First Timer’s Cor­ner

VALEN­TINE’S DAY HO­TELS

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY DAVE SHUTE

First timers go­ing as a cou­ple - or just look­ing for a spe­cial time to­gether—should know that some of the Dis­ney re­sorts are much more ro­man­tic than oth­ers, and also that there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for won­der­ful date night din­ing.

THE MOST RO­MAN­TIC HO­TELS:

Dis­ney ho­tels come in mul­ti­ple price classes, so I’ve noted the most ro­man­tic ho­tels within each price class.

Cri­te­ria for rank­ing in­clude:

Ba­sic love­li­ness (of the hotel, not your part­ner).

A smaller, less over­whelm­ing scale.

A sense of vi­tal­ity from which you can gain en­ergy, [and]

At the same time, serene and quiet places that you can go to feel as if you are com­pletely alone to­gether (in your own lit­tle mag­i­cal world!).

Based on these, here are the rec­om­men­da­tions:

MOST RO­MAN­TIC VALUE RE­SORT: ALL-STAR MU­SIC

None of the value re­sorts score well on any of these cri­te­ria…

How­ever, among them the most ro­man­tic is Dis­ney’s All-star Mu­sic Re­sort.

All of the Value Re­sorts are gar­ish and large but among them, All-star Mu­sic is the least gar­ish, has the loveli­est grounds and land­scap­ing, and is the least over­whelm­ingly sized.

Run­ner-up: None.

MOST RO­MAN­TIC MOD­ER­ATE RE­SORT: PORT OR­LEANS — FRENCH QUAR­TER

Any of the Mod­er­ate Re­sorts can be ro­man­tic—ex­cept for the cab­ins at Fort Wilder­ness.

The most ro­man­tic, though, is Dis­ney's Port Or­leans – French Quar­ter.

It has the smallest scale of any of the Mod­er­ates, with the best and loveli­est land­scap­ing. It has many court­yards and other spa­ces for gath­er­ing, and also has some seclu­sive walks along the Sas­sagoula River.

Run­ner up: Coronado Springs, for its high level of ameni­ties.

MOST RO­MAN­TIC DELUXE RE­SORT: DIS­NEY'S BOARD­WALK INN

You can't make a bad choice for a ro­man­tic place among the Deluxe Re­sorts, ex­cept pos­si­bly the Contemporary, but among them, the Board­walk Inn is the most ro­man­tic.

The Board­walk Inn has small scale, de­light­ful, and charm­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, but with the easy ac­cess to the Board­walk and Ep­cot. It is also the only Deluxe Re­sort with a fully en­closed court­yard, giving it a more serene and pri­vate feel. It’s also the only Dis­ney Re­sort with hon­ey­moon cot­tages.

Run­ner up: Dis­ney’s Wilder­ness Lodge, for its sub­lime them­ing.

MOST RO­MAN­TIC DIS­NEY VA­CA­TION CLUB RE­SORT: THE BEACH CLUB VIL­LAS

The Beach Club Vil­las is the most ro­man­tic of the Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club ("DVC") Re­sorts.

The Beach Club Vil­las share many of the pos­i­tives for ro­mance of its fel­low Ep­cot Re­sort, the Board­walk Inn. Among the DVC re­sorts, it's one of the most in­ti­mately scaled, and has the most charm­ing and de­light­ful ar­chi­tec­ture and land­scap­ing. It is also very con­ve­nient to the vi­tal­ity of Ep­cot and the Board­walk.

Run­ner up: The Vil­las at Dis­ney’s Grand Flor­i­d­ian Re­sort, for the ginger­bread them­ing of its par­ent re­sort.

RO­MAN­TIC DIN­ING AT DIS­NEY WORLD

Be­cause of the wide va­ri­ety of set­tings and cuisine, it’s much harder to nar­row down the most ro­man­tic din­ing choices. Reading re­views written by peo­ple who have dined in all of them is your best op­tion (all of them, be­cause how else can the re­viewer make com­par­isons?)—for ex­am­ple, the re­views in the book I co-au­thor, The easy Guide to Your Walt Dis­ney World Visit 2017.

A few places you should es­pe­cially con­sider:

Cal­i­for­nia Grill (at the Contemporary) dur­ing the fire­works show, Wishes (at Magic King­dom): it’s stylish, modern, and boasts a great view of the night­time spec­tac­u­lar!

Vic­to­ria and Al­bert’s (at the Grand Flor­i­d­ian): it’s wildly ex­pen­sive, but—by far—the finest din­ing to be had in the en­tire Or­lando area.

Cin­derella’s Royal Ta­ble (Magic King­dom): nois­ier and with many more chil­dren, but a spe­cial event if any in your party wants to be treated like the princess she is.

Artist Point (Wilder­ness Lodge) The ro­mance of the great Na­tional park lodges…

Also worth not­ing are Jiko (An­i­mal King­dom Lodge), Nar­coossee and Citri­cos at the Grand Flor­i­d­ian, Fly­ing Fish Café (Board­walk) and The BOATHOUSE (Dis­ney Springs).

Most of your Dis­ney World trip will be fun—but not ro­man­tic. But you can add some ro­mance back by choos­ing from among these ho­tels and restau­rants!

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