While Walt Disney World might not normally be somewhere you’d consider for a romantic date night, there are actually some really amazing things you can do and places you can go on for a Walt Disney World date night. Whether you’re at Walt Disney World with or without kids, taking a night away from the chaos of the parks to do something fun and romantic is a great way to to make the vacation special. From private fireworks viewings on the Seven Seas Lagoon, to dinner at an award winning restaurant, to a classic date night idea with a Disney twist, date night at Disney World can be a fantastic way to make a trip extra memorable.
1. Take a fireworks cruise
I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a big fireworks person, but if you’re going to watch the Walt Disney World fireworks, in my opinion the best way to do so is from a private boat on the water. Walt Disney World fireworks cruises are an amazing way to experience the fireworks without being sandwiched in with 10,000 of your closest friends; you still get an amazing view of the show, but from somewhere much more private. The cruises set sail from Disney’s Yacht Club Resort to watch Illuminations, or any of the Magic Kingdom resorts to watch Happily Ever After, and are privately chartered complete with a snacks and soft drinks (if you’re celebrating something be sure to let Disney know ahead of time, as balloons and banners are included in the price!) The boats are even equipped with synchronized audio so you can listen to the music as you watch the fireworks. After a day at the parks, I can’t think of a nicer way to end a day than this. You can check out prices and availability by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
2. Drink around the monorail loop
Forget drinking around the World (Showcase) in Epcot, if you’re looking for a really fun date night idea with drinks and appetizers, you want to be on the monorail loop instead. There are two ways to do this; you can either go for a DIY tour or you can take part in Disney’s Highway in the Sky Dine Around tour. Stopping at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian, with trips on the monorail to get you from place to place, the tour utilizes restaurants at each resort to offer drinks and light appetizers to guests, before finishing back up at the Contemporary Resort for desserts and coffee on a private patio to watch Happily Ever After. If this is a special trip to Walt Disney World, I’d definitely recommend taking advantage of this particular experience since it’s an all-inclusive price and all of the details are taken care of for you. If you want to do something like this yourself however, you just need to do a little research into where to get food and drinks; each resort has a bar where you could grab a cocktail and a small plate, and anyone can ride the monorail for free. It does make it a bit more magical to end up watching the fireworks from a private patio though, so if you want to find out more on how to book the Highway in the Sky Dine Around, called 407-WDW-DINE.
3. Dinner, movie, and a cupcake
If you’re looking for a classic, low-key date night, I don’t think you can go wrong with dinner and a movie – and at the AMC Theater in Disney Springs, you can do both in one go! The AMC Dine-In Theater gives you the opportunity to enjoy drinks and dinner while watching a movie, and it’s a really fun way to spend an evening. Once you take your seat in the theater, a server will take your drink and dinner order, and they’ll be delivered as the show goes on. It’s all very discreet and doesn’t distract you from the movie at all, and the food is actually really, really good. Once the movie is over, Disney Springs is a great place to walk around, with plenty of places to shop or to stop and get another drink, but my favorite thing to do is stop by Sprinkles bakery to get a cupcake for dessert. It’s the perfect way to finish the night.
4. Drinks and dancing on the Boardwalk
Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to go in the evenings; there are usually lots of people walking around, getting dinner, or browsing the stores. There are some great restaurants on the Boardwalk; Flying Fish is our favorite for a romantic meal, the menu is amazing and the service is excellent. If you don’t want a big meal, Abracadabar can be found right next door to Flying Fish; inspired by vintage magicians and illusionists, the bar has fantastic cocktails and appetizers (I’d highly recommend trying the cheese board, and the Parlor Trick if you’re a bourbon drinker). After dinner, head over to Jelly Rolls, an adult (over 21) only dueling piano bar. There is a cover charge on the door ($15) and be sure to take some cash to make sure your request gets played – and these guys are good, they can play pretty much anything! There is no food served so definitely eat before you go, but there is a full bar, and the atmosphere is a lot of fun.
5. Eat dinner with a view
There are some amazing restaurants at Walt Disney World (including some very underrated dining locations that we absolutely love!) but for a date night at Walt Disney World, my recommendation is almost always California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This is hands down our favorite restaurant at Walt Disney World – and we’ve eaten at almost every single one of them! Located at the very top of the Contemporary Resort, the restaurant has an outstanding culinary team who create an ever-changing, eclectic menu, including some of the best sushi in all of Disney. Even better than the food, however, is the spectacular view out over Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon – which of course makes this restaurant a great place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from! California Grill has a private outdoor platform where you can go to watch the fireworks, or you can stay seated in the restaurant and watch from your table (the music is piped into the restaurant and onto the outdoor platform). This restaurant is understandably very popular, especially around fireworks time, so be sure to book early – you can make your Walt Disney World dining reservations 180 days out either online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. An insider tip: if you’re done with dinner before the fireworks, hang on to your receipt and you can head back up to the restaurant at fireworks time to watch the show!
6. Take part in a special event
While any trip to Walt Disney World is probably going to be a special event, sometimes you want something unique or one of a kind to celebrate a special occasion. From backstage tours to dessert parties to seasonal offerings, Disney World special events are a great way to make a trip memorable. While most special events are open to everyone, there are some only available to DVC members, Annual Pass holders, or those with a Tables in Wonderland card (the picture above is from a Tables in Wonderland backstage dinner held at the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios after the park had closed, and it was SO much fun!)
7. Act like a kid – without the kids!
Sometimes one of the best date nights can be just playing in the Disney parks! Now that we have young kids, most of our park trips revolve around rides they can do (or using rider swap and riding solo), making sure we eat somewhere with food they will like, being back in the room for them to take a nap or go to bed on time, and generally making sure the kids have a great time. When we get a night to ourselves, we love going to the parks and getting to have fun and do what WE want to do! We get to ride the thrill rides together, eat at places where they don’t have chicken nuggets on the menu, stay out late, and pretty much just act like big kids! There is no better place to feel carefree than the Disney parks, and it can make for a really fun night!
8. Eat at Walt Disney World’s most exclusive restaurant
One of my most memorable date night experiences was dining at Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The only restaurant at Walt Disney World that is for adults only, Victoria and Albert’s is a multi-award winning location with amazing food and wine offerings, and the very best service to be found anywhere on Disney property. While the restaurant itself offers an incredible menu, for an exceptional experience, you can book the Chefs Table, a 10-course tasting menu at a private table literally located in the kitchen so you can not only have an amazing dining experience, but you get to see what the culinary team are up to! This was an incredible experience we got to have over 10 years ago, and yet it’s still one of the most memorable things I have ever done at Walt Disney World!
What would you do for a Walt Disney World date night? Let me know in the comments below!