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When­ev­er my fiancé and I start to feel like we’re out of sync or we haven’t had a real con­ver­sa­tion in a while, we set a cof­fee date. And by “cof­fee date”, I mean that we make cof­fee in our kitchen or run to the clos­est dri­ve-thru and then bring it back to sip on our couch in our cozy clothes.

We plan a week­end adven­ture, a day or two away, or a full vaca­tion. When we get too caught up in work, tasks, and bills, this is how we recharge. One of our favorite ways to do that, and also rekin­dle our romance, was with a recent Dis­ney vaca­tion! Yes! We took an adult’s trip to Walt Dis­ney World in Flori­da, but these tips will work for a cou­ple’s trip to Dis­ney­land too.

 

 

Soak in the Magic on Main Street

When we took our Walt Dis­ney World romance vaca­tion in 2018, it was the first time I had ever been there, so there was an extra coat of mag­ic added to every­thing. But my fiancé had been to Dis­ney World sev­er­al oth­er times and I saw his inner kid come out, too. From the moment I walked through the gates, it felt like I had entered a whole new world.

rekindle romance in Disney World

No pass­port required

Strolling hand in hand down the per­fect­ly curat­ed and dec­o­rat­ed Main Street with nowhere to be and noth­ing to do was the per­fect way to start our trip. We ate waf­fles topped with Nutel­la and fruit, walked all around the park, and went on ride after ride (Haunt­ed Man­sion and Pirates of the Caribbean made the cut more than once).

 

Disney World Main Street

 

At the end of the night, we watched the Hap­pi­ly Ever After fire­works show. To say that this was one of the most mag­i­cal things we had ever expe­ri­enced would be an understatement. 

 

rekindle romance in Disney World

There’s Mag­ic Everywhere

 

The lights, the music, the per­fect­ly-cho­sen movie clips, and the warm, sweet-smelling air all came togeth­er to give us an expe­ri­ence we’ll nev­er for­get. We for­got all about work, emails, and all of the oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties wait­ing for us at home. When the twin­kling lights came on and the music start­ed out low, every­thing dis­ap­peared but the two of us. We still talk about these moments when­ev­er things start to feel overwhelming. 

 

Visit Close to a Holiday (but not too close)

If the hol­i­days have start­ed to feel like a mad dash of fren­zied shop­ping, con­stant traf­fic, and loom­ing dead­lines, there’s a sim­ple fix. The mag­ic that you feel when you vis­it a Walt Dis­ney World park around the hol­i­days may be just what you need to recharge and remind your­self of what it’s all about. Walt Dis­ney World has spe­cial events (fire­works, parades, etc.) around the 4th of July, Hal­loween, and Christmas.

Our first trip to Walt Dis­ney World was in the last week of Sep­tem­ber, so the park was already com­plete­ly dec­o­rat­ed for Halloween.

 

Pro Tip: As an added bonus, it also hap­pened to be one of the least crowd­ed times of the year to go. Walt Dis­ney World is noto­ri­ous­ly slow from Labor Day to Octo­ber (except for the last two week­ends) because vaca­tion sea­son is over and kids are back in school. 

So, we cap­tured great pic­tures, wait­ed in short­er lines, and the weath­er was still perfect. 

 

rekindle romance in Disney World

Plen­ty of Elbow Room

 

There were Mick­ey shaped wreaths, leaves, not-so-scary scare­crows, and fes­tive desserts (we sam­pled many of these) everywhere.

 

 

Dis­ney’s Not So Spooky Spec­tac­u­lar show was already run­ning mul­ti­ple nights per week and includ­ed a light show and parade, com­plete with many of our favorite Dis­ney villains. 

I’d rec­om­mend going at least a few weeks to a month before the actu­al hol­i­day. As it gets clos­er, the parks will get more and more crowd­ed, so it’ll be hard to get the pic­tures you want or get on rides with­out wait­ing for hours. You’ll get all of the same beau­ty with just less of the crowds.

Share your Meals

One of our favorite things to do on vaca­tion is to eat all of the dif­fer­ent and deli­cious foods that we deny our­selves at home. I’d like to say that we remain dig­ni­fied adults who eat our veg­eta­bles even when we don’t want to, but when we’re on vaca­tion, all of the rules go out the win­dow. At home, we fre­quent­ly eat baked chick­en and over­flow­ing sal­ads, and steamed broc­coli makes a semi-reg­u­lar appear­ance. On our last trip, we shared a frost­ed dough­nut that was the size of a small human child and we ate it for dinner.

 

rekindle romance in Disney World

yes, the size of at least your head

 

The heav­en­ly chur­ros, tip­sy Dole Whip Floats, and Mick­ey ice cream bars and pret­zel heads are must-tries and they’re real­ly easy to find. The Dole Whip floats are fan­tas­tic with or with­out the rum, but this is your roman­tic get­away, so I’d say go for it.

 

rekindle romance in Disney World

You Know You Want Me

 

Even for well-sea­soned vaca­tion food sam­plers like us, it’s easy to find deli­cious things and fill up on them quickly. 

 

rekindle romance in Disney World

 

The best way to avoid this is to share every­thing. And I mean every­thing. We shared break­fasts, lunch­es, din­ners, and snacks through­out our whole vaca­tion and it was amaz­ing. We got to try every­thing that looked good, felt less guilty, spent a lit­tle less, and shar­ing it made it all more excit­ing. The one thing I did­n’t share was my morn­ing (life juice) coffee.

On our last full night, we shared din­ner at a high­ly rat­ed restau­rant called Tony’s Town Square . This casu­al but adorable din­ing option was mod­eled after the restau­rant where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss. We did­n’t eat our way across the same strand of spaghet­ti from oppo­site ends, but we were tempt­ed. We turned our phones off and shared a deli­cious Ital­ian din­ner and drinks, swapped sto­ries, laughs, and began plan­ning our next adventure. 

 

Shar­ing Every­thing © Disney

 

Getting There 

 

If you plan on fly­ing to Walt Dis­ney World from Los Ange­les, you’ll want to choose the Orlan­do Inter­na­tion­al Air­port (MCO). Dis­ney’s Mag­i­cal Express is a free shut­tle that takes you from the air­port to your Walt Dis­ney World hotel (and back to the air­port when your trip is over). The air­port is only about 20 min­utes away from the start of the resorts, so if you’re not stay­ing in a Dis­ney hotel, you can hop in a cab or an Uber — they’re very easy to find in the area. 

You can also fly into Tam­pa Inter­na­tion­al (TPA) if you’re com­bin­ing your Walt Dis­ney World trip with a fam­i­ly vis­it or you’re look­ing to add a bit of a road trip ele­ment to your vaca­tion. Tam­pa is just under an hour and a half from the Walt Dis­ney World resorts. And for full-on road trip­pers, Walt Dis­ney World is a six hour dri­ve south from Atlanta, Geor­gia and Charleston, South Carolina. 

 

If You Go to Disneyland 

 

  • The Hap­pi­ly Ever After Fire­works is called Believe…In Hol­i­day Mag­ic” or “Mick­ey’s Mix Mag­ic instead
  • Dis­ney’s Not So Spooky Spec­tac­u­lar light show and parade is instead called Hal­loween Screams
  • The best snacks/drinks: chur­ros, Dole whip floats, Mick­ey ice cream bars and pret­zel heads 
  • A great Ital­ian restau­rant: Wine Coun­try Trat­to­ria offers a menu that’s very sim­i­lar to Tony’s Town Square and is inside the Cal­i­for­nia Adven­ture Park 
Aman­da is an avid writer, read­er, and wan­der­er based out of Con­necti­cut. She enjoys spend­ing time with fam­i­ly and friends, try­ing new foods, long wind­ing hikes, and lazy Sat­ur­day mornings. 

 

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