Ways to Make Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation Romantic
On this page I’ve compiled information about romantic Disney World dining, fireworks cruises and other lots of other tips that can add romance to your special Disney World getaway.
Of course, Disney World is the perfect place to pop the big question. Here are some ways to make your marriage proposal perfectly magical!
And if you want to get married at Disney World, I have some information for you about Disney weddings as well.
Please note: prices are subject to change at any time.
Romantic Disney World Restaurants and Dining
- Cinderella’s Royal Table Engagement Package
- Grand Floridian Private Dinner
- The Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Other Romantic Disney World Restaurants
Other Romantic Disney World Activities and Locations
- Fireworks or IllumiNations Cruises
- Romantic Experiences at Walt Disney World and Nearby
- Romantic Places to Propose at Walt Disney World
- Proposals and Photos
- Getting Help with Your Proposal
- In-Room Gifts, Flowers and Cakes
Romantic Disney World Restaurants and Dining
Because it is located in Cinderella Castle, Cinderella’s Royal Table is a perfectly romantic place to feel like a royal couple. Proposing at Cinderella’s Royal Table is so popular that the restaurant offers an engagement package. The fairytale dining spot features American cuisine and hosts meet-and-greets with Disney princesses and the Fairy Godmother during breakfast and lunch. The engagement package is available at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
After your meal the server will present the engagement ring in a glass slipper, lying on a bed of fresh rose petals enclosed in a decorative platter with a dome lid. This is followed with a non-alcoholic champagne toast. During lunch or dinner, you also have the option of a special white chocolate slipper filled with chocolate mousse on an angel food cake pillow, served with fresh berries and a raspberry sauce.
The Cinderella’s Royal Table Engagement Package includes:
- Your meal, including a toast with non-alcoholic beverage and a special slipper dessert
- A crystal slipper engraved with your names and the date
- A personal photographer to capture the moment
Last time I checked, the cost was $300 plus tax and tip. Call (407) 824-4477 or email email@example.com at least 7 days in advance to schedule a proposal using the engagement package at Cinderella’s Royal Table. I recommend calling even earlier because it can take them quite a while to get back to you!
The Grand Floridian will create a private dining experience for couples, with views of the fireworks and a personal butler to attend to all your needs. The dinners usually take place outside in the alcove area overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, and dessert is timed to coincide with the Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
The standard Private Dining meal includes a multi-course dinner. The dinner is for 2-4 people and at last report, it costs $95 per person plus beverages, a $75 fee for the “butler,” plus 18% gratuity, plus tax and service fees. Expect it to run $350 or more for two people. You must be a guest at one of Disney’s official resorts to participate in this experience.
Contact Private Dining at (407) 824-2474 at least seven days in advance to schedule a private dinner at the Grand Floridian.
Victoria and Albert’s is Walt Disney World’s premiere restaurant. The Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s is an extra-special experience for any couple. There is only one Chef’s Table, with only one seating for one party each evening. The table is located in Victoria & Albert’s kitchen. While the Chef’s Table seats up to ten people, if you arrange a booking for just the two of you, it is yours exclusively for the evening.
The gourmet meal you’ll enjoy at the Chef’s Table includes seven courses and based on the main dining room’s selections. It generally takes about two and a half hours. During the meal, the chef interacts with you and lightly tailors the menus to fit your preferences, often offering tastes of additional items. You are tended to by a butler (Albert) and a maid (Victoria).
The Chef’s Table cost per person is $200 plus tax and gratuity. If you would like to sample wine pairings with each course, the additional cost per person is $95 plus tax and gratuity.
A dress code is enforced. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies should be in evening attire (dress or pant suit).
There is only one seating per night for the Chef’s Table, so it is hard to get a reservation, but well worth it. In order to reserve this highly sought-after table, call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) at 7:00 am (ET) exactly 180 days in advance, and select option #2.
For a less expensive — but no less romantic — dinner option than those listed above, consider Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. Featuring floor-to-ceiling arched windows, sweeping murals inspired by France’s Loire Valley, snow details on the windows, graceful Gothic arches and intricate mosaics, this is a meticulously Imagineered dining destination based on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. This restaurant, which opened in December 2012, has three themed rooms: the West Wing, Belle’s Library and the grand 2-story Ballroom.
Be Our Guest is counter-service at lunch (less romantic, but also less expensive) but offers table service at dinner. Book your table early, as this is a popular restaurant.
Many Walt Disney World restaurants can accomodate engagements and other romantic events. To reserve, just call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) for regular reservations, or Group Dining at (407) 939-7707 for groups of 8 or more. For larger events such as rehearsal dinners, post-wedding dinners and anniversary parties, you can also book a private party at some of the restaurants mentioned below. Call the Group Dining line for details, including costs, rules and menus.
You can arrange to have special cakes at restaurant events, too!
Other Romantic Disney World Activities and Locations
- Romantic Disney World Resort Restaurants for Dinner
- Romantic Disney World Resort Dining at Lunch
- Romantic Theme Park Restaurants for Dinner
- Romantic Downtown Disney Restaurants for Dinner
- Romantic Character Dining
- “Familymoon” Restaurant Ideas
- Dining Discounts
- Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- California Grill at Contemporary Resort (views of Magic Kingdom fireworks)
- Citricos or Victoria and Albert’s at Grand Floridian Resort
- Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge
- bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Unfortunately very few of Disney’s resorts offer table-service lunches. By far the most romantic option is The Wave at the Contemporary Resort, which offers soft lighting and a club-like bar area.
Other options for a relatively quiet atmosphere are Grand Floridian Cafe or Captain’s Grille at Yacht Club.
Don’t forget that you will need admission tickets if you choose a theme park restaurant. Some suggestions include:
- Monsieur Paul, Coral Reef and Tutto Italia in Epcot are all great bets.
- San Angel Inn in the Mexico pyramid at Epcot has a romantic atmosphere (it’s always night there).
- La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion offers views of IllumiNations.
- A fan of classic Hollywood? Check out The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Fulton’s Crab House for traditional seafood
- Portobello for upscale Italian cuisine
If you want a truly “Disney” dining experience, consider a Character Dining restaurant that has a “romantic” theme (i.e. Cinderella or one of the other Disney princesses), but be aware that these restaurants will be swarming with kids, even late at night!
Remember that you will need admission tickets if you choose a theme park Character Dining restaurant. Some good choices are:
- Cinderella’s Gala Feast at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian
- Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Castle at the Magic Kingdom (where the price of your meal includes a nice photo package)
- Princess Storybook Dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot (also includes a photo package)
In addition to the Character Dining options above, if you want to have a fun, family-oriented meal with a romantic edge, the two options below are worth considering. Both offer flat-rate meals, and no admission tickets are required since these locations are in a resort.
- Dinner at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort has a somewhat romantic tropical atmosphere and is adjacent to a Tiki bar for a few drinks while you’re waiting. While not officially a Character Dining location, ‘Ohana usually has some characters from Lilo and Stitch, plus a floor show.
- Another fun option at the Polynesian Resort is the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which includes a luau-style meal accompanied by a Polynesian dance show.
Annual Passholders, Florida Residents and others can get a discount at a variety of Walt Disney World restaurants. For more information, click here.
A special and romantic option is to book a private boat for your party to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom or IllumiNations at Epcot. You can book these cruises up to 90 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY. They are very popular, so be sure to call right at opening (7:00 am EST) at the 90-day mark! A credit card guarantee is required to hold your reservation and you must cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged.
Your options for Fireworks Cruises are:
- Grand1, a fabulous 45-foot yacht with private dining and butler service. It accommodates up to 13 people. The cost is $480 an hour plus tax and any catering. A captain is included in the price. Call (407) 824-2682 for reservations.
- A canopied pontoon boat that will hold up to 10 people. The cost is $300 plus tax, which includes a driver and light snacks (bags of chips, pretzels and popcorn, plus water and soft drinks). These boats can be booked for pick-up from the Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, Grand Floridian, Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge marinas. If you want other food or beverages you can order them at additional cost through the resort’s Private Dining department.
Your only option for IllumiNations Cruises is a canopied pontoon boat that will hold up to 10 people. The cost is $300 plus tax, which includes a driver and light snacks (bags of chips, pretzels and popcorn, plus water and soft drinks). These boats can be booked for pick-up from the Yacht and Beach Club marinas. If you want other food or beverages you can order them at additional cost through the resort’s Private Dining department.
Looking for romantic experiences or a private place to pop the question? Here are a few ideas:
- Stroll the grounds at Disney’s Deluxe resorts, or the Boardwalk. There are some locations where you can watch the fireworks while you’re strolling!
- Watch the Electric Water Pageant from certain Deluxe resorts.
- Take a carriage ride.
- Head to Jellyroll’s on the Boardwalk and sing along to dueling pianos.
- Go to the spa together. The Grand Floridian Spa features a “Couples Room” where couples can enjoy specialized spa treatments such as massages and facials.
- Have a special evening at the theater. Purchase tickets for Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba
- Soak in the resort hot tub late at night.
- Venture away from Walt Disney World, and visit Discovery Cove to swim with the dolphins.
If you want to propose in a memorable place at Walt Disney World without buying an “engagement package,” here are some perfect spots that won’t cost you anything (except, in some cases, theme park admission):
- At the Wishing Well, next to the Castle in Magic Kingdom
- In front of Cinderella’s Castle at night
- On the Peter Pan ride, as you fly over the lights of London
- On the beach at the Polynesian, ideally just before the fireworks – Sunset Pointe is a perfect spot
- At any of the other resort beaches, including the ones at Grand Floridian, Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach resorts
- In the France courtyard or Italy courtyard in Epcot’s World Showcase, at night (maybe just before IllumiNations)
- On the fourth-floor balcony at Wilderness Lodge, overlooking the lake
- Of course, any location that is special to the two of you is perfect for a proposal!
If you’re going to propose marriage at Walt Disney World, don’t forget to arrange for photos. Naturally you may want the actual proposal to be private, but it is a great idea to have some pictures taken immediately afterward. This will be one of the most memorable moments of your life, and it’s wonderful to have a record of it to enjoy later.
One option is to use a professional photographer or videographer. Call (407) 827-5099 to make a reservation with Disney Photographic Services, or arrange with a local pro to shoot the event.
Don’t want to pay for a professional? Ask a friend or family member to be present. Or at minimum, bring a camera and ask a passerby to capture the moment.
Disney actually has a website focused on proposals, so that’s one place to start.
If you will be staying at a Disney Deluxe resort in a Club Level room, contact the Concierge well in advance of the trip and they’ll usually be happy to help you make your dream proposal a reality. Your confirmation should list the phone number for the Concierge, or your travel agent should be able to get it for you.
If you will be staying at a Disney resort but not on the Club Level, you can ask the Lobby Concierge for help when you arrive. Quite frankly, the service they are prepared to provide is variable. One of them might be a romantic at heart and bend over backward to assist you, while another may offer you little or no help. If the first one you speak with isn’t helpful, come back later and speak with a different person.
If you’ve already arrived on property and you have an idea for a creative proposal but no idea how to arrange things, try approaching a Cast Member in Guest Services, or in the area where you want to make the magic happen. Seek out someone who seems friendly and isn’t super-busy at the time. As with the Lobby Concierge, your results will be variable, so ask a different Cast Member if the first one isn’t enthusiastic.
The Disney Florist is excellent at helping with proposals. Of course their primary function is to sell you flowers, gift baskets, etc, but they do have a lot of fun and creative ideas. Call them and ask!
If you’re working with a travel agent, ask her for help. The agent can’t make any on-property “magic” happen in the same way that a Disney Cast Member might, but if she is a Disney specialist, she may be able to think of interesting locations and ideas for a proposal.
If you want to be married at Walt Disney World, you must plan the event through Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings program. (The same information applies to a vow renewal or commitment ceremony. As far as Disney is concerned, these are interchangeable.)
Disney’s theme parks are private property. If you attempt to hold a wedding on your own in any public area, you are very likely to be detected and find yourself unceremoniously removed from the premises. Only participants in the Fairy Tale Weddings program receive certain privileges, including the right to wear wedding attire at the Disney resorts and the ability to get professional wedding photos taken in the Walt Disney World theme parks. Also, other than the exception noted below, it is only by using Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings that you can have Disney characters at your reception.
That one exception: the Downtown Disney hotels and the Swan and Dolphin hotels are on Walt Disney World Resort property, but they are not owned or operated by Disney. Because of their relationship with Disney, if you have your wedding at one of those hotels, you can have Disney characters at your reception. However, you don’t get the full privileges of a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding. Couples who marry at the Downtown Disney hotels or the Swan/Dolphin are not allowed to wear wedding attire at the Disney resorts and they aren’t able to have professional wedding photos taken in the theme parks.
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