Fun Fact: Disney is NOT just for kids!
Whether you love fine dining or epic thrills, there is plenty for adults to enjoy at the Disney Parks. Here are 11 Disney date night ideas for your next adults-only vacation!
1) International Night in Epcot
Always wanted to take your spouse to Paris? How about Italy? Morocco? The World Showcase in Epcot offers 11 different pavilions to explore, each with food and exhibits from a different country. Learn a bit of the language and enjoy a delicious themed meal amidst famous landmarks.
2) Night of Thrills
Take advantage of a Park Hopper ticket and Extra Magic Hours to make it your mission to ride every Disney thrill ride in one night. Hit all the mountains (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder), fly to Mars on Mission: Space, and soar around Pandora on a banshee on Flight of Passage. See who can make the best faces in the ride photos!
3) Fantasy Night
Do you or your spouse love make-believe? Take a tour of Fantasyland and recreate romantic scenes from classic Disney stories using PhotoPass photographers. To end the night, plan a magical dinner in Cinderella Castle during the fireworks.
4) Dessert Tour
I don’t know about you, but I always have a sweet tooth. Research the best desserts in the park and set out to taste every one. Keep your own scorecards of which you think are best and compare notes at the end of the night. This works especially well in Epcot during the Food & Wine Festival. Or, reserve spots at one of Disney’s fabulous dessert parties.
5) Game Night
Have a competitive spirit? Have a game night! Search out interactive attractions such as Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Toy Story Mania, Paradise Pier Games of the Boardwalk, or the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. Add in a search for Hidden Mickeys and some Disney Trivia to continue the fun all night long.
6) Steak and Cocktails
When it comes to a great meal, I’m a steak and potatoes kind of girl. There’s something about a nice, filling meal in an old-fashioned steakhouse that just feels like date night to me. Thankfully, Disney offers many great options, such as The Yachtsman, Le Cellier, The BOATHOUSE, and Steakhouse 55. Oh, and for drinks I love Carthay Circle Restaurant or The Hollywood Brown Derby!
7) Spa and Room Service
Ready for a relaxing night in after a day running around the parks? Plan a late afternoon couples massage at Senses Spa (or choose from their wide variety of treatments). Then get into comfy robes and order room service as you cuddle up with some favorite Disney classics for the evening.
8) Bowling and a Movie
Looking for a classic date night? In Disney Springs you’ll find Splitsville Lanes alon with AMC Theaters. This is great for your arrival night or a break day in between parks. Grab dinner at the bowling alley (seriously, they have an awesome menu), bowl a few games, and then head over to see the latest Disney film release.
9) Evening Safari
If you love nature, you’ll love the Evening Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari, you’ll start off with a private tour of the Harambe Wildlife Preserve and finish with a sampling of African-inspired tapas and wines. Be sure to reserve this special experience in advance!
10) Private or Fine Dining
Speaking of special experiences, you can arrange for a private dining experience at Walt Disney World Resort. You can choose from an intimate experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or a catered affair at one of several resort or park locations. A few other great options are the chef’s tables (Citrico’s, Flying Fish, or Victoria & Albert’s) or wine tasting at Jiko. Note: You’ll find the best meal on property at the acclaimed Victoria & Albert’s (no children allowed).
11) Dinner and a Show
Finally, one of my favorite ways to spend a Disney date night is with a dinner package or a fireworks view. My personal favorite is dinner at Blue Bayou in Disneyland followed by VIP seating for Fantasmic! Similar offerings are available for select shows at Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re at Epcot, several restaurants offer fireworks views of IllumiNations.
Of course, there are plenty more opportunities for daytime or evening dates that are perfect for adults, depending on what you’re into. Golfing, Atlantic Dance Hall, strolling the BoardWalk, and an endless supply of signature restaurants, bars, and lounges.
Walt Disney’s vision for Disney was one where entire families could enjoy quality time together. You don’t need to have your kids with you to live in the joy of the Disney Parks.
So which date night will you choose?
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