Walt Disney World Resort may not be the first place you think of when romance is mentioned, but Disney Resorts are filled with beautiful, relaxing, and romantic activities for couples if you know where to look. A Disney Resort is the perfect destination for couples looking for some time together with a magical or upscale flair.
From resort options near Animal Kingdom to those with a Cinderella Castle view of the Magic Kingdom, to Resorts near Disney Springs, you have options. If you are in search of the most romantic Disney Resorts, this article is a great starting place!
As one of the original Disney Resorts, the iconic Disney flavor of the Contemporary Resort is always a crowd pleaser. The proximity to Disney Parks like Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, convenience of the monorail line, beauty of the A-Frame design, and dining options in the Resort make it perfect for a romantic getaway. At this Deluxe Resort, couples can rent cabanas by the pool or enjoy guided water sports and fishing trips by day to break from the traditional hustle of Walt Disney World. If you want to play in the Parks, by all means, explore an Animal Kingdom adventure or scream down Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios. But if you’d rather take it slow and stay close to your room, there is also so much to enjoy at this resort.
If we are talking Disney dining, enjoy the pinnacle luxury experience of dining at the California Grill atop the hotel. Savor a glass of California wine and a moonlit view of the Cinderella Castle with your love. Guests dining at California Grill have the opportunity to enjoy the private fireworks viewing area outside the restaurant as music from the evening fireworks display is piped in over the speakers and fireworks erupt over the Cinderella Castle at the end of the day.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a must-visit for hardcore Disney World fans and couples alike.
Disney Aulani Resort – Hawaii
This next best Disney Resort recommendation is not technically at Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll need to travel a bit farther to enjoy this romantic resort. Next stop, Hawaii!
Nestled on the coast of O’ahu, Hawaii, this beachfront Disney Property oozes serenity, romance, and fun. A vacation at Disney’s Aulani is the result of Disney magic merging with the rich culture of Hawaii. In 2014 the resort was voted the number one family hotel in the country by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
In fact, Aulani has collected many accolades, like a Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Award, Parents Magazine Kid’s Travel Award, and Fodor’s 100 Best Hotel Award, just to name a few. Built in 2011 and expanded in 2013, this Resort just keeps getting better and better. Relaxing in literal paradise with your partner makes a vacation at Aulani a bucket list item for many Disney fans. I want to live out my Lilo and Stitch dreams at this romantic resort.
Lounge in one of the sparkling pools on the property, enjoy the lush golf course, or get lost in the Laniwai Spa as you experience a couple’s massage. Couples can also enjoy excursions off the property to experience the local culture, as they go dolphin and whale watching by boat or explore the beach on horseback. Aulani is the perfect option for Disney fans hoping to change up their normal Walt Disney World routine while retaining the magic of a Disney vacation and seeing a new resort.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The rustic beauty of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge makes it the perfect resort destination for a romantic getaway. Particularly in winter, the furnishings and theming of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge seem even more cozy and romantic. Towering totem poles, a mountain stream running through the lobby, and the huge stone fireplace create a romantic atmosphere as soon as you enter the resort. Modeled after lodges near national parks in the American west, this is a must-visit Deluxe Resort
Hot and cold whirlpool spas and a gorgeous pool surrounded by pine trees and rock give the feeling that you are relaxing in nature instead of in a theme park hub in central Florida. Delicious dining opportunities at Whispering Canyon Café and Artist Point are available in the hotel, so Guests can enjoy incredible meals without ever leaving the comfort of the Resort. Located just a short distance from other resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and of course the nearby Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Guests have a myriad of alternate dining options a short ferry ride away.
Polynesian Village Resort
The iconic Polynesian Village Resort seems to become more beautiful and romantic with each renovation. The South Seas flavor of the Resort has made it a Disney favorite of mine for years. The fun volcano pool on the banks of Bay Lake, unmatched Resort dining, and breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom make it an incredibly romantic Resort. Many Disney World diehards name Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort as the best Disney Resort there is. An original Disney hotel inspired by Walt’s love of the South Seas, this resort kills it in theming.
They are strides ahead when it comes to dining, too. My favorite bottomless Disney Resort meal is located at this Resort — don’t miss a visit to ‘Ohana. Couples looking to splurge on an extra romantic experience can opt for the added privacy of villas or bungalows at the Resort. Bungalows Guests get breathtaking views of the Resort or lagoon overlooking the Magic Kingdom. Viewing the Electric Water Parade from the comfort and privacy of your own bungalow at the Polynesian Village is about as romantic and magical as a vacation can get.
Yacht Club Resort
The Yacht Club has long been a favorite resort of many, but it’s also a romantic Resort pick. Located near Disney’s Beach Club Resort, this nautically-themed hotel delivers on upscale charm, theming, and out-of-this-world views and pools. Yacht Club Resort is an incredible Resort for lovers because it provides so many relaxing activities and amenities that a couple need not leave the resort for food, fun, or relaxation.
The Resort is known for the gorgeous pools that line the property. Pools are shared between Yacht Club and Beach Club Resort, but this means you’ll have double the deck chairs to lounge in and lots of space to swim or relax. A lazy river, several hot tubs, poolside lounging space, and sand-covered pool bottoms create a relaxing atmosphere for Guests.
The pool at this resort has actually been known to lure theme park Guests away from a Disney Park and back to this Disney Resort paradise. Proximity to the Disney Boardwalk means that couples can spend the evening strolling beneath the beautiful BoardWalk lights, sampling the food on the Disney BoardWalk, or enjoying mixed drinks from Joe’s Marvelous Margarita stand.
These are the most romantic Resorts in my opinion, but so many Disney Resorts have romantic details, meaningful touches, activities, and experiences that would be perfect to experience with your lover. Strolling the trails at Port Orleans Riverside, getting a couple’s massage at Animal Kingdom Lodge, or lounging in a double hammock at Caribbean Beach Resort are more romantic Disney Resort must-do’s for couples. What Disney Resorts would you add to this list?