It’s quite difficult to get to be very romantic when every inch of the World seems packed with camera-toting tourists accompanied by screaming, crying kids. I’m not a big fan of crowds so I am leaving out parades, special events like New Years, and that great bastion of profitability known as the character meal. For romantics, consider these tips:
Victoria and Albert’s is WDW’s most expensive and elaborate dinner place and reservations are usually made months in advance. Each table gets a “Victoria and Albert” to distribute the multi-course meal and cater to your whims. You get a personalized menu. The ultimate is getting to sit at the Chef’s Table in the kitchen (I have not done that.)
The Ultimate Table at WDW: the Chef’s Table at V&A
The California Grill is still the best place to get to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks, even though I dislike the new seating arrangements. Great food and the good news is if you have a CG reservation, you can go on the Contemporary rooftop when the fireworks blast off. You won’t be alone, but you will feel up in the sky in a balloon.
Rooftop of California Grill (photo by Neilon)
Carriage Rides at Port Orleans Riverside: I have always viewed the Port Orleans Riverside as the best moderate WDW resort for you can boat down to the clubs at Disney Springs AND you can rent a carriage with goes along the canal and thick forests. It is better than the Fort Wilderness carriages.
Carriage Rides Without Crowds at Night
Watch the fireworks from a private yacht. If you have $700, you can jam up to 17 friends (or fellow romantics) and climb onto the Grant I yacht 52 Sea Ray for a three hour sail along the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, finally stopping to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Ready to Catch the MK Fireworks On a Yacht
or on a pontoon boat. You can rent a night pontoon cruise for the Magic Kingdom fireworks or Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks and light show.
It Works Best When the Pontoon is in the Lake
I realize some people will just want a full day at one of WDW’s great spas, like the Grand Floridian’s Senses or the Mandara Spa at the Dolphin. But other people find their romance in excitement and unique vacation activities, so here are a few tips for “active” romantics.
Take a three hour Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom where you cross the animal-infested Savanna, climb along a cliff, and cross a rickety rope bridge over a pool of crocodiles none of which care if you’re not Captain Hook.
And there is the underwater adventure of Epcot’s DiveQuest which is a two and one-half hour program for licensed scuba divers. It includes a forty-minute visit to the Caribbean Coral Reef where among the 2,000 residents are some sharks and rays.
Find Nemo at WDW’s Divequest
Whether it is just staying at a honeymoon suite at the Grand Floridian or watching the sunset at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sunset Lounge or tracking down the secluded whirlpools at the Yacht Club, there are a lot of romantic places at WDW where you won’t find surrounded by other guests.