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The Ultimate Guide to Disney World for Couples

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, check out Disney World. Yes, really!

There’s tons of romantic things to do at Disney World: spas, fine dining, luxurious suites, bars and lounges, pool time, roller coasters, and thrill rides.

For a complete guide to Disney World for couples, keep reading.

Planning a trip to Disney World for couples

Disney World is at the top of the top when it comes to delighting guests and creating unforgettable experiences.

Given the amount of attention and detail Disney puts in, planning a romantic trip to Disney World is fairly easy.

Close up of a couple a Disney World, holding hands while looking at each other adoringly.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

The first thing you want to do is make your hotel, dining and spa treatment reservations as far in advance as possible.

In addition to booking your hotel room in advance, I recommend getting the Memory Maker photo package.

This add-on is often discounted if you book it in advance, which means you’ll have more money to put towards a nicer hotel, a fancy dinner, or a spa treatment.

With the Memory Maker package, you’ll receive all the photos from rides and photographers around the park.

Plus, you can say goodbye to selfie sticks and fiddling with your phone or digital camera.

You’ll be able to stay present in the moment and enjoy the quality time with your love much easier when you don’t have to think about recording your memories!

Let’s get to the best Disney resorts for couples.

Best Disney resort for couples

The top 3 Disney resorts for couples are Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Landscape photo of a row of bungalow-style villas at Disney World's Polynesian Village Resort
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

The cabins at Copper Creek are absolutely unreal. They’re slightly secluded and come with floor to ceiling windows and plunge pools. They’re perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is absolute luxury and romance – which is why it’s home to Disney World’s iconic wedding pavilion.

The Polynesian Villas & Bungalows include a lakeside beach for nighttime snuggles while watching the snuggles or a quiet morning chat over coffee.

The overwater bungalows are seriously bucket-list worthy, especially with plunge pools you can relax in while watching the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. Swoon!

For an off-property pick, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando comes with a lot of the same on-property perks, like early FastPass selection, but has tons of romantic spots compared to other Disney resorts.

Imagine lounging by the pool in a private cabana, floating through the lazy river, enjoying breakfast on your room’s balcony, or taking a leisurely walk around the gorgeous resort grounds.

The nightly price at these resorts aren’t budget-friendly, so be sure to check out my post about how to save money on deluxe resorts at Disney World.

For more recommendations, check out Best Disney Resorts for Adults.

Best restaurants at Disney World for couples

For a romantic meal or after-park snack, make a reservation or stop by one of these restaurants.

For a casual date night, try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, or Wine Bar George, all located in Disney Springs.

In fact, if you don’t have time to make reservations, just head to Disney Springs, which is jam packed with delicious restaurants and bars, so you’ll have no problem finding a place for date night eats and conversation.

Closeup of a plate with a fancy sushi roll on it, adorned with an orchid.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

For dinner with a view, try California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, Paddlefish at Disney Springs, or Topolino’s Terrace at the Riviera Resort. Each of these restaurants have a lovely waterfront view.

TIP: At California Grill, if you time your reservation right, you can get views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom!

For a romantic nightcap, try The Edison at Disney Springs, the Enchanted Rose Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort, or Nomad Lounge at Animal Kingdom.

Landscape view of the Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs near the Amphicar launching dock.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

For a special meal to celebrate something big, like an anniversary, try The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs, Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian Resort, or Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Romantic things to do at Disney World for couples

A kid-free trip to Disney World can be romantic in and of itself, but there are a ton of things you can do for a little extra romance while you’re at the most magical place on earth.

Bake a cake for 2

For a unique date night idea that will also test your team-building skills, try the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs.

The Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie runs every day at 9 AM. It costs $169 for 2 people and you get to decorate a Disneyfied cake to take home with you.

Book a private photo session

Book at 20-minute private photo session with a Disney photographer at Magic Kingdom with the new Capture Your Moment package.

Photo of a man and woman posing with a group of balloons.
Photo by Caitie McCabe, courtesy of Disney Parks.

This program is perfect for engagements, honeymoons, or anniversaries so you can capture a handful of fun photos to frame at home without fighting other guests for camera time.

Sessions cost $50 for up to 8 people, and you can book back to back sessions for additional time. Copies of the photos cost extra unless you have Memory Maker photo package or PhotoPass privilege with your annual pass.

Catch Happily Ever After without the crowds

To guarantee prime seating at California Grill during Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks, book a seat for Celebration at the Top. This reservation is only available on select Saturdays and Sundays.

It costs $119 per person and includes light food like sushi and appetizers, plus a selection of wine and beer. After the fireworks are done, there’s also a dessert buffet!

Another options for crowd-free fireworks viewing is the Highway in the Sky Dine Around. Resort-hop via monorail on a guided food tour with stops at the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, and Contemporary Resort.

The food tour ends with dessert, cordials, and coffee on a private patio at the Contemporary Resort, where you can watch Happily Ever After.

A third option is the Ferrytale Dessert and Fireworks Cruise, which takes you on a ferryboat cruise on the Seven Seas Lagoon during Happily Ever After. It’s a lovely way to end a day at the parks! This event costs $99 per adult and $69 per child (ages 3-9).

Classic date night, Disney style

For guaranteed kid-free time, head to AMC Disney Springs Dine-in Theatre where there are 21+ theatres available.

You can order food and drinks while you catch the latest blockbuster film. It’s like the classic date night idea – but WAY better.

Photo of a man and woman playing pool while a person bowls in the background.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney Parks.

If you prefer more active date nights, head to Splitsville Luxury Lanes for bowling and billiards. Splitsville also has several bars and a dining room.

Jiko Wine Tasting

Every Wednesday, Jiko – The Cooking Place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge hosts a wine-and-cheese party that makes for the perfect mid-week date night. At this tasting, you’ll experience wines from South Africa with expertly paired cheeses.

Make reservations for afterward at Jiko or Boma for the perfect date night at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Monorail bar crawl

Hop on the monorail and get off at each resort to sample a drink at each location. Most of the bars and lounges serve food, so be sure to order some along the way.

Remember to imbibe responsibly. And of course, you don’t have to stop at every monorail resort; you can break it up into multiple date nights or pick just 2-3 resorts to stop at.

A monorail bar crawl would be a fun way to get an intro to each of the monorail resorts, especially if you’re thinking of staying at one in the future, but aren’t sure which.

By the end of the crawl, hopefully you’ll have your answer as to which one feels like “home.”

Spa time for 2

Book a couples massage and other luxurious spa treatments at Senses Spa. The Spa for 2 package includes a couples massage and pedicures for 2 for $425. Price accurate as of May 2, 2021.

Closeup of a woman getting a facial at a spa.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Disney Parks.

I also recommend the Citrus Grove Signature Facial for a fresh glow and to reduce puffiness from your flight or long drive.

Senses has a location at both the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs Resorts

What are your favorite ways to do Disney World for couples?

If you’ve been to Disney World with your sweetie, let me know what your favorite romantic thing to do at Disney World is in the comments below!

P.S. If you enjoy your romantic getaway to Disney World, check out this post about Disney World weddings.

This post was originally published on January 13, 2017 on Frost + Sun. It was last updated on May 4, 2021 when it was moved to The Park Pixie.

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