We smiled and laughed the entire week we were there. Disney is a very special place to us, and part of it is because of the wonderful memories we made on our honeymoon there.

    The important thing to remember, however, is that if you’re picking a honeymoon destination, it should be somewhere *you and your spouse* will enjoy going…no matter what anyone else thinks.

  5. Bob Schaefer says:

    If Disneyworld is your idea of a romantic honeymoon, you are probably the type to take your mother a long as well. How sad.

  6. James Trotta says:

    Bob, why can’t Disney World be romantic? Fireworks over a castle seems pretty romantic no matter where you are.

  7. Kelli says:

    I guess to me your honeymoon is about what YOU and YOUR SPOUSE want it to be about, not what anyone else says. My DH and I went to DIsney World on our honeymoon 15 years ago and we wouldn’t have rather gone anywhere else in the world. We LOVE Disney World, we’ve been back 18 times since then including a trip for our 15th anniversary this past September.

    “How sad” that someone would pick Walt Disney World as their honeymoon spot? Come on! Have you not read that WDW is the most popular honeymoon destination in the world? Believe me, it was a wonderful time and a romantic place and a totally different trip than when we have taken the kids!

    And by the way, Mr. Schaefer, who made you the person who judges other people’s honeymoons as “sad” or anything else?

  8. C.Marz says:

    I have peronally given comments on other Disney questions at this site. To Honeymoon or not to Honeymoon, that is the question huh? I haven’t Honeymooned there myself, butttttt – there are plenty of Honeymooning couples walking around with those Goofy ( no pun intended ) Veils & Top Hats with Mickey Mouse ears attached.

    There are also couples who bring family and wedding parties, to be married at resorts like the Grand Floridian and Boardwalk – then Honeymoon there. It can’t be a bad idea, a whole lotta people couldn’t possibly be wrong. They all look happy and pleased to me.

    I respect the opinion of those who think it is a bad idea, but I have spent a lot of time at Disney.I know that whole place like the back of my hand. I also know that you do not even have to step one foot into one of their theme parks to have a First Class time. You can check into the Beach Club, Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Grand Floridian,and if you want less of a Disney theme -Swan or Dolphin. Eat, drink, vege at the pool, or lock yourself in your room and chase the old lady around the room ( like you should on your Honeymoon ), which is what your going to do anyway honeymooning in the likes of Hawaii or Mexico. So whats the difference? A mouse – thats the only difference. Couples can party at Disneys Pleasure Island.

    You can try a Disney Cruise with or without doing the World. They are top notch. Disney has worked very hard to not be percieved as a Cheep or Cheesy destination. Everything Disney does is the best. Isn’t that what you expect for your Honeymoon? Disney has a reputation to live up to, and thay put their money where their mouth is. You can’t go wrong with them as your choice. Shouldn’t your Honeymoon be fun anyway? And when it is all said and done, what a great story it will be to tell your first born he was concieved at the most Magical Place on Earth – if that actually happens -GOD BLESS.

    C. Marz

  9. M. Clark says:

    When I worked at WDW, I met several couples who were there on their honeymoon. Many of them had never even considered more exotic locales. My guess is that they were at Disney because it was a “safe” choice. In the grand scheme of travel planning, if you’ve never even been out of the country, Disney makes a great choice.

    For me? I personally can’t see why you would take your honeymoon at a place devoted to commercialism instead of a place where you can relax and enjoy the natural beauty our planet has to offer. We took our honeymoon in Jamaica and would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a great location–plenty of time to relax and enjoy our time together.

    Disney just isn’t special enough for a honeymoon.

    M. Clark

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