Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: July 14, 2005, 1:38 pm
We've celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Castle. Tell them when you make your priority seating, tell them when you arrive for your reservations, and tell your server. We ended up being seated overlooking the carousel in Fantasyland and got champagne flutes for free, although no champagne since none is served at Magic Kingdom. They strew glitter on the table cloth for us, it was VERY nice, and we got a certificate that it was a genuine Magic Moment.
You can go through Disney Weddings if you want to plan something particularly special, just you and dear husband, but of course expect to pay for that.
Generally when you dine out mention, mention, mention it's for a wedding anniversary, same as to mention it for birthdays. Mention it when you arrive to be seated. Mention it to the server. See if Guest Services at each theme park gives guests a sticker to wear about it being a wedding anniversary (they do this for birthday folks), the worst they can say is "Sorry, no", but it just never hurts to ask.
See if you can eat at Whispering Canyon Cafe at Wilderness Lodge, and mention to them it's a wedding anniversary. I will warn you it's not calm, serene or romantic in there! It's loud, it's boisterous, and if you have zero sense of humor or if you cannot laugh at yourself at all you'd be miserable in there, so know that before you book dining in there. If you pine for the now gone Rehitching Ceremony at The Land in Epcot, I DON'T know if dining at the Whispering Canyon would replace that yearning in your heart, but I can guarantee you whatever the server staff comes up with to commemorate your anniversary has a good chance of being funny and done in front of everyone else who's dining. If you've never dined in there, reports about it abound on Disney sites around the Internet and were shown on either Travel Channel or Food Network recently, I forget which. No characters. But the wait staff is insane, it's raucous in there, the food is great, and woe be to you if you order Pepsi. Order extra ketchup, though. Children should request certain colors of crayons, or more crayons. 'Nuff said.
At both Hoop Dee Doo Revue and the Spirit of Aloha dinners hows a segment of both do honor birthdays, newlyweds, and wedding anniversaries. Between the two go to Hoop. We didn't care for the luau at all, but maybe that's just us with varying mileage, but we'd go to Hoop again and again and again if we could. It's like a vaudeville show that is hilarious, musical, and interactive. You can have a photo taken of yourself before you enter and have that as a memento. You are assigned your seating at the time you book, the earlier you book the better your seating, but you cannot pick and choose when you book, but you can put in a request, try for the ground floor instead of the balcony and mention it's for a wedding anniversary family celebration. Our son, if your children will be in tow, had his sides splitting from laughing so much at the show. Downside is it's expensive, since it's a dinner show, and it looks like you've got a packed vacation as it is.
Something cheap to do is to visit Cinderella's wishing well, it's to the front right of the Castle and is like a little nook with a wishing well and a view of the Castle. Toss in a few coins and make a wish, and have someone snap your photo there to keep the memory. Or have a professional photo taken of you and hubby in front of the Castle. The time of year you'll be there the street decorations will be up for Christmas, a nice photo!
There is a glass maker on Main Street, see if they have a glass or crystal Castle you can buy as a souvenir. Or visit a silhouette artist on either Main Street or Liberty Square at MK, and both you and husband sit for this. It's an amazing highly skilled art form these artists do, of cutting paper portraits of people or children and it's not expensive at all, and it's very quaint.
These are just a few ideas. Anything done on the property or behind the turnstyles would be a great way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, after all how often would you get down to WDW at all, let alone for a special ocassion? It just depends on how all out you want to do it (in which case you pay more, particularly to Disney Weddings to coordinate it for you if you went that route) or to just be sweet and smoochy in some restaurant. You can arrange for flowers to be there in your room when you arrive, to have room service, or his and her spa treatments at Grand Floridian or Swan and Dolphin or Saratoga Springs. It's whatever you want to do.