Disney World is our favourite resort in the world, it’s where we got engaged and it’s where we got married. An while the word ‘romance’ might not come to mind when you think of Disney World but it really has some hidden spots where the magic really does happen.
Disney has a great way of creating new and exciting experiences for guests whether it be the first time they are visiting or the 100th time. What we love the most is that there is always something for everyone no matter your age or reason for going to Disney.
Disney World doesn’t just have to be for families, making children’s wishes come true or about the rides. What many people don’t know about Disney World is it that actually has so much more than what first meets the eye. In fact, each time we have gone back we have seen something new experienced something different and had a whole new experience.
We have only ever visited Disney World with children once, the other countless times we visited were just us or with other adults and there are many more doing the same. So there is no surprise that there are plenty of romantic things to do at Disney World hidden beneath the surface.
Of course, not all are hidden, hard to do or even expensive. Many of our activities are small prices or free, some can even be small perks from using the dining plan or due to celebrating a special occasion.
Table of Contents
- 1. Have A Glass Of Champagne In France
- 2. Get A New And Exciting Picture In Front Of The Castle
- 3. Wear Matching T-shirts
- 4. Buy A Souvenir With The Year On
- 5. Watch The Fireworks From The Polynesian Village
- 6. Go On A Disney Snack Hunt
- 7. Visit On Dapper Day
- 8. Go Pin Trading
- 9. Head To Disney’s Boardwalk And Go Dancing
- 10. Dine At Your Favourite Restaurant
- 11. Have Afternoon Tea At The Grand Floridian
- 12. Go For A Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
- 13. Book The Fireworks Dessert Party
- 14. Book a VIP Tour
- 15. Organise A Stay At One Of The Walt Disney World Resorts
- 16. Book In For A Spa Treatment At Grand Floridian
- 17. Take a Ride In An Amphibious Car At Disney Springs
- 18. Ride The Boat From Epcot To Hollywood Studios
1. Have A Glass Of Champagne In France
This can also relate to any beverage you like in any of the countries and parks. There are plenty of unique snacks and drinks all over the parks. The most commonly known and easily found are the ones in Epcot.
I decided to choose France as it is a romantic country in itself and Paris is known for romance. You can get a glass of champagne and toast in Paris as the sunsets. Alternatively, if a cup of tea and fish and chips sound more appealing why not do it!
Epcot has a lovely show on an evening which you can find a lovely spot by the water to sit and watch. Grab a drink from the nearby country and toast to an awesome trip. If you want to be even fancier, book yourselves a table at one of the restaurants to dine in style!
2. Get A New And Exciting Picture In Front Of The Castle
This is completely free and still to this day one of the most romantic things to do at Disney World. I always want a new picture in front of the castle, it shows us growing as a couple and enjoying our trips and I love it.
We don’t do anything special like wear certain t-shirts or do special poses but just having the pictures makes me happy. Some people have a printout from the year before to hold up as they have their new picture taking.
Don’t forget to use your ticket or magic band to get your photos onto your Memory Maker. If you don’t have the photo package simply ask the photographer to take a couple on your phone, the cast members are always super nice that way!
3. Wear Matching T-shirts
I absolutely love seeing the t-shirts and Disney apparel people wear around the parks. Having matching T-shirt’s is the couple goals of Disney, other couples and families see them and smile and it is just a whole wonderful community of funky and funny t-shirts.
There are so many you can find on eBay, Etsy and even Amazon or you can make your own. Costumes are not permitted in Disney so styling matching t-shirts if the next best thing!
Though Cora and I haven’t quite pulled this look off yet, there is still time. You will see so many couples dressed to match and coordinate.
4. Buy A Souvenir With The Year On
If you are headed to Disney World for a special occasion or just because you love the magic then why not get a little something to remember your trip by. If you are planning on staying on-site you get a number of benefits, one of ours was a $200 gift card.
With this, we FINALLY bought ourselves a bauble for our Christmas tree. We have waited for years to get a bauble and since we got married there we decided to make it more special by getting the wedding bauble with 2019 written on it. Though this may be something you might do on your frequent visits it is still one of my romantic things to do at Disney World.
You can find the Christmas shop at Disney Springs where they also sell all festive items along with personalisation too. I found this so special as we don’t often buy much from Disney so this was a really special occasion for us.
If you don’t want to carry it around either if you are staying on-site you can get it delivered to your room. You can find a number of items across the parks and resorts with dates on or locations of the resorts if you are wanting to get something to take home and reminisce about your time.
5. Watch The Fireworks From The Polynesian Village
This theoretically should be free, I have done research on forums and Disney itself to see if I can find out more information. If you happen to be staying there, then even better!
Finding a new place to watch the fireworks is great as it creates a new experience, though for me they will never get old and I will cry every time! I also love the soundtrack so I will always be front and centre at Magic Kingdom!
If you are looking for a new place to view the fireworks head to the Polynesian Village to find a spot and watch the fireworks from afar. This will also be great if you are wanting to avoid the crowds and rush to get out of the park.
6. Go On A Disney Snack Hunt
One of the best things about Disney World is the food. There is no doubt that they work hard to keep the food on theme and ace it every time. There are a number of snacks and foods we all love but decorated and shaped into our favourite mouse couple, along with some of our other favourite Disney characters.
Something I feel only adults can really appreciate is finding the best foods in the parks and trying them out. If you go more for the atmosphere, the shopping and trying new foods then this is for you.
If you want to be really Disney nerdy, make it into a treasure hunt for your other half. Write out clues to each snack stop and follow the sweet-smelling trail! There are so many awesome and innovative snacks that are both sweet and savoury.
7. Visit On Dapper Day
Dapper Days are often 40’s and 50’s style dress and people from all over come and show off their dapper threads.
I would love to be in Orlando to go on one of these days, as they look so fun and different. If you and your partner love trying out new experiences and love to dress up from the past this is a sure thing for you.
Head to Hollywood Studios and get your picture taken in front of the Chinese theatre or with the tower of terror in the background. This happens at different parks on different days, check here for up to date information.
8. Go Pin Trading
Pin trading is one of the biggest activities going on at all Disney parks across the world. There are several main hubs for pin trading displaying all the badges you can buy.
Along with pins you can trade with the cast members to complete a set. This is something me and Cora really enjoyed doing together on our trip.
We each picked a theme or collection to try and complete and would trade together. Though it isn’t a candlelit dinner for two it is one of the romantic things to do at Disney World. We found this super fun to do together in the daytime and it was really cute. This is fun if you don’t plan on hitting many rides or want to take a slower pace to the day.
9. Head To Disney’s Boardwalk And Go Dancing
There is a beautiful setting over at Disney’s Boardwalk. Though we have only ever passed through it is beautiful. I would say on an evening it looks very much like an adults place to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Here you can stroll along the boardwalk with ice cream or a mickey shaped pretzel and enjoy the view and a subtle sunset.
There you can do a number of things but if you like to dance and enjoy the music you should definitely head to the Atlantic Dance Hall. There you can dance to music from the ’70s to today or be dazzled by a circus-style theme night with performers and more.
10. Dine At Your Favourite Restaurant
We have been to Walt Disney World 4 times now which for people who travel and like to go somewhere new this is a lot. It is somewhere we have loved since our first visit and feels a little like home.
One thing we always seem to do is book a table to dine at The Boathouse at Disney Springs. We love eating here and we always make a note of going back no matter what.
If like us, you and your partner have a favourite restaurant, book a table and add a note to the reservation. Ask the Cast Member to add a little extra magic onto the dessert or simply add a little gift yourself. Going to the same place doesn’t have to be any less special and you can make it an evening to remember.
If you are dining at Disney Springs you can finish the evening with a hot air balloon ride, a cocktail at one of the bars or a simple stroll around the shops while the sunsets.
11. Have Afternoon Tea At The Grand Floridian
What could be nicer than sitting in a floral tea room with fancy furniture and stunning views over the lake? Well, adding afternoon tea to it would! The Grand Floridian is host to a little area of the lobby dedicated to a garden tea room where you can have British afternoon tea.
There are many places across the world now offering similar experiences to bring in customers who crave a mini sandwich and a cup of English tea. The Grand Floridian is surprisingly the grandest of resorts at Disney and it is no surprise that they have a garden tea room offering Afternoon Tea.
We first encountered this experience in 2018 and we loved it, it was like a home from home but with more class!
This is one of my favourite romantic things to do at Disney World as it is one of the nicest resorts to stay in and it feels lovely and fancy. You can dress up a little to make it more of an occasion or go in your park gear.
The best part of the experience is the cast members, they are so sweet and lovely, you won’t want to leave. You can choose different flavour teas, different styles of afternoon tea and you can add champagne to any of the menus to add that extra sparkle.
This is a great experience if you are looking for something special for a birthday or celebration. Though there is no strict dress code you can dress up a little for your date at the Grand Floridian if you prefer.
12. Go For A Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Surprisingly this isn’t as much as I thought it was going to be. There are a couple of choices as you can see in the image below. There are two locations that you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride.
One is at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and the other is at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. This doesn’t have to just be for the adults, if you are travelling as a family there is room for 2 adults and 3 children.
The ride lasts around 25 minutes and takes you around the resort to see stunning views and pretty scenery. This is one of the perfect romantic things to do at Disney World.
Sit back and relax on this delightful way of travelling. If you really want to make the magic last as you disembark head to a quiet spot and have a picnic or a bite to eat.
13. Book The Fireworks Dessert Party
This is a popular attraction for those looking to add a little extra magic to their trip or celebration. The Fireworks Dessert Party is one of the more well known romantic things to do at Disney World and can often get full.
Here you get an exclusive space to enjoy the fireworks with some delicious desserts and drinks.
If you are looking to make the fireworks a little more special this is a great way to do it. Just make sure you don’t fill yourself up before you get to the desserts.
To read more about the Fireworks Desserts Party click here.
14. Book a VIP Tour
There are multiple different tours you can book and take on your trip. This is a great way of seeing more of Disney if you have been a couple of times and like to explore more.
This is also a great idea if you are looking to add a little more to your trip than general admission to the parks. Though I have heard that all the tours are fantastic, one definitely sticks out from the rest.
Disney’s Wild Africa Trek takes you around the savannah and through different parts of Animal Kingdom where the wild animals live. You can get up close and personal with the animals, learn interesting facts and feast likes kings at an exclusive site.
On our latest trip, we were lucky enough to be getting married at Paradise Cove. To our surprise, my parents had arranged for us to go and do the Dolphins in Depth over at Epcot for our wedding present. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I couldn’t stop smiling.
We have never had the chance to do any of the backstage tours so this was a great experience. It was made all the more special by the team working hard to make it special for us. This had to be on my list of romantic things to do at Disney World as it is so unique and special.
You can explore more of the different tours Disney World has to offer here.
15. Organise A Stay At One Of The Walt Disney World Resorts
Many people may already be staying on-site in one of the Walt Disney World resort hotels as part of their stay. We only just stayed on-site on our last trip as we got a great deal and shared the accommodation with family.
If we hadn’t of gone this time I am pretty sure I would have booked us for a night or two at one of the resorts to celebrate getting married. There are a number of resorts from the POP Century all the way up to the Grand Floridian. If this has been a dream of yours this can definitely can come true, if only for a night or two.
There are so many perks to having a night or two at the Disney resorts from the onsite facilities, dining experiences and the views. Places such as Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge each have unique and breathtaking views that would only add magic to your trip.
16. Book In For A Spa Treatment At Grand Floridian
There have been very rare occasions I have gone to a spa and had a treatment. Somehow though I feel I could probably benefit from a massage but I don’t go out of my way to get one.
When I say Disney has something for everyone, I mean it. Whether you need the break after a busy day in the parks or you just want to try out something new this is a great place to do so.
You can find a number of different facials, treatments and massages ranging from facial, feet or full body. There is something for each budget which I like as you can treat yourself a little or a lot. This could make for the perfect gift for any wife, mother or expectant mother.
Look at booking your other half or both of you in for a spa treatment to revitalise your bodies for heading back into the parks. You can find plenty for one person or even a spa treatment for 2.
17. Take a Ride In An Amphibious Car At Disney Springs
Disney Springs can be accessed by the public, still, within Disney borders, it has all the magic of Disney without needing a ticket. There is so much to see, do and eat that you can visit night after night and find new things to do. One of the more popular things is riding in the amphibious car.
We decided to have our wedding meal at The Boathouse at Disney Springs. It is a beautiful setting over the lake and is so peaceful. We managed to spot many people taking a trip out in the Amphibious cars and it looked so cool. This has to be one of the cooler romantic things to do at Disney World.
The cars are all colourful and fun to look at and even better when they are out in the water. This is a popular way to see more of the lake and look back over the glistening lights of Disney Springs.
18. Ride The Boat From Epcot To Hollywood Studios
This boar ride goes from Hollywood Studios To Epcot and vice versa. We discovered it for the first time ever in 2019 and it was so lovely. We rode it from Hollywood Studios to Epcot and it stops at many of the resorts along the way. If you are in no rush to get around then take the gentle boat ride and take in the views.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind a scenic stroll along the river banks you can walk between the two parks. I really love this idea as it is full of trees, luscious green and the lovely scene of the river.
Pick up a snack and a drink to take a long walk and make it into a little scenic picnic. This is also a really great way to have some peace and quiet away from the crowds and queues in the parks.
That is everything on our romantic things to do at Disney World. I hope this has helped you come up with some ideas and more for your trip.
If you are working to a budget or wanting to do something subtle let me know in the comments and I would love to help! Also if you and your partner have done your fair share of romantic things at Disney World let me know what you did.