When's the last time you've spent more time gazing into your sweetie's eyes than into your phones? Do most of your date nights end up with ordering takeout and watching Disney+? Not to say that nights in are bad ... trust us, we know they're much-needed sometimes! But it's easy to fall into a routine and let romance take a back seat to the ins and outs of daily life. (Don't get me wrong — I love Leap, but sometimes he can froget to wander down the romance aisle if you know what I mean.) If you're looking to switch things up, allow me to give you a toadally romantic idea in just two little words: Disney World! Whether it's Valentine's Day or just any day that you want to spark romance, there are plenty of ways to show your love at Disney World.
Romantic Things to Do at Disney World 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!) Surrounded by castles and fairy tales, Disney World is a toadally romantic pick to spend some quality time reconnecting with your partner. Here are a few of my favorite ideas!
Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel
Walt 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 is located on the grounds.
We also think Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside and French Quarter, Disney's Coronado Springs, Disney's Riviera, Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Saratoga Springs are all good choices for couples. And a little bird might have mentioned, but we have discounts on Disney World hotel rooms so that you can save some extra green to splurge on romantic extras instead.
The world-class spas at Disney's Resort hotels are perfect for a relaxing spa treatment or couples' massages. Senses Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian boasts 15 soothing treatment rooms! Another tranquil option is Senses Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs — just a hop, skip and jump away from Disney Springs. Set your appointments as soon as possible since this is a popular Disney World Valentine’s Day destination.
Make a Splash On the Water
Delicious food options make Disney Springs a hoppin' date night spot. However, this revamped shopping, dining and entertainment district makes for a great date "day" too. For a fun experience — and a peek at how we amphibians live — hop in one of the vintage amphicars that drive on land and float on water at The BOATHOUSE. 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 per car. Earlier reservations will be easier to come by.
Or perhaps you're feeling inspired by Ariel and Prince Eric's boat ride? You can rent canoes or kayaks at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Set off on your own excursion through the scenic streams and tranquil waterways. Sha-la-la-la-la-la, my, oh my! (Singing frogs not included.)
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 Fort Wilderness Resort. These 25-minute trips cost $55 per carriage.
Note: Tri-Circle-D Ranch is currently closed and will relocate as a new, enhanced ranch opening in spring 2020. Carriage rides at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will remain unavailable until Tri-Circle-D Ranch reopens in its new location.
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, Amorette’s Patisserie or The Ganachery. 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 some fireworks? At the Happily Ever After Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace, you and your valentine will get reserved seats for the single best fireworks-watching location inside Magic Kingdom AND you 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. (OK, 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 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 are 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 beach areas with swinging benches on which you can snuggle up next to 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 a Day Cruise Around the World, there are a variety of specialty cruises available to make your night (or day) even more romantic. Couples can also take in Happily Ever After from the Seven Seas Lagoon during Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling 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 is the only restaurant in the state of Florida to be awarded both the prestigious AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards! 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 last-minute cancellations. For the Disney Springs restaurants, you can also try Open Table. Here are our romantic faves from A-Z:
- Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
- California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Jaleo at Disney Springs
- Le Cellier at Epcot
- Monsieur Paul at Epcot
- Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
- Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs
- The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Tiffins at Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Toledo at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
- Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera at Disney's Riviera Resort
- Tutto Italia at Epcot
- Yachtsman Steakhouse at 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 reserve in-room babysitting from independent childcare provider Kid's Nite Out. The tadpoles will be entertained with activities, including arts and crafts, reading and playing games, in the comfort of your hotel room. Alternatively, let the tadpoles have a fun night in at Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, while you have a romantic evening out. The little ones can play video and board games, watch a Disney movie and make new friends. Reservations are required for Camp Dolphin, which you can make by calling 407-934-4241.
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. What romantic Disney World Valentine's Day activities do you plan? Share your suggestions or questions in comments below!