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.
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.
Valentine's Day 2017 at Disney World
While it seems like Valentine's Day candy hit the store shelves on Jan. 2, this day of romance is just around the corner. While the parks are low-key when it comes to celebrating this day, there are some treats to consider.
Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will feature a Sweetheart Dinner Menu. This five-course dinner is $75 per person. For those of you who enjoy some spirits, a wine pairing can be added to the meal for $25. Artist Point is one of our favorite restaurants for an upscale dinner. Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests at Jiko can enjoy a special Valentine's Day dessert. Reservations for these, or any Disney World restaurant, can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
If you're taking your sweetie to the Magic Kingdom on Feb. 14, you may be in for a true treat. In the past, Disney has paired the princes with their princesses at their meet-and-greet spots or in Town Square. Even though I found my prince charming in Leap, I wouldn't mind some of that Prince Naveen sweetness. The princes' appearance at Magic Kingdom is not usually announced ahead of time and hasn't been confirmed for 2017, so make sure to check with Cast Members when you get to the park!
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
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.
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.
Score 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 NYC , Ghirardelli 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
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
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: Disney Princess Valentine Cards