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Romantic Things to Do at Disney World All Year Long

by Mommy Frog on January 30, 2020 17 Orlando

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - PinterestWhen'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

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Grand Floridian

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 RivieraDisney'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.

Get Pampered

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Senses

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.)

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Carriage Ride

Giddy Up! 

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.

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Ghirardelli Chocolates

For sweets for your sweetie, stop by Disney Springs for Sprinkles Cupcakes, Erin McKenna's Bakery NYCGhirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate ShopAmorette’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 

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Beach

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

Romantic Things to Do 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 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:

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Toldeo at Disney's Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower

  • 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.

Romantic Things to Do at Disney World - Mickey and Minnie Plush

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!

Related: Top Tips for Celebrating a Birthday at Disney World

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 28, 2019 at 7:09 p.m. Richard Wilson Says...

I’m thinking of proposing to my girlfriend at Disney! I want to know if there’s anywhere where it can be just us two but where we can also see magic kingdom fireworks? Thanks

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May 28, 2019 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Richard!

How special - best of luck! One of the places you can be alone and watch the fireworks would be from the balcony of a theme park view room at the Contemporary. Frog Pond, any others?

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2019 at 5:47 a.m. John Adams Says...

I was wondering whether or not you can personalize the cupcakes in Magic Kingdom, for example “Be mine?” On a cupcake for personalization.

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May 28, 2019 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

To our knowledge, it's just the cakes that get personalized, but we DO know that Amorette's in Disney Springs offers some neat options! We suggest giving Disney Dining a call to see what options they may have for you: (407) 939-3463.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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