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Saturday, September 15, 2012
My husband and I were so lucky to get to spend our Honeymoon in Walt Disney World. I had always dreamed of a Disneymoon, and ours was perfect!
|The view from our room|
|On the boat to Fort Wilderness|
|Wine and crackers we got through the Honeymoon Registry|
|Our surprise snack pack that was delivered to our room|
|A complimentary champagne toast at Mama Melose's|
|Enjoying a celebration cupcake at Crystal Palace|
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Author: Guest blog from Tina de la Cruz
This winter, Disney launched their new Disney Parks and Resorts Honeymoon Registry. As soon as I heard this service would be available in time for our wedding, I knew it was what my then fiancé and I wanted. We live in a house that has been in my family for many generations, and therefore, we already have too much stuff. Though we did register a small list at a home goods store (including a juicer, a few good pots, etc) our main registry and the one we talked up with our family and friends was our Disney Honeymoon Registry.
It was easy to set up on the website and even easier to send our guests the link. We had already set up our own Wedding Website with information about our wedding, so we just linked everything over to our Disney Honeymoon Registry page. For that reason, we didn’t use all the features that the Disney Honeymoon page offers, like photos, blogging, and other great tools. Another bride could easily just use the Disney Honeymoon page as a Wedding Website and not need to have two sites.
Our guests loved that instead of just giving us cash, they gave us cash towards something. The way the system works is that they decided what “gift” to give you or they decided what amount to give you and find a “gift” that matches. I say “gift” in quotes because it is really all just money. Our guests used their credit cards to charge an amount to our account, and then we cash in on that gift and receive a check in the mail. But, really, they have given us cash towards something - that “gift” they choose. Instead of giving us $200, they have earmarked that $200 as funding for our hotel, or a special meal, or Bride and Groom Mickey Ears. Like I said before, it is really just cash, and we don’t HAVE to spend it on what they earmarked it for, but of course we will! We want those Bride and Groom Mickey Ears. We want the private Fireworks Cruise during Wishes! By picking items on the Registry that we wanted, we were able to design a more magical Disney Honeymoon than we could afford ourselves and we have an excuse to do the great extras that we probably wouldn’t have done if we weren’t given those extras as a gift.
Here is a view of our page and the dining that our family and friends gave us:
The only downside to the system was that, at this point, there aren’t that many dining options to choose from. I love to eat at Le Cellier in Canada in Epcot, but that wasn’t a choice on the Registry List. We still have a dining reservation for that restaurant, but it isn’t as special as the other reservations we have that are specifically linked to those who gave us the gift.
There are some fun and funky things that Disney could add too. One of our favorite gifts is from an elderly friend of the family who, as she says, “isn’t too good with computers” but she knew about our registry so she sent us cash in a card with instructions to the use the cash to buy ourselves Turkey Legs in Magic Kingdom because she remembers buying them with her family last time she was there. Fun items like this are lacking on the Registry list right now, and I hope Disney adds them in the future.
Overall, though, this was a perfect experience for us! The only time a wedding guest had trouble using the system, I called Disney and they resolved it right away. Other than that, everyone thought it was easy, fun, and a great way to give us Magic for our wedding.
We can’t wait to send out thank you cards to everyone, which will include pictures of us using their gifts. Some will get pictures of us eating the meals at restaurants they gave to us, some will be with silly souvenirs they gave us, but the best, in my opinion, will be of us eating our Turkey Legs!
Monday, June 18, 2012
We’re both big kids at heart, and this is the perfect way to mix fun and romance.
Planning a wedding can be hard work, so the honeymoon should be as easy as possible, right?
In our first few hours aboard the cruise ship, our Mousekeeper checked up on our room and made sure we had a huge pile of pillows after we asked for just one extra. She even provided a special foam pillow for my husband. Anything you could want or need, I’m sure they could find!
At the safety drill, which is required for all passengers for all cruises, we struck up conversations with the crew in our area. As soon as they found out we were on our honeymoon we were presented with ‘Just Married’ and ‘Honeymoon’ buttons to wear. It seemed like every Cast Member went out of their way to give us congratulations. This is just another way Disney makes a honeymoon couple feel special
You can even pick a night of your cruise to celebrate with a cake made just for you!
One of the greatest things about a Disney Cruise honeymoon is that you can make it as exciting or as relaxing as you want.
There are lots of extras including couple’s massages, dinner at the adults-only restaurant aboard every ship, and every type of excursion for shopping, tours, and adventures on land & sea.
Don’t overlook the many perks that are already included with your cruise! There’s a live Broadway style show every night, an adult-only deck with a pool and two whirlpool spas, free room service at any time of the day or night, a movie theater that shows new-release and classic Disney movies, adult-only nightclubs & lounges, and even a fine art gallery where you can view and purchase limited-edition prints!
I believe it is perfectly possible to have a fabulously romantic honeymoon aboard a Disney Cruise and hardly ever see a child. You will certainly not be the only adult waiting in line to get your picture taken with Mickey & Minnie.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Disney Parks have magical, storybook settings that serve as a perfect backdrop to your
wedding. But how can you make your wedding serve as a magical backdrop for the perfect trip
for your guests?
My husband and I got married at Epcot in Walt Disney World in January. Although Disney has
been a large part of our lives, it was a first visit for most of our wedding guests. Inspired by our
love for Disney and Central Florida, we encouraged our guests to make their trip about them.
We made it our mission to be as available as we possibly could for our guests in planning and during the wedding trip itself. It is safe to say that very few people knew where to start planning. I put all my Disney Parks knowledge to work for them and had to think fast in case there were some snags along the way.
So, here are some tips you might find useful to pass along to your guests (these can also come in
handy if you are planning a family reunion trip as well):
Brides and Grooms often create a wedding website with all the Disney links and Disney
planning phone numbers you need. Try to read through all of it. Take notes and
bookmark links. It's fun to discover (or re-discover) all Disney has to offer.
If you or your guests are not tech savvy, call the Bride or Groom and have them arrange
something for you~be it your room, dining reservations or activities that require a pre-
registration, etc.. If they cannot, they will put you in touch with someone who can. You
may not want to "bother anyone", but, in the long run, the Bride and Groom want you to
be happy and taken care of. I reserved several rooms on behalf of our guests and I had a
great time doing it. It got us all excited for the trip itself, in addition to the wedding.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings will also allow you to pre-purchase park tickets when
calling the number to request rooms in the wedding room block. If you are only planning
to come for a weekend, and depending on the room type you stay in, this can end up
saving you more money than if you got a Park-Hopper package with or without the Disney
Themed Resort Rooms: We wanted to give our guests some Imagineering magic,
especially if they weren't planning on going to the Parks. We arranged for our room block
to include the Pirate-themed Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. They were a
hit...especially with the adults. If there is a way to book Pirate Themes Rooms,
Princess/Royal Guest Rooms, or anything at the upcoming Disney’s Art of Animation
Resort, it's worth it. Now only if there were Haunted Mansion Rooms or DCL's Magic
Portholes...or the Donald Duck Rooms brought over from Tokyo Disney Resort...
Issues with rooms upon check-in or during length of stay: Disney has written the book
on customer service. So, if dealing with a Disney room issue, I try to think of these two
things...Can you imagine dealing with the sheer volume of people day-in and day-
out?...And we all have bad days. Regardless of the matter, take a breath and work with
them. Usually this is all you need to do. If you do need to speak to the manager on duty,
being fair to the situation gets the best possible outcome.
Explain the Key to the World Card and Disney Dining Plan (DDP) Credits to your
guests. Disney charges all Authorized Room Charges and DDP Meals to the name of the
reservation holder, regardless of how many are in the room. Upon check-in and check-
out, definitely specify and verify where different adults authorize separate credit card
numbers to their Keys to the World cards.
Advanced Dining Reservations: utilize the 180-day ADR booking window for dining.
Take a tally at who in your group likes what and make suggestions that way. Some
people may not be interested in the typical Disney fare we all love, but treats and
memorable eats are to be found everywhere. Switching it up can also remind you of your
Avoid the Dining Rush: Dine before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. for lunch or around 5 p.m.
Park Ticket Validation after event: even if Parks tickets are pre-ordered, for some
reason, this can take more time than envisioned. Guest Service Cast Members do
everything they can, but sometimes there is a process.
Must DOs: Disney's PhotoPass; FASTPASS; Single Rider Line for long ride queues;
Rider Swap/Rider Switch if you have small children, special needs etc.
Try not to over plan and it is OK to separate. Disney can be overwhelming. We play
hard at Disney, but even we know when to take a breather.
Taking Boats and/or the Monorail is relaxing and peaceful, but takes longer than it may
seem. Plan to add on additional time especially if you have dining reservations. It's so
In theory, Extra Magic Hours is an awesome benefit. In practice, the evening Extra
Magic Hours can sometimes be even more crowded on the days offered than Disney
advertises. Stick with the morning Extra Magic Hours.
Other Guests: You are in the Happiest Place on Earth. As hard as this can be, try not to
let the actions of other guests get to you. Many of them are from other countries who
have different customs and they honestly don't realize what they are doing..same goes for
frantic parents with strollers wanting to give their kids the same Disney Magic as you..or
people on scooters...or guests stopping in front of you snapping a picture of something
random without realizing you are behind them.
Hidden Mickeys: Be on the lookout for the silhouette of Mickey, a large circle with two
smaller circles atop (Mickey’s ears). They are everywhere, but are sometimes challenging
to spot. My husband has gotten really good at finding Hidden Mickeys.
Inspired by the Mouse: One couple, who had never been to WDW before, read
Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Without Kids: The Official Guide for Fun-Loving Adults
cover to cover. On their first night, we showed them Mary Blair's amazing hand painted
tile mural in the Contemporary Resort. That's all it took. They became inspired to
immerse in all things Disney. Theirs was a first-timer "Disney Commando-style" success
Guests who make it their own: Activities like Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour or
anything at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway
really adds a special touch to your guest's trip. Some guests also opt for special dining
experiences like Chef's Tables or Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian. Facilitate these
options and see if there is a way to utilize your wedding transportation to get them there
if it is on the event day.
Non-Disney Fun: Orlando, Central Florida and the Atlantic Coast has so much to offer
anyone. It's amazing to think of all the things there are to do there. Encourage guests to
venture off to places like Universal for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The
Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, The incredible beaches, St.
Augustine. And don't forget the excellent Outlet Shopping nearby.
Happy Planning! - Fran
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By Diva Mouze
If what they say is true about Divas, they start planning their weddings in the 1st grade. So have you ever thought about getting married, or even renewing your vows, at WDW? Here's some information to help you plan your nuptials or renewals, because at these prices, there's a good chance you can afford one of these Walt Disney World weddings.
Disney classifies weddings in three different pricing plans for three different budgets. From low to high, they are the Escape Package, the Wishes Package, and the Couture Package. Here is the 2012 price list from Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding website for the lowest and most affordable wedding packages Disney has to offer, which are called the Disney "Escape" weddings.
Plan 1: the Disney Premium Escape Wedding
Disney Wedding Pavilion - $5,750
Canada Pavilion at Epcot - $6,200
Saturday and Sunday Escape Weddings - $7,500 minimum
Plan 2: the Disney Deluxe Wedding, $4,750 each
Sea Breeze Point at Disney's Boardwalk Resort
The Wedding Gazebo at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Sunrise Terrace at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Sunset Pointe at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Saturday and Sunday Escape Weddings - $7,500 minimum
Plan 3: the Disney Memories Escape Collection, $1,991 to $2,495 each.
Conch Key Marina at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Sunrise Terrace at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Luau Beach at Disney's Polynesian Resort
For a Saturday or Sunday wedding at any of these locations, there is a minimum cost of $7,500, however if you're willing to marry during the week you can see the cost is much lower. Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings allow you to reach this minimum amount through a combination of the Escape Package itself, food, beverages, any floral items and decorations, entertainment, photographs, videos, additional transportation, and venue rentals. Prices will be higher during holidays, and of course dates are subject to availability.
Disney wedding prices can change at any time without notice, so you should contact a Disney's Fairy Tale Wedding specialist to discuss your options. That's the job I want when I retire- booking fabulous weddings at spectacular Walt Disney World resorts. Now that would be a Disney dream come true!
The Disney Wedding website offers interactive tools like a collection comparison, design studio, detailed pricing, and information about accommodations. For a look at Disney's wedding information website, click here.
When a budget is not something you are particularly worried about...
Disney also offers wedding packages for the Disney Diva who is not so worried about a really tight budget. I think I hear harp music when I say these names out loud. These are called the Wishes and the Couture packages. The Wishes package range prices from $12,000 to $20,00, and the Couture package starts at...you might want to sit down...$65,000. But that's another Disney Diva story for another Disney Diva day.
Amanda, Diva Mouze
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