Of all the holidays to spend in Disney World, Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily pop into your head first. You might not think a theme park could be very romantic, but Disney World is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day!
Besides the incredible views, the nighttime spectaculars with heartwarming musical scores, and the impressive accommodations, Disney World has some surprisingly romantic spots.
If you want to wow your Love for Valentine’s Day, check out one of these unique Disney restaurants.
1. Artist Point
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates the rustic setting of the Pacific Northwest, which is pretty romantic. Artist Point, one of the Lodge’s table-service restaurants, follows with this theme.
The special Sweetheart Dinner Menu is a five-course meal made up of traditional surf and turf options plus game. The cost is $75 per person, and you can add wine pairing for another $25.
After dinner, take a romantic stroll around the resort. Fire Rock Geyser is modeled after Old Faithful and shoots water 120 feet high every 30 minutes. There’s also a fireplace and comfy rocking chairs in the lobby if you’d like a more relaxing experience.
2. Jiko – The Cooking Place
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the best dining in all of Disney World. Jiko – The Cooking Place is made to look like a perpetual African Sunset. This year, Jiko will be creating a special dessert for your special person.
As with Wilderness Lodge, the after-dinner entertainment is almost as impressive as the meal itself. Take a look around, and don’t forget to take in the most unique part of this resort- the savanna full of animals including giraffes and gazelles. For the best view, head to the Arusha Rock Savanna overlook. You’ll also appreciate the fire pit at the resort on the sometimes-chilly winter night. Grab your sweetie and hold them tight; you can warm up together!
3. Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios harkens back to the golden era of Hollywood. You’ll feel like a star as you enjoy your dinner. Don’t forget to try out the mini dessert trio after dinner.
Fantasmic! is one of my favorite nighttime shows in Disney World. If you time it right, you might be able to catch a performance after your meal!
The two a half hour meal is served with maid and butler service while a harp plays in the background. The restaurant has an extensive wine list, and you can even take home a personalized menu as a souvenir! Every lady is given a long-stemmed rose after the meal as well.
After dinner, head out to the beach where you’ll have incredible views of Wishes in Magic Kingdom. You can even take a stroll to the nearby Disney wedding Pavilion or over to the Polynesian resort. If you’d like to go back to the parks, it’s easy to hop on the monorail and be there in a few minutes.
5. California Grill
The California Grill is located at the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel on the 15th floor meaning the views of Magic Kingdom are breathtaking. If you can schedule your meal at the right time and snag a window seat, you’ll have one of the most unique views of Wishes available anywhere in Disney World. The experience is complete with music piped in from the show. If you can’t get a window seat or you don’t dine during Wishes, return with your receipt from earlier that day, and you’ll be granted access to enjoy Wishes.
While California Grill is most often known for their late night dinners around the time of Wishes, it’s often overlooked for the amazing Sunday Brunch. Since Valentine’s Day happens to be on a Sunday this year, imagine starting your day here. Then you can hop on the monorail and head to Magic Kingdom or Epcot for a day in the parks. How could Valentine’s Day get any better than that?
6. Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest opened with New Fantasyland in 2012 and remains one of the hardest Advanced Dining Reservations in all of Disney World. If you’re lucky enough to get in at all but especially for Valentine’s Day, you’ll enjoy a fairytale meal. The Grand Ballroom is particularly romantic with simulated falling snow and views of the French Countryside. If Beauty can fall in love with the Beast here, certainly you and your special someone can fall in love all over again.
7. Coral Reef
Coral Reef in The Seas pavilion at Epcot is tucked back in the corner, and many people either don’t know it exists or knows but can’t find it. It’s also one of the less expensive upscale Disney World restaurants, so if you’re doing Valentine’s Day on a budget, this is a good place to check out.
Coral Reef boasts underwater views of the second largest aquarium in the world. It’s filled with barracuda, angelfish, sharks, dolphins, stingrays, and even a Scuba diving Mickey Mouse!
8. Spirit of Aloha
The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of my favorite dinner shows on property. It honors the importance of family in the South Pacific through hula dancing and fire twirlers. The performers are quite talented, and while the story is a heartwarming tale, the performance really makes it excellent.
The meal itself is an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style meal, so the wait staff brings the dishes to your table and you share the portions. However, you can always ask for more.
The show is performed in an open-air theater, and you really feel like you’re in a Hawaiian cove. As you walk down the path to leave, take in the scenery. The lush vegetation, the white sand beach, and torch-lit paths- it’s all so romantic! The beaches of the Poly offer some of the best views of Wishes, so snag a hammock and enjoy the show!
9. Fork and Screen
How about dinner and a movie? If you’d like to feel like kids again, check out the AMC Theater in Disney Springs where you can enjoy seat-side service during your movie!
Since Disney Springs is open into the early morning hours, you can head out to one of the other restaurants for drinks and live entertainment after your movie.
10. Private Dining
On the other hand, if you really want to splurge, you can schedule a private dining experience for just you and your hunnie.
You have two options here: you can dine on the beaches of the Grand Floridian or you can board the Grand 1 Yacht for a cruise.
This is the ultimate in customization since you get to create your own menu. Disney doesn’t say how much this costs, but I can only assume you’d have to have pretty deep pockets. Just call Disney at least seven days in advance to reserve your spot.
How would you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Disney World?