My Dreams of a Disney….Wedding

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When my fiancee proposed to me, my first thought was “I would LOVE to get married at Walt Disney World. Imagine saying your vows in a beautiful location with Cinderella’s Castle in the distance; that’s what you would get if your ceremony is held in Disney’ Wedding Pavilion.”  There are other ceremony sites (for more information and additional ceremony sites, check out the Disney Wedding website.

Then I began thinking about it. I wouldn’t feel right asking my nearest and dearest to have to take a vacation and travel for my wedding. The only way I would have been happy with a Disney wedding would be if we could afford to pay for everyone’s Disney World trip. Given the cost of the wedding and then a trip, I priced our wedding out of Disney (plus I figure having all our wedding guests at Disney would create a situation where our wedding guests would be on our honeymoon with us!)

The obvious choice was to head to Disney World for our honeymoon! While looking at the Disney Wedding site, I found that you can register for a Disney honeymoon (as my fiancee and I live together, we have many of the more traditional registry items so this registry is a great option for us). The way it works is you make your travel plans (you can reach out to a Disney trip planner, such as Mike who runs this wonderful blog) and then you can register for items for your trip. My registry includes requests for contributions for the room, the dining plan, tickets as well as Mickey and Minnie bride and groom ears, a carriage ride and a champagne welcome. Check out the Disney Honeymoon registry site for more information.

In addition to my honeymoon, Alfred Angelo makes Disney princess dresses and veils. I have ordered a “Belle” dress, the picture of me in a Belle dress is not the dress I am wearing for my wedding (I don’t want to publish pictures of me in my wedding dress before my wedding).

Belle

There are many other Disney items you can get for your wedding as well. There are Disney invitations, Disney cake toppers, Disney champagne flutes. Pretty much anything you would want for your wedding, you can get a Disney version of! An added bonus is that the Disney items are not more expensive than non-Disney versions of these items.

Did you have a Disney wedding or go to Disney World on your honeymoon? If not and you are thinking about it, I hope I have given you some ideas.  Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Staying at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Building 6, one of the Outer Buildings of the Grand Floridian Resort

July 24 – 28, my family had the opportunity to do something that my wife Cindy and I had thought we likely wouldn’t do until we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 12 years: we were given an opportunity, along with our daughter Sophie, to stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the signature resort in Walt Disney World, and some would say, the signature resort at any of the Disney parks.

I’m not going to debate which resort is better than the other — although, a comparison between the Grand Floridian and the Grand Californian, which we had the pleasure to stay at in June, is in order — but for today’s post, I’m going to give you a review of room 5511, which is where we stayed for our four nights at the resort.

The picture you see above is of building 6, which is directly opposite the building we were in, which was building 5.  One of the neat things about where we were staying is it was right by the area where you could rent the boats to take on the Seven Seas Lagoon, but even cooler than that, it had a great vantage point of Cinderella Castle, and we could see the fireworks from the seating areas they have right there.

Upon entering our room, though, we were struck by the old world charm that the Grand Floridian gave us.  We weren’t in a hotel — in fact, the argument could be made that we weren’t even in a resort anymore.  All of a sudden, we had walked into an English bedroom, although with two queen size beds, but it had a sitting area also, and a place to work, and watch TV.

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Although it felt to me like we had left the world of Disney and had transported back to old world England, the picture above and the two below reminded us that our Disney touches were still to be experienced!

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A closeup of our towel Mickey Mouse.

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

One of my favorite parts of the whole room was this wonderful chair and ottoman.  They were very comfortable, as was the bed, by the way, and I enjoyed winding down from our day in the parks by relaxing in the chair while the girls were getting ready for bed.

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This chair and ottoman were incredibly comfortable to sit in and relax, in my opinion!

The bathroom was your standard bathroom, except it had double sinks which was nice, and in a first for me, it had a phone in the bathroom by the shower!

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Sophie by the sinks.

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The door to the bathroom — plenty of mirrors for Sophie!

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The soaps and shampoo were quite nice!

One side note about the Grand Floridian — the towels were bigger than the towels that we had seen at other resorts.  They were softer than those, too, but overall, they were still just standard hotel towels in my opinion.

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The area down there is where you could see Wishes over the Castle at night. This is the view from our balcony.

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There has been some discussion about the refrigerators at the Disney resorts. Ours worked well, so I took a picture!

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If we forget where we are staying, we could look at this picture to remember! It’s better than pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming!

In addition to the room, which was really nice, we were within a really short distance from the Gasparilla Grill, which is the equivalent of a counter service restaurant.  It’s open 24 hours a day, though, so you can go for a snack at any time!

The lobby of the Grand Floridian is absolutely incredible.  It almost is worth taking the monorail over to it just to see what it’s like.  Words don’t do justice, so I’m going to close by sharing these photos.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and that you plan on staying there once.  It’s definitely worth adding to your Disney Bucket List!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

Citrico's is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Citricos is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant - located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant – located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

The orchestra performed excellently -- I loved listening to them!

The orchestra performed excellently — I loved listening to them!

Surprising Sophie at the Grand Floridian!

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa We surprised Sophie last night — Cindy, Sophie and I leave in a few hours for our next Disney Destination — the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!  We have never stayed there before — in fact, the only time we have even been there was to eat at 1900 Park Fare for dinner way back in 2008 to celebrate Sophie’s 7th birthday.  We enjoyed the food, and Cinderella and Prince Charming — but Sophie and I did not like the step-mother and step-sisters — they were too realistic in how they played their roles!

The Grand Floridian, though, is a place that Cindy and I have had plans on visiting for many years.  We thought that it would entirely likely that we wouldn’t visit the resort until our 25th wedding anniversary, which won’t be until the year 2025 — but when I became an Authorized Disney Travel Agent in February with Pixie Vacations, all of that changed!  I found out then that this week Pixie is having an agent get-together, and we are going to be able to stay there much earlier than we thought!  Since our anniversary is next month (it will be our 13th) I’m scoring husband points by taking Cindy there in half the time she thought we would visit!  Yay me!

I am really looking forward to this trip.  Not only are we staying at a new resort for us, we are also participating in the Illuminations Dessert Party on Wednesday night, Thursday morning we are dining at the Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios for breakfast, and Friday night we are having dinner with my dear Sister Brenda and her husband!  So many first time experiences, I can’t wait to share all of them with you when we get back.

What new experience are you looking forward to when you go on your next Disney vacation?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Also, don’t forget to enter to win our special Disney print of Walt Disney drawing Steamboat Willie!