My husband and I try to get away for our anniversary weekend every year. Our boys are four and eight, so we usually head somewhere that might be really exciting for us, but not so exciting for the boys. This year, we chose one of their favorite destinations, the Walt Disney World® Resort, and oh, help us if they find out we went without them!
We’ve always known that Walt Disney World® isn’t just for kids, but we had never actually gone without them. Here are a few highlights of our fun-filled, food-filled, and even after twelve years, romantic weekend at Walt Disney World® together.
Our resort – we stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and our room had a beautiful lake view, with Spaceship Earth just across the way. Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District has a fun, energetic atmosphere that lasts late into the evening! We enjoyed moonlight strolls along the water, sharing an ice cream, and had several restaurant and entertainment options, including the ESPN Club (It’s college football season!), Flying Fish, and the dueling pianos at Jellyrolls – my favorite!
Another benefit of staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn– we could walk to Epcot®! Since we didn’t have our picky eaters tagging along, we took our time and truly savored the delights of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. We started with a nitro chocolate truffle and ate our way from Canada to Italy before we decided we needed to escape the crowds and the humidity. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar was the perfect romantic spot! We were seated on a cozy couch in the dimly lit, authentic Italian wine bar and enjoyed our favorite wines, meats, and cheeses from Italy! After trekking the globe more than once, we ended our evening with a picnic dinner, champagne, and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. It turns out that our favorite park with our kids is our favorite park without them.
We spent another portion of our weekend at Disney Springs! For the first time in forever, our day of shopping did not include Once Upon a Toy or the Star Wars Outpost, though I did catch myself wandering into the LEGO Store, just out of habit. We thoroughly enjoyed the Market Place Co-Op, D-Living, The Art of Disney, men’s and women’s clothing options, and chose an anniversary charm featuring one of our favorite couples, Mickey and Minnie. For dinner- The Boathouse restaurant. Our table was near the water and we enjoyed spectacular steak and seafood! They have an excellent Lemon Drop Martini, in case you were wondering.
After our day of shopping, we enjoyed a riverboat ride down the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort for one of our favorite treats on property, beignets! The glow and ambience of this resort in the evening is perfectly admired from a horse drawn carriage ride.
There are even more ways to enjoy a romantic getaway together at Walt Disney World®: in-room gifts, fireworks dessert parties, anniversary packages, even more dining options – as if we could have eaten any more. But as they say, the way to one’s heart is through their stomach, right? Maybe that’s just me. Truly, our weekend at Disney was a magical time for just the two of us, and we only felt a little bit guilty leaving the kids with Nana!
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