We got both engaged and married at Walt Disney World, so you could say we know a thing or two about how to make the most magical place on earth, even more magical.
Specifically, we chose to have our wedding while visiting Walt Disney World as it allowed us to have a 2-in-1 wedding and honeymoon with our closest family members. Sharing with many of them for the first time, the magic that the resort brings to us personally.
If you’re looking to visit Walt Disney World during your honeymoon, or in fact, for your wedding, one of the most important decisions is where to stay when doing so. We opted to stay on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort to truly make the event something to remember, however, narrowing that decision down still left us with more than 20 hotels to choose from.
The Grand Floridian is the most romantic hotel at Walt Disney World and is therefore perfect for honeymooners. There’s a variety of rooms available with some even offering views out over the lagoon and into the Magic Kingdom park.
Unfortunately, The Grand Floridian is also one of the most expensive on-site hotels which make it out of reach for many honeymooners. However, there are still plenty of romantic and affordable on-site hotels to consider instead;
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1. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The wonderful Carrie who blogs over at A Princess And Her Pirates believes Polynesian Village Resort is the perfect place to stay when spending your honeymoon at Walt Disney World thanks to the “Relaxing vibe, attentive cast members and wonderful Hawaiian drum beats”
This is one of Walt Disney World’s most luxurious resort hotels with more than 847 rooms spread over 39-acres. Without a doubt, the most major advantage to staying at the Polynesian Village Resort is that it’s situated on the edge of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon and is accessible from the Magic Kingdom using both the monorail and water taxi.
The Hawaiian inspired relaxing rooms have flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi and coffeemakers as standard. With pull-out sofas, views of the Magic Kingdom or the lagoon as well as upgrades to larger rooms available as an extra.
If all that wasn’t enough the Polynesian Village Resort has three swimming pools (with one featuring a 40ft drop waterslide built into a volcano), six on-property bars and restaurants to choose from as well as complimentary movie screenings in the pool every evening.
2. Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Located near Walt Disney World’s EPCOT park is the Beach Club Resort. Victoria from DisneyTrippers believes this is the perfect hotel for those looking to spend their honeymoon at Walt Disney World due to it’s close proximity to the Boardwalk (the perfect place for drinking and dining), relaxing and spacious rooms and incredible swimming pools.
An I have to agree, this resort is definitly a strong contender for where we stay during our next annual wedding anniversary trip to Disney World. The hotel simply took our breath away when we had the chance to check out the lobby area during our recent visit.
Having opened in 2002, the resort features 576 which is comprised of hotel rooms as well as a number of one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas. At a minimum, each of the New England inspired hotel rooms sleeps up to five.
Once again, flat screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi and minifridges come as standard with garden and my personal favourite, lagoon views available for an addiitonal extra. If all that wasn’t enough, consider upgrading to a club-level room which comes with additional living space and access to the health club as well as a private lounge serving complimentary drinks and snacks.
3. Disney’s Riviera Resort
The latest on-site property to open at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Riviera Resort, and the team behind the blog Mouse Ear Memories believe it’s perfect for honeymooners thanks to it’s French decor and subtle
Disney theming which “is a fun nod to the classics without going overboard”.
This resort is connected to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios as part of the newly launched Disney Skyliners which makes getting across the resort quicker and easier than ever before.
Of course, that’s not all. The resort is home to four incredible restaurants and has a variety of on-site amenities including a fitness centre, fire pit and a number of Mediterranean inspired swimming pools.
There’s a choice of studio apartments and hotel rooms as well as one, two and three-bedroom villas depending on your budget / how many people you’re staying with.
4. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Another fantastic Honeymoon hotel at Walt Disney World is the Coronado Springs Resort which is situated close to Hollywood Studios. The resort boasts three swimming pools and six restaurants as well as a conversion centre with two ballrooms and an exhibition hall.
Kim and Carrie love this adult-friendly hotel with “a Spanish flair and Salvador Dali touches”. The rooms were renovated as part of a remodelling programme in 2018, and come in a range of styles and sizes to suit your needs.
It’s this sort of diversification, not just of the rooms but of the resort as a whole which makes this a popular choice for adults visiting Walt Disney World.
5. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Of course, we couldn’t write this article without mentioning the very resort we stayed in during our wedding/honeymoon at Walt Disney World, Old Key West.
This four-star resort is predominantly Disney Vacation Club, however, there are a select few properties that are available to book without a DVC membership using the Disney World website.
We personally opted for Old Key West Resort due to the large villa rooms at an affordable price (when compared to other villas available outside of DVC). We managed to get a two-bedroom villa for 10 nights for just £7,000 including park tickets for 5 adults and 1 child during the complimentary Disney Dining season.
This was our first experience staying on-site at Walt Disney World, and it did not disappoint. We later booked an ‘adults only’ and chose to stay once again at OKW specifically due to the laid back atmosphere and boat rides to and from Disney Springs.
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
While we haven’t personally stayed here, Cora’s mum stayed here during the holiday/wedding. It was a place she had dreamed of staying after dining at Sanaa on her first visit to Disney World.
There are 2 main lodging areas at Animal Kingdom Lodge and we would definitely recommend one with a view over the savannah to watch the animals graze and play in their natural habitat.
The style and theme of the resort gives you the feeling that you are in a tranquil and exotic African resort but with all the creature comforts Disney provides.
This is of course open to anyone staying but can be highly peaceful and relaxing for anyone wanting to add that luxury feel to their honeymoon. The rooms are more hotel based so don’t have the benefits of self catering amenities but nothing a Disney dining plan wouldn’t fix.
7. Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans is a beautiful resort but if you really want to feel whimsical and feel the magic look at staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter. I would definitely recommend booking even a night or two here to soak up the atmosphere and romance.
Located near Disney’s Old Key West and over from Epcot you can get easily hop on the bus to Epcot for a late-night drink around the world and watch the Epcot Forever show. Also, you can get a horse-drawn carriage around the grounds to really create a magical honeymoon experience.
The romance really comes alive here as the cobblestone pathways are lit up but the gas lights and you can see the shimmer from the wrought-iron balconies in the distance. You can just feel like you are in Princess and the Frog!
8. Disney’s Grand Floridan
Disney’s Grand Floridian is THE place to stay, while there are many other resorts that are both grand, luxurious and well suited to those booking for a honeymoon Disney’s Grand Floridian is the shining star on top of the tree.
It is the place that holds the most beautiful weddings, the gardens and flowers are beautiful and the resort itself presents grandeur and luxury. As one of Disney Worlds deluxe resorts, you will find nothing less than 5 stars here.
With a short boat ride over the lake to Magic Kingdom, you can have the pick of the rides, best seat for the fireworks and enjoy travel in style back and forth to the park. Disney’s Grand Floridian is the perfect place to stay to soak up the romance and really relax and have a great time at Disney.
What I love the most about this resort is that you can listen to a live jazz band, pianist or orchestra right in the lobby recreating some of your most-loved Disney songs. There is also a lovely area in the garden tea room where you can go for afternoon tea to really indulge on your honeymoon.
9. Disney’s Yacht Club
Another of Disney’s deluxe resorts is Disney’s Yacht Club, just over the water from Disney’s Boardwalk it is a great place to book in for a magical honeymoon.
It has direct access to Disney’s Skyliner transportation, dog-friendly accommodations and Yachtsman steakhouse. The nautical theme of the resort is a perfect match of luxury and elegance with a fun and quaint finish. Here you can catch a boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and is a short walk from Epcot.
If the Victorian romance of Disney’s Grand Floridian or the exotic surroundings of Animal Kingdom aren’t for you the calm, pastel coloured nautical resort of Disney’s Yacht Club may be better suited to you.
With as much splendour and tailored amenities as you would find at any of the other resorts, it is easy to see why this resort made it to be one of best places to stay at Walt Disney World when on your honeymoon.