“Love is in the air …”
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many of us will be planning a romantic gesture or even a getaway with their sweetheart.
If you’re heading to Disney World Florida around this special time of year, there are lots of ways to be romantic whether you want a grand gesture or a more intimate celebration. It is the most magical place in the world after all!
Here are some of the most romantic things to do at Disney World:
1. A horse-drawn carriage ride
Especially in the evening, where you can snuggle up together as you view the beautiful scenery of Port Orleans Riverside or Fort Wilderness resort and feel as is you’re in a scene from a fairy-tale.
2. A luxurious spa treatment
A couple’s spa treatment at Senses Spa (located at the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs Resort) can be just what the doctor ordered. From massages to facials or body wraps, there is a whole menu of luxury experiences on offer. And relax …
3. A romantic meal
Almost nothing beats a romantic meal, and you’ll be spoilt for choice at Disney World! If you fancy pushing the boat out, then any of the Signature Dining options will be a winner. Two exquisite venues are Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian, and the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort.
Feeling flush? Treat yourselves to a truly unique experience at Victoria and Albert’s, where you will be provided with a 7-10 course meal served by your own butler and maid!
On a budget? Have dinner at the San Angel Inn in Mexico; there is something magical about eating in faux night-time inside a Mexican pyramid with all those twinkling stars …
4. Fireworks on the beach
Whether you are lucky enough to be staying there, or have just hopped over to visit, the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a wonderful place to cuddle up to your loved one and watch the Happily Ever After fireworks from the Magic Kingdom, without all the hustle and bustle of Main Street.
This is a particularly great idea if it is a special party night (say around Halloween or Christmas), as it means you’ll be able to see the event without having to pay for the extra tickets!
5. Have a “Date Night”
Even if you’re visiting with children, this can still be possible! The Deluxe resorts offer Children’s Clubs and all of the resorts offer a baby-sitting service. You will have peace of mind knowing that your kids are in good, safe hands and most likely having a ton of fun, while you take the night off and stroll around the more “grown-up” areas like World Showcase in EPCOT, or enjoy the buzz of Disney Springs sans enfant.
6. Find a secluded spot for a hug
Sometimes just pretending the thousands of other people around you don’t exist, and stealing a quick smooch with your loved one can be all the romance you need.
There are plenty of quieter, out-of-the-way locations if you know where to look! My favourites are over in World Showcase in EPCOT, in the gardens of the pavilions, particularly Canada and the UK. One of the little alleyways off of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or one of the walkways away from the main attractions in Animal Kingdom are also nice and private, especially during times when the parade is on, and everyone else is focused on that.
7. Take a hand-held walk around your resort
Another simple option, but areas such as Port Orleans, the Grand Floridian and the Boardwalk in particular, are picturesque enough by themselves to lend an air of romance to the occasion.
8. Go on a Disney Cruise!
Why not end your holiday with a blissful and relaxing trip aboard the Disney Cruise Line? It doesn’t even matter which route you take, there is enough to do on-board to not leave the vessel. Fine dining, amazing entertainment and luxury spa treatments all under one roof – you may never want to leave!
If the Disney Cruise Line is a little out of budget, why not treat yourselves to a speciality mini-cruise around the parks? There’s a choice of different cruises available, such as watching the nightly firework shows Happily Ever After (from the Magic Kingdom) or Illuminations (from EPCOT) from the water. Truly Magical!
9. The BIG question!
Of course, one could argue the ultimate romantic gesture would be to get engaged, married, take a Disneymoon (a Disney World honeymoon) or renew your wedding vows at Walt Disney World. Whether it be down on one knee in front of the castle, dancing with Minnie and Mickey at the Wedding Pavilion or simply donning ‘Just Married’ badges, you can be sure that doing it there will make it just that little bit more magical….