Disney Insider: 16 Best Spots for Date Nights & Days (Without the Kids!)

Ana Connery | Jun 24, 2015 Love & Sex

disney date night ideasEveryone flocks to Disney for the kids, but there will come a point on any theme park vacation when you will need a break from your own offspring if you're to maintain your sanity. These great date night ideas will inspire you to hire a sitter stat -- just don't tell the kids how much fun you had without them.

Ana Connery's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and websites. She lives in Florida with her beach-loving family and her high-maintenance dog, Lola. 

  • Circus Act

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    Get cozy with your sweetie during a performance of La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil troupe that has kept residence inside the massive white tent at Downtown Disney for almost 20 years. From the acrobats to the world-renowned jugglers to the beloved cycle act, prepare to ooh and ahh plenty -- just don’t tell the kids you went to the “circus” without them. Afterwards, step into Bongo’s Cuban Café for a little salsa dancing and a mojito in this re-creation of a 1950s Havana club.

  • Ride Roller Coasters

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    If your kids are too young or scared to ride Disney’s roller coasters, leave them with a sitter, buy yourselves a pair of park-hopper tickets, and take a self-guided tour of Disney’s top scream machines. Start with Space Mountain inside Magic Kingdom, then move on to the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Hollywood Studios, and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden inside Animal Kingdom. Be sure to pick up the pictures taken during the rides -- arms up, mouths open mid-scream -- to remind yourselves you’re still wild, crazy, and young at heart.

  • Luau Love

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    The open-air Luau Cove theater sets the stage for showcasing Polynesian traditions from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii during Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show inside the Polynesian Village Resort. The tropical feast includes BBQ ribs and pineapple bread pudding, among other delicious dishes that your kids would probably consider cringe-worthy. Hula dancing, drumming, and a heart-pounding fire-knife performer round out this unique Disney date night.

  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

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    Fast and fun to ride, hop on a Segway X2 and join a guided tour of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, and Bay Lake on paved paths and wooded nature trails. After a brief introduction to these all-terrain vehicles, your guide will share funny Disney anecdotes and trivia, so you can quiz your kids on the plane ride home. 

  • Say Spaaaah

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    Book a couples massage at one of three spas on Disney property: The Balinese- inspired Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is home to a tea garden and a meditation temple; Senses spa at the Grand Floridian Resort has the spirit of a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion; and the spa at the Saratoga Springs Resort is modeled after the 19th-century wellness retreats of upstate New York. All three properties have excellent dining options as well.

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  • Horse Around

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    Cuddle up on a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride through storybook woodlands in Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground or along the charming pathways of scenic Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, a Disney resort on the banks of the Sassagoula River.

  • Keys to the Kingdom Tour

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    Join an in-depth, five-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the iconic Walt Disney World Resort on this outdoor walking tour. You’ll be guided down to the famous underground tunnels found throughout Disney property; learn about the man who brought it all to life, Walt Disney; and gain backstage access to classic attractions. Lunch is included, as is a memorable keepsake.

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  • Yacht for Two

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    Climb aboard the luxurious Grand 1 for a VIP boating experience across the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake just outside the Magic Kingdom. The 52-foot Sea Ray yacht departs Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and whisks you away for spectacular views of the theme parks, pavilions, and, if you time it right, the fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle. A private dinner for two aboard the yacht can also be arranged.

  • Dive Duo

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    Certified divers can climb inside one of the world’s largest aquariums during a DiveQuest excursion at the Sea With Nemo & Friends Pavilion inside Epcot. Get up close with coral teeming with marine life without ever entering the sea. The aquarium’s 6 million gallons of saltwater are home to angelfish, 300-pound sea turtles, and more. Experts lead the way, and gear is provided for you.

  • Go on Safari

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    The Wanyama Safari is a private, behind-the-scenes encounter with exotic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Cruise through the savannah in an open-air jeep, getting up close to everything from giraffes to gazelles. The experience includes a multi-course dinner at Jiko - The Cooking Place. The restaurant has an extensive South African wine list and wood-burning ovens that crank out African, Mediterranean, and Indian dishes, such as maize-crusted fish and North African–style chicken. This experience is exclusive to guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

  • Drink and Eat Around the World

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    Where else can you visit nearly a dozen countries in one night than Epcot? Take a walking tour of the Epcot World Showcase and sip sake in Japan or margaritas in Mexico, where the romantic, cave-like La Cava del Tequila serves more than 100 types of tequilas and mezcals. Balance your liquid intake with a bit of dim sum in China, crepes in France, or perhaps fish 'n' chips in the U.K. If you wake up the next day with a henna tattoo from your stop in Morocco, you know it was a good night.

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  • Stroll the BoardWalk

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    Rent a surrey bike for two and cruise the Disney BoardWalk, a quarter-mile promenade of shops, cafes, and nightlife. Evoking the feel of Coney Island, you can pop into a piano bar, boogie in a dance hall, or catch an impromptu street performer. Time your evening right and it’s an easy stroll from here to Epcot for the fireworks-and-laser-light-show extravaganza known as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

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  • Watch a Game, Disney-Style

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    Sports-loving couples can carve a time-out at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex right on Disney property. From baseball and soccer to tennis and track and field, more than 200 events take place here each year. Several on-site restaurants -- including the famed ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill -- and plenty of shopping venues ensure the two of you can spend a few hours kid-free and never run out of things to do.

  • Dinner + Fireworks

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    Check. Add to that a killer view of the nightly fireworks display over Cinderella Castle, and you have the recipe for a perfect date night at the California Grill inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. A sake bar and craft beer tastings, plus sweeping views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, round out the many reasons to book a table at this sky-high restaurant.

  • Play Dress Up

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    Don your best threads for a night at the AAA, Five-Diamond Victoria & Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the queen bee of Disney restaurants. Inspired by Victorian dining rooms in London and Paris, Victoria & Albert’s opulent décor sets the stage for its impeccable service and haute cuisine. Indulge in Italian truffles, Kobe beef tenderloin, and award-winning wines, then take a stroll of the manicured gardens found throughout this elegant Disney property.

  • Take Flight

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    Float over Downtown Disney on the world’s largest tethered helium balloon with Characters in Flight. The hand-painted balloon covered in Disney characters rises 400 feet in the air, providing you with 360-degree views of the resort area. Pair this with dinner at any of the newly minted Disney Springs restaurants, such as famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s new restaurant set to open summer 2015.

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