The Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World for Couples
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The happiest place on earth isn’t just for kids and families. Many couples love taking trips to Walt Disney World including for weddings and honeymoons even.
If you’ve never been to Disney world before it can seem overwhelming. I mean, if you look at a Disney world map it’s bigger than Manhattan Island!
Many first-timers don’t realise Walt Disney World can be so complicated until they arrive. But that’s where our guide has you covered.
Whilst the adverts make it look like a world where everyone skips along with Mickey Mouse and walks onto all the rides. That’s not the reality! You need to plan.
But no need to worry just yet. Continue reading and we’ll give you the carefree guide to Walt Disney World. Its the ultimate guide to make your holiday planning super easy.
The History of Walt Disney World
Opening on 1st October 1971 with just one theme park (Magic Kingdom of course), two hotels and a golf course, the Walt Disney World resort has grown tremendously from its humble beginnings.
It now boasts four theme parks, two water parks, 27 resort hotels and a shopping and entertainment district. It’s the most visited vacation resort in the world attracting more than 52 million people annually.
With all those guests looking for that Walt Disney World magic, here is our ultimate guide to Walt Disney World for couples.
A Couple of Walt Disney World Experts
Now you might be thinking why should we take your advice when planning our disney world holiday?
Whilst I don’t ordinarily use the word “expert” very often in this case I will!
The first time I visited Disney world was in 1995 and I’ve been back almost every year since. I’ve lost count of exactly how many holidays that is but it’s a lot!
When my other childhood friends took family holidays to Spain or Cornwall ours were always to Orlando and Disney world. Once we spent an entire six week summer holiday there.
Needless to say, Walt Disney World soon became like a second home to me after spending so much of my childhood there.
In 2017 we took our first Disney world trip as a couple. It also happened to be Law’s first trip to Disney ever!
He felt like a big kid stepping into the magic and soon caught the Disney bug. There’s nothing I love more than watching someone else experience the Disney magic for the first time.
So with that in mind, I have a few seasoned visitor tips to share and some newbies mistakes to avoid.
When to visit?
Walt Disney World is great to visit any time of year. But there’s certain months that are less crowded than others. A good place to start is by checking the Disney World crowd calendar.
Generally the busiest seasons are the Summer and Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Halloween is also a big seasonal event at Walt Disney World too.
If avoiding the crowds some of the quietest periods to visit are all of September, the two weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and January to mid February.
However, weather wise September is still pretty hot and humid and is peak hurricane season. If you want to avoid the hot Floridian heat then November to March is a cool time to visit.
January and February may be a little cold though so if waterparks are your thing they’re probably out of the question.
Alternatively, if your heart is set on seeing Cinderalla’s castle lit up in its Christmas glory, with a bit of extra planning you can visit during those peak times. By following some of the tips in this guide you can maximise your time spent at the parks.
How to get there?
From the UK there are a number of airlines that all fly direct from the major UK airports. Some of the popular UK airlines include Virgin Atlantic, TUI, Thomas Cook and British Airways.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option you could fly indirect with a number of US and European airlines. However, depending on where yout layover is you could end up adding several hours onto your journey. It really does depend on what your prioritises are when it comes to selecting flights.
Our trusted website to search for the best flight deals is Skyscanner.
Where to stay?
For the ultimate Disney world trip for adults, then your best bet is to stay on property. You will be completely immersed in the Disney experience or the “Disney bubble” as others like to refer to it.
Having 27 individually themed Walt Disney world hotels to pick from there’s a suitable hotel for each taste and budget. Here are three WDW resorts we personally recommend having spent many trips in Disney.
- Polynesian Resort
- French Quarter
- All-star movies
Benefits of staying on site at a WDW resort
Some of the benefits of staying on property include free Disney world transportation, Extra Magic Hours, free magic bands and earlier fastpasses and dining reservations.
If you’re not completely sold on the idea of staying on site then there’s a number of off site options to choose from.
You can pick from the multiple hotels in the Disney Neighbour program, International Drive or your own condo or villa rental. Here are some of our picks of the best off site accomodations.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
Located on International Drive closeby to the restaurants and shops at Pointe Orlando. This hotel is perfectly located to explore Disney world orlando and the surrounding area. Prices from £736pp.
- Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Out of all of the non disney hotels this is one of the closest to the Walt Disney World resort. It’s modern rooms, free shuttle buses and free Wifi makes this hotel a perfect base for couples. Prices from £703pp.
- Condo at Legacy Dunes Resort Orlando
For the best of both worlds why not book a condo or villa rental? You’ll get the amenities of a hotel (ie pool and clubhouse) but with the privacy of your own space. This luxury 1 bedroom condo is perfect for couples.
Walt Disney World tickets
Disney world tickets can be complicated if you don’t know what you’re after. But here we are to help.
Firstly, we recommend working out how many days you want to visit for.
With 4 theme parks you’ll want to give yourself at least a day (if not two) at each. That means you’ll want a 7-8 day ticket minimum.
For UK residents there are specially built tickets that include all the theme parks and waterparks with park-to-park access. This means you can experience all the disney magic without having to worry about limiting how often you visit each park.
If you’re flying from the UK we’re presuming you’ll want to spend 10-14 days at the Walt Disney World resort. Therefore the best ticket value is the 14 Day Ultimate Ticket. For the same price as a 7 day ticket you can enjoy all the Disney parks for less than £29 per day.
My Disney Experience app
My Disney Experience is a free to download phone app that’s your ticket to wdw. With the app downloaded you can manage your hotel and dining reservations, tickets and more.
Everything you need to know when planning your Walt Disney World holiday is on the app. There’s even a Disney world map!
So, say you’re planning your visit to the Magic Kingdom park. On the MDE app you can see park hours for a particular day and what attractions may be closed for refurbishment.
The app is also where you’ll make your dining reservations and those all important fastpasses.
Once inside the park you can be kept up to date with the latest wait times and attraction guides. You can plan out your day exactly so you don’t miss the Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as that fastpass for Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.
At select counter service restaurants you can even order food directly from the app. No need to wait in line as your food is ready for you to collect.
With Walt Disney World being so huge you can bet they have hundreds of restaurants to choose from.
From sit down table service restaurants to counter service outlets there’s something for every taste and budget.
Disney Dining Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance. For Disney resort guests you can make up to 10 days worth of reservations on that same day. So effectively can make dining reservations up to 189 days in advance.
Disney dining reservations are needed for some of the most sought after dining experiences. Such as, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant.
If your heart is set on dining at some of these then make sure to set your calendar reminders to bag those tricky reservations.
Many people ask “Is the Disney dining plan worth it?” If you can book when there’s a free dining plan offer then yes. The free offer for the Disney dining plan 2019 is now closed but watch out for offers for 2020.
Usually they are released in April the previous year and extend until November.
Disney world parks
The four main theme parks at Disney World Florida are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.
Each has its own distinct theming from Epcot’s futuristic Spaceship Earth to Magic Kindgom’s iconic Cinderella’s castle.
Disney World Rides
Some of our favourite rides for couples and adults alike are found at different theme parks.
My personal favourite is Tower of Terror located at Hollywood Studios. It has that old Hollywood feel with a great ride backstory. Soarin’, Expendition Everest and Star Tours at notable mentions.
With the upcoming Galaxy’s edge expansion at Hollywood Studios in November this year Star Tours won’t be the only star wars ride. Check out wdw news for the latest updates on the expansion.
However, nothing beats classic Magic Kingdom rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain. Pirates of the Caribbean has been one of my favourites ever since I was a kid.
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