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You’ve heard all about the Disney Birthday Treats that some restaurants share with their guests in celebration. Today we want to share with you a few fun treats that have been received by Disney honeymooners, which are often the same congratulatory treats given to those celebrating their Anniversaries, as well.
As many of you know, my husband and I split our honeymoon between Disney World and Hawai’i last Fall, and there are several things to consider when planning a “DisneyMoon!” You can plan an official extravaganza with Disney Honeymoons, or you can keep the planning more personal. We did the latter, but were still able to celebrate “Disney-style” through the generosity of a few of our favorite Disney restaurants.
Restaurant Tips for Those Celebrating Honeymoons or Anniversaries
If you’re planning to commemorate your marriage in Walt Disney World, letting the restaurants in on your celebration is both free and easy, and it can really add to the festive atmosphere of your vacation. Consider these Dining Tips when you’re planning your Disney honeymoon or celebrating your anniversary:
- Mention Your Celebration When Making Advanced Dining Reservations: Whether you’re making Disney Dining reservations online or over the phone, be sure to mention that you’re celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary while at Walt Disney World Resort.
If you’re on the phone, the reservations agent will note your celebration in the notes of the reservation. If you’re online, once you make the reservation, you’ll have the option to “add a celebration.” The screen shots will look like this (click images for larger size):
Just noting your celebration in the notes of your reservation will often bring wonderful results!
- Get, and Wear!, Your Celebration Buttons: Even when you’ve dutifully mentioned your celebration while making your dining reservations, sometimes wires get crossed. When you check into your Disney hotel, let the front desk cast member know that it’s your honeymoon or anniversary, and inquire about celebration buttons. (If you’re not staying in a Disney resort, you can get your buttons at guest services in any Disney theme park — they’re free!)
Usually these buttons will garner you lots of congratulations, and will definitely help restaurant CMs to remember your celebration!
- Remind the Cast Members at the Restaurant: If you’re really set on receiving a special treat, remind the Cast Member at the podium when you check into the restaurant, as well as your server, that you’re celebrating. Usually this isn’t necessary, but if you’re in a contest to reap in as many free cupcakes as you can, go for it!
- Request a Specific Table Location: If you’ve always wanted to sit at an outdoor patio table to see Illuminations from the Rose and Crown, or if you’ve yearned to have the perfect window table to see Wishes from the California Grill, don’t forget to request that special seating when you check in at the restaurant podium. Your “special event” status might not help you out one iota, but you never know… and it never hurts to ask.
Disney Restaurant Honeymoon Treat Examples
Below are some photos of the treats we received from Disney Restaurants during our honeymoon trip. Fellow Disney fan @TiffiniHolland also kindly contributed honeymoon photos for this post!
(Remember, some couples will receive special treats at every restaurant, while some (including us!) rarely receive a thing. Results WILL vary, and Disney is not obligated to do anything at all to recognize your celebration.)
Yachtsman Steakhouse seated us with lovely “Congratulations” menus that we could take home as souvenirs:
Boma treated us to a wonderful plate of bite-sized desserts, including a gorgeous chocolate truffle that was absolutely delicious!
Le Cellier decorated a Congratulations plate and topped the Hollands’ S’mores dessert with a candle!
California Grill offered their congratulations in chocolate form!
Sci-Fi Dine-In celebrated with champagne and caramel corn
But Remember…Results May Vary
Disney restaurants vary significantly from place to place — and even day to day — in what kinds of desserts* they come up with to celebrate honeymoons and anniversaries. Your friends who visited last Spring may have been treated to an over-the-top complimentary dessert created by one of Disney’s signature chefs, while you might be treated to a frosted cupcake with a candle.
For example, although my husband and I noted our celebration on our reservation and dined in over a dozen table-service restaurants, only three actually brought out treats to celebrate our honeymoon. However, when Tiffini and her husband visited Disney World during her honeymoon, this was their experience:
Hollywood Studios’ Sci Fi Dine-In was the only restaurant that did not give us dessert treats. But Tony, our waiter, who has been there more than 20 years, brought us a signed card by the staff and two Sci-Fi cups filled with caramel popcorn and champagne mimosas, which we used while he toasted us.
So experiences DO differ. Just remember that any extra effort on Disney’s part to celebrate your special occasion is purely complimentary (i.e. they don’t have to give you bupkus!), and on busy turnover nights when it’s tough for any restaurant to keep up with the pace of crowds of theme park diners, that extra effort means a LOT.
There are wonderful experiences to be had if you welcome Walt Disney World into your celebration! And while no two guests’ visits are ever the same, you can always expect some hearty congratulations…and possibly some sugary treats…during your trip.
Has anyone else celebrated their honeymoon or anniversary at a Disney park? What was your experience? I’d love to hear what you encountered, along with any tips and tricks you can share for making a Disney celebration trip a memorable one. Please share your story in the comments section below!
*Disney celebratory desserts can come in many forms, and while they could be complimentary, they can just as easily be a special plating of a dessert you’ve already ordered and will be paying for.