My future husband and I are planning on taking a long (+/- 8 or 9 days) Honeymoon to Disneyland once we set a wedding date. I know it’s odd to even think about the honeymoon before the wedding is set, but we love Disneyland despite being from Wisconsin. I was just curious if anyone had any recommendations on special things to do, ask for, or just any honeymoon tips in general (if there even are any). Also, I am thinking we want a park view from either the Grand Californian or Disneyland Hotel (we’ve stayed at both once, but not a view room). Any suggestions on best views, etc?
I’m still singing Someday My Prince Will Come, so in order to answer your question I asked two of my friends, Stephanie and Crystal, who both recently honeymooned at Disneyland for some suggestions.
Both stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel (GCH) and loved it. With Grand Californian Hotel, if you get a park view of DCA be prepared that you may hear some noise from within the park. They both would recommend the Grand Californian.
During runDisney weekends I’ve stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and will recommend staying there. If you make reservations at DL Hotel ask for a room with a view to watch the fireworks. There is a channel on the tv that plays the music during the fireworks so you won’t miss out on the music. Consider doing the Concierge level if you can. You’ll have access to snacks all day long, along with concierge service. Plus the concierge room is at the very top so it’s a great view of fireworks and they pipe in the music for the show.
When you check in, let them know you are there for your honeymoon. My friends received Just Married and Happily Ever After Buttons that they wore all the time. When Crystal checked in at the GCH, she was still wearing her wedding dress. Since there was a room available they were upgraded to a larger room with a view of DCA. They also received an autographed character picture. Crystal and her husband spent most of their time in the parks. They did some of the sit down restaurants, some of the restaurants gave them a free dessert. Cast Members and Guests were also telling them “congratulations” when they were walking around the resort.
Stephanie and Jeff did the Couples Retreat Ritual at Mandara Spa and highly recommend it. They also suggested getting the Bride and Groom Ear hats and wearing them along with the buttons. They recommend eating at the restaurants in Downtown Disney or in the hotels, not just sticking to the parks. One night they did dinner at Catal in Downtown Disney. I recommend Napa Rose at the GCH and when you make reservations ask for the Chefs Table (the Chefs Table is on my bucket list). Stef said to look in to doing some of the tours that DL and DCA offer.
I love craftsman style architecture so the last time I stayed at a DLR hotel I signed up for the free tour of the GCH. Very fascinating all of the design and detail that are in the hotel. I think DL hotel has a tour too so I’ll sign up for that the next time I stay at a resort hotel. If you love the classic Disney cartoons, check with the hotel to see if they are showing any in the evening. My friend and I watched the Aristocats recently during one of the movie nights at the GCH, it was a lot of fun. Also, it turns out the hotels have a park scavenger hunt that you can ask the concierge for. When we did it recently, it was questions about Pirates of the Caribbean, when we were finished answering and went back to the hotel we showed them our answers. Even if they are wrong they still gave us a couple Pirates of the Caribbean pencils.
Above all they both said to remember to mention that you are on your honeymoon and to wear the buttons. Sometimes you will receive a perk, not always, and not as nice as you may receive at WDW, but it’s always fun to receive some perk. Early congratulations and may you have a long and happily ever after
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