Here's some tips on a special honeymoon experience while you're at Disney World!
When checking into your resort, be sure to request special Honeymoon buttons. Even though 'Honeymoon' might be noted on your reservation, you'll probably still need to ask! Both designs feature Cinderella -- one says 'Just Married!' with Cinderella and Prince Charming, while the other says 'Happily Ever After' with Cinderella's carriage.
When we honeymooned at Disney World in 2009, we preferred to wear the buttons that said, "Just Married!" to make it even more obvious that we were now Mr. and Mrs.
Now, wear these buttons everywhere possible! In your resort, in the parks, during meals ... you will be surprised and pleased at how many "congratulations!" you will get, and possibly some extra perks, too! We received free FastPasses, free snacks, and line cut-throughs on more than one occasion.
Mickey and Minnie Bride and Groom Ears
Now, if you're a guy, you might find the notion of wearing Mickey groom ears to be a little, well, dumb. But trust me, wearing the buttons PLUS the bride & groom ears will truly up the ante and make your time in the parks and resorts extra special!
The bride and groom ears are available for purchase in a couple different styles at most larger souvenir stores in all the theme parks and Downtown Disney. We purchased ours when arriving at Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Emporium. We were treated nicely when buying them, and a cast member took the photo of us in our ears together.
We opted to wear our ears while in the theme parks, but usually left them in our room when going to a nicer dinner. But we always wore our buttons. Speaking of nicer dinners...
Speak up about your special time
Now, you only honeymoon once -- hopefully! So don't be shy about letting your host and server know about your newlywed status. Again, even though it might be noted on your reservation, it could be busy and they might not have prepared something special for you ahead of time.
Don't be disappointed if every table service meal isn't super special. But things you could expect are special perks like Mickey celebration confetti on your table, personalized keepsake menus, a free Champagne toast, or a special celebration dessert. We received all of these things at one meal or another during our honeymoon.
Be sure to get at least one special keepsake to commemorate your honeymoon. Whether it's a special scrapbook or photo album, a keepsake honeymoon ornament or figurine, or something else that's special for you and your new spouse, there's plenty to be found while at Disney World. The World of Disney in Downtown Disney has a lot to choose from, and be sure to check shops like Art of Disney and Crystal Art Shop on Main Street USA for special figurines and art.
If you want to get an idea of what you might find beforehand, click here to see the Wedding Boutique on Disneystore.com.
Take advantage of Disney PhotoPass
We opted to let PhotoPass be our official photographer in the parks. It was especially nice because we were traveling as a couple and didn't have friends or family available to take photos of us.
Often times the PhotoPass cast members would spend some extra time with us to get extra shots of us kissing or hugging too. We posed plenty with our Mickey and Minnie ears, (even switching them up, as evidenced in the photo above).
Be sure to opt for some mini photo sessions (sans ears) at Deluxe Resorts that offer PhotoPass in their lobbies. Check with your resort's PhotoPass or concierge desk to find out exact locations and times. At the end of our trip, we opted to get all our photos on a PhotoPass CD " highly recommended, especially if you plan on making a honeymoon photo album or scrapbook! You can even pre-order your PhotoPass CD at a discount.
Relax and Enjoy
Whatever you do, don't get stressed. If you're a little behind for a dinner reservation or if it starts pouring down raining, roll with the punches and it will become a fun memory later on. Most restaurants won't mind if you're up to about 30 minutes late, so don't fret! And if weather gets in the way, buy a poncho and let yourselves get drenched -- hey, you could even jump in a puddle or two!
The best tip we can give is to slow down at times and savor your first trip together as a married couple. And remember, a Disney honeymoon is a perfect time to start some traditions as a couple! Whether it's Wishes as taken in from the Polynesian Resort beach or a romantic dinner at Jiko ... the possibilities are endless!