Top Ten Places to Find: Romance in Disney World

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Already a popular destination for fairy tale weddings and fun honeymoons, the Walt Disney World Resort is no stranger to romance.  If you’re looking to find a little romance during your Disney vacation, here’s a list of top ten spots to check out for a bit of romance in Disney World.

A smooch in front of the castle is pretty romantic!
A smooch in front of the castle is pretty romantic!

Cinderella Castle – Magic Kingdom: One of the most popular locations in Walt Disney World to pop that life-changing question, Cinderella Castle definitely tops the charts as one of the most romantic locations at the resort. Take advantage of the plethora of PhotoPass Photographers in this location to get a picture of you and your sweetheart in front of the castle. Whether it’s a smooch, a slow dance, a firework show, or a marriage proposal, head to the castle for a bit of love pixie dust.

Boat Rides: The Love Boat doesn’t have anything on the fleet of boating options available at Walt Disney World.  And nothing says romance more than snuggling up with your loved one on one of the many cruising options Disney offers. From Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom to Maelstrom in Epcot, enjoy a slow, entertaining cruise in the arms of the person you love. Kick up the romance another notch by booking a Fireworks Cruise and enjoy the leisurely romance of a luxury boat in addition to the sparkle and pizazz of the nightly fireworks shows at either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. It costs a bit extra, but who can put a price on love? Book your own personal love boat cruise by calling 407-WDW-PLAY (939-7529)

Walk Along the Beach: Everyone enjoys a romantic stroll on the beach, and Walt Disney World Resorts offer several beach options. Enjoy the white sands and calming beach atmosphere at the Wilderness Lodge, the Grand Floridian, and the Polynesian Village. For a bit more upbeat vibe, stroll at the beach at the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resort or Caribbean Beach Resort. Holding hands and burying feet in soft white sands offers a great tropical romance. Visit the Polynesian Beach in the evening and get a unique view of the Wishes fireworks show, complete with music!

Victoria & Albert’s: Fine dining is always a great resource for some much needed romance. Again, Disney has a multitude of options for every adventurous (and every not-so-adventurous) palate out there, but Victoria & Albert’s is the cream of the crop. The only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida, Victoria & Albert’s has amazing food and service beyond your wildest dreams without being at all stuffy. Quiet and decorum are enhanced by the most stringent dress code of any Walt Disney World restaurant and an age limit for diners (must be 10 years old or older). If you want to dress up and leave the kids in one of Disney’s kids clubs, this is the place to go. Its price list is not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth every penny! Go online or call 407-WDW-DVNA (939-3862) to make your reservation. 

Wild Africa Trek:  For those looking for the adventurous side of romance, nothing is more exotic and unique than experiencing a personalized safari in Disney’s Wild Africa Trek. An intimate group departs the serenity of Animal Kingdom to venture into the heart of Harambe and come face-to-face with some of nature’s most beautiful and rare animals. Whisper sweet-nothings into your beloved’s ear while you nosh on edible orchids in the middle of an African savannah. To book your safari of love, call: 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

Start the day with a  safari breakfast on the savannah during the Wild Africa Trek.
Start the day with a safari breakfast on the savannah during the Wild Africa Trek.

Stroll in France: Or Morocco. Or Italy. Offer your sweetheart the world, or at least World Showcase in Epcot. Be captivated by authentic entertainment and cuisine and share that experience with the person closest to your heart. Buy a bottle of champagne and some fresh pastries in France, find a little nook (maybe by the International Gateway) and create your own European picnic. The romantic options in World Showcase are endless!

Surrey Bikes on the boardwalk
Surrey Bikes on the boardwalk (photo by Erin Foster)

Surrey Bike Ride: It’s no secret how romantic a “surrey with the fringe on top” is. Broadway musicals have been claiming it for years. Grab your own surrey bike at Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Cycle hand-in-hand with your sweetheart and enjoy the lush southern atmosphere of this Louisiana inspired resort. Take the path down to Port Orleans French Quarter to buy your partner some beignets and then eat them without guilt, because pedaling the surrey will surely burn off those calories.

Horse-drawn Carriage: Visit the Tri-Circle D Ranch at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds to take your lady or gent on a carriage ride through the scenic trails through the Wilderness Lodge and Campgrounds. Near Halloween you can experience this ride with a spooky twist, or during the Christmas season, try a sleigh ride. Cozy up to your special someone in this romantic carriage ride.  Call 407-WDW-PLAY (939-7529) for your western romantic ride.

Osborne Festival of Lights: This option is only available during the holiday season, when the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios are decked out in holiday lights. The lights shimmer and dance to holiday music, while snow falls in the background, making this the perfect Christmas setting. Share some hot cocoa and enjoy a holiday light display like you’ve never seen before. You may even find some mistletoe for a special holiday kiss.

Spa Day: There’s no better to unwind, relax and get in that romantic mood than spending a day at any one of Disney’s luxurious spas. Book a couple’s massage at the newly renovated Senses Spa in the Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs, or the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Dolphin. Melt away the stress and tension of furious park touring with some aromatherapy and deep tissue massage. In no time, you and your sweetheart will be refreshed and invigorated.

These are just a handful of the ways Disney has a romantic side.  If you’re looking to pop that special question, be sure to read fellow blogger, Erin Foster’s, article 101 Ways to Propose at Walt Disney World for some other great tips and romantic ideas.

Which are your favorite romantic spots? Do you have any to add to this list? Be sure to comment below to keep the romantic ideas flowing and let us know your favorite places to find romance in Disney world!


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Lisa Gilmore

My passion for Disney runs deep; I've got pixie dust in my veins. Everyone loves the famous Mickey Mouse, but Disney vacations host a wealth of sophisticated experiences, too. On my bucket list is to seek out and enjoy every last one of them!

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Places to Find: Romance in Disney World

  • July 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Great list! I have always thought that the San Angel Inn at the Mexican Pavilion is very romantic. In fact, I just ate there for the first time a month ago and even with our three kids with us, I found the atmosphere very romantic to snuggle up with my hubby!

  • July 28, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I highly recommend the Epcot After Hours event for some romantic couples time. My wife and I did the one at Tutto Gusto and thoroughly enjoyed the wine, the food and the atmosphere. And having World Showcase virtually to ourselves afterward was a great romantic time I’ll always remember.

    • July 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Great recommendation, Brian! The fact that Epcot After Hours is also exclusively for adults (for now) is also another great perk. Sometimes having few strollers around seems more romantic. 🙂


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