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I remember the very first time my husband and I went to Walt Disney World together. We were just engaged and it was his first trip ever to a Disney park. I was insanely nervous that he was not going to “get it.” His first attraction was Spaceship Earth, and five minutes in he turned to me and said, “this is so cool!” From then on I never doubted his love for Disney World. We even honeymooned there! It is, without a doubt, my favorite place to spend time together. Sadly, my husband and I have not been to Disney World, just the two of us (cue Will Smith song) since our first anniversary trip in 2008. In a few months we are going to finally be getting away together for five days of romance and Disney magic.
My upcoming trip inspired me to write about things that I find romantic about Disney World. Keep in mind that my advice is pretty budget friendly. You do not need to spend a ton of money to have a fantastic time with your significant other. All you really need is a little creativity and time set aside in your vacation for some romance.
Photo Opportunities Around the World Showcase – I love this idea the most simply because it is 100% free. Anyone will tell you that Epcot’s World Showcase is one of the most romantic places in all of Disney World. A great way to commemorate your “travels” is to ask a cast member or fellow guest to take a photo of you and your sweetie in each country. Order prints of the photos when you get home and put them in a frame or photo album. Surely you can trick someone into thinking you were actually in Paris!
Private Tequila Tasting – This one takes a little pre-planning but is absolutely worth it. My favorite bar in Disney World, La Cava del Tequila, offers a one-of-a-kind experience. If you contact them via their Twitter or Facebook page, they can set up a private tequila tasting for you, your loved one, and their Tequila Ambassador. Learn about how tequila is made and the importance of it in Mexican culture. If your only experience with tequila has been body shots at the local bar, you owe it to yourself to enjoy the educational and, yes, sensual experience of a private tequila tasting at the beautiful La Cava del Tequila. To find out what these tastings are like, read my review of the wonderful tasting I enjoyed back in January. Also, if you are looking for a romantic proposal idea, the folks at La Cava del Tequila can help you out. Think of a rose petal covered table at the twilit San Angel Inn with a talented mariachi band playing just for you, or maybe a lovely surprise engagement at La Hacienda de San Angel while enjoying Illuminations just outside of your window.
The Disney World Version of “Dinner and a Movie” – How about dinner at my personal favorite Disney restaurant, Jiko? It is quiet and intimate with a superb wine list. After that, a stroll outside of Animal Kingdom Lodge to look at the animals roam. Nothing says romance like nighttime binoculars! If exotic animals do not trip your trigger, try out dinner at one of Grand Floridian Resort‘s fancy restaurants followed by a walk on the beach to the Polynesian Resort. Lay in a hammock and enjoy watching Wishes from across the Seven Seas Lagoon. If a full dinner at a nice restaurant isn’t in the cards for your pocketbook, just get appetizers and dessert! No one will judge you. I promise!
Magic Kingdom Resort Hopping – The resorts surrounding the Seven Seas Lagoon have some wonderful bars that everyone should experience for themselves. Start out at one and make your way around. No need to worry about drinking and driving because you can just use the monorail as your mode of transportation. Many of the bars have unique drinks made only at that location, so be sure to give those drinks a try. If you time it right, you’ll be able to watch Wishes as you sip.
runDisney… Together – My husband and I started training for our very first race together during Disney World’s Marathon Weekend. During our training, we have really worked on words of love and encouragement. We are looking forward to running through Epcot and then crossing the finish line together. Disney races are meant to be a fun experience and not all about winning. Almost anyone can train to run a 5K race. The only thing better than accomplishing something for yourself, is doing it with someone that you love.
My list just scrapes the surface of romantic Disney ideas. I would love to hear the things that you have come up with! Drop us a line in the comment section!