If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in Orlando, you’ll find plenty of romance at the theme parks. Here are some great suggestions:
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom: What could be more romantic than a restaurant inspired by the famous scene from “Lady and the Tramp” in which the two canines share a meal and end up nose-to-nose? This Italian restaurant is themed to the movie, with artwork and exquisite details. Better yet, it’s kid friendly so Mom and Dad can mix in some romance with a family meal.
Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian: If you want a grown-up meal and don’t mind packing dress clothes, Victoria and Albert’s is the ultimate romantic restaurant at Walt Disney World, just outside of the Magic KIngdom. It’s rare to see children here, and if you do bring them, they have to be at least 10 years old. As you savor your multi-course meal, you’ll see why this restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond award winner. Be sure to order coffee at the end as the unique coffee pots are a must-see.
The Grand Floridian is also home to the Senses Spa, where you can indulge in decadent, romantic couples treatments.
Carriage rides at Walt Disney World: Carriage rides are offered at various spots around the Walt Disney World resort. One of the most romantic is the ride around the Port Orleans Resort, which gives you the flavor of the French Quarter as your carriage glides along the water front. Do the ride as a couple or bring along the kids. Call 407-WDW-PLAY for more information on locations and reservations.
Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld Orlando: Sharks Underwater Grill is a romantic dining spot for adults and a fascinating place for the kids. It’s SeaWorld’s fine dining restaurant, and all of the tables are situated in front of an enormous glass window that looks directly into the shark tank. The sleek ocean predators glide by serenely as you enjoy your meal. Make reservations as soon as you get to park, as Sharks Underwater Grill is a very popular spot with both couples and families.
Cabanas at Aquatica: Aquatica is SeaWorld Orlando’s water park, and the kids will go crazy for the water slides, wave pool, and other watery fun. Parents can enjoy a bit of romance by renting a private cabana rather than staking out a spot in the public seating areas. The cabanas are located in nice secluded spots, with your own chairs and loungers, a fan, safe, towels, and refrigerator stocked with bottled water. The kids can use it as home base as they run around the park having fun, and it’s a relaxing, romantic spot for Mom and Dad to hang out.
Nightclubs at Universal Orlando Resort: Just outside of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, you’ll find the CityWalk entertainment district. It’s a family friendly spot, with miniature golf, a movie theater, and a wide variety of restaurants, but the nightclubs are a great romantic spot when adults want a little getaway. Head over for late-night music and dancing after the theme parks have closed. Universal also offers dinner-and-a-movie packages if you want to do a date night.
You can find romance in your lodging, too, by choosing a resort with a spa or a romantic executive vacation home with a whirlpool and other amenities. Visit www.orlandovacation.com or call 800-641-4008 to find out more about these options.