This is the blog post I’ve been waiting months to write. We have now completely booked our
Honey Disneymoon, and I am ecstatic.
Steph and I are planning a Disney trip of a lifetime for our honeymoon in March. This will be my second time at Disney World, and my Steph’s fifth. My first trip was back in April 2016, we stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort, which is were Steph actually proposed. So it was a no-brainer for us to choose Disney World as our honeymoon destination, some people think we’re mad, others think we’re just being predictable, we did discuss going somewhere ‘exotic’ or what’s classed as more of a ‘typical’ honeymoon location, but neither of us want to spend 2 weeks laid on a beach, we can do that in Bournemouth, or Spain – we both agreed we’d probably lay there and wish we were at Disney World.
But what started as just a typical two week Disney World trip has turned into much more…
Our trip starts on the 18th March, when we travel to Gatwick airport, check into our hotel for the night, for dinner and an early night.
The following morning on the 19th March we head to the airport terminal for about 7:30am for a 10:25am flight. We are flying with Virgin Atlantic to Orlando International Airport (MCO), jump onto the Magical Express bus and make our way to Walt Disney World, checking into the All Star Sports Resort for one night.
We won’t be getting park tickets as we don’t expect to check in until around 6pm, we are however hoping to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks – possibly from The Polynesian Resort beaches, or the Grand Floridian Marina. Which we can do for free – I’m sure we’ll get a celebratory drink to start the trip.
We check out of All Star Sports on the 20th March and board the Disney Cruise Line bus to Port Canaveral in Florida, for a 3 night trip around the Bahamas on the Disney Dream, including a stop at Disney’s very own private island Castaway Cay.
This is going to be a whole new experience for us both, as neither of us have been on a cruise ship before, let alone a Disney Cruise ship. In all honesty, I didn’t think I’d EVER go on a cruise ship, so it’s going to be a great adventure. I’m looking forward to the Broadway style shows, catching a movie at the theater, taking part in Disney trivia in the lounges and all the food!
On the 23rd March we disembark from the Disney Dream say goodbye to the ship, and hop back onto a Disney Cruise Line bus, travelling back to Walt Disney World. This time however we’ll be checking into Coronado Springs for the first time, in a king bed room, for 12 glorious nights.
We held out booking this part of the trip for months until we knew whether the free dining plan would be released, otherwise we would only be able to afford a value hotel, and would probably end up back in All Star Sports, but it’s our honeymoon and we both had our hearts set on the Coronado Springs Resort. The resort has recently gone under a huge refurbishment, including to the room which now look gorgeous and very much to our taste, the resort overall looks stunning and very romantic.
This deal means that we’ve got a free quick service dining plan, which includes 2 meals a day with drinks, a choice of an alcoholic drink with dinner, a refillable mug to use in the resort for unlimited soft and hot drinks and 2 snacks a day – snacks can be anything from crisps, cupcakes, ice cream, water, frozen lemonade, pastries – just endless amounts of snacks.
The deal also including a 14 day Disney World ticket for the price of 7 days, a $300 dollar gift card that we receive when we check in, and the Disney memory maker – which is amazing, I cannot recommend memory maker enough – all the photos taken of you by the professional photographers around the parks from dining, in front of attractions, on rides etc get put on your memory maker which links straight to your phone, for you to keep forever!
Along with having the quick service dining plan, meaning we can eat from kiosk style restaurants for the duration of the trip, we also hope to do a couple of proper fancy sit down meals. The plan is to try and bag ourselves a hard to get reservation at the restaurant inside the castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table – for a special 3 course meal, which includes appearances/meet and greets from all the Disney Princesses.
Whilst we’re in Orlando we plan to spend most of our time at Walt Disney World, we want to try a water park as we didn’t do one last time. But we can’t decide between Typoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach – so if anyone has a preference please let me know.
We also plan to spend two days at Universal Studios, a day for each park (excluding Volcano Bay). We are huge Harry Potter fans, and the rides are out of this world! To get around all the rides in both parks in such a short amount of time we are going to have to purchase Express Passes, basically fast pass tickets for all the rides, they aren’t the cheapest by any means, but so worth it! Especially as we can now use them to get into Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey and Gringotts Bank.
304 days and counting – excited is an understatement. How do I stop Disney World planning consuming my every thought? I’ve been counting down the days until I can return, since coming home from the last trip.
Have you been to Walt Disney World? What was your favourite part? If you have any advice, recommendations on what to do, where to go, what not to miss, tips and tricks and just any ways to make this the best trip possible, please let leave me a comment.