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Spending Valentine’s Day Weekend in Orlando? By Leap

by Leap on February 10, 2011 · 0 Comments · in Crowd Calendar & When to Visit

V-day PhotoHow to Add a Little Romance to Your Theme Park Vacation

Romance probably isn’t the word that comes to mind when you think of theme parks, but there are plenty of things to do in and around the parks that will make you feel like you were just hit by cupid’s arrow. Just ask Mommy Frog! ;)

Get Pampered
Whether Mommy Frog treats herself to a manicure and pedicure or we go together for a couples’ massage, we love the world-class spas at the Disney resorts. Our favorites are Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa and the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Hotel. Set your appointments as soon as possible since this is a popular choice for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Up, Up and Away
A hot air balloon ride is a one of those once-in-a-lifetime activities that screams romance. We have wonderful memories flying over spectacular sites in the Orlando area, from the theme parks to the orange groves and forests, to swamps and marshlands untouched for thousands of years. Upon landing, you can participate in the traditional champagne toast like we did.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Horse-drawn carriage rides depart from Boatwrights Dining Hall at Port Orleans-Riverside Resort for 30-minute trips up and down the Sassagoula River. The trip costs $45 per carriage. We haven’t done this, but it sounds romantic and the price is reasonable.

The Old Faithfuls
Flowers and chocolate are synonymous with Valentine’s Day, so why not give them Disney-style? Have a flower arrangement designed by a Disney florist delivered to your room. To add even more “enchantment,” ask the Dream Maker to add on the “Romance with Rose Petals” package. The gift includes a plentiful supply of rose petals which you can sprinkle in your resort room.

For some sweets for your sweetie, stop by the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney for the best chocolate treats and coffee drinks in the area. While you’re there, you can snuggle up for a movie at the AMC Theater.

Have a “Private” Fireworks Viewing
You don’t have to share your romantic moment with a few thousand of your closest friends. Why not take a moonlit stroll along the beach in front of the Polynesian Resort then watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show from there?
If you’re having dinner at the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, the view from the observation deck is incredible and a little more private than Main Street, U.S.A.

Under the BoardWalk
Stroll along the beach in front of Disney’s Beach Club Resort then head over to Disney’s BoardWalk to play carnival style games. If you’re looking for a night club atmosphere afterwards, try Atlantic Dance Hall or Jellyrolls. You’ll feel like giddy teenagers again in no time!

Go on a Specialty Cruise
From the Fireworks Cruise that ends with a spectacular view of a fireworks show to the Intimate Dining Cruise, there are a variety of specialty cruises available to make your night even more romantic. Since IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is our favorite fireworks show, we love the IllumiNations cruises. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance, and it’s a worth a call to check availability.

Plan a Romantic Dinner
The most popular choice for a romantic dinner is Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. It has earned the coveted AAA Five Diamond award 10 years in row! If reservations aren’t available try these alternatives:
Narcoossee’s @ Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Artist Point @ Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Bistro de Paris and Le Cellier @ Epcot
California Grill @ Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Coral Reef Restaurant @ Epcot (Our Facebook friend, Asim, heard some particularly romantic rumors about this one!)

The Babysitter’s Club
Guests at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel can use the Children’s Activity Centers at the deluxe hotels (Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht and Beach Club). You can get current pricing and make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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