Disney World is a world-class theme park and with that comes some pretty incredible restaurants. While some visitors will opt to dine with characters, guests looking for a more refined dining experience won’t be disappointed. Ahead of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic restaurants on Disney World’s property in Orlando, Florida. If one of the below establishments catches your interest, you can make reservations up to 180 days before your visit by going online or calling (407) 939-3463.
1. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
While the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (pictured above) is not the most romantic place you can find on property, it works hard to make you feel like you’re visiting a secluded drive-in movie theater. The fake starry night sky also makes for a most cozy, date-night atmosphere. For those looking for a sense of nostalgia on their Disney date, American cuisine, some entertainment — and a pretty amazing milkshake! — you make want to take a drive to the Sci-Fi.
Reservations: Strongly recommended.
2. Garden View Tea Room
If daytime dates are more your thing, then consider grabbing afternoon tea at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's Garden View Tea Room. The establishment classifies itself as having a “relaxing ambience,” which is what you might be looking for after some time spent at the theme park. The menu is British themed with pastries, tea sandwiches and scones available.
3. Artist Point
If rustic elegance is your style, the Wilderness Lodge's fine dining establishment will be a hit. Just inside the deluxe hotel’s wildness cabin-like lobby is Artist Point. The restaurant includes a Pacific Northwest-style cuisine and an award-winning wine list. After dinner, add to the romance by taking a stroll along Bay Lake. If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch a glimpse of Disney's Electrical Water Pageant.
4. Be Our Guest
If you thought Cinderella’s Royal Table was going to be on this list, think again. While it’s undeniable Cinderella’s Castle is one of the most romantic places in Disney World, its constant presence of characters doesn't make for the most romantic dining location. If you’re looking to woo your loved one while still getting a magical dining experience, considering visit the Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom. The quick-service spot's theme is based off the 1991 animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” and boats an American and French-themed menu. From a room which mirrors the Beast's grand ballroom and to the dessert option of the "Grey Stuff," this is a surefire romantic spot for any Belle fan.
5. California Grill
This restaurant is perfect if you’re looking to check out Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks but don’t want to battle the crowds. Many tables at California Grill, which is located just across the street from the theme park inside the Contemporary resort, offers great views of the fireworks display. The gourmet seafood cuisine is designed to tailor the best the West Coast offers and changes seasonally. If you can't snag a reservation, take a visit to the California Grill Lounge, which offers the same menu. Be aware, the lounge operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Reservations: Strongly recommended.
6. Victoria & Albert’s
This Grand Floridian Resort & Spa spot has a higher rating than any other Disney World restaurant on TripAdvisor.com. From the staff’s Victorian garb, to the candlelit dining rooms and multiple course menus, Victoria & Albert's will likely fulfill all of your romantic expectations. The restaurant, which serves guests 10 years of age and older, is open daily for dinner.
Happy Valentine's Day, Disney lovers!