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Romance at Walt Disney World

While what's "romantic" to one couple may be just plain silly to another, here are a few tips to enjoying a romantic getaway at Walt Disney World (WDW).


The resorts that are considered to be the most romantic, are also the most expensive. The Polynesian offers the tropical splendor of a South Seas getaway.  The Wilderness Lodge has the rustic isolation of a National Park Lodge (think turn of the century) complete with fireplace. The Grand Floridian offers the opulent charm of a Victorian seaside resort complete with it's own orchestra that plays in the main building most evenings - don't be afraid to waltz with your partner! The Yacht & Beach Club, as well as the Boardwalk Inn, have the charm of a seaside resort. You can practically smell the salt air and feel the mist of the ocean. The Contemporary is also considered by some to be romantic for it's tower room view of the Magic Kingdom and it's nightly fireworks. Perhaps a less expensive, but equally romantic option, would be to have dinner at the California Grill on the 15th floor of the hotel. The lights are dimmed and the music piped in for the nightly fireworks. (While a meal at the California Grill isn't cheap, it's a lot less expensive than a room at the Contemporary!) Of course all of the hotels at Walt Disney World have their own charm - and even a walk around the All Star Music in the evening, hand in hand with the stars twinkling above can be incredibly romantic.


Dining at Walt Disney World need not be a free for all with children screaming and characters flitting around (although that can be fun too). Perhaps one of the most romantic meals a couple can have (if you can afford it), is at Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian. Seating is limited and each table is attended to by your own maid (Victoria) and butler (Albert). A harpist or violinist provides mood music while you dine on some of the most exquisite culinary treats. For an extra special treat, try to book the chef's table. This little nook is right in the kitchen where you watch your chef prepare a meal exclusively for you. This is the one restaurant at WDW that demands a jacket and be prepared for the meal to last approximately 3 hours, all while having your taste buds tantalized.

Slightly less expensive is the California Grill (as mentioned above) at the Contemporary, the Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club, 'Ohana at the Polynesian, Narcoossee's at the Grand Floridian and the Flying Fish Cafe at the Boardwalk.

If you want to get away from the kids, try Disney Springs. A new mix of high end restaurants and bars is perfect for a couples night "on the town."

The parks also have some romantic dining spots, though it is best to go later in the day, when hopefully, the kids have already dined. The Coral Reef at Epcot offers a view of the marine life at The Living Seas. The San Angel Inn in the Mexican Pavilion also in Epcot has a very romantic atmosphere - if you can get a table by the "river of time" and you manage to go when it is not too crowded. A late diner on the patio of the Rose & Crown Restaurant in the United Kingdom section of Epcot's World Showcase can provide an ideal view of the park's evening pyrotechnical wonder, Illuminations. For a truly special experience, book a table at Monsieur Paul's, the Signature restaurant located upstairs in the France Pavilion. Fine French cuisine in an intimate, exquisite dining room provides the ultimate date night setting.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, some of the best dining can be found at the Hollywood Brown Derby. You're transported back to the Hollywood of yesteryear complete with celebrity caricatures on the walls. Besides having excellent food, the restaurant also offers a Fantasmic! package - you go and have a delicious, and hopefully romantic meal, and then get passes to see the spectacular Fantasmic! No waiting for hours in line for you! Now that's romantic!

What could be more romantic than dining in Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom? Try to get a late seating because this restaurant does draw the family crowd. But if you can get a table by the window...You and your partner will be treated royally and you can also enjoy the evening fireworks while dining!

Romantic Rides

El Rio De Tiempo in the Mexican Pavilion wins the contest hands down as the most romantic ride to hold hands and cuddle on. But there are plenty of other rides to try throughout the world that come under the heading of romantic. Just remember to keep it to a kiss and a cuddle - all rides are carefully monitored!

Magic Kingdom

  • Ride around the park arm in arm on the Walt Disney World Railroad (best time is late in the day)

  • If the canons of Pirates of the Caribbean scare you, cuddle close

  • Stick close together in the Haunted Mansion (although you might be joined by a hitch hiking ghost at the end of the ride)

  • Drift over the city of London and Never Never Land in Peter Pan's Flight

  • Ride side by side and hold hands on Prince Charming's Regal Carousel

  • Take a tour of Tomorrowland together on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (rarely a wait and always a refreshing break from the crowds)

  • Epcot

  • Enjoy 15 minutes of history side by side on Spaceship Earth

  • Take a wild ride, side by side, on Test Track


    Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Great Movie Ride shows some of the great romantic scenes Hollywood has to offer

  • Romantic Shows


  • Hold hands at the Theatre of the Stars during Beauty & The Beast

  • Hold hands and enjoy the mists of the ocean with The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid

  • Catch the late showing of Fantasmic! after a scrumptious and romantic dinner

  • Epcot

  • Keep your arms around each other during the romantic Impressions de France

  • After a romantic dinner on the patio of The Rose And Crown, watch Illuminations

  • Take a break at dusk or after Illuminations and watch the fountain in the center of Future World dance to the music

  • Romantic Interludes In The Parks

    Animal Kingdom

  • Slowly walk hand in hand through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

  • Ignore the crowds and get lost. Wander around the "hidden trails" to nowhere. With the flora and fauna you can forget where you are!

  • Hollywood Studios

  • Sit on a bench on Sunset Boulevard and enjoy the music of the 40s (dancing is optional)

  • Wander around the NY Street Backlot. Declare your undying love, by singing in the rain!

  • Epcot

  • Wander through the gardens of the World Showcase

  • Take a breather and watch the water "jump" outside of the Imagination Pavilion

  • Take in the street performers of the World Showcase - don't be afraid to dance!

  • Magic Kingdom

  • Take a breather on a porch in Main Street

  • Have your photo taken among the flowers on Main Street

  • Peruse the tile mosaic in Cinderella's castle

  • Evening Activities

    Not necessarily romantic, but for place to get away from the kids in the evening, try Disney Springs. You can dine at one of the newest high end restaurants, listen to live music on the Front Porch at the House of Blues, or stop in for a drink at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.

    Check out the Boardwalk at night. You can dance at the Atlantic Dance Club, get caught up with the dueling pianos at Jellyrolls, or just stroll along under the stars.

    Head over to the beaches of the Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge, nightly there is a Floating Electrical Parade on the water (not unlike the Main Street Electrical parade). Nothing beats a quiet walk from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian (or vice versa) on a starry night. You'll pass the wedding chapel and think that you're the only ones around.

    In conclusion, the most important thing to do to ensure a romantic Walt Disney World vacation, is to slow down and take the time to enjoy the beauty of WDW. There's no way that you're going to do it all or see it all, no matter how many days you're there. Take a day to sleep in. Take some time to lounge around the pool. Go for a midnight swim. Discover the joys that are uniquely Disney. It's your vacation - ENJOY!


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