Thursday, August 23, 2012

Romance on Your Walt Disney World Vacation


It’s not just rides and kids and craziness-yes, you can find romantic spots at Walt Disney World.  Here’s a sampling of ideas for finding romance while vacationing in one of the most magical places on earth...I’ve picked out a few for each area.

Hotels
Coronado Springs-a sprawling layout with beautiful buildings and landscaping and a 0.9 mile loop trail around Lago Dorado-perfect for a nice long walk together at night around the lake; there’s also hammocks by the beach to share
Polynesian-with it’s lush tropical setting, you can walk along the beach while watching Wishes fireworks
Staying at a Value resort?  Even at Pop Century, you can stroll along the lake down the pathway at night while reading all of the trivia signs.  Pretty much every resort at WDW has pathways that are great for just wandering.

Rides
Magic Kingdom-Peter Pan-fly through the air in the night on a ship for two; find an out-of-the-way bench to sit, cuddle and watch the fireworks; Haunted Mansion-cuddle up in your doom buggy for two; how about a nice, slow ride on the Liberty Belle Riverboat?  And if you’re there for the Halloween Party, trick-or-treating together in matching costumes.
Epcot-The Seas-cozy up in a clam-mobile for two for a ride through the dim, underwater world of Nemo and friends; Spaceship Earth-sit back and relax together on your dark journey through Spaceship Earth; and wandering the World Showcase at night is a favorite for many couples.
Hollywood Studios-during the holiday season when the Osbourne Lights are up, stroll hand in hand under the twinkling lights together
Animal Kingdom-meander along the tree-lined paths of Discovery Island hand in hand; check out the hidden trails around the park.  If you’re lucky enough to be at Animal Kingdom after the sun goes down (or at sunset), the entire park is a romantic place to be with all of the trees and low lighting.

Restaurants
Downtown Disney-Fulton’s Crab House-delicious food on a replica riverboat; request a seat by the window, or outside if the weather’s nice (beautiful at night when the boat is all lit up)
Grand Floridian Resort-Victoria & Albert’s-the ultimate in luxury dining-you even have your own maid and butler for the approximately 2 to 2.5 hour meal.  V&A’s is a AAA Five Diamond award recipient and the cost is a reflection of the exceptional evening-anywhere from $135 per person for the main dining room up to $210 per person for the Chef’s Table--which MUST be booked the moment your advance dining reservation window opens if you have even a sliver of hope of eating there.  Oh, and bring your dressy clothes-there is a mandatory dress code (men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants, women a dress or dressy pant suit, no exceptions).  A huge splurge, but if you’re going all-out, V&A’s is certainly a must do.
Epcot-Mexico’s San Angel Inn-try for a table next to the water, then you’ve got the dim lighting, water view plus the volcano in the distance as you dine under the starry sky.
Epcot-Coral Reef Restaurant-try for a table next to the aquarium at a late seating (kids like to wander over to see the fish so a later seating=less kiddies).
Disney's Hollywood Studios-Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at DHS-sharing a seat in your drive-in car in a dimly lit room while watching cheesy B-movie clips in the glow of the dashboard lights...quite romantic indeed!
Magic Kingdom-Dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table-if you can score a table by the window, even better.  For the ultimate "pop the question" evening, Disney even has an engagement package available here.

And more
-How about a horse-drawn carriage ride? They are available at Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans-Riverside and cost $45 for a 25-minute ride...advance reservations are recommended, though you may be able to just walk up and score a ride if a carriage is not already reserved during slower times of the year.
-Walking the Boardwalk at night-the lights, the ambience...and don’t forget the Boardwalk games where you can try and win a prize for your sweetie.  For a nice LONG walk together, after a day at DHS, take the pathway from DHS to the Boardwalk...it follows along a waterway, then up toward the Epcot resorts and the Boardwalk.  Very romantic at night!
-Taking Disney transportation?  Whenever possible (especially at night), take the boats and sit in the back, outside (if it’s a boat with an inside to it).  A couples’ favorite is the ride from Downtown Disney to Port Orleans-Riverside down the Sassagoula River, again especially at night.
-Did you know Disney has their own florist?  You can have special gifts delivered to your room for your sweetheart!
-There’s always spa treatments for two...time for that couples massage!
-The Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom-scrumptious desserts laid out in a buffet for this separately-priced ($35.99) event held most nights that the Wishes fireworks display is shown at the Magic Kingdom.  A limited number of tickets are sold (and they sell quickly!) for this intimate party with a prime viewing location for Wishes.
-Feel like splurging?  Try a specialty cruise, whether it’s a fireworks cruise or just to celebrate a special occasion with your sweetie.  You can do these as a group or if you really want to splurge (to the tune of a few hundred dollars), get a boat all to yourselves.  These are available for Wishes (on the Seven Seas Lagoon) or Illuminations.

These are just a sampling of ideas for romance while at Walt Disney World.  All of the parks are wonderful to walk through hand in hand at night when everything is lit up so beautifully.  Be sure to explore those pathways in each park or resort that you think go nowhere-most are quiet and very lightly traveled so you have a good chance of having them to yourselves...and even if they do go nowhere, you’ll probably find a good place to hang out alone for a bit.  And remember-take your time, enjoy your surrounding and just relax-after all, you're at Walt Disney World with your special someone.

What do you like to do for romantic activities while in the World?
Want to plan your own romantic Disney getaway?  Check out my site, www.enchanteddreamvacations.com where you can get more information on Disney vacations and request a quote!

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