Disney World is a great place for couples. You might think you’ll be satisfied with going to the parks and just hanging out, but you’ll be happy to hear that there are some great places for unique date ideas once you get there. It’s not just riding rides and seeing shows. There’s actually a lot more to do!
1. Dinner in Disney Springs
Disney Springs is now a modern entertainment complex with dining and shopping unlike what you’ll find in the real world. In fact, there are more than 30 unique restaurants in this area, some with some very fun atmospheres.
For example, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is an authentic Irish restaurant where everything inside is from Ireland with some parts more than 150 years old! There’s also live entertainment including music and Irish dancers. I promise- you’re in for a treat at this restaurant!
The Edison is one of Disney Springs’ newest restaurants. The theme is very industrial, and guests are expected to wear “venue appropriate attire” Thursday through Sunday after 10pm.
2. Drinks in Disney Springs
If you’d rather grab a drink instead of a full meal, there are some places for that in Disney Springs as well.
Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs offers food, but their drinks are pretty noteworthy. They have champagne and sparking wine, a bellini canella, and even some good non-alcoholic options like Joffrey’s Coffee.
Bongo’s Cuban Café is another good place for drinks in Disney Springs. This restaurant, owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, offers live music, a full food menu, and a variety of spirits like beer and wine by the glass and bottle. Also check out their specialty cocktails like Havana Punch, the Cuban Daiquiri, and Gloria’s signature Cosmopolitan.
Lots of people have no idea that Disney has a luxury bowling alley on property. The vintage-style lanes come with a modern twist in this two-story entertainment complex. There are 20 lanes, more than 25 flat-screen televisions, and a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining between games. There are also live DJs and performers daily!
If you’d like to get a lane, reservations are a good idea and you can make them online.
4. Catch a Flick
There’s also a movie theater in Disney Springs, but it’s much more than just movies. There’s a Fork & Screen Dine-In Theatre experience where you can eat and watch your movie at the same time; you get a waitress so you won’t miss a minute of the movie. There are also live bands here every night.
For movie times and showings, check the AMC website.
5. Take flight
Across from Splitsville and the AMC theater is Aerophile. This tethered helium balloon will take you up into the air high above Disney World, and you’ll have a view like no other! At 400 feet in the air for ten minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to take in some iconic Disney World structures like Spaceship Earth in Epcot.
6. Epcot Festivals
Epcot seems to have a festival for every season.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs in the winter, then comes the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, and the oldest festival, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, in the fall. The year finishes out with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, Disney’s way of celebrating Christmas around the world.
Most of the action has been concentrated in World Showcase, but it now flows into Future World as well.
These festivals each offer unique dining, entertainment, merchandise, and experiences. They really add to the park experience, and they make for great dates that can easily last all day.
Disney also holds several concerts. There are daily shows like the Broadway-quality Beauty and the Beast in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Festival of the Lion King in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. During the Food and Wine Festival, there are regular Eat to the Beat concerts with different performers every couple days. There are also holiday concerts and a Night of Joy Christian music concert yearly.
8. Workshops, Seminars, and Demonstrations
Epcot’s festivals are also known for their workshops, seminars, and demonstrations. If you and your significant other are foodies, visit a cooking demonstration or a wine-pairing seminar in the fall. If you like to garden together, sit in on a seminar at the Flower and Garden Festival. If you two are the creative type, consider making your own art at the Art festival.
If you’re not visiting during these festivals or none of these things tickle your fancy, consider a cake decorating class at Amorette’s Patisserie! If this isn’t for you, check out a backstage tour! There’s something for everyone!
9. Mini Golf
There are two miniature golf courses in Disney World. Winter Summerland is a simpler course while Fantasia Gardens is for more advanced mini golfers. Each one has two courses, and they all have quirky themes with fun décor. Even if you’re terrible, you can’t help but smile while playing mini golf!
If you plan appropriately, you can even see the fireworks of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
10. Fireworks from a far
I love the fireworks in Disney World. They’re some of the best I’ve ever seen. However, the crowds can be stressful – even for those who don’t mind crowds so much.
It’s often much more romantic to watch the fireworks away from the crowds. There are several places to do this in Disney World – especially in the Magic Kingdom area hotels. Disney’s Polynesian Resort is directly across from Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is right next door. These hotels are joined together by white sand beaches with chairs, hammocks, and benches where you can get comfy, curl up close, and enjoy the show. You’ll also have excellent views of the Electric Water Pageant from these hotels.
If you’d like to see IllumiNations, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Disney’s Beach Club Resort are very close to Epcot providing a great view of the fireworks. However, you won’t be able to see the globe or the water features from these hotels.