This question comes from Shelly, who asks: “Does Disney offer anything special for people coming down to Disney on their honeymoon?”
Shelly, thanks for your question and for reading Chip and Co. You probably know by now that there are a lot of extras you can purchase to make your honeymoon even more special: Poolside couples massages at The Grand Floridian, having special floral arrangements and gifts delivered to your room, fireworks cruises, and special dining experiences. But there are many extras that Disney offers for free, just to help you celebrate this special time in your lives. Keep in mind that much of this is it or miss and some honeymooners receive nothing but an acknowledgement of their celebration, so it’s best not to expect anything so you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
First, when you make your room reservation, make sure the cast member makes note that it’s your honeymoon. Do the same thing when you call to make your advanced dining reservations (ADRs) and again when you check in at the restaurant. When you check into your resort you’ll be given pins (more on this later) that indicate you’re on your honeymoon. They normally say “Just Married,” but other couples have been given “Happily Ever After” or “Honeymoon” pins. It just depends on what they have at your resort when you check in; if you don’t like the pin you’ve been given, you can try to get another one at Guest Relations in the parks. The pins let cast members know what you’re celebrating and they’ll often congratulate you or offer you special little perks like a free dessert or single you out for something associated with the attraction you’re visiting. For example, I recently saw a honeymoon couple pulled out of the Haunted Mansion line and given a solo tour of the stretching room. I ran into them later asked them what happened and they said the cast members put on an extra “scary” show for just the two of them. Needless to say, they were thrilled at this spontaneous bit of Disney magic. Often when you’re dining, you’ll get a special dessert that acknowledges your honeymoon or some kind of addition to your dessert (often something as simple as a “Congratulations” written in chocolate). Sometimes in a signature restaurant, the chef will send out an amuse bouche. Finally, most but not all couples report finding a welcome arrangement of flowers in their room.
Recently, I’ve been hearing that the honeymoon pins are being discontinued. I haven’t been able to get a definitive answer on this, but Carly over at The Disney Wedding Blog, recently wrote that she was given good information that the pins are being phased out; she’s probably as good a Disney wedding source outside of Disney Fairy Tale Weddings that you’ll find, so I’m betting this is the case. Some former brides on places like Disboards and on Passporter have been offering their pins to other honeymoon couples, so if it’s important to you, double check to see if pins are available and if not, consider contacting someone who’s willing to loan theirs out. Also, many brides and grooms wear the Mickey and Minnie bride and groom ears, so that’s another way to let everyone know you’re on your honeymoon.
Good luck. I hope this helps!
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