When you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, there are activities that are just perfect for ‘Date Night’…but this list isn’t about that.
Wait, what does that mean?
Well the qualifications that I’ll be using will focus around activities that you’re able to spend quality time together and enjoy each other’s company while still being immersed in classic Disney storytelling. I’m also taking into account the ‘cuddle’ factor and the hidden meanings behind the experiences.
Here are the best (and worst) attractions at WDW for couples on a date!
Remember, this isn’t about the mushy-stuff…because we’ve already gone through the Best Date Night Ideas
Please Note: Disney World is what you make of it. The goals and the desires of an individual guest will differ based on your experiences and your level of interest in the topics at hand.
This means that some folks won’t like fireworks and others will find the exact same show the most magical experience on the planet. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder…so please take this list with that in mind:)
Haunted Mansion – The BEST
Anything scary provides the opportunity to snuggle up for protection when things get dark and eerie. It’s almost like you’re watching a horror/thriller movie at home, but with more ghosts and hidden mickeys!
Space Mountain – The WORST
Because you’re in a ride vehicle that only seats one by one, you won’t actually get to be cute on the ride…and your on-ride photo is awkward because there’s a 3rd person in it!
Spaceship Earth – The BEST
I’ve always found this attraction to be better with your significant other vs riding alone or with a friend…and it all centers around the interactive story as you return to the unload area. It starts with the photos in the beginning, but ends with the ride telling you about your future together!
Journey into Imagination – The WORST
Skunk smells are never attractive!
Expedition Everest – The BEST
Seeing an emerging pattern is part of the fun, and so the opportunity to sit next to your significant other while careening through the Forbidden Mountain en route to escape the Yeti….that’s just romantic;)
The on-ride photo is probably one of my favorite reminders of the fun and excitement!
Flight of Passage – The WORST
This was a tough one, but I think the current wait times (with most of the queue being outdoors in the Florida heat) mixed with the experience being mostly a solo-journey makes this difficult to say that it’s a hit for a Date.
Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it…and getting a FastPass+ reservation will definitely get you brownie points! 😉
Toy Story Mania- The BEST
Competition brings out the best in all of us, right? First off, the goal of any date is to enjoy each other’s company and have fun along the way. Toy Story Mania has always left us with smiles on our faces…even if your goal is to let the other person win.
Remember to have fun with this, because it’s a game! I’m a huge fan of making bets – like the loser has to get the next dole whip or the winner gets to decide where we should go for our next lunch.
Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – The WORST
Yea, because the definition of romance is 30-minutes of singing Frozen songs with a crowd of 1000 kids, families and over-enthusiastic karaoke singers.
Ranking the Nighttime Shows by Romance
Happily Ever After
By far the most romantic experiences in Walt Disney World, a fireworks nighttime spectacular in the Magic Kingdom with Cinderella’s Castle setting the scene….doesn’t really matter what the show is (to be honest)
Illuminations – Reflections of Earth
The build-up to this show is what will always make it second fiddle to the Magic Kingdom show, as folks start finding spots around 7:30pm for a 9pm start time. It’s also a romantic experience IF you’ve got a spot that doesn’t get overly crowded or obstructed viewing locations. I will always have more fun with this show because of my contract in the Canadian Pavilion and listening/watching the show as many times as I have.
Romantic elements definitely involve the soundtrack, the last 10 minutes of fireworks…and most importantly…the wander around the World Showcase while everyone else is rushing to their cars to beat the traffic home. Take your time and take it all in:)
My love for Fantasmic is well known by folks who know me! I’ve always found myself singing the soundtrack…but there’s a downfall with the actual show itself and it’s completely operational.
It takes 45 to 90 minutes to just fill the 5000 seat venue…and then a mad-house exit with people pushing and rushing to get out of the park.
Nothing romantic about that, so unfortunately even though the show is magical and incredibly fun to see…it’s the before and after parts that take the fun out of it.
So Many Other Honorable Mentions
I’m not going to go into every single attraction that couples would like to experience, but instead I’ll leave you with a thought:
A first date is different than a couple that’s been together for years, so just remember that you’re at the Most Magical Place on Earth and have some fun! Put these recommendations together with a good meal and something fun (like Pin Trading) and you’ll be fine:)
In case you want my Top 10….
- Happily Ever After
- Haunted Mansion
- Toy Story Mania
- Tower of Terror
- Expedition Everest
- Splash Mountain
- Spaceship Earth
- Kali River Rapids
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority
- YOUR FAVORITE ATTRACTION;)
Hope this helps with your trip planning and giving you a few ideas on where to start with your date! Remember to have fun with this…and if it’s not fun – just add a little Dole Whip into the equation:)