Hi everyone who I haven't met yet (which admittedly is a lot of you: I just joined recently and haven't made many posts yet!). I'm currently planning a May 2013 wedding (just less than 1 year away from right now!) that will take place in the Orlando area (it's going to be Tangled themes: I'm sure I'll have plenty of posts and ask plenty of advice on it later!), & we want to honeymoon in Disney World. I've been to Disney World 4 times before (only one as a "grown-up" 2 years ago, though) but I've never stayed in a hotel on-property or eaten at very many of the restaurants, so I'm going to need a ton of help! Luckily, it's a while off...but I figured I could start thinking about it now. So let's start with the hotel.
I definitely can't afford to stay in one of the more expensive deluxes the whole time (probably 7 nights): well I could, but as a college student going into grad school soon, that wouldn't really be savings-wise. I know AKL is one of the cheaper deluxe resorts and it definitely looks amazing: I would love to stay there, but it would definitely be a LOT of money for us on our budget, and probably mean we'd have to scrimp somewhere else, like dining, etc.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we could stay at POP and have plenty of extra spending money, but I'm wondering if that would really be the best idea for a honeymoon. We're introverts, and would prefer something quiet, and I've heard POP is pretty noisy and boisterous. Plus, it doesn't seem very romantic. But would it be worth it to stay there, save a ton of money, and get to go to really nice dining?
I've also considered maybe staying in a Downtown Disney hotel not owned by Disney. The only perk I absolutely would want from a Disney hotel is Magical Express, and I could still find a shuttle from the airport to the hotel that would fit into our budget. The Holiday Inn on Downtown Disney property has good reviews, isn't that much per-night (less than a moderate), and has hot tubs (something I would really miss at POP!). But would I be missing out on the Disney magic and themeing by staying there?
And then there's the Moderates, which sound very, very appealing to me, especially Coronado Springs and Port Orleans French Quarter. I love the small, intimate-seeming size of FQ, and also the sprawling, romantic feel I've seen of CS, and the hammocks look lovely! Would the moderates be the compromise I'm looking for between budget and luxury, or should I splurge or save in one direction or another?
Any advice or tips are definitely appreciated, plus any hints or insider info about any of these hotels! Thanks in advance!