Heading to Disney for a staycation isn’t just for families, despite the kid-centric stigma. There are more activities offered for adults than you may think. Try out a DIY Disney Monorail Pub Crawl for starters. While many may not consider Disney a romantic getaway, isn’t Disney actually all about romance?! Think of every classic princess and you’ll find her gallant prince. Or take a look at the long-lasting love of Mickey and Minnie. And where else can you travel to one place and experience the world (ahem, Epcot! No international tickets required here).
Even if the theme parks aren’t your thing as a couple, there are plenty of experiences offered at the resorts for a lovesome affair. We’ve gathered a list of the best Disney World hotels with amenities geared toward adults so you can make your next romantic staycation a magical one.
Disney Resorts for Romance
Rent a boat at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to explore Bay Lake or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to explore the Seven Seas Lagoon. Take a romantic stroll down the vibrant BoardWalk in the evening. There are so many romantic activities for the two of you to explore on Disney property. Yes, you may pay a higher price tag with these Deluxe resorts, but the added magic bestowed by the Cast Members, and the fact that most families book the Value resorts, are sure to be worth your while.
Before we get into the best Disney hotels for couples, it is important to note that guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villa Resorts now gain extra time in the parks. On select nights these guests can stay later at designated parks on designated days. Also, all Disney hotel guests gain an extra 30 minutes in each park, each day.
This is one of the most expensive resorts to stay at within Walt Disney World. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is saturated with lavish elegance from the Victorian era. Meander the beautiful grounds as you hold hands and engage in chatter. Continue the conversation as you sip on handcrafted cocktails in the romance-laden lounge of The Enchanted Rose Lounge.
Indulge in fine dining at the well-known Victoria and Albert’s. Make the getaway even more special by booking the private Chef’s Table in the kitchen area. The Senses Spa offers massages for two in a couple’s treatment room. The Courtyard Pool is designed for leisurely relaxation with a whirlpool spa just steps away.
Important note: Both Victoria and Albert's as well as The Senses Spa are temporarily unavailable.
After dinner or a day in the parks, hop on the monorail and head to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto awaits for an adventurous night of tiki drinks. Lounge for a while or take your drinks to go and grab one of the hammocks scattered along the beach to watch the nightly fireworks over Cinderella Castle. That’s a fairy-tale ending!
Escape to New England in your own backyard! Disney’s Yacht Club Resort sits lakeside with a classy nautical atmosphere. There’s a three-acre recreation area for outdoor enthusiasts to discover and stately accommodations to snuggle close. The formal elegance of The Mouse is worth every penny.
This resort includes three quiet pools with steaming whirlpool spas to soak in as you relax next to your love. Stroll around the entire Boardwalk area, or hop aboard the Disney Skyliner. For dinner, splurge on steaks and seafood at the mature Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Need one more incentive to book this luxurious dream? Your furry companion, Fido, is welcome to join you on your hideaway.
If you desire to be in the middle of magical happenings with touches of fairytale romance, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is the place to escape. These two Marriott hotels make up one dynamic complex. The Swan is a Westin brand hotel and is smaller than the Dolphin, which is a Sheraton hotel. As such, Swan is slightly more geared towards couples than the Dolphin, but just by a hair, if you're having trouble deciding between the two options.
Take advantage of Early Entry at the parks, complimentary transportation, advance tee times on Disney golf courses, and complimentary parking at the parks, just to name a few. Celebrate each other while leisurely floating in the swan paddle boats or lazing around the pool area. The five heated pools are arranged to include private places for rest while other areas are lively with excitement.
The Couples Spa Package is meant to be a secluded refuge for you and your significant other. Both of you will receive a Mandara Customized Massage (50 mins) with the Hydrotherapy Experience for Two. Ooo la la!
Disney Vacation Club Rentals
This is a great option if you’re wanting to enjoy a high-end, deluxe Disney resort for less! Suites at resorts like the aforementioned Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, and others can be rented for up to 60% off Disney pricing. Private DVC members who cannot use their unit in a given year sometimes put it up for rent on secondary marketplace websites.
Enjoy the luxury of your own private, fully equipped kitchen for romantic meals in, or just convenience in the morning. Though unit and on-site amenities vary depending on the resort you choose, you can bet you’ll find one that offers something for both your needs.
Many of the best Disney hotels for couples fall into the Deluxe category, however, if you're on a budget don't lose hope. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate level resort so it has a lower-priced room rate when compared to the Deluxe resorts. This Latin America-inspired resort evokes an exotic location, all while being in the center of Walt Disney World.
The main themed pool, complete with a Mexican-style pyramid, is often busy with families, but the multiple quiet pools around the resort are great for couples to relax. This resort caters to convention guests as well so the dining options are an upgrade when compared to other Moderate resorts. The Three Bridges Bar and Grill is perfect for an afternoon round of cocktails and bites while on the water. And Toledo is the resort's rooftop signature restaurant. Be sure to check Disney's fireworks schedule and book a reservation to catch a fireworks view as you dine.
This AAA Five Diamond Award recipient is full of luxury within the Walt Disney World Resort and offers access to all things Disney. Take it easy at The Oasis, an adults-only pool speckled with loungers, umbrellas, private cabanas, and underwater audio. Get cozy with your love in the nearby jacuzzi. You’ll also score relaxing views of the lake from this chill hangout.
Start your Disney day before the crowds arrive or after the masses have departed with the resort's Early Entry benefit. All of that walking and excitement is sure to put you in need of rejuvenation, so book a couples suite or private bungalow at the spa to indulge in treatments fit for a king and queen.
Reserve the Bed and Breakfast Package to chow on a daily breakfast for two in-room or at one of the on-site restaurants.
Book your room at this upscale hotel and spend a day of pleasure with your main squeeze in a magnificent sanctum. Rent one of the sundeck cabanas for some tranquility as you partake in the poolside lounge service. Since the pool is open 24 hours, sneak away after dark to one of the 12 waterfalls around the lagoon-shaped pool.
Take a swing at cordial competition on one of the four Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf courses. After you’ve freshened up from your day of sport, explore dining for two at LakeHouse. Thoughtfully sourced, carefully served cuisine is served in this lovely restaurant overlooking the beautiful 21-acre private Lake Windsong. All of this is located within a mile from the WDW Resort.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is on the edge of Walt Disney World and features five pools to splash in, jacuzzis to melt away stress, and a lazy river for floating with your hottie. To enjoy some exclusivity, rent one of the private cabanas for the day. You’ll be greeted with refreshments, poolside service, and wireless internet. Not that you’ll need technology with your mate by your side.
Gaze at your honey as you both enjoy a couples massage at the neighboring Waldorf Astoria Orlando Spa for some added romance and relaxation. When you both are rested, grab your theme park tickets and head to one of the complimentary shuttles to the Disney parks.
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The scenery, service, and accommodations are what make this resort one of Orlando’s top luxury hotels. Couples will enjoy the many activities available for unwinding and playing together. The spa will allow you to renew your body and mind.
By day, loaf around hand-in-hand throughout the pools and amenities at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek . The hotel has even taken the extra step to plan an itinerary for a romantic weekend getaway so you can stress less about your activities. You’ll find it here. Phew, that was easy!
Reserve the Suite Life Package for your escapade to reignite the flame of love. Aside from personal concierge service and a sprawling suite, a $100 resort credit per night is gifted. Splurge on dinner at the acclaimed Bull & Bear for steakhouse fare. Be sure to book your table in advance to feast your eyes on the Epcot fireworks.
Imagine a Mediterranean retreat nestled on 500 acres with a nearby 10-acre lake. Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek is a WDW Good Neighbor Hotel that aspires to be a tucked-away retreat for you and your honey. So go on and take a respite from the stresses of the daily grind. You’ll never have to leave the resort grounds to find romance, unless you are looking to double date with the infamous couple Mickey and Minnie, of course.
The Blue Harmony Spa features a couple’s suite with massage tables and soak tubs sitting next to each other for an intimate experience. Once the two of you have de-stressed, venture to the Relaxation Lounge for tea service before dipping into the outdoor hot tub. End your day of relaxation with dinner at deep blu seafood grille.
You won’t lack luxury or space when staying on this sprawling resort that is not only a WDW Good Neighbor Hotel but also independently owned. Caribe Royale Orlando has multiple restaurants, lounges, a pool bar and grille, 24-hour cafe, and coffee cafe onsite.
Like most resorts in the area, there is a resort fee here. But unlike most resorts, this resort includes a lot of amenities. For the couple who enjoys staying active, you’ll find a 1.5-mile trail with bikes available, tennis and basketball courts, catch and release fishing, and an expansive pool area, all included in the resort. There is a separate children’s water play area which helps keep the atmosphere at the resort pools a little more adult-friendly. You’ll find many services at The Island Spa for quiet and calm.
This all-suite hotel has undergone a wonderful renovation resulting in a beautiful blend of Florida and Caribbean themes. The extra space in each suite will make it even more romantic for you.
While Gaylord Palms Resort is not part of the Walt Disney World Resort, it sure does feel like it when you walk into the astounding glass atrium. You’ll experience various Florida habitats (the Everglades, St. Augustine, and Key West) as you stroll with your love through the rambling indoor gardens.
There are a total of nine restaurants to discover on property, and plenty of adult offerings to enjoy during your stay. Throw back draft beer while watching sports with your biggest fan on the two-story, 37 foot sports screen in Wreckers Sports Bar. Or, revel in a couple’s massage at Relache Spa before lounging by the adults-only South Beach pool.
This massive resort can get pricey so be sure to check out their special offers.
Feature image credit: Walt Disney World Resort / Kent Phillips, photographer