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4 Kid-Free Disney World Date Nights


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neverland club lets parents have disney world date nightNot many parents plan for a Disney World date night when they visit the resort, and I think they’re missing out.

I hear it all the time from my clients,  “This is really just for my son,” or, “Just make sure the kids have the best time possible.” But adult-only time is worth it—and easier to come by than you might expect.

Make reservations for your 3 to 12 year olds at one of five kids clubs at the resort’s hotels (right: Never Land Club) and you might just get in trouble with your kids for coming back too early.

If your tots are too small for group care, call Disney’s preferred babysitting service, Kid’s Nite Out, and then make your plans for couple time.

Here are four Disney World date night ideas to try:

Disney World Date #1: A Night in Paris

A window table for two at Epcot Center’s Monsieur Paul will whisk couples away to Paris, with a view of skylines from around the world sparkling across the Lagoon.

dessert at monsieur paul is the highlight of a disney world date night This dinner-only hidden spot is a tribute to Chef Paul Bocuse, the French chef whose restaurant received three Michelin stars for 48 years in a row. Artisanal breads, velvety soups, and creative desserts round out main course dishes, from beef to scallops, that have their roots in traditional French cuisine. Add in five-star service in an understated Art Noveau atmosphere and you have a romantic night for two.

If you can, time your reservation so you are still seated at 9:00 pm, when Reflections of Earth, a fireworks and light show, explodes above the lagoon (above).

Nearest Children’s Activity Center: Sandcastle Club at Beach Club Resort

Disney World Date #2: A Sophisticated Safari

jiko is a great spot for a Disney World date nightLocated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko: The Cooking Place, brings together a gorgeous, immersive environment and a menu of innovative, African dishes. Jiko is named for the traditional clay ovens where its signature dishes are prepared. An all-South African wine list rounds out a special meal.

Before or after dinner, walk around Animal Kingdom Lodge to explore its African artwork and artifacts. Or settle down in a rocking chair with a cocktail and gaze out over the savanna, where zebras and giraffe roam free.

Nearest Children’s Activity Center: Simba’s Cubhouse at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney World Date #3: Victorian Elegance

Queen Victorias Room is ideal for a Disney World date nightZagat recently named The Grand Floridan’s Victoria & Albert to its list of the top 15 Most Iconic Restaurants in the United States. Carrying a AAA 5-star rating for 14 years in a row, the restaurant offers old-world elegance and New American cuisine. A semi-formal dress code and a no-kids-under-10 policy makes you feel worlds away from the theme parks next door.

Feeling extra splurgy? The Chef’s Table or Queen Victoria’s Room offer multi-course meals and wine pairings that are very intimate and likely to make you glad that, unlike Peter Pan, you did grow up.

Note: Reservations are a good idea at any signature restaurant and are required at Victoria & Albert.

Nearest Children’s Activity Center: Never Land Club at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney World Date #4: Indulgent Relaxation

a massage is a great start to a Disney World date nightPamper yourselves with one of several couples treatments at the Bali-inspired Mandara Spa at the Dolphin Hotel. Sip champagne in a hydrotherapy tub, get a massage for two or a pedicure that will leave both of you feeling indulged and relaxed.

If you really want a night to remember, some of the more grown-up dining options at the Dolphin and it’s sister Swan Hotel include Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo or Il Mulino New York Trattoria

Nearest Children’s Activity Center: Camp Dolphin at the Dolphin.

If you dine at one of the restaurants above or get a spa treatment of 75 minutes or more, they’ll comp one hour of childcare per adult!

Details:

Children’s Activity Centers generally offer crafts, games, Disney movies, dinner, and a late-night snack. Hours vary by location. Count on about $12 per child per hour. There is also the Cubs Den at Wilderness Lodge.

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Disney World has lots of attractions and dining to please grown-ups and great kids clubs with evening hours. And don't you deserve a date night after a day in the Magic Kingdom?

Natalie Reinert spent five years working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, then created personalized Disney vacations . She writes about Disney for families at ThatDisFamily.com and tweets at @thatdisfamily She and her family call Florida home.


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10 Comments

  1. Nancie
    February 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    I have never been to Disney. This great list of adult only activities really makes me want to go. I’d be on that massage table in a moment.

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  4. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    February 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    My dream is to eat at Victoria and Albert’s one day. Perhaps I’ll be able to pull off a DisneyWorld date night on our next visit.

  5. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    February 7, 2014 at 2:37 am — Reply

    These are great to know! I love that Disney thought of Date Nights for the parents too at some fabulous places. Another great reason we need to start looking into a return trip to WDW soon.

  6. Lisa from Gone With The Family
    February 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    I have never considered visiting Disney World without the kids but you make it sound like a great idea – there would definitely be more fine dining without them!

    • February 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm — Reply

      I don’t know if i’d take a whole Disney trip without the kids (that would just be mean, wouldn’t it!). But I think 5 times on the TeaCups or Buzz Lightyear probably earns you the right to a nice quiet meal one night. 🙂

  7. budget jan
    February 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    Now you have got me thinking. A Night in Paris sounds to good to miss.

  8. Leigh
    February 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    I never think of Disney and adults so great to read about these fantastic sounding restaurants. I like the sound of The Sophisticated Safari.

  9. Dennis
    February 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    Great article and Glass Slipper Concierge is the best Disney Travel Agency out there!

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