Welcome to part four of what was such a fun and memorable series to write. Over the last few months, we’ve been profiling Fran Cassano, former WDW Radio blogger and also a Disney bride. We’ve covered everything from planning a Disney Wedding to what goes on during your wedding and how your wedding day plays out. Now, in the final part of this series, we’re going to talk about honeymooning in Walt Disney World, as well as giving you resources to help you plan your own Disney Wedding or Honeymoon.
My husband and I did not have a Disney wedding, but knew right away that we wanted to honeymoon at WDW. It was, quite possibly one of the first and easiest decisions we made about our wedding. The trickiest part was deciding what to do there. We had been there so many times and had done so much already, but the great thing about a WDW vacation is that there is always something new to try. We decided that our trip would be two weeks long (the longest vacation either one of us had ever taken) and that we would break up the two weeks by sailing on the Disney Cruise Line (neither one of us had ever been on a cruise before either – we’re spoiled now, thanks to the DCL). We were also some of the first guests to stay at the Art of Animation Resort as it opened the month prior, and we splurged on staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort as well, since we had always stayed at value resorts.
While in WDW, we ate at restaurants we always wanted to eat at, but never did before, such as 50’s Prime Time Café, and seeing the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. We also took the “Behind the Seeds Tour” at Epcot (read all about it here). We learned, that no matter how many times we go to WDW before or after, our honeymoon trip was, without exaggeration, the best trip EVER!!!
While Fran and her husband did not have a “traditional” honeymoon, they did stay a few extra days with their guests because they wanted to extend that wedding vibe for as long as they could. Who could blame them?!
So, we’ve covered a lot over the last few months, and Fran wanted to share some final thoughts with anyone thinking of planning a Disney Wedding or Disney Honeymoon:
First, “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons offers the same level of top-notch service when planning a honeymoon as they do planning a wedding.” Second, “One thing I love about having a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding is that nothing is too small for them to make magical. So if you can’t go big, do not worry.” Third, “Do not be afraid to research the blogs and boards out there. It can be as easy as a trip report, posts on the WDW Radio Blog or one of Lou’s live restaurant reviews. All of these ideas help immensely. And if you can, try to find a copy of Disney Weddings & Honeymoons by Carrie Hayward. Many public libraries have it on their shelves.” Lastly, Fran says that “the most important thing about having a Disney Wedding or any wedding is being in the moment with your spouse. Enjoy each other. Enjoy each other’s family and friends on the day, too.” Wise words! That’s what really matters and what memories are made of.
Fran also wanted to share some resources that might help you or someone you know plan their Disney Wedding or Honeymoon:
- The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons website. Within this site, Fran also recommends:
- My Dream Space: An interactive organizational tool to help you plan the perfect Disney Wedding.
- The Wishes Collection (Florida): Gives you access to venues, cakes, food and beverages, photography and video, entertainment, and transportation options.
- Ever After Blog: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons own blog full of advice, tips, inspiration photos and real Disney Wedding couples. Every Wednesday, Fran says to be on the lookout for their “Wedding Cake Wednesday” for some unbelievable cake and treat options!
(Photo from the author’s personal collection.)
We’d love to hear your tips for planning a Disney Wedding or Honeymoon. What advice do you have? What recommendations would you make for people honeymooning in WDW – places to eat, things to do?
“New Yorkas” Felicia and Sean are avid Disney fans. Their first vacation as a couple was in Walt Disney World. They were engaged there, and also honeymooned there. After a combined 30 trips to the World, they are self-professed Disney travel agents and enjoy helping family and friends plan magical Disney vacations.