Whether you’re a newly married couple or recent empty nesters, you might wonder if Disney has anything just for the adults.
They certainly do, and I’m here to tell you that Disney World can make for a very magical date night! Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, honeymoon, wedding, anniversary, or a just because, you can do it Disney style!
1. Boardwalk or Disney Springs
These two places are very different, but they offer similar entertainment, so we’ll put them together.
The Boardwalk is a throwback to Coney Island or Atlantic City and features regular live entertainment, dining, and dancing. There are four table-service restaurants including Trattoria al Forno, The Flying Fish Café, and the Big River Grille & Brewing Works as well as several quick-service dining options like the Pizza Window and the Funnel Cake Cart. You can also catch a Disney movie under the stars or take a romantic stroll around Crescent Lake, which borders Disney’s Yacht Club and Disney’s Beach Club. If you want to kick up your heels, check out the Atlantic Dance Hall or JellyRolls Dueling Piano Bar.
Disney Springs is much larger than the Boardwalk, and there’s a lot more to do, but that also means more people. Dining includes the Paddlefish, The Boathouse, Raglan Road, and Bongos to name a few. New movies are always showing in AMC Movies at Disney Springs or you could try out your bowling skills at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. If you’re into live shows, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba is incredible! What’s more, House Of Blues hosts live bands on select nights. There’s a ton of shopping here, too from The Art of Shaving to Arribas Brothers. There’s something for every couple in Disney Springs!
Both of these locations are open late into the evening and sometimes even early morning hours. No need to cut your night short!
2. World Showcase
Epcot‘s World Showcase is an excellent all-in-one location for a date night. There are 11 different country themes complete with authentic dining, shopping, and entertainment. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful architecture of each country. Try wine and beer from around the world, then take in the beautiful fireworks show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, on the World Showcase Lagoon. Several of the restaurants have waterside dining that is a perfect spot for viewing the fireworks!
3. California Grill
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is excellent in all ways. It is the only resort that has an indoor monorail spot, and it’s right across the street from Magic Kingdom, which means it offers amazing views. One of the best parts about the Contemporary is the California Grill, which is on the upper level of the resort hotel. I think it’s better than many of the other Signature Dining options. The California-inspired menu and bar will not disappoint, and the floor-to-ceiling windows are a unique vantage point from which to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks nighttime Spectacular. If you can snag a seat by the windows, you won’t be sorry. If nothing is available, check out the observation deck. Besides Main Street USA inside Magic Kingdom, this is the best place to watch the fireworks. It’s so romantic!
4. Extra Magic Hours
Extra Magic Hours are available at all four theme parks on different days. Crowds are always lower and lines are always shorter during these times because the parks are only open to Disney Resort Guests. My favorite Extra Magic Hours are in the evening at Magic Kingdom because the young kids have gone to bed and most adults opt for the more “exciting” rides of Hollywood Studios and Epcot. There’s also nothing quite as romantic as Magic Kingdom after dark. The lights and sounds are just awesome!
5. Beaches of the Polynesian
I’m a bit partial, but I love the beaches of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You don’t have to be a guest at this resort to enjoy the white sand, hammocks, and South Pacific feel. Not only is it a great spot to catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks, it’s also a perfect viewing spot for the Electric Water Pageant. The best part is the beach is almost empty at these times.