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

by Mommy Frog on February 7, 2017 13

Hi there. I'm Flora with Undercover Tourist, and I'm here to help you. With what you ask? Romance! When's the last time you've spent more time gazing into your sweetie's eyes than into your phones? Some nights in the Frog Pond are Netflix and Fall Asleep Within 15 Minutes. Romance seems to take a back seat to the ins and outs of daily life. Let me be your romantic spark plug with two little words: Disney World. There are plenty of romantic things to do at Disney World that will reignite the flame.

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Be Mine Ornament

Don't be like Leap, who can sometimes forget to wander down the romance aisle. Whether it's Valentine's Day or just any day that you want to reboot the romance, there are plenty of ways to show your love at Disney World.Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Mickey and Minnie

Romantic things to do at Disney World all year round

Now, I know this is hard to believe, but there are romantic things to do at Disney World even when it's not Valentine's Day. (Someone, please send word to Leap.) Here are a few of my favorite ideas. Please be sure and share your own down in comments below.

Stay at a Disney World Resort

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Grand Floridian

The Disney World resort is dotted with hotels and resorts that cater to the needs and whims of visiting families. Not all of the Disney World resort hotels say romance, but quite a few of them have lovely grounds that are perfect for moonlit strolls and impromptu picnics! The grande dame of them all, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is the epitome of elegance and romance. It has its own orchestra that plays throughout the day and evening inside the impressive lobby. It's no surprise that the Disney Wedding Pavilion—HINT RENEWING VOWS—is located on the grounds. 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. And a little bird might have mentioned, but we have discounts on Disney World hotel rooms.

Get Pampered

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Senses

The world-class spas at Disney's resort hotels are perfect for a relaxing spa treatment or couples' massages. 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 Disney Springs. Set your appointments as soon as possible since this is a popular choice for Valentine’s Day.

Make A Splash On The Water

Delicious food options make Disney Springs your date night destination. However, this revamped shopping, dining and entertainment district makes for a great date "day" too. For a fun experience—and peek at how us amphibians live—hop in one of the vintage amphicars that drive on land and float on water. You'll have your own captain, and you can snuggle in the back seat during the tour across the waters of Disney Springs. Tours are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for up to three at $125. Earlier reservations will be easier to come by.

If romance on the open water really floats your boat, then book The Venezia. This Italian water taxi offers a guided tour of Disney Springs—with live music, chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast. Tours are offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for up to 20 at $75 per person and $50 per child under 13. For even more romance, take the Antique Steamboat Tour aboard Lady Rose for $150 per couple.

Giddy Up! 

 

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Carriage RideScore TONS of sweetheart points by booking one of the horse-drawn carriages that travel along the pathways of Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside Resort along the Sassagoula River or through the lush pines and cypresses at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. These 30-minue trips cost $45 per carriage.

The Old Faithfuls

Flowers and chocolate are synonymous with Valentine’s Day but think beyond the store-bought ones. Adding Disney-style to the old standbys really revs up the romance. Have a flower arrangement designed by a Disney florist delivered to your room. To add even more “enchantment,” ask the Dream Maker—Disney-speak for florist— to add on the “Romance with Rose Petals” package. The gift includes a plentiful supply of rose petals sprinkled in your resort room. Ohh. La. La.

For sweets for your sweetie, stop by Disney Springs for Sprinkles Cupcakes, Erin McKenna's Bakery NYCGhirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop , or The Ganachery, which serves 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 or bowl a few rounds at Splitsville.

Have a "Private" Fireworks Viewing

Want your romantic evening to end with a "bang?" At the Wishes 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 Disney's Grand Floridian or Polynesian Village Resorts and then watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show from there. You can also see them from the boat dock at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Okay, you may be sharing your romantic moments with a few dozen people at these spots.

Finally, our favorite place to watch the fireworks from outside the park is from Disney's Contemporary Resort  If you've booked a theme park view room, you can watch right from your balcony. There is also the observation deck at the hotel's California Grill. Make a reservation for any time that evening, and you can come back up to watch the fireworks. All of these locations, along with the Transporation & Ticket Center, pipe in the music!

You can also take in the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Polynesian Village, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian. Stop by the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Mercantile for a bottle of wine and chocolates.

Sunset Strolls In The Sand 

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Beach

 

There are spectacular beaches around the Disney property. Each of them perfect places to watch the sunset. Grab some champagne and strawberries, or fixings for a full picnic. Disney's Beach Club, Yacht Club, Polynesian and Grand Floridian have fantastic beaches (Disney's Wilderness Lodge does too, but there is currently construction going on). Did you know, if you're staying at Disney's Grand Floridian, you can room service delivered anywhere on the 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 and Yacht Club Resorts 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! For more adult excursions, make your way over to Abracadabar (Get the Pepper's Ghost and thank me later). If you're the kind of couple with his-and-hers football jerseys, then the ESPN Club is your place to score—some fine food and sports highlights.

Come Aboard, We're Expecting You 

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. We love the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth cruises. Couples can also take in Wishes from the Seven Seas Lagoon during Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise. While these are definitely in the splurge category, you will win major points with these.

Plan a Romantic Dinner

Romantic Ideas at Disney World - Victoria and 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 cancellations. For the Disney Springs restaurants, you can also try Open Table.

Artist Point @ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Be Our Guest Restaurant @ Magic Kingdom® Park

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Le Cellier @ Epcot®

Morimoto Asia @Disney Springs

Monsieur Paul @ Epcot®

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

The Boathouse @ Disney Springs

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 tadpoles 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, Disney's Polynesian Village, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Beach Club and Yacht 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!

By now your special someone has landed the hint that you'd care for a bit of romance. I've listed out some of the most romantic things to do at Disney World, but I'm sure there's more. Do you have any tips on fanning the flames of love? 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!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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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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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

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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

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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?

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 ,

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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!

Leap

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