Walt Disney World is a great vacation destination for many different kinds of trips, including couples! Lots of guests choose to celebrate their honeymoon, anniversary, or just a fun get away with a trip to Walt Disney World—myself included. There are lots of ways to enjoy time as a couple at Walt Disney World, and here are a few of my best tips:
10. FastPass+ Strategy
If you want to enjoy the perfect Walt Disney World vacation you need to understand FastPass+ and have a good strategy that works for your trip. This is for any kind of trip, but definitely one for couples. Maybe you have a fancy dinner planned one night, so you want to sleep in the next morning—so plan your FastPasses to start in the early afternoon. Maybe your goal is to do as many attractions in Magic Kingdom as possible—and for just two people that is easier to do than with a family. Plan your first FastPasses for in the morning, and as you use them you can move up the times of later FastPasses, and then start booking more as soon as you’ve tapped in for the third one. If you use this strategy you can ride a lot of attractions at Magic Kingdom using the FastPass lines. Or, maybe you are park hopping so you want to arrive at park opening for Hollywood Studios, then make afternoon FastPasses to start at Epcot. Whatever your plan, talk with your partner and come up with a great FastPass strategy that will make your touring easy and relaxed once you are on vacation.
9. After Hours Events
The After Hours Events started at Magic Kingdom, but have spread to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. This is a separate ticketed event that allows you about 3 hours to tour the parks in the evenings once the park is closed to the public. Not to be confused with Extra Magic Hours which is free to onsite resort guests, After Hours does have a ticket price, but the limited number of people allowed into the park make it a VIP type experience. You definitely get your best bang for your buck at Magic Kingdom as far as the available attractions, but all three options give couples a nice way to tour the parks with little waits. And sometimes these nighttime events are easier without kids who get sleepy—and they are certainly more affordable if you only have 2 people versus a family. Not only do you get to take advantage of the low waits, but the events include bottled beverages, popcorn, and ice cream treats. My hubby & I have done two After Hours events at the Magic Kingdom and we loved them!
8. Spa Visit
While you are on your couples trip, plan on some relaxation time and a little romance. The Spas at Walt Disney World offer great couples options for massages and other treatments, or you could go it alone and meet back up after enjoying your relaxing down time. The main spas are located at the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs, but several of the resorts offer some limited spa treatment options as well. Check out the menu of treatments and book your spa experience in advance to make sure you are able to get the times and treatments you prefer.
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7. Epcot Festivals
I love the Festivals at Epcot. In 2018 I got to attend all 4 which was a bucket list item for me! I think a couples trip timed with an Epcot Festival makes for a great way to enjoy that park. And right now there are only a few months that miss having a Festival. Festival of the Arts runs January-February; Flower & Garden Festival is March-May; Food & Wine Festival is August-November; and Festival of the Holidays is November-December. During these times you can enjoy the specialty foods at the booths, take part in classes, workshops or tastings, be entertained by concerts, shop the special booths, and so much more. As adults it is a great way to tour around Epcot and World Showcase.
6. Special Fireworks Viewing
There are few things more romantic than watching fireworks with your sweetie (at least for a Disney fan). And Walt Disney World offers so many “special” ways to view their various nighttime spectaculars. You may choose a fireworks dessert party—these are offered at all four theme parks for their shows. Or you might want to do a private fireworks cruise, very romantic for an anniversary celebration. You can book these for Magic Kingdom or Epcot fireworks. There are also some dining opportunities that offer fireworks viewing like California Grill at the Contemporary Resort where you can go out on the observation deck to watch Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, or the new Illuminations viewing at the Rose & Crown. No matter what you choose, a specialty fireworks viewing is surely a romantic way to end a Disney day.
5. Add Some Recreation
You don’t have to spend all of your trip in the theme parks! Walt Disney World offers so many opportunities for fun outside of the theme parks and many people don’t even know what is offered. There are several recreational activities that would be perfect additions to a couples trip. If you enjoy golf Walt Disney World has some fantastic championship courses. How about horseback riding? You can do a guided trail ride at Fort Wilderness. You can even learn archery together at Fort Wilderness. There are guided fishing excursions which are so much fun, and you are guaranteed a good catch. Or you could just rent a boat on your own to go exploring on Bay Lake, Seven Seas Lagoon, or Crescent Lake.
We lead hectic lives, so don’t underestimate the value of some downtime on a couples trip. And if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort you have some amazing things to do just hanging around your resort—whether it is a value resort or a deluxe. Spend some time at the pool just relaxing and enjoying a fruity drink. See if there are any activities being offered for adults (some resorts offer a painting activity for a small fee). Is there a lounge at your resort? Go have a drink before dinner, or see if they offer some fun entertainment like Yee Haa Bob at Port Orleans Riverside. Some resorts even offer tours of the resort—Animal Kingdom Lodge has an amazing culinary tour that I would highly recommend after sampling it last year.
3. Signature Dining
A couples trip is the perfect time to try some of those Signature Dining restaurants that you may not want to invest the time and money into if you are traveling with kids. And fine dining at Walt Disney World is delicious and romantic, so it is the perfect complement to a couples trip. Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian is a great one to try, particularly if you can score the Chef’s Table, but there are so many great options. California Grill is my current favorite, especially with the views you get at sunset and of the fireworks. Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a delicious and exotic meal. Flying Fish at the Boardwalk has a great atmosphere and food. There are so many to choose from—check out the menus and reserve one for your trip.
2. VIP Experiences
When you are at Disney for a romantic couples trip it is kind of nice to feel like a special VIP. Disney has several offerings that definitely make you feel special. You could book a VIP Guide to take you around the parks. Speaking from experience, this is an unforgettable way to see the parks—all FastPass lines and being escorted by a knowledgeable guide who can tell you all of the history and answer all of your questions. Or you could schedule a guided group tour experience that takes you backstage and teaches you more about Walt Disney World. I love the Keys to the Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom and Undiscovered Future World at Epcot for this type of experience. If you love animals then you can have once in a lifetime experiences with tours like Caring for Giants, Wild Africa Trek, and Up Close with Rhinos at the Animal Kingdom Park. Take a look at what is offered and add one of these special experiences.
1. Choose the Right Resort
I think one of the key components to the perfect couples trip is to pick the right resort. Talk with your companion to see what you want to get out of the trip. Is it go-go-go parks sun up to sun down? Then you might love Pop Century as a great modern and clean space to rest after long park days. Do you want a romantic atmosphere, plan to visit Disney Springs for great food & shopping, and don’t want to break the bank? Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter would be fantastic options. Are you planning to visit Epcot for a Festival? Beach Club, Boardwalk, or Yacht Club would be perfect. Looking for something exotic and one of a kind? Animal Kingdom Lodge. Beach-y feel? Polynesian. Relax in luxury? Grand Floridian. Walt Disney World resorts offer so many choices there is a perfect answer for every couple. And, think about splurging for a Concierge or Club Level stay on your couples trip—it adds just that little extra touch of pampering and luxury when you are staying at a deluxe resort.
How do you make your couples vacation to Walt Disney World perfect?