14 Tips for a Magical Disney World Honeymoon

Think beyond castles and coasters to luxurious resorts, private yachts, romantic spa treatments, and more.

Couple Dining at Topolino's Terrace Riviera Resort
Photo: Matt Stroshane/Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

After the wedding bells have rung, many newlyweds opt not to go to the Caribbean but to instead spend their honeymoon immersed in magic. For 50 years, Walt Disney World has been the place where we can all come together and live out our inner childhood through beloved attractions and fanciful lands. With plenty of wonders and an undeniable sense of optimism, it is only fitting that it has become a sought-after location for newly married couples.

A Disney World honeymoon doesn't have to stop at castles and coasters, either. A finer side of the resort awaits in high-end hotels, abundant fine-dining restaurants, spas with couples' treatments on offer, private yachts sailing under fireworks, adventurous guided treks through a mock African savanna, and more. Romance abounds in the Most Magical Place on Earth.

From where to stay and what to eat to enhanced experiences just for couples, we've got all you need to create a real-life fairytale on your Disney World honeymoon.

Pack your mouse ears: We're going to Florida.

Pool at Four Seasons in Orlando at Disney World
Courtesy of Four Seasons

Pick a romantic hotel.

Don't be surprised if you feel a warm Mediterranean breeze blowing throughout the European-inspired digs of Disney's Riviera Resort. This stunning deluxe-level, marble-laden property exudes opulence with just the right amount of Disney flair. Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera, the resort's rooftop signature restaurant, offers sweeping views of the surrounding parks with an elevated French and Italian menu.

As an official Disney resort, you'll get perks like extra park hours and complimentary transportation, including an on-site Skyliner station that will quickly whisk you to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Another resort where Disney and luxury truly align is the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. The iconic brand brings unprecedented levels of customer service to central Florida. The property's picturesque five-acre outdoor water park is complete with an adults-only pool. The on-site rooftop steakhouse, Capa, has an award-winning, nationally recognized wine program and provides plenty of outdoor seating for jaw-dropping views of the nightly fireworks. This resort also receives many of the same perks as Disney resorts, like early park entry and complimentary park transportation aboard luxury motorcoaches.

Let the concierge plan your honeymoon.

If you stay at an official Disney Deluxe Resort hotel, consider splashing out on a Club Level room, which grants guests access to an exclusive concierge that will indeed plan your honeymoon for you. Walt Disney World doesn't do honeymoon packages, but this service will make planning as easy as possible. More comprehensive than the lobby concierge service, the Club Level concierge has an Itinerary Planning Office that can get you dinner and activity reservations and show tickets in advance of your arrival.

Club Level guests also get access to a special lounge that serves coffee, continental breakfast, light afternoon snacks, hors d'oeuvres at dinner time, and late-night desserts.

Kick off the trip with an in-room celebration.

Set the tone for your trip with an in-room celebration. Using the Disney Floral and Gifts service, you can create a little magic of your own directly from the comforts of your room — no pixie dust required. Available to be arranged before or during your vacation, packages range from fresh florals and chocolates to themed baskets and whimsical balloon arrangements. The Ears to the Happy Couple package includes Mickey-etched toasting flutes and is a fitting keepsake for the newlyweds.

Strike a pose.

Newlywed couple enjoying desserts in Disney t-shirts
Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

You'll likely be looking back at photos from your honeymoon for years to come, so what better reason to take advantage of Disney's Capture Your Moment photo package? This personalized 20-minute photo session is offered in any of the four theme parks and uses the background setup of the couple's choice. Advanced reservations are recommended, with sessions priced at $99.

Pro tip: If you want some shots outside the studio, book two back-to-back sessions, which provides enough time to shoot in front of at least two different locations of your choice.

Create an official Disney honeymoon registry.

The Honeymoon Wishes Registry is an online service and resource from Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons that allows guests to create their own list of Disney experiences that friends and family can then gift them. Those experiences could include dining at signature restaurants, private tours, and even park tickets. It features a range of adventurous, relaxing, and romantic activities from carriage rides to specialty cruises.

Enjoy dinner and a show at Disney Springs.

After plenty of park time, honeymooners can enjoy a vast number of leisurely experiences and restaurant concepts from Michelin-awarded chefs at Disney World's entertainment and dining district, Disney Springs. Begin your evening with a viewing of Cirque Du Soleil's "Drawn To Life" production, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the world-renowned theater company and Disney Imagineering.

Then, after the show, pick from over 140 pours of wine from the only master-sommelier-owned restaurant in Florida, Wine Bar George. Nearby Morimoto Asia, helmed by the famed Iron Chef, dazzles not only in the atmosphere but with globally inspired foods, including splurge-worthy Japanese A5 Wagyu.

Cruise the Seven Seas Lagoon on a private yacht.

“Happily Ever After” returns July 1, 2021, at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Kent Phillips/Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Enjoy Magic Kingdom's fireworks from a unique vantage point aboard a 25-foot luxury yacht. Specialty cruises offer stunning views of the nighttime spectaculars in an intimate setting. As you cruise the Seven Seas Lagoon with Cinderella Castle in the distance, you can sip on cocktails as you peep Disney's Contemporary Resort and others. Journeys start at $399 per person, and the boat is limited to no more than 10 guests.

Tap into your adventurous side.

There's plenty for the active couple to explore on their Disney World honeymoon. Unleash your wild side and revel in natural beauty on the Wild Africa Trek, a privately guided VIP expedition at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The three-hour experience brings you face to face with wildlife as you learn about the park's commitment to conservation and nibble on African-inspired bites. This experience is priced at $199 per person.

Share a toast.

Drinking around the world is a loved pastime at EPCOT, but this trip is extra special and calls for libations out of the norm. The La Cava Experience is fitting for such an occasion. Hosted inside the Mexico pavilion at La Cava del Tequila, this intimate tasting experience is led by a knowledgeable certified tequila ambassador. Here, you'll sample agave-based spirits from different regions of Mexico, including tastings exclusive to the Disney property, and learn about their historic and cultural significance. The experience costs $150 a person, and groups are typically limited to six guests.

Besides tequila tasting, Sangria University is offered on weekends waterside at Disney's Coronado Springs. The class enriches students with a glimpse into the history of the Spanish beverage as they concoct four of the house specialty sangrias. Classes are $59 per person, and advanced reservations are required.

Show off your newly minted status.

Disney loves a love story. A honeymoon is your time to shine and enjoy encouraging words from cast members and guests alike. There are several ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to grab complimentary "Happily Ever After" pins available at most front desks, customer service locations, and merchandise shops. Cast members are known to give a little extra magic to pin-adorned guests — often in the form of complimentary desserts or sparkling beverages.

Another way to wear your newlywed status: matching Mickey and Minnie Mouse bride and groom ears. These adorable accessories also double as the perfect souvenir.

Enjoy expedited access with a personalized VIP tour.

No need to spend your precious honeymoon hours waiting in long lines and walking from A to B with Disney's private VIP tours. Guests who opt into this service simply share a list of things they hope to see and do at Disney World with their personal guide, who then does all the unglamorous work of securing tickets and reservations and curating an efficient itinerary. The tours are seven hours long at the minimum and include private transport to and from the hotel if you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort. Pricing depends on the tour but ranges from $450 to $900 per hour.

Indulge in a spa treatment.

Trips to Disney World can be action-packed, and honeymooners should make time for a little R&R (romance and relaxation). At the Grand Floridian Spa — a world-class, full-service spa outfitted with a tranquil garden atmosphere — you can rejuvenate and reconnect with a personalized 50- or 80-minute couples massage or go all out with the Just the Two of Us package, which includes a couples massage and pedicure for two for $260 per person.

Albeit less luxurious, other spas include the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel and Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness, a spa-and-gym hybrid also offering couples massages inside Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Don't overplan.

The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
Courtney Kiefer/Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Disney World is a place where every second of your day could be scheduled, but you have the rest of your life for that. Plan some time to just wing it and enjoy each other's company. Relish in together time at the pool or explore Disney World's dozens of properties on a resort crawl. Spend happy hour in the elegant "Beauty and The Beast"-inspired lounge, Enchanted Rose, or sip from the impressive cocktail program at the BoardWalk's magician-themed speakeasy, AbracadaBar. Disney's resort lounges do not require advanced reservations and all guests are free to visit any resort.

Consider the expected costs.

Disney World's top resorts start around $400 per night, and park tickets begin at $109 per day. After factoring in your food budget and add-on experiences, you can expect to spend around $4,000 for a week-long honeymoon. Know your budget and expenses before you go so it's not a source of stress during your special time together.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Disney World have a honeymoon package?

    Disney World does not have an official honeymoon package, but it offers many add-on experiences (see the Enchanting Extras Collection) that gear toward couples. Plus, you can make your trip special with services like Disney Floral and Gifts and Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons.

  • Is a Disney honeymoon worth it?

    American couples spend, on average, about $4,800 on domestic honeymoons and even more for honeymoons abroad. The cost of a week at Disney World for two works out to be $4,000 including food and activities, which is slightly less than the national average honeymoon price.

  • How do you get the Disney honeymoon button?

    Complimentary "Happily Ever After" buttons can be found at most front desks, customer service locations, and merchandise shops.

  • How does the Disney Honeymoon Registry work?

    Like any other registry, Disney's Honeymoon Wishes Registry allows couples to select from a range of products, services, and experiences — including park tickets, accommodations at a Disney Resort, dining plans, tours, balloon flights, specialty cruises, and more — then friends and family can buy or contribute to the experience.

  • Which Disney World Resort is best for a honeymoon?

    Disney's European-inspired Riviera Resort is especially romantic with its cozy-yet-luxurious Tower Studios, perfect-sized accommodation for a couple, and rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views and a mix of French and Italian fare.

  • How should you pack for a Disney World honeymoon?

    Pack for your Disney honeymoon as you would with any other trip to the park — with comfortable clothes and footwear, swimwear for pool lounging and spa time, etc. But for this occasion, specifically, you might want to bring bride and groom mouse ears, coordinating newlywed outfits, and wine to drink when you don't feel like spending a fortune to go out.

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