Monday, March 24, 2014

WDW Honeymoon Recap- 3/23/13

I've decided to do another trip recap, this time from our honeymoon a year ago at Walt Disney World!  I wasn't going to bother doing a recap, but I was looking through our honeymoon photos and I changed my mind!  (Plus, re-living our other trips helps with my WDW homesickness.)  I'll format it similarly to my other recaps covering a day (or maybe a few days) in each blog post.  So here it goes:

Eliot and I went to Walt Disney World last March for our official honeymoon.  As some of you probably remember, we stayed at Disney a few days after our wedding festivities for a "mini-moon".  It was a nice chance to wind down after the wedding craziness, but we still wanted to have a honeymoon.  We originally planned to go on a Disney Cruise, but the timing of the cruises didn't fit Eliot's work schedule.  He was still new and only had 4 vacation days.  After realizing that he had Good Friday off, we decided to go to Walt Disney World for a "Disneymoon" the week of Easter.

We flew down late Friday, March 22nd and arrived at Pop Century around 2:00 in the morning.  Of course, we completely crashed and slept in late the next morning.  A trip to Disney for us isn't "official" until we see Cinderella Castle.  When we eventually got moving, it was off to the Magic Kingdom!

I was ecstatic to be "home."  I took pictures of the Wedding Pavilion in the distance, the entrance and Main Street.  I almost couldn't believe that we were back!  I (literally) jumped for joy when we passed by Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.  (I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to see them.  I remember watching the Easter Parade on television every Easter when I was younger.)

We slowly made our way down Main Street.  At that point, it was lunch time, so we stopped at Casey's Corner for some french fries and mini corn dogs!  Eliot loves to smother his french friends in their cheese.  I couldn't deny him that joy.  We sat and ate lunch while enjoying the atmosphere.

We walked over to the Partner's Statue and admired Cinderella Castle.  Then we made our way to New Fantasyland.  We were so excited to see it!

The first thing we noticed was the construction on the Seven Dwarfs mine cart ride.  It had come along way since our wedding!

Next, we wandered by the new "Be Our Guest" Restaurant.  The line for lunch was right out to the walkway.  The cast member at the end of the line informed everyone that there was a 6 month waiting list to go there for dinner... whoa!

We kept walking and arrived at Gaston's Tavern and Belle's Town.  The area was full of people, but we managed to get into the little store.

We continued exploring and arrived at the Journey of the Little Mermaid ride.  This was what I was most excited for!  I fell in love with Prince Eric's castle and the waterfall features in the queue area.  The line there was also really long and we didn't want to wait over an hour.  (Although, we did realize that we'd probably be up against long lines all week with it being Easter and spring break.)

After taking a few photos of Eric's castle, we headed over to the Haunted Mansion.  I always try to ride it or Pirates of the Caribbean first; they're my favorites!  We took the scenic route past Cinderella's Castle since Fantasyland was crowded.  

On the way, we stopped to take a few PhotoPass photos.  We wanted to make sure we got some photos with both of us in them!

We were in Liberty Square when we discovered Rapunzel's Tower and the Tangled area. (And, I'm pretty sure this was when I squealed like a little girl.  No regrets.)

It's now a huge joke among us Disney fans.  But, it is a beautiful bathroom area.  I took photos all over the place.  Again, I have no shame.  Eliot even took a few photos in the men's bathroom.  Then, he was disappointed that I didn't take any of the women's restroom.  (I did at a later point during our trip so he could see how pretty it is.)

We took a honeymoon "selfie" while we rested for a few minutes in the Tangled section.

We eventually made it over to the Haunted Mansion.  And honestly, at this point I don't even remember if we got on it.  I think it had a pretty long line as well and that's when we decided to call it quits for the day.  We strolled through the Emporium looking at all of the new merchandise and then got on the bus back to Pop Century.

By the time we got back to our room, the sun was slowly setting.  We opened the door to our room and were greeted with a fun surprise.  We had a honeymoon congratulations picture waiting for us from the guests of honor at our wedding reception!  Disney Magic strikes again!  I teared up a bit at the memory and put our new present somewhere safe.

We took naps so we'd be ready to go back into the park later that night for extra magic hours.  But by the time we woke up, we realized it was too late to make it to any of the shows.  We ended up grabbing something to eat and relaxing at the hotel instead.

It was still so nice outside compared to the colder temperatures back home in Maine. After a little bit of deliberation, we decided to end our first day with a swim in the 50's bowling pin pool at midnight.  We were basically the only people on our end of the pool. I've gotta say that it was pretty spectacular!  °o°


  1. The last time I was in Disney, we actually managed to score a last min. reservation at be our guest for dinner. We also waited in the lunch line a few days later and well I don't really understand why the dinner is so hard to get reservations for. The food at the lunch was better.

    1. Sweet! Yeah, I really liked the lunch too. I don't know if there's anything Eliot would even want to eat on the dinner menu! The only thing we couldn't get at lunch was the "grey stuff." I would like to do that at least once!

    2. The dinner is a really overly complicated gourmet menu, and as such just does not really match what I would think most park goers would expect. I did manage to get the "grey stuff" at dinner and it is delicious. During the lunch I had there they had a desert called the "master's cupcake", it was a chocolate cupcake frosted with the grey stuff, so when you head back look for that if they don't have the grey stuff as a stand alone.