Romance 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!
Stay at a Disney World Resort
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.
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
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.)
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
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
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!
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