We’ve been to Walt Disney World numerous times without kids, and it never ceases to raise a few eyebrows. But contrary to popular belief, it IS possible to have a thoroughly enjoyable vacation at the most magical place on earth as a couple. In fact, we highly recommend it! Here are a few tips for your perfect couples trip to Walt Disney World.
1. Romantic Dinner
A romantic dinner is a must when planning a couples trip to Walt Disney World! We love dining at California Grill, at the Contemporary Resort; with an ambiance of elegance and a fantastic view, this is a great spot for a quiet dinner for two. If you make your reservation for an hour before Happily Ever After and wait for a window table, you can even see fireworks while you eat. Another great dining spot, if you’re willing to splurge, is the incomparable Victoria and Albert’s. It just screams “romance”, and you won’t find kids under 10 here – plus, the food is world-class.
2. Senses Spa
The ideal destination if you’re seeking rest and relaxation as a couple, Senses is all about pampering. Your cares will melt away as you indulge in a soothing facial, massage, or body wrap featuring your favorite scents. There’s even a massage for two, so you can enjoy your spa experience with your loved one.
3. Don’t Stay at a Value Resort
Value resorts are great for families, groups and people travelling to Walt Disney World on a budget. But they’re not the best if you’re travelling without kids and are looking for more of an intimate, relaxing hotel experience, away from children and throngs of people. If you can, it’s worth booking a moderate or deluxe resort – trust us, you’ll notice the difference!
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4. Disney Springs Nightlife
When you vacation at Walt Disney World as a couple, you’ll be free to party the night away at Disney Springs. With more restaurants, bars and clubs than ever before, your only problem will be narrowing down your options! You can put your dancing shoes on and while away the evening at Bongos Cuban Café. Enjoy great eats and a variety of acts like aerialists, contortionists, burlesque and DJs at the 1920s-themed The Edison. Or retreat with some signature drinks and sushi at the oh-so-secret Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia. The choices are endless.
5. Resort Day
One of the great things about travelling as a couple is that you can take the time to truly enjoy your resort (even more important if you’ve splurged on a moderate or deluxe resort like we recommended!). We try to set aside one day every time we’re at Disney World where we explore the resort, swim, relax by the pool, and take advantage of all the amenities we can. It’s often a highlight of our trip! You can still head out to a park or to Disney Springs for a dinner reservation, but you’ll feel positively rejuvenated when you do.
6. Highway in the Sky
You won’t find another dining experience like this anywhere in Walt Disney World. The Highway in the Sky is a multi-course dinner that whisks you from one monorail resort to the next to enjoy dinner and drinks at each stop. You’re in a private monorail car, and the drinks keep flowing – this is about as exclusive an experience as you can get on property!
7. Take in a Festival
Walt Disney World’s Epcot is home to 4 excellent annual festivals. And while it’s certainly possible to enjoy these festivals with kids, not all kids are patient enough to walk around the park enjoying sculptures or global cuisine. So take advantage of your couples trip to enjoy the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
8. Resort Hop
One of the most magical ways of spending an afternoon or evening at Walt Disney World has absolutely nothing to do with the parks! Hop on a bus or monorail for some quality resort hopping. Can’t afford to stay at the Grand Floridian? No problem! You can still wander the resort, listen to the resident orchestra, peruse the shops, and imagine what it would be like to stay here! Not a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge? Well, you can still check out the animals on the savannah (and even use complimentary night vision goggles after dark). Resort hopping is especially fun during the holidays, when many of the deluxe resorts have spectacular gingerbread displays.
9. Backstage Tours
We recently discovered Walt Disney World’s Backstage Tours, and can’t get enough. A lot of kids wouldn’t have the patience for these sometimes lengthy but always fascinating tours, but they’re a perfect option for couples. Whether you want to tour the Utilidors of Magic Kingdom, learn how to care for Animal Kingdom’s creatures, or scuba dive with underwater creatures at Epcot’s The Seas with Nemo and Friends, there’s a tour just waiting to take you behind the scenes at your favorite Disney park!
10. Shop Til You Drop
When you’re travelling as a couple, you’ll be able to shop at your leisure, without worrying about little ones getting restless or wanting to buy everything in the store. This is a great way to stay cool in the Florida heat! Not to mention, you can stop in shops you may have completely avoided with kids (glass-blowing demonstration at Crystal Arts, anyone??).