Walt Disney World Resorts can be a wonderful place for romance. You could surprise your loved one with a spa treatment, or stroll along the beach at the Polynesian and watch the Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks show. The Disney Florist (407-827-3505) can help you Order flowers or champagne and help you with ideas to make the event spectacular. Or, you can order a special Valentines gift from the Disney Store online. Disney also has some popular options for marriage proposals. They offer an all inclusive dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table featuring a specially created Chocolate Slipper Dessert, an engraved Glass Slipper in which the ring is presented, champagne flutes and more. (Call 407-824-4477 for pricing, details and proposal arrangements.) Cinderella’s Castle is a wonderful backdrop when proposing, and there are always Disney photographers close by. If you want to avoid having a bazillion strangers in the background of your photo, head to the castle and go to the photo spot on the right; you’ll have a railing behind you instead of other guests. There’s a similar spot in front of the Crystal Plaza Restaurant. You can also have a romantic dinner at one of the many great restaurants. The California Grill features gourmet meals and fantastic views, including watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle. Both Citricos and Narcoosee’s, at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa have a romantic atmosphere. The Grand Floridian is so beautiful and romantic; it’s a great place to walk around in the evening outside of the resort. Another great place to dine is Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. They have incredible food, and the atmosphere can be very romantic. You can also head out to the savannah and watch the animals, or listen to the African storytellers around a fire pit.
Does your lover love dolphins? SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove is offering several packages for February. This includes a Valentine Celebration Package where your sweetheart will get a t-shirt, gift bag, chocolates, AND a message on a buoy, delivered by a dolphin! Other packages available include a private animal meet-and-greet, private cabana, souvenir flutes, and a dozen roses. Packages are in addition to park admission, which is $199/person for a Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package or $129 for a visit without the dolphin encounter. Visit their website for additional information.
Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resorts is hosting a special Valentines Day event. This one will be celebrated February 18th with a wine tasting gourmet food, and music event. Enjoy a chocolate fountain, hand-rolled cigars, and live jazz music performed by the Dave Capp Project, as well as Portofino’s opera singers. Check website or call 407-503-1200 for additional information.
There are many other great (and less expensive) options as well, including the entertaining Valentine’s VIP experience at Capone’s Dinner & Show. The special package includes 2 tickets for the dinner show, VIP seating, priority seating, 2 beverages of your choice, and a souvenir photo! On Feb. 10th, The Enzian Theatre is presenting Popcorn Flicks in the Park, a special (FREE) presentation of “Love Story” (bring your own blanket and snacks). On Feb. 12th, The Central Florida Zoo is featuring Sex and the Zoo, which includes a romantic dinner, drinks, music, fashion show, and animal reproduction education. Also, SAK Comedy Club will have 2 special Valentine’s Day shows.
And, of course, there are hundreds of fabulous dining options in the Orlando area! Check out our Restaurant Guide for additional ideas. Whatever you choose, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!