Romance at Walt Disney World: Favorite Hotels for Couples

Find a cozy place to unwind at the Grand Floridian.

Romance at Walt Disney World: Favorite Hotels for Couples

Romance at Walt Disney World?! If you’re reading this article, you are either looking for romantic ideas for your Walt Disney World vacation or you are wondering how couples are finding lovely moments to share at a theme park.

I’m writing this so that you don’t doubt for a moment that couples can find romance at Walt Disney World. I’ve got date suggestions coming soon too. For now, let’s delve into the hotels at Walt Disney World. This photographic tour will point out our favorite hotels for couples at WDW.

Join us on this romantic journey; better yet, grab your sweetheart, a fabulous beverage, and start planning your trip together.

Romance at Walt Disney World. Romantic Hotels.

In the spirit of fairytales, these resorts inspire us to dream in settings similar to the Disney classics. Reserve a room at any of these hotels and let their charm woo you and your beloved.

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Some guests love the old world charm, others find it a little too reminiscent of their grandmother’s parlor. Either way, look a little closer at Disney’s Grand Floridian.

The Grand Floridian lobby is a relaxing place to hang out at WDW.
Let time go by at the GF Lobby.

Yes, I have a bias here. Michael and I honeymooned at the GF; we also have spent many anniversaries holding hands and staring up at the gabled roofs.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Victorian elegance at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

What makes it so grand? It’s a quiet evening listening to the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

Romance at WDW: Request your favorite tune by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.
Request your favorite tune!

A waterside table at Narcoossee’s will have fireworks flying between the two of you. Don’t forget to find the perfect spot to watch fireworks from the resort. We recommend a table or the patio at Narcoossee’s, a Magic Kingdom fireworks cruise from the marina, a balcony from your lagoon view room, or a cozy spot on the dock.

Grand Floridian Resort at WDW. Narcoossee's waterfront restaurant.
Narcoossee’s waterfront restaurant

With a spa, a lobby filled with fresh cut flowers, an assortment of restaurants, beautiful rooms (request a dormer or “attic” room), maids on parade (do they still do this?!), two featured pools, and a view of Cinderella’s Castle, the Grand Floridian should definitely be a top choice for your romantic weekend or week-long stay.

Disney's Grand Floridian at night.
Disney’s GF is GRAND.

Our most romantic moment ever in Walt Disney World? Renewing our vows for our tenth wedding anniversary!

Vow Renewal Grand Floridian.
Our 10th anniversary vow renewal.

We rode in Cinderella’s Coach, exchanged vows at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, had a small reception at the Grand Floridian, and ended the evening with an Epcot IllumiNations dessert party for our family and friends.

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

At first glance, the BoardWalk Resort seems to be too busy for romance. However, the goings-on at the BoardWalk add to the mystique.

Evening at the BoardWalk Resort at WDW.
Evening at the BoardWalk.

For rooms, we recommend a Concierge garden view or a two-story garden villa with a charming and private entrance. Rooms facing the boardwalk will be noisier so do request a quieter location.

BoardWalk Inn Club Level Garden Room
Club Level Garden Rooms have private gardens!

Quiet morning or evening strolls around the BoardWalk or a walk to Epcot’s World Showcase for a memorable meal are just some of the reasons the BoardWalk is sure to steal your heart.

We recommend escaping to the Belle Vue Lounge to toast your own love story before lounging in your room.

Concierge room at BoardWalk Inn, WDW.
Concierge room at BoardWalk Inn.

Then, head down to Ample Hills Creamery to indulge in an ice cream flight.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Set under a thatched room in an exotic setting, the Animal Kingdom Lodge will delight your senses. Wood crackling fires, intoxicating smells, a sprawling pool with shaded lounge chairs, moonlight illuminating a giraffe on the savanna — these are all reasons to cozy up to your loved one at this unique resort.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby at WDW
Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

We love exploring the nooks and crannies of AKL. There’s always some where to sit back and take in the wonders of the lodge. Or sneak kisses at an outdoor overlook. At night, sip grown up beverages in the Victoria Falls Lounge or stop by the campfire at Arusha Overlook.

Firepit at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Firepit with cozy rocking chairs.

You’ll find both Jambo House and Kidani Village to offer romantic surroundings.

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

What moderately priced hotel at Walt Disney World exudes charm? For us, it’s Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.

Fountain at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter.
Sit by the fountain.

The wrought iron railings, lantern lighting, paved walkways, and gorgeous fountains beckon lovers on romantic walks.

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort WDW Romance
Take an early evening stroll.

Along the way, you’ll run into the Sassagoula River with water gently lapping against the riverbank. Around the bend, is our next choice for romance and it’s another moderate resort…

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

For a romantic stay, we recommend requesting a room in one of the three-story mansion buildings. Grand staircases, bubbling fountains, and white stately columns welcome guests at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

Fountain at Port Orleans Riverside.
Gorgeous fountain at Riverside.

A stroll through the mansion section of this resort soothes weary souls.

Romantic walkway at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside.
Romantic walkway.

You’ll find your hearts melting as you admire the horse-drawn carriage slowly meandering through the lush landscaping with picturesque azaleas and magnolias lining the way. Reserve your extra-fee ride in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Horse-drawn Carriage Ride.

In the late evening, take a walk to French Quarter and share beignets with your sweetie.

Beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory..
Sugary sweetness.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Exotic flowers and dark woods are featured throughout the lobby of the Polynesian Village. Romance is in the air in the colorful but soothing Great Ceremonial House.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Lobby
Cute Tiki Statue welcomes guests to the south seas atmosphere at Polynesian Village.

Watch for hula lessons; extra points if you both join in! Afterwards, find a warm and cozy place in the tropical themed lobby.

At night, the tiki torches will light your way as you stroll to a beachside hammock with a Dole Whip to share from Pineapple Lanai.

Tiki Torch at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Tiki Torches light your way.

Lovebirds will find lots to do: sip a Lapu Lapu out of a coconut, find a serene spot to sit at the quiet pool, listen to the sounds of the ferry boat in the distance, enjoy a beverage at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto outdoor patio
Visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Purchase some wine and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts to enjoy in your room or at your private Oasis patio right by the pool.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Macadamia Nuts
Wine and Chocolate Macadamia Nuts!

The above are all solid options for a romantic getaway at Walt Disney World. With the right planning, most hotels at Disney World can be romantic. Just add a picnic meal, a beverage in the moonlight, or hold hands while watching an outdoor movie. For rates and availability, visit my Disney Vacation Planning page.

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Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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