With thousands of families visiting Disney World every week, it may not be the first vacation destination that comes to mind when planning a romantic getaway. However, people choose to get married at Disney World every year. Whether you’ve only been dating for a few months, or you are celebrating your tenth anniversary, here are the top five resorts for couples at Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Only a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom is one of the most beautiful resorts on Disney property. Couples booking a stay at Wilderness Lodge will be greeted by a majestic lobby with high ceilings inspired by National Park lodges around the American Northwest. Whether you want to escape from the rain or the warm humidity, the Wilderness Lodge lobby is a perfect place to sit near an indoor trickling stream or fireplace while you enjoy a specialty coffee from Territory Lounge. Couples can choose from a standard hotel room or opt for one of the cabins. While they do come at a much higher price point, the Wilderness Lodge cabins are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway where guests can enjoy a cabin to themselves with a private enclosed patio and hot tub.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill: A Scenic Outdoor Lounge for a Romantic Evening
Unlike many Disney World resorts, Wilderness Lodge offers fun, outdoor excursions such as fishing on the nearby waterway and roasting marshmallows around a campfire, but the main feature that sets Wilderness Lodge apart is Geyser Point Bar & Grill. This scenic outdoor lounge is located right on the water where you can enjoy the beauty of the resort for a romantic evening date. With delicious meals such as the bison burger or a grilled Portobello salad, couples can enjoy a beautiful dinner together after a long day exploring the parks.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
What sets the Boardwalk Inn apart from other Disney resorts is that it, as the name suggests, is within walking distance of Disney’s Boardwalk, a quarter-mile strip of restaurants, shops, and fun nightlife aimed at adults. After a day by the pool, couples can have a fun night out at Jellyrolls to enjoy the dueling pianos. This bar is only for guests over the age of 21, making it a perfect date night for those looking to have fun and enjoy live entertainment.
Boardwalk Ice Cream: A Sweet Treat for Couples on a Disney Vacation
If drinking isn’t your thing, you can stop by Boardwalk Ice Cream for a delectable sundae or a classic milkshake for two. Couples can spend every night of a Disney vacation on the boardwalk and always find something new and fun to do together, making the Boardwalk Inn a perfect getaway for adults wanting to enjoy a trip to Disney without spending every night in the parks.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
If you and your loved one consider yourselves foodies or animal lovers, Animal Kingdom Lodge may be the best place to spend a romantic getaway. This resort provides African-inspired decor and pools, along with four savannas of animals including giraffes, zebras, and flamingos.
Sanaa: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Dining Experience with Views of the African Wildlife
The Animal Kingdom Lodge also has some of the best food on Disney property. Couples can enjoy dinner at Sanaa, famous for their delicious Indian-style Bread Service, an appetizer composed of five different types of bread with nine sauces for dipping. Dinner is served until 9:30, but you’ll want to try to get a reservation while the sun is up so you can enjoy spectacular views of the antelope and giraffes right outside. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This elegant resort is within walking distance from the Magic Kingdom, but with all of the views and amenities the Grand Floridian offers, you could make a vacation out of just the resort grounds alone. Watching fireworks with a loved one is inherently romantic, but there is a special magic about being able to watch Disney fireworks away from the crowds from the comfort of your hotel balcony, at the end of the dock, or even at Narcoosee’s while enjoying a romantic dinner.
Grand Floridian Spa: A Relaxing Retreat for Couples with Personalized Massages
During the day, this resort is also home to the Grand Floridian Spa, which offers a variety of different services, including a personalized massage for two for you and your loved one. You can unwind together with a relaxing massage before enjoying time together in the relaxation room with calming music and tea or infused water.
The Floridian also offers multiple dining experiences: Guests can enjoy a night of fine dining at Victoria & Albert’s or relax with a more laid-back meal at the Enchanted Rose. The beauty of the Grand Floridian is that it has so many restaurants that there is something for every couple.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
And finally, we have one of the newer Disney Resorts: The Riviera, a resort inspired by the beautiful archways and terraces of Europe. This gorgeous hotel is one of the four Disney resorts that offer the Skyliner as a mode of transportation. And, while its main function is to serve as transportation to Epcot or Hollywood Studios, it can also be a romantic sunset ride together. If you time it right (midmorning after most people have already left for the parks), you can plan it out so that you have a gondola to yourself.
The Riviera also offers a tranquil pool aimed at adults to enjoy a relaxing time by the water as they listen to the sounds of their favorite Disney songs in French.
Romantic Dining at the Riviera: Quick Bites and Formal Options
When it’s time to enjoy a romantic meal together, the Riviera offers both quick service and more formal dining options. You and your partner can grab a quick bite from Primo Piatto or Le Petit Café and enjoy out in the fresh air, or book a reservation at Topolino’s Terrace located on the top floor of the hotel. For couples who want a taste of the parks without leaving their hotel, Topolino’s also offers one of the more unique character dining experiences for breakfast. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy come out in their unique artistic outfits as guests choose from a menu of delicious meals such as the Sour Cream Waffles or the Quiche Gruyere.
With its beautiful architecture, access to the Skyliner, and multiple dining options, there is no doubt that the Riveria is the most romantic resort for couples.
Romance at the Most Magical Place on Earth
No matter where you stay or what you do, there is always romance to be found in the Walt Disney World Resort. Each of these resorts offer a very special experience. We hope you have a great Trip!
See you in the Parks!