by Lindsay Diamond
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to let your romantic side show, but at Walt Disney World, there are plenty of ways to be romantic any time of the year. Here are the must-dos for a romantic Disney trip:
Cinderella Castle- The gardens surrounding the castle are often filled with roses, and the beautiful mural inside illustrates Cinderella’s own love story.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- Although this ride tends to attract a younger audience, it is great for couples, too, since it recreates one of the most romantic scenes in Disney movie history.
Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid- If the “Kiss the Girl” scene and the finale wedding scene don’t put you in the mood for love, nothing will.
Celebrate the Magic- There is a section of this castle show dedicated to Disney’s greatest love songs and couples.
Be Our Guest Restaurant- Beauty and the Beast is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and here, you can recreate the night where Belle and the Beast finally fell in love.
Tony’s Town Square- Since Be Our Guest is a tough reservation to get, this restaurant is a nice alternative. Be sure to order spaghetti and share it Lady & the Tramp style.
Soarin’- California is home to some of the most inspiring views in the world, and the seats are perfect for hand holding if you’re not gripping too tight to the handle bars.
Illuminations- This show’s theme is about coming together and always makes me so grateful for my loved ones after each viewing. Maybe it will make you feel the same way, too!
Les Chefs de France- They say that French is the language of love. Combine that with great food, and what could go wrong?
Le Cellier- The food here is delicious and the cellar setting makes a cozy atmosphere.
San Angel Inn Restaurante- This restaurant may be one of the most romantic Disney has ever created. No matter what time of day you choose to dine here, you will always be eating under the starlight, and the waterside view is a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of World Showcase.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Great Movie Ride- This attraction features some of the most romantic scenes in movie history.
Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage- This “tale as old as time” is sure to renew anyone’s faith in love.
The Hollywood Brown Derby- Dining here is like having a night out in old Hollywood; talk about a dream date!
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Restaurant- The food here isn’t Disney’s finest, but the atmosphere is fun and brings back the days of drive-in movie theater dates.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kilimanjaro Safaris- Channel your inner Carl & Ellie (one of Disney’s sweetest couples ever to be created) and believe that adventure is out there with this ever-exciting attraction.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant- This restaurant is beautiful inside, and some windows offer great views for parade and people watching. Dinner with a nice view always makes for a romantic meal.
Disney’s Grand Floridian- In addition to the fact that this resort is absolutely gorgeous, it also boasts five table-service restaurants, a tea room, and a spa. It’s a perfect couples’ retreat.
Beach Club / Yacht Club / Boardwalk Inn / Swan & Dolphin- These hotels are located in walking distance to World Showcase, one of the best places to get a good, romantic meal and home to the Food & Wine Festival, and are connected to the Boardwalk. There is a dance hall and a dueling pianos bar there to make date night last until dawn.
Port Orleans French Quarter- This resort is beautiful and feels very secluded, and it is also only a boat ride away from Downtown Disney, the perfect place to have a romantic night out.
Just as Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to be romantic, going to Walt Disney World offers a wide variety of experiences to feel the love.
What is your favorite romantic thing to do at WDW? Have you celebrated Valentine’s Day at WDW? Comment below or tweet me @MickeyWaffle71 to share your responses or recommend ideas for future posts about interest-based vacations.
Lindsay is a passionate writer and hopes to one day become a Show Writer for Walt Disney Imagineering or write scripts for Disney Animation Studios / Pixar. In addition to being a WDW Radio Running Team member, she has launched with her best friends Enchanted Rose Entertainment, which provides authentic character entertainment in her community for birthday parties, public events, and charity organizations.