Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing where you can have a date night and find romance at Disney.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, my thoughts have turned to romance. One may think of Walt Disney World as a place for kids, but there are so many places adults can turn for a date night. With lots of options for babysitting as well, it’s the perfect place for some romance.
On our last trip to Walt Disney World, my husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary so, of course, we were looking for a romantic date night. We started out with a lovely dinner at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk. I highly recommend it!!! Then, we headed over to Bayside Marina at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for a private Illuminations Cruise.
Our son was playing safely in our hotel room thanks to Kids Nite Out, although with its proximity to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and its Sandcastle Club, that could have easily been an option as well. Regardless, it was date night so while we were with another couple, it was adults only!
After checking in at the marina, we met our Captain for the evening. He was fantastic! We actually ended up talking to him on the dock so long, our boat was the last to leave! We did, however, finally make it to the boat and since we had let them know it was our anniversary, it was all decked out with a Happy Anniversary banner and balloons. After a very short safety briefing, we were off!
I had expected to head straight to Epcot, but we started our cruise in the opposite direction. There were very few boats and with it being evening, it really felt like we had the area all to ourselves. We circled around the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Our Captain took his time and when he saw we wanted photos, made sure to slow down so that we could do so.
At this point, we headed to Epcot. We went under the bridge between the France and United Kingdom pavilions and parked with other boats at the edge of the lagoon. Front row seats for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!!! While we were waiting for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth to begin, we checked out all the snacks that were available. Complimentary with the cruise is a snack basket full of everything from chips and pretzels to cookies and brownies. There was also a cooler with complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. One can also preorder more food from Disney’s Yacht Club Resort private dining at an additional cost, but since we knew we were going right after a large dinner, we chose not to.
Finally, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth began. While there were other boats around, I really felt like I was alone with my husband enjoying the show. We were seated on a bench seat in the boat with his arm around me and my head on his shoulder. There was no one sharing our seating (the other couple was on another bench seat across the boat) and no one in sight between us and the show. Like all good things, though, it came to an end and the Captain took us back to the marina.
I’ve heard that one’s marriage can lose its spark after a certain number of years. I highly recommend recharging it with a date night complete with fireworks! Going on the Illuminations Cruise was such a departure from the typical dinner and a movie date night, I know I will remember it for years to come.
At the time of this writing, Illuminations Cruises cost $325 per boat (up to 10 people) and can be booked by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Romance at Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is |Date Night at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- 2nd Stop – Trips with Tykes | Disneyland Date Night at Blue Bayou
- 3rd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Illuminations Cruises
- 4th Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Romance on the High Seas