Shake Hands & Newbie Help Trip Reports & Travel Dining & Planning Disney At Home Fun News & History
Disneyland / WDW Parks & Resorts: Concierge / Ft. Wilderness / Polynesian News & Business Animation & Live
Disney Echo feed Scroll Topic List Disney Echo TV Forum Search Button Travel Blog Mouseke-Calendar ModEARator Team Forum Help Button
Click to join DisneyEchoMouseNotes
Click to subscribe
to
Disney Echo MouseNotes!

Welcome to the Disney Echo!
It looks like you haven't registered for our forums -- or you aren't logged in yet. Did you know there are some forums and features here only for logged-in members can see? Yes, there are!
More important than that, you need to log in to comment in our many Disney discussions or send messages here. We're always eager to share tips and opinions on the Disney Echo with fellow Disney fans -- yours, too! So...
Don't just be our Guest... Register and join in the fun! Already an EchoEar? Click here for the log-in page!
To get the most out of your experience here on the Disney Echo, please register and log in. Registration is free. There are a lot of benefits to being a member and logging in. For one thing, this annoying text won't be at the top of every screen! There also will be unlimited access to you to read and participate in all of the Disney Echo forums. You can receive notifications regarding topics of interest. Send and receive private messages with other Disney EchoEars. So sign up and then log in today!
» Welcome, Guest
[ Log In ˚◦˚ Register It's free! Only takes 30 seconds! Log-in problems? Click here! ]

 

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll
Topic: 7th Anniversary< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
rimmer Offline
Victoria




Disney EchoEar Mouseter

Group: Members
Posts: 60
Joined: Mar. 2007
Posted: Jan. 16, 2009, 8:39 am Quote

My 7th wedding anniversary is next week 1/22 and we are celebrating at WL honeymoon suites.  This is our first trip to disney out of 7 in the past 2 years without kids and looking for wonderful adult ideas.  We have reservations for Friday night at the California Grill during the time fireworks will be  :fireworks: :hearts:  But looking for other romantic or just fun things to do without kids.  Any ideas?   Before you go there, we have the suite ideas already taken care of  :love:

--------------
:coonskin:
Back to top
Profile PM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
MKBaughan Offline
Marsha




All-Star, Pop Century, Happy Birthday & Games/Role-Play mod.

Group: ModEARator
Posts: 9300
Joined: Aug. 2003
Posted: Jan. 16, 2009, 10:33 am Quote

There are a lot of things out there for couples... if you want to really splurge... got to Victoria and Albert's at the GF....You can take a fireworks cruise, you can just walk on the beautiful Boardwalk at night...

--------------
ModEARator of the Disney Echo's "Happy Birthday" forum, Games & Role Playing Forum,  Virtual Disney Forum, all the forums in the Magical Gatherings & Net-Meets category, and the Value Resorts Forum
  :Piglet:  :Pluto:
 




Grayson sleeping in Tim's Duffle bag.  He wanted to go to WDW with us.

 Miracle, the Wonder Cat!  She was in the position most of the time she was around me!  She is scary!

Trips: WDW- '74, '96,'98 (also DL),'99,'00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07/ DL '05
Back to top
Profile PM AOL MSN YIM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
RichKoster Offline
Rich Koster




ModEARator

Group: Super ModEARator
Posts: 29282
Joined: April 1992
Posted: Jan. 16, 2009, 12:05 pm Quote

A moonlight night and a ride on the boat to/from Downtown Disney can be romantic and show you a quieter side of WDW you might not have seen before. And it's free!

A lot more pricy: couples massage and spa at the Grand Floridian.


--------------
RichKoster
Disney Echo modEARator / administratEAR
“Dreams Do Come True Down In New Orleans.”
Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"

Back to top
Profile PM WEB MSN YIM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
CarolKoster Offline
Carol Koster




Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter

Group: Members
Posts: 21931
Joined: April 1992
Posted: Jan. 19, 2009, 9:05 am Quote

Adults can do character meals, too.  So dinner, breakfast or lunch, in the Castle is appropriately romantic.  If they have spaces left tell your reservationist that this is a wedding anniversary and you need it to be special.  On one of our wedding anniversaries we were able to get the table that is next to the large window overlooking the carousel in Fantasyland, but the staff went the extra mile and decorated with Mickey Mouse-eared shaped large glitter, and we were given (this is years ago and I can't know or vouch they'd do this again) champagne flutes with Cinderella's Royal Table on them (of course no champagne in the Magic Kingdom, no alcohol served).  At the time there was only Princess Character dining in the mornings at breakfast-only, so you could have a nice serene meal in the Castle sans characters and a more adult atmosphere.  But it's nice to be greeted by Disney royalty, too, and nowadays all the meals at the WDW Castle are Princess character dining.  These reservations get snapped up by families pretty quick, though, so get on the phone and see if at this date, mere days before your trip, if you can get in.  

Alternatives are the Princess dining at Akershus in Norway at Epcot and the dinner buffet at the Grand Floridian.  A plus with those is that those are outside Magic Kingdom and do have adult beverages (wine, beer, cocktails, champagne or mimosas, check the menu or with your server) available.

If you do these, or dine anywhere, mention, mention, mention to the reservationist, and at check in, and to your server it's for a wedding anniversary.  If there is good follow-up about all your mentioning, tip accordingly. ;)

Tony's Town Square Restaurant in Magic Kingdom is theme to "Lady and the Tramp", which has a very famous very romantic scene of the song "Bella Notte" and Tramp rolling that meatball over to Lady while the song is played in the movie.  If the idea appeals, enjoy a pasta dinner there... And if the courage is there, order meatballs and share accordingly!  

Great "bang for the buck" souvenir is a professionally taken portrait on Main Street USA with the Castle as a background, in front of any signature Disney theme park building or with a favorite character where professionally taken photos are offered.  It preserves your special trip as a moment in time and is totally unique for you and the moment, forever.  Frame it in a nice Disney frame, too, which are offered for sale in the photo shops where you order the prints.

Other unique "bang for the buck" souvenir ideas:  

Professional silhouettes, which are done at one of the shops along Main Street.  You and spouse sit and pose, artist cuts out your profiles and can put this in a special frame.  You'll see examples of the work and frames in the store.  This is an art and a craft you don't see everywhere.  Really interesting to see them work on these, the likenesses are very good, doesn't cost a lot, people who do this kind of craft are rare to find especially at home, and it's preserving the moment in a way you and spouse are doing it together and will always remember it, the trip, the ocassion, for years to come when you see the displayed artwork at home.  And the silhouettes don't cost much!  Excellent "bang for the buck" souvenir option.

Scrapbook your trip, WDW-themed scrapbooks and supply kits are for sale at the Emporium-type shops in the major theme parks, World of Disney, there is (or used to be) a scrapbook store in Disney Village Marketplace part of Downtown Disney not far from World of Disney.

Buy a WDW-themed 2009 Christmas ornament.  There is a year-round (or used to be) store in the Disney Village Marketplace part of Downtown Disney not far from World of Disney.  They can pack and ship fragile items home for you if you choose a fragile-type ornament.  They might also offer personalization.  

In Epcot Future World there is a shop somewhere, I'm drawing a blank on the name but it might be a shop immediately associated with one of the attractions or their version of "Emporium" large general purpose souvenir store.  Anyway, there used to be a souvenir that you could get etched inside a block of clear acrylic portraits or sculptures of people.  This is a more contemporary idea than a photo or a silhouette.  Again, it ties you and spouse to WDW, this particular trip or travel dates, and no one else has one like it, a permanent-type memento that is contemporary looking if your tastes run towards that direction.

On some of these items personalization might be available, in which case if there's room add names, the date, and the ocassion to it.

Make sure for any photos they are stored or displayed in acid-free conditions so they won't crumble or deteriorate over the years and out of direct sunlight that might fade them over time.  

If you think of these special souvenirs of your trip also as potential family sentimental-value heirlooms that get preserved and handed down, consider buying "extra" for each child who might grow up someday wanting their own or each family member who might truly cherish it.

Don't go too overboard.  In the memory of the heart just a single well-chosen item can be touched and used and looked at over the years and bring back memories of your trip, save costs, save weight and shipping, and be fondly cherished.  

While shopping around other items offering the potential for a photo display, or personalization, will be there.  Shop around.  Think "single, great item, that sums up well what this trip is all about, and that lasts" and that will guide your purchase.

Last, even though this is January you can never think too far in advance about Christmas cards.  If you have a great photo taken during your trip, consider ordering a single sheet photo Christmas card (as opposed to one that folds like a card) that you'd send holiday season 2009 either as it's own holiday card or as an insert with the holiday card you'd be sending.  Great way to share the joy of your anniversary with friends and family.  

Theme of "What will you be celebrating?" at Disney parks this year carries to wedding anniversaries, too.  So look online at WDW's website and see if you can "register" your wedding anniversary date.  There may or not be perks, maybe not the same as getting in free on your birthday, but it doesn't hurt to look for these perks, and again mention it to dining and beverage servers and ride attendants.  Visit City Hall or Guest Services in the parks and inquire if they have Happy Anniversary stickers for you and spouse to wear.

Even if all you're doing is merely walking around in the parks sans kids, it's still romantic and fun and very special, much different in and of itself than spending the special date at home.  Be looking out for spontaneous things that guide books might not highlight.  Try to volunteer to be "picked" for shows or audience participation.  Order an ice cream sundae or banana split, but just one, and share it, at one of the nicer ice cream restaurants at WDW (Beaches and Cream, or the ice cream shop-restaurant near the Central Hub just off Main Street heading to Tomorrowland on the Main Street side).  Simple little gestures like that are very romantic, sweet, easy to include in a tour plan, and make a spouse feel special.  Really wonderful things that are memorable all your life sometimes happen at the Disney parks to people and you can't plan for them, sometimes it's sheer luck of being at a right place at a right time.  Be open to that idea, and don't overschedule too many "gotta do special romantic things all the time"-type events.  Sometimes the spontaneous stuff finds you, rather than the other way around.

There are lovely fountains and pools all over Disney parks at which people make wishes and toss coins.  The money is gathered and donated to charities.  There are two wishing venues near the Castle, one is a wishing well leading from Fantasyland along one side of the Castle, and the other is behind the Castle next to a shop and shows a statue of the young Cinderella with doves in an alcove.  From adult height it looks like a bronze statue, but get on a child's level and the painted crown on the back of the alcove appears to be on Cinderella's head.  Either of these two places is a good place to make romantic wishes on your anniversary.  Turn your back to the fountain or wishing well, make the wish, toss over the shoulder and blind.  If you hear a water "plop" and the coin goes in, your wish made it!  If not, try, try again.  Fellow travellers can take your photo at these places, nice romantic way to get the two of you into a "free" photo at either of two romantic sites in Magic Kingdom, a charity benefits, and you get some wishes made.  There are other wishing wells, fountains and pools where you'll see wishing has been done, including at Minnie's house in ToonTown and all over in It's a Small World.  Go with the serendipity of it, enjoy, and plan in advance to have some small denomination coins available for the purposes of making "penny wishes".  A huge wish could be as much as a quarter! :pixiedust:  :hearts: ;)

This'll get you started.  Have a great time.  Congratulations, and many more anniversaries to you both!   :pixiedust:  :hearts:
Back to top
Profile PM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
utilidor27 Offline
Eric




Contemporary Resort and Downtown Disney co-modEARator

Group: ModEARator
Posts: 3208
Joined: July 2003
Posted: Jan. 19, 2009, 2:36 pm Quote

Check out Sammy Duvall's area at the Contemporary for neat recreation activities also, including, but not limited to parasailing. Another neat thing for me was the monorail ride from TTC to EPCOT in the front cab at night, say 7 or 8ish, when EPCOT was still open and you could enjoy the view. A monorail ride is a completely different experience when you see it out the front windows instead of the side ones.
And be sure to get a Mickey groom and Minnie bridal hat and wear them for all sorts of unexpected perks - but be prepared for the attention too!


--------------
Eric
Contemporary Resort forum and Downtown Disney co-modEARator


If you're a Disney fan membership in the Echo is simply logical! :CastMemberFormer:
:monorailwdw:

:bug:
Check out the Disney Echo MySpace page @

http://www.myspace.com/478311428
Back to top
Profile PM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
rimmer Offline
Victoria




Disney EchoEar Mouseter

Group: Members
Posts: 60
Joined: Mar. 2007
Posted: Jan. 20, 2009, 10:13 am Quote

Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!  I have 3 days and have come down with a nasty cold  :(   I'm sure the magic of Disney will cure me  LOL

--------------
:coonskin:
Back to top
Profile PM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
utilidor27 Offline
Eric




Contemporary Resort and Downtown Disney co-modEARator

Group: ModEARator
Posts: 3208
Joined: July 2003
Posted: Jan. 20, 2009, 10:30 pm Quote

It is very very cold in Central Florida right now according to some friends of mine. We're talking low 30's. Pack accordingly, there's nothing good about shivering on the banks of the EPCOT lagoon waiting for Illuminations. Ditto for the parades and Fantasmic. If you need to there are lockers at all of the parks. Be sure to double check your room ressies before you leave, it would be horrible to arrive and find out that your agent was acting a little Goofy. Have a safe trip!

--------------
Eric
Contemporary Resort forum and Downtown Disney co-modEARator


If you're a Disney fan membership in the Echo is simply logical! :CastMemberFormer:
:monorailwdw:

:bug:
Check out the Disney Echo MySpace page @

http://www.myspace.com/478311428
Back to top
Profile PM
Subscribe to the Disney Echo
6 replies since Jan. 16, 2009, 8:39 am < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Mouseke-Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

 
Reply to Topic New Topic New Poll

Quick Reply: 7th Anniversary
Mouseke-Code Buttons
You are Posting as:
Guest
Do you wish to enable your signature for this post?
Do you wish to enable MickEmoticons for this post?
Mouseke-Track this topic
View All MickEmoticons
View Mouseke-Code


Please Support Our Sponsors:
Disney Echo Amazon.com and Disney Echo Ink Shop
for Disney Echo Buttons!

Add your Disney picture to our EchoEars' Slideshow

Click here to get a Disney Echo Slideshow for your desktop!

The FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club and Disney Echo has been visited
times by Disney fans since June 18, 1998. We're glad you dropped by!


The Disney Echo is proud to be mentioned in PassPorter Walt Disney World, PassPorter's Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line, and The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

The Disney Echo is for like-minded individuals who gather here to discuss all aspects of The Walt Disney Company who have agreed to follow the Disney Echo Rules. All participants are welcome! We're not affiliated with nor endorsed by The Walt Disney Company, so you are free to share your opinions and join the fun Disney Spirit without having to toe the company line. Visit the official Disney web site by clicking here. The Disney Echo and FANtasEars Fan Club are not responsible for any damages that may be a result of the use of the information supplied on these pages. The viewer agrees to this by viewing the pages. Our Privacy Statement