by Disney Magic Diva
When you think of a Walt Disney World vacation, most people conjure images of a happy family trip with all the kids and possibly extended family in tow. But Disney is also for couples! There are plenty of things a young (or young-at-heart!) couple can do at Walt Disney World to have a magical, romantic time together. I’ve written about date night ideas before, but here’s an updated list:
1. Romance is all about making your partner happy, so why not plan a day doing all his/her favorite attractions? Does she love the carousel? Ride it with her! Is he crazy about Star Wars? Pilot the Millenium Falcon with him. Even if it’s not YOUR favorite activity, true love means you’ll do whatever you can to make the other happy. So make it a point to experience your sweetie’s favorite attractions together.
2. Are you a little “wild”? Why not go on a jungle trek? The Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is brimming with opportunities for discovery. You may cross paths with a tiger, spot a Komodo dragon, or be serenaded by exotic birds. You can hold hands while crossing towering footbridges and gaze at gorgeous waterfalls. It’s a picture-perfect place for some quiet moments together. Disney Bride Diva tells you more.
3. Love to travel? You can go literally stroll around the world at Epcot! Sure, you may have enjoyed drinking or snacking around the world during one of Epcot’s famous festivals, but have you really taken time to explore everything each pavilion has to offer? There are countless nooks and crannies to discover, and you’re sure to find something new. Take your time and challenge yourself to find something interesting together. It may turn out to be a moment you’ll never forget!
4. Romantic dinners are always popular, but one with a view is especially memorable. Have you dined at California Grill at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort? It truly is an experience like no other! The views of Magic Kingdom are breath-taking. (You can read my review here.) Or maybe you’d prefer one of the newest romantic spots – Topolino’s Terrace on the rooftop of Disney’s Riveria Resort. This stunning new restaurant will whisk you away to the cliffs of Italy, but instead of the Mediterranean you’ll have amazing views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We can’t wait to try it!
5. If your sweetie has a sweet tooth, why not share a sundae on Main Street, U.S.A.? We’ve enjoyed many evenings (and a few afternoons!) devouring a sundae while seated outside Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Although it’s temporarily unavailable due to Covid restrictions, it will hopefully open later this year. In the meantime, you can find plenty of sweet choices at Main Street Confectionary or Main Street Bakery. And if it MUST be ice-cream, try the incredible Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, L’Artisan des Glaces at the France Pavilion in Epcot, Hollywood Scoops, or Haagen Dazs and Vivoli il Gelato in Disney Springs.
6. On a tight budget? A romantic stroll around the BoardWalk doesn’t require a park ticket or dinner reservation. You could even take a Friendship Boat ride to cruise Cresent Lake. Naturally, there are wonderful restaurants and clubs here, but you can have a fabulous time without spending a dime. Just sitting on a bench near the water, taking in the view is a great way to reconnect with your better half. Read more about a BoardWalk date night here.
7. If you are looking for something unique, try a ride in the Amphicars at Disney Springs.These incredible vehicles drive right into the water for a 20-minute cruise around Lake Buena Vista. Your captain/driver will supply plenty of fascinating details about not only these vintage cars, but also about Disney Springs. It’s an experience you won’t forget! You can read more in my review.
8. Another unique day at Walt Disney World involves flying high above the parks. You and your significant other could have a Skyliner date! Disney’s Skyliner is a marvelous way to spend some private time together, as well as a fun way to travel. Connecting Epcot, Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Hollywood Studios the Skyliner offers a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World. At each stop, you can get off to explore (and possibly enjoy a bite to eat!) or you can just continue on to your preferred destination.
9. Did you know Epcot is home to one of the largest man-made ocean environments on the planet? Caribbean Coral Reef Aquarium is the 5.7 million gallon home to over 4000 ocean creatures. If the ocean calls you, this is an unforgettable place to spend a day. Personally, I could spend hours watching those sea turtles. Watching them swim effortlessly around the aquarium is such a delightful, relaxing experience. And, when Covid protocols allow it, you can even dive in the aquarium and swim with all those amazing creatures! To extend the date, you can dine at Coral Reef Restaurant and keep an eye on the undersea world as you enjoy a romantic meal. (Click here for a review.)
10. A date night that has long been on our bucket-list is Highway in the Sky Dine Around. It’s an evening full of food and drink while traveling (via monorail) to the three resorts on the monorail loop. Although it’s not currently available due to Covid, you can create your own version (and save A LOT of money!) For instance, you could begin at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa by visiting one of the newest lounges in Walt Disney World, Enchanted Rose. This Beauty and the Beast inspired lounge would be an ideal place for cocktails and appetizers. Then board the monorail and head to the Contemporary for dinner at California Grill or The Wave. Ideally you could board the monorail for a third stop and dessert at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, but it, too, is currently under construction. You could walk to the Polynesian from the Ticket and Transportation Center, or, if you’re visiting later this summer the monorail station will hopefully be open again. Whatever transportation you use, it’s sure to be a delightful evening!
What are your ideas for a great date night? We’d love to hear in the comments! If you need some help with planning, be sure to contact Patricia at All for Dreams Travel. She can answer all your questions, has great insight, and best of all—her services are free!!
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