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Celebrating Valentine's & More Romantic Things to Do at Disney World

by Mommy Frog on February 10, 2015

Romantic things to do at Disney World - Mickey and MinnieRomance probably isn’t the word that comes to mind when you think of theme parks, but there are plenty of romantic things to do at Disney World that will make you feel like you were just hit by cupid’s arrow. Whether it's Valentine's Day or just any day that you want to make romantic, there are plenty of ways to show your love at Disney World.

While Valentine's Day is traditionally a low-key affair in the parks, there is usually one treat you won't want to miss — the princes meeting with their princesses at Magic Kingdom. Even though I found my prince charming in Leap, I do have a soft spot for that Flynn Rider! The princes' appearance at Magic Kingdom is not usually announced ahead of time and hasn't been confirmed for 2015, so make sure to check with cast members when you get to the park!

Let's get started with the most romantic things to do at Disney World

Stay at a Disney World Resort

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Disney's Grand Floridian

Not all of Disney World's resorts say romance, but many of them have lovely grounds that are perfect for moonlit strolls and impromptu picnics! The grande dame of them all, Disney's Grand Floridian, is the epitome of elegance and romance. It has its own orchestra that plays throughout the day and evening inside the impressive lobby. The Grand Floridian belongs in a category of its own and even has its own wedding venue, but we also think Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside and French Quarter, Disney's Coronado Springs, Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Saratoga Springs are good choices for couples.

Get Pampered

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World -  Senses Spa

The world-class spas at Disney's resorts are perfect for a relaxing spa treatment or couples' messages. Senses at Disney's Grand Floridian boasts 15 soothing treatment rooms! Another tranquil option is Senses at Disney's Saratoga Springs, just hop, skip and a jump from Downtown Disney. Set your appointments as soon as possible since this is a popular choice for Valentine’s Day.

Up, Up and Away

A hot air balloon ride is a one of those once-in-a-lifetime activities that oozes romance. We have wonderful memories flying over spectacular sites in the Orlando area, from the theme parks to the orange groves and forests, to swamps and marshlands untouched for thousands of years. Upon landing, you can participate in the traditional champagne toast like we did.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Romantic things to do at Disney World - carriage ride

Horse-drawn carriages travel along the pathways of Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside Resort for 30-minute trips up and down the Sassagoula River or through the lush pines and cypresses at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The trip costs $45 per carriage.

The Old Faithfuls

Flowers and chocolate are synonymous with Valentine’s Day, so why not give them Disney-style? Have a flower arrangement designed by a Disney florist delivered to your room. To add even more “enchantment,” ask the Dream Maker to add on the “Romance with Rose Petals” package. The gift includes a plentiful supply of rose petals sprinkled in your resort room.

For sweets for your sweetie, stop by the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney for the best chocolate treats and coffee drinks in the area. While you’re there, you can snuggle up for a movie at the AMC Theater.

Have a "Private" Fireworks Viewing

At the Tomorrowland® Area Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party, you and your sweetie will get reserved seats for the single best fireworks-watching location inside Magic Kingdom® Park AND you get to enjoy unlimited desserts!

If you don’t want to share your romantic moment with a few thousand of your closest friends, take a moonlit stroll along the beach in front of the Disney's Grand Floridian and then watch the Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks show from there. (While Disney's Polynesian Resort is the most popular place to watch the fireworks, through spring 2015 is currently a bit of construction with the new villas and bungalows.)

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Alternately, take in the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach at the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Stop by the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Mercantile for a bottle of wine and chocolates.

Watch the sunset from a beach

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Beach Club

Disney has some spectacular beaches around the property that are perfect places to watch the sunset. Grab some champagne and strawberries, or fixings for a full picnic. Disney's Beach and Yacht Club, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian and Grand Floridian have fantastic beaches. Did you know, if you're staying at Disney's Grand Floridian, you can room service delivered any where on property, including the beach? It just might be the perfect way to impress your sweetie!

Under the BoardWalk

Stroll along the beach in front of Disney’s Beach Club Resort then head over to Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District to play carnival-style games. If you’re looking for a night club atmosphere, try Atlantic Dance Hall or Jellyrolls. You’ll feel like giddy teenagers again in no time!

Go on a Specialty Cruise

From the Fireworks Cruise that ends with a spectacular view of a fireworks show to the Intimate Dining Cruise, there are a variety of specialty cruises available to make your night even more romantic. Since IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is our favorite fireworks show, we love the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth cruises. While this is definitely in the splurge category, it is sure to please!

Plan a Romantic Dinner

Victoria & Albert's

The most popular choice for a romantic dinner is Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It has earned the coveted AAA Five Diamond award 13 years in row! Reservations can be very hard to come by for Victoria & Albert's as well as some of the restaurants listed below. If the restaurant of your choice is full, we recommend you call or check the dining reservation website daily until your trip for any cancelations.

Artist Point @ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Be Our Guest Restaurant @ Magic Kingdom® Park

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Le Cellier @ Epcot®

Monsieur Paul @ Epcot®

Narcoossee’s @ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Tutto Italia @ Epcot®

The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Cafe @ Downtown Disney

Yachtsman Steakhouse @ Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Babysitter’s Club

Don't let the kids keep you from celebrating! Guests at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel can use the Children’s Activity Centers at the deluxe hotels (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Yacht and Beach Club). The centers feature kids-friendly arts and crafts, movies and dinner. Take it from Lily, the Children's Activity Centers are a lot of fun!

We received a ton of suggestions from our Facebook fans on even more romantic things to do at Disney World, but we'd love to hear more. Share your suggestions or questions in comments below!

Related: “Frozen” Olaf Printable Card for Valentine’s (Or Any Day of the Year)!

Related: Disney Princess Valentine Cards

Related: An Easy DIY Mickey Valentine’s Day Card

Hoppy planning!

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lisa rieck Jan 29, 2015 at 11:25 p.m.

in down town disney , can you get the kids, pics taking with mickey and minnie , like you can with santa , also how much does it cost , is there fireworks at downtown disney ,if so when .,thank you for your time , we love downtown disney fl ,

FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:48 a.m.

Hi Lisa,

Downtown Disney is a lot of fun and a great way to spend some of your down time away from the parks. Unfortunately, you cannot see fireworks at Downtown Disney or Mickey and Minnie. Santa and Santa Goofy do stop by at Christmastime, and occasionally other characters are there for special promotions, but there are none at this time.

Keep hopping!


eric brown Feb 15, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

I was wondering is it possible to have a wedding at disney world....I want to propose to her 5/1/19 there in mickey and minnie's world

FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:10 a.m.

Hi Eric,

How very romantic!! Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons will give you all of the details on what's available and where.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Natasha Prince Oct 27, 2015 at 10:26 p.m.

it is possible to have a wedding at Disney. They have a whole site. Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons.

Jackie D Feb 27, 2015 at 2:19 a.m.

Hello! So my boyfriend and I are going there in September. I was wondering if you know how quickly the tables for the dessert and tables for Tomorrowland Terrace fill up? If you have heard about that or what not. :) And this site is awesome!

FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:48 a.m.

Thanks Jackie!

These fill up quickly. We'd recommend you book as soon as you are allowed to. While Disney states that reservations open up 180 days in advance, we are not actually seeing a full 180-day booking window for this as of now.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

LiLithe Apr 29, 2015 at 12:03 a.m.

I'm planning a romantic vacation with my husband, we're inviting my parents along too. And we have one person in a wheelchair, is everything wheelchair accessible??

We're also hoping to have our wedding and honeymoon there one day...... We're married in our hearts, we just haven't had our ceremony/wedding yet.

FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 11:04 a.m.

Hi there,

Awww, that's so sweet. My dream is to have Leap and I renew our vows at Disney one day :)

As to your question, the resort in general is wheelchair friendly. As far as rides go, there are some rides that are not wheelchair accessible, but you can stand with companion assistance or transfer to a ride vehicle (you must have a companion assist you — Cast Members are not permitted to physically assist you). You can find the ones that are accessible by wheelchair here:

Magic Kingdom Guide

Epcot Guide

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Guide

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guide

These "Guidebooks for Guests with Disabilities” can be picked up at Guest Relations. Shows and parades are all wheelchair accessible. There are even special viewing areas, but those cannot be reserved and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Justin Mercado Oct 17, 2015 at 8:37 p.m.

So i have a date tonight with my girlfriend and was planning to take her to Disney's Boardwalk. We wanna have some things to do but not too much. She's never been there before and thought it'd be something different. But do you know if boardwalk has good spots for us to also have time to talk among ourselves without having too many people walk around us?

Justin Mercado Oct 17, 2015 at 8:44 p.m.

My girlfriend and I are going on a date tonight to Disney's Boardwalk. Just wondering, is there any great spots there for us to not be too surrounded by people? Want us to have time to talk alone right after we go on the arcade games and see the boardwalk shows

FrogBlog Oct 19, 2015 at 1:55 p.m.

Hi Justin,

Hope you had fun and sorry for the late reply! The Boardwalk is a nice place for a romantic date. We like the Flying Fish Cafe, and then maybe a stroll or bike around the boardwalk.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Avery Oct 31, 2015 at 4:11 p.m.

One year just by chance, after waiting in line for thunder mountain we finally got on the ride as soon as Wishes started. Watching the fire works while riding the coaster was amazing actually and it's such a rare special moment to look back on. I suggest that everyone try to time this perfectly at least once because it's grisly magical.

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