Romantic Restaurants – And Beyond – At Disney World

AJ Wolfe wrote an article on the WESH television new site (Source) about unique and romantic dining adventures at Disney World.  In honor of Valentine’s Day – and any other day that is fit for romance – let’s take a look at some of the great options available.

Polynesian Resort Beach

First, it is good to know that you don’t have to spend a bundle on a romantic dinner at Disney World, although that is certainly an option as we will see later.  Idea number one involves getting together a picnic dinner at the local grocery store and then heading to the beach of Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  The beach may get crowded, so move out a bit to Sunset Point.  Spread out a blanket, enjoy you homemade feast, and enjoy the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom.

Fine Dining Restaurants

If you have a bit more money, Disney doesn’t disappoint when it comes to upscale restaurants with special atmosphere and excellent food.

One choice that is a bit off the beaten path is Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Excellent food coupled with an extensive wine list and soft lights spell out romance like few other restaurants.

Next, high upon Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the California Grill.  In addition to the seasonal dishes you get an amazing view of the Magic Kingdom.  If you time your dining reservation correctly, you can enjoy the Wishes Fireworks show over Cinderella Castle.  Disney has thought of everything – they even pipe in the music from the show into the restaurant so you get the full effect.

Disney's Contemporary Resort is home to the romantic and delicious California Grill.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to the romantic and delicious California Grill.

Of course the ultimate restaurant dining experience at Disney World is Victoria and Albert’s inside the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  At this fine dining establishment men wear ties and women receive roses.  Dining is a many-course, multi-sensory experience.  Order the wine pairing and get the full effect.  This is an expensive evening out, but you will soon lean for yourself why it consistently earns its five diamond AAA rating.

When Money Is No Object

If you are fortunately enough to have a bottomless bank account, or you want to make an extra special impression on an extra special occasion, the Grand Floridian Resort has a Private Dining Team who is ready to make your Disney World dining dreams come true.  Whether you are looking for an extraordinary dinner – far beyond typical room service – in your hotel room, or a beautifully catered and professionally prepared picnic on the beach, the Private Dining Team can make it happen.

One of the special secrets the Private Dining Team can access is the impressive Grand I – a fifty-two foot long Sea Ray yacht that can be all yours for an hour or a day of sailing on the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Plan for $500 plus per hour in your budget for this ultimate luxury ride on water.  Just like the private picnic on the Polynesian Resort beach, or dinner at the California Grill, you can time your personal yacht tour to coincide with the Magic Kingdom fireworks to make an extra special experience into an extraordinary and unforgettable one.