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10 Ideas For An Epic Date Night At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids!  Whether you and your sweetie are enjoying Disney alone, or you get a sitter for the kids, there are plenty of nighttime options for an epic date night!  See below for ten epic date night suggestions!

10. A Polynesian Evening

Spend a tropical evening at the Polynesian resort.  Start with dinner at one of their renowned restaurants, Kona Café if you’re in the mood for quiet casual dining or Ohana for a boisterous family-style feast.  Next, make your way to the beach on the Seven Seas Lagoon for a romantic viewing of the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.  The music plays from speakers on the beach, so you get the full experience while feeling the sand between your toes or snuggling in a hammock.  Not ready for the night to be over yet?  Slip in to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a hole-in-the-wall with authentic island feel, serving up tropical drinks with a twist (we recommend the Uh-Oa!, sized for two, served in a souvenir tiki mug!).

9. Dinner and Fireworks at the California Grill

If your style is more cocktail than luau and you want to incorporate the Magic Kingdom fireworks in your date night, head to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  The California Grill, located on the 15th floor, offers stunning views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom.  Reserve a table by the window for a half-hour before the fireworks show, and your delicious meal will be accompanied by the best fireworks show in Disney history!

8. A trip back in time around Crescent Lake

Located just outside the back entrance of Epcot Center, Crescent Lake provides the perfect location for a nostalgic date night.  Start with dinner and ice cream sundaes at Beaches and Cream, a 50s themed soda shop with a juke box and adorable décor.  Be sure to get an Advanced Dining Reservation because the handful of tables fill up far in advance!  Follow dinner up with a walk around the lake to Disney’s Boardwalk, where you’ll be transported to turn of the (20th) century Atlantic City.  Rent a Surrey Bike to pedal around the lake, and win your date a prize at one of the carnival games!  If you want a little more modern fun, end your night singing along with the dueling pianos at Jellyrolls or dancing at the Atlantic Dance Hall.

7. Victoria and Alberts

For a date night that you’ll never forget, reserve the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  As if dining at a AAA Five Diamond restaurant wasn’t enough, the Chef’s Table puts you right in the middle of the action.  With a ten-course dinner, wine pairings, and personal interaction with the chef, this is definitely an epic date night.  There is only one reservation available per night, so you’ll have to plan in advance!

6. Pool and hot tub

If you’re staying at a Disney resort and you want a quiet date night, look no further than the pool and hot tub! The pools are heated and open as late a midnight in the summer.  By nighttime most kids are in bed or at a park, and you can enjoy some peaceful time in the water.  If the main pool is still hopping, most resorts have smaller pools around the property that tend to feel more private.

5. Drinking (or snacking) around the world

This is a classic adult Disney activity, and best done with a full day so you can actually take the time to enjoy it.  Start with one country in Epcot’s World Showcase, and then work your way around the lagoon, trying a new beverage at each pavilion.  You can make it an epic party day and just move from bar to bar, or take a slower approach and take the time to check out the shops and entertainment in each of the country’s as well.  If you’re not a drinker, you can do the same thing but with snacks!  Whether your drinking or eating, or both!, the easiest time to do it is during one of the festivals (Food and Wine or Garden) where each pavilion has booths with featured fare and drinks.  However, we recommend going at a non-festival time as it will push you to actually spend time in each pavilion!

4. Dinner and tequila tasting in Mexico

Nothing says date night like a table under the stars in a Mexican café with a volcano erupting in the distance!  Enjoy dinner at San Angel Inn at the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT and you’ll be transported south of the border for delicious food and drinks.  Follow up your meal with a tequila tasting at Cava de Tequila.

3. Horse drawn carriage rid

What’s more romantic than a horse drawn carriage ride??  You can book one at Port Orleans for a peaceful ride around the New Orleans inspired resort and along the banks of the Sassagoula River.  Follow this up with drinks at the River Roost Lounge where cabaret performer Yeeha Bob entertains most nights.  If you’re in the mood for more of a rustic feel, try the carriage ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort where you’ll meander through the forest and are likely to spot some critters roaming around.  Pair this up with the dinner show The Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue for a boisterous night or snacks and cocktails at Crockett’s Tavern for a more laid back, hangin-on-the front-porch-in-rockers kind of night.

2. Stay and Party at the Springs

If you’re looking for an epic party night date, book a room at Saratoga Springs.  This puts you just a short walk from Disney Springs, home to shopping, dining, and nightlife!  Enjoy a romantic dinner at any of the several restaurants and then bar hop around the springs. Make sure to check out one of the four bars at the Irish Pub Raglan Road, the creative cocktails at the vintage aviation themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a local craft beer at Stargazers Bar, and the tequila tower at Paradiso 37!

1. Night time thrill rides

Get a park-hopper pass and take a thrill ride tour of the parks!  Many of Disney’s most thrilling rides are especially fun at night.  Have an early dinner right before sunset, and then see how many of these you can ride in the dark: Expedition Everest, Tower of Terror, Slinky Dog Dash, Test Track, Mission Space, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.  The best conditions for this date are in the winter when it gets dark early, on a not-too crowded day, when the parks are still open fairly late.  Check out the park closing times for each park and plan your order accordingly!

About Katie D

I grew up in New Jersey in a family where the word “vacation” was synonymous with “Disney World.” After a few years of visiting regularly, my family became Disney Vacation Club members which meant we visited even more! Going to Disney always felt kind of like going home, and some of my best childhood and teenage memories occurred there. Now that I live in Jacksonville, FL I am excited to be a short drive from this magical place and look forward to making new memories for years to come.