Considering all the weddings and honeymoons that take place each year at Walt Disney World, it’s obvious that many people consider the Orlando vacation destination to be the most romantic place on earth. That naturally makes the Disney resort ground zero for great ways to spend Valentine’s Day, a.k.a. the most romantic day on the calendar. Here are six suggestions—out of 6 million possibilities—for enjoying the perfect February 14th at Walt Disney World alongside your true love.
Get Cozy on a Dark Ride
The early amusement park attractions that are the direct ancestors of Disney’s dark rides weren’t called “Tunnels of Love” for nothing. There’s nothing better than squeezing into an pirate ship or omnimover with your beloved, holding hands while you soar over London or whistle past the graveyard. Boat rides Gran Fiesta Tour (and even Living with the Land) can be equally atmospheric, but the larger ride vehicles make it a much less intimate experience. Just book a FastPass+ in advance to avoid a mood-killing queue, and remember while you cuddle that you’re in a family park, and there are night-vision cameras watching from every angle.
Take a Sunset Stroll
If the object of your affection likes long walks on the beach (and who doesn’t?), Walt Disney World’s resort hotels offer a bounty to pick from, beginning with the sandy shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon, which can be accessed from the Polynesian and Grand Floridian. If Southern foliage is more your style, take a walk along the picturesque Sassagoula River, which runs between Dixie Landings and Port Orleans. Or if the only place your partner wants to walk is around a mall, combine romance with retail therapy by window shopping along the Disney Springs waterfront.
Slay Stormtroopers with Your Sweetheart
It’s a well-known fact that couples who fight Darth Vader together stay together. (Well, except for Han and Leia…) If your sweetie is a Star Wars superfan, go to Disney Springs. There’s no better Valentine’s activity than a two-player session of The Void’s Secret of the Empire virtual reality experience. Or if Wreck-It Ralph is more your speed, you can relive retro arcade action in 3D with Ralph Break VR.
Indulge in A Moveable Feast (or Eat Dessert First)
The good news is that Walt Disney World offers more dining options per square mile than almost anywhere in the southeast, so you’re certain to find a menu that meets your Valentine’s tastes. The bad news is that by now all of the most romantic tables—including the legendary Victoria & Albert’s—are probably totally booked solid for the day, if not the entire week. If you don’t already have a reservation, that leaves you with two options. Gourmands willing to eat on the go should take advantage of the food booths at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, while those with a sweet tooth should say “shove it” to counting calories for the night and indulge in some of the exclusive snacks Disney usually tempts guests with on the 14th.
Catch a Broadway Star
Speaking of Epcot’s Arts Fest, there’s no classier date than “dinner and a show.” Epcot’s nightly Disney on Broadway concert series at the American Gardens Theater features a constellation of New York’s biggest talents performing your favorite Disney showtunes; it’s just like the real Great White Way experience, minus the scary Time Square characters. To make the evening extra-special, you can invest in a dinner package with reserved seating, but it isn’t necessary; there’s usually room in the earlier shows right up until the performance starts.
End Your Romantic Evening with a Bang, Followed by a Kiss Goodnight
We mean fireworks, of course! Nothing ends an amorous evening quite like an eyeful of explosions, and Walt Disney World has more than its fair share. Epcot’s Illumination and Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars extravaganzas are both excellent, but for our money you can’t top Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom for inspiring sweet dreams. Try to get close enough to Cinderella Castle to see the amazing projection mapping effects. And if you can, stick around until after closing time, when a brief “Kiss Goodnight” light show will bid you and your loved one a final Valentine’s Day farewell.
Learn more about holidays at WDW in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.
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