When you think of Disney World, what may come to mind are decked-out rides and attractions, stunning fireworks shows, and crowds of families with their little kids… everywhere. However, just because the happiest place on Earth is designed to be a child’s dreamland doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the most romantic spots in Orlando.
If you’ve been scouring the internet for things couples can do in Disney World…
You’re in good company! While there’s plenty of information out there for families regarding Disney World, couples are left with nothing but scraps. We’re here to change that and present you with this thorough play-by-play on the top things you don’t want to miss on a romantic getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth.
From spectacular fine dining to tranquil resort spa days to marvelous boardwalk strolls, there are romantic experiences for every kind of couple. You just need to know where to look! So without further ado, here are our top 4 most romantic things to do at Disney World, kids not included.
Things to Know Before Your Disney Trip
If this is your first time going to Disney World, it’s good to know what to expect so you can be prepared and get the best experience possible. To dodge long lines, small children, and higher rates, here are some tricks that only the most seasoned Disney goers know:
- Many think arriving at the Disney Parks first thing in the morning is the only time they’re at their emptiest. However, if you hop in line for rides during or right after the 9 p.m. fireworks, chances are the lines will be much shorter. Parents rush to get their children home to bed as soon as the fireworks are over, which means more for you and your better half to enjoy!
- Sure, the tickets for Disney theme parks are expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge for lodging on the Disney property. There are plenty of “Value” resorts that charge around $100 a night. Or, you could always stay at campgrounds and hotels found off-site for a lower cost.
- No luck making dining reservations? Don’t fret! Oftentimes, guests will cancel their dinner reservations up to a week in advance to avoid the 24hr-cancellation fee, which gives you the perfect opportunity to wiggle in and get an available spot. So just keep checking for availability the week leading up to your visit. You never know!
Top 4 Most Romantic Things To Do at Disney World
1. Dine Around the Highway in the Sky
Looking for the ultimate fine dining experience while taking in all that the world of Disney has to offer? Dine Around the Highway in the Sky takes you on a five-course foodie adventure through the best restaurants in Disney’s luxury resort hotels via monorail.
After a fun-filled day at the parks, hop aboard to get off your feet, relax, and take in the dazzling sights of the surrounding area. The first stop of your romantic night will be at the Contemporary, where you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail before being whisked away to the Polynesian for island-inspired sips and appetizers. Then visit the extravagant Grand Floridian for a lavish entree paired with one of their greatest fine wines. After dinner, lounge at the resort’s elegant lobby for sparkling wine and artisanal cheese before heading back to the Contemporary for coffee and dessert while you view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from their private top patio!
This is the perfect activity if you’re a foodie couple who loves to enjoy a romantic meal across town but don’t want to spend the big bucks on Victoria and Alberts. Plus, you can always turn this formal experience into a self-guided tour if you’d rather not be limited by the schedule. But, just like anything in Disney, book your tickets in advance!
2. Bar Hop Around the World
Taste the best alcoholic beverages from around the world without needing a passport or plane ticket at Epcot Theme Park’s World Showcase! This 1.2-mile lap takes you through 11 pavilions representing different countries through culturally-authentic cuisine, shopping, and attractions.
Begin your immersive trip in the Mexico pavilion and drink delicious cocktails made from one of the 200 tequilas available at La Cava del Tequila. Then stroll over to Norway, where you can try Einstök Icelandic White Ale and Carlsberg on draft. Next on the list is China and Germany for a refreshing Orange Blossom and Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen beer. Then Italy for its fine wine and prosecco. If you can still walk at this point, head over to Japan, Morocco, and France for some sake, fig vodka, and raspberry liquor! Then finish the evening off with some pear cider in the United Kingdom and maple whiskey in Canada.
Of course, you must be over 21 to participate, which keeps the young kids away! For this experience, we recommend getting the Disney Dining Plan so you can use your beverage and snack credits to save some money and fill your belly with more than just booze! There are so many romantic things to do at Disney World Showcase. From the Trevi Fountain in Italy to Gardens in China, you’ll make memories that last a lifetime.
3. Get a Couples Massage at a Resort Spa
A Disney vacation can be tiring, to say the least! Spend a romantic spa day at one of Disney’s deluxe resorts to rejuvenate from all the walking at the theme parks. Our favorite places to get a couples massage are the Mandara Spa at the Swan and Dolphin or the Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs.
Mandara is an exotic 10,500-square-foot sanctuary for the senses. Marvel among the magnificent interior gardens such as the Tea Garden, a tranquil sitting and sipping room, and the Meditation Garden — a unique space featuring a sacred temple. Get spoiled from head to toe with luxurious spa treatments that leave you and your sweetie feeling transformed in mind, body, and spirit.
Senses is another serene sanctuary that takes you back to a time more connected to the healing elements of nature. Take in the beautiful scenery of the old American countryside while getting pampered with a full-body massage, facial, and a relaxation space that includes a whirlpool, heated loungers, and a steam room. You’ll leave feeling renewed and ready for the remainder of your Disney trip.
Whichever romantic spa experience you indulge in, make sure you book it in advance and be prepared to spend a pretty penny. A spa day in Disney will always cost more than those back at home. But trust us; it’s so worth it! And if you let the staff know you are celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon, they’ll ensure your spa day is all the more romantic.
4. Stroll the Boardwalk
Disney’s Boardwalk is considered a hidden gem compared to the other more popular attractions that steal many newcomers’ attention. But this is exactly why it’s one of the most romantic things to do at Disney World! It’s a great place to take in the sights in an intimate atmosphere.
Take a romantic walk along the boardwalk, holding hands as you take in the spectacular sights of Crescent Lake. During your walk, you’ll stumble upon one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops, art galleries, carnival games, and street performers. If you’d like to get off your feet, there are Surrey Bikes you can rent to explore around. Whether you go during the day or night, there are plenty of opportunities for romance. We recommend having dinner at the Flying Fish, where you can enjoy a fancy dinner with beautiful waterfront views.
After dinner, go to Jellyrolls for drinks. You can sing along to the dueling pianos there before heading to the Atlantic Dance Hall next door, a 1940s-style nightclub where you can dance the night away to 80s, 90s, and modern hits. If you’re visiting at night, remember to catch the Epcot fireworks outside on the Boardwalk! It’s absolutely the perfect way to end a romantic date night.
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Disney World for Couples FAQ
Unfortunately, Disney does not have an official honeymoon package. However, they do offer a wide selection of add-on experiences in the Enchanting Extras Collection. There, you’ll find exclusive experiences geared toward couples, such as the Disney Floral and Gifts and the Disney Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons to make your trip extra special for you and your better half.
When it comes to budget, a good rule of thumb is to bring between $1,900 to $2,800 for your Disney vacation. This number doesn’t include travel costs and is based on the average amount that two adults would spend.
Of course, the number will fluctuate depending on where you stay, how long you plan to be there, and how frugal you spend on meals, snacks, and souvenirs. However, there are always ways you can spend less at Disney; just do your research!
Disney is the least crowded during the peak winter season between January and early February and right after school starts between September and mid-November. If you want the least crowds, we do not recommend going during summer vacation, school breaks, holidays, or weekends.
The Most Magical Place For Romance
There you have it! Our top four most romantic things to do at Disney World for an exciting and memorable experience you and your significant other will cherish for a lifetime.
As you can see, Disney isn’t just a park for large parties and families. It also can be the perfect place to spend special quality time with your loved one. Whether exploring the area’s finest delicacies, getting a relaxing resort massage, or taking a romantic walk to see the sights, there’s no limit to what you can do. So, make it count!