The Best Disney Hotel for Couples on Honeymoon or a Romantic Getaway
With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, wedding season is almost upon us, and that means that droves of vacationing couples and freshly married honeymooners will soon descend on the Walt Disney World Resort in search of a romantic vacation. While Walt Disney World is known as a popular place for a family trip, especially for those with young children, thanks to its magical atmosphere, enchanting experiences and unforgettable memories, its those very same qualities that make the Most Magical Place on Earth a downright dreamy destination for couples in search of a little romance.
In fact, if the almost 50,000 posts on Instagram are any indication, then a #Disneymoon is almost as big of a hit with couples as it is for families with kids. Luckily, for couples looking to plan a romantic getaway to Disney World, there are plenty of swoon-worthy Disney resorts that are perfect for a pair of vacationing lovebirds. From luxurious accommodations to breathtaking views, the best Disney hotels for couples offer a fanciful blend of romance, adventure, nostalgia and just a pixie-dusting of whimsy that will leave you and your loved one feeling as if you’ve just stepped into a fairy tale.
In this article, we’ll explore the most romantic hotels at Walt Disney World Resort that are sure to make your next vacation one to remember, no matter if you’re on your honeymoon or simply taking a Disney vacation as a couple. So, pop some champagne and bust out a bouquet of roses as we break down the best Disney resorts for couples, whether you and your boo are into outdoor adventures, a beachy escape or a classically romantic atmosphere.
14 Top Romantic Disney Resorts for Couples
The Most Magical Place on Earth isn’t just a great place for a Disney date night. It’s also the perfect spot for a dreamy Disney getaway with plenty of romance. That said, if you’re looking for a swoon-worthy resort on a budget, be aware that you aren’t going to find it on Disney property. As much as we love the Disney value resorts, these wallet-friendly hotels also tend to be the most family-friendly of the bunch. So, if you’re looking for Cupid-approved ambiance and to get some space from Disney World’s many smaller guests (which, we’ll admit, is hard to do), you’ll need to steer clear of the value resorts and stick with one of the moderate or deluxe resorts instead.
If you and your special someone are taking a romantic trip to Disney World this year, read on for the best Disney resorts for couples.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Best for: Adventure-Loving Lovebirds
While Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge might not be romantic in the traditional sense, this African-inspired hotel is perfect for couples with a sense of adventure, particularly animal lovers or those who have always dreamed of going on safari. For an especially memorable setting for this chapter of your love story, be sure to book one of the savanna-view rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge, as nothing can match the magic of seeing a giraffe stroll past your window. Animal Kingdom Lodge is also an ideal Disney resort for foodies since it boasts some of the more unique restaurants Disney World has to offer, including an Indian-inspired eatery overlooking one of the savannas and a signature restaurant with elevated African cuisine and an impressive wine list.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Best for: A Shoreside-Inspired Escape
If you and your special someone are looking for some laidback elegance, there’s nowhere better than Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Nestled along the shores of Crescent Lake across from Disney’s BoardWalk, this New England-style deluxe resort offers the tranquility of a waterfront hideaway while also being within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase. The Beach Club also happens to be home to Stormalong Bay, the best pool at any of the Disney World hotels, touting a lazy river and a sandy bottom. Needless to say, if you’re a couple that loves spending lazy days by the water, then you can’t go wrong with Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Best for: Nostalgic Charm with a Touch of Whimsy
Also located in the Epcot Resort Area is the equally charming Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. While the rooms at the BoardWalk Inn aren’t as modern as some of the others you’ll find on Disney property (yet—the resort is currently in the process of refurbishing), where this Disney resort really shines is its idyllic setting along Disney’s BoardWalk, which offers some incredible dining and evening entertainment. For a romantic date night, pedal one of the surrey bikes around and check out the street entertainers. Then, enjoy an Italian dinner at Trattoria al Forno, followed by a cocktail from AbracadaBar, one of the more unique themed bars at Disney World.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Best for: Island Ambiance on a Budget
For couples looking for a tropical getaway without paying for an expensive room at the Polynesian Village Resort, consider staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort instead. With its pastel-hued buildings, hammock-dotted beaches and Caribbean Cay, the resort’s lush, pint-sized island, this moderate resort has a lot to offer despite its more reasonable price tag. Plus, while it isn’t fine dining, the hotel’s table-service restaurant, Sebastian’s Bistro, is a hidden gem, serving up a sophisticated ambiance and a prix fixe family-style menu filled with fresh-from-the-islands flavors like pull-apart rolls with guava butter, mojo pork and house-made coconut-pineapple bread pudding.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Best for: Disney Luxury for Less
While definitely not a value resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is perfect for those looking for something a little more affordable while still offering a dose of luxury and ample romantic ambiance. Boasting a Spanish-fusion theme (think Spain mixed with Mexico and Central America), as well as the relatively new Gran Destino Tower, lovebirds can choose from either one of the atmospheric Casitas or elevate their stay (literally) with one of the tower guestrooms. In case you need more convincing, Coronado Springs also happens to be home to the most affordable club-level accommodations at Disney World. To top it all off, you’ll also find a tantalizing array of dining options at Coronado Springs, including an on-the-water lounge and the Michelin-recognized Toledo, a rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse. Shaped like a vine-wrapped Mesoamerican pyramid, the Lost City of Cibola Pool is also impressive.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Best for: Old-Fashioned Romance
If it’s Disney luxury you’re after, it’s hard to compete with any of the deluxe resorts but especially Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel. Part of the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the Grand Floridian offers breathtaking views of Magic Kingdom Park and Cinderella Castle in a lavish Victorian-inspired setting oozing old-fashioned elegance and romance. Along with the ambiance, the Grand Floridian is also the place to be if you’re looking for wining and dining. It doesn’t get any more upscale than Victoria & Albert’s, which received a Michelin nod for 2023. However, Citricos and Narcoossee’s are equally as delicious. Enchanted Rose, the resort’s Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant with a grown-up twist, is also the perfect setting for a Disney date night. And to really treat yourselves, be sure to indulge in a couples massage from Senses Spa. We’re sure Cupid would approve.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Best for: A Tropical Getaway with a Sprinkle of Disney Magic
We can’t talk about the best Disney World hotels for romance and not mention Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Ideally situated directly across Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom Park, with sandy beaches and gorgeous views of Cinderella Castle, as well as the park’s nightly fireworks, plus oodles of idyllic island ambiance, the Polynesian Village Resort is, in many ways, a honeymooners’ paradise. That said, ever since the hotel’s renovation, which used a stylized version of the Moana character Maui’s tribal tattoos as a feature wall, the rooms here feel decidedly less like a dreamy tropical retreat. Its saving grace? The resort’s club-level Honeymoon Room and Tahiti-like overwater bungalows. As for entertainment, while you can no longer go to the luau-inspired Spirit of Aloha dinner show, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is almost as fun and also happens to be home to some of the best cocktails at Disney World.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Best for: New Orleans Charm
Another romantic Disney World hotel to add to your list is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. With its wrought-iron balconies, cobblestone walkways, old-fashioned streetlamps and trees dripping in Spanish moss, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more swoon-worthy moderate resort. Located in the Disney Springs Resort Area, Port Orleans French Quarter isn’t exactly convenient to the theme parks. That said, it more than makes up for it with its charming atmosphere. For a date night that will have you feeling as if you’ve been transported straight to the streets of The Big Easy, stop by Scat Cat’s Club for some boozy beignets, cocktails and live jazz music.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Best for: A Romantic Southern-Inspired Retreat
Just down the Sassagoula River from French Quarter is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, another moderate resort drenched in Southern-inspired charm. The stately mansions of Magnolia Bend are brimming with amorous ambiance, complete with tinkling fountains, fragrant blooms and Spanish moss-festooned trees, while the massive resort grounds are ideal for romantic hand-in-hand strolls. Port Orleans Riverside also boasts one of the more unique Cupid-approved activities Disney World has to offer: horse-drawn carriage rides straight out of a fairy tale. And while Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside isn’t exactly what we’d a dreamy dining destination, its Southern comfort food is sure to leave you feeling satisfied.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Best for: A European Holiday Without the Passport
Whether you and your love are Disney Vacation Club members or simply dreaming of a trip to European without the passport stamp, Disney’s Riviera Resort, which is inspired by Walt Disney’s adventures through the French Riviera with his wife, Lillian, definitely fits the bill. Unlike many other Disney resorts, including some of the deluxe hotels, the Riviera Resort keeps the pixie dust to a tasteful minimum. Think: shimmering mosaics from Tangled and artwork with a subtle character twist. What’s more, this deluxe villa resort is also conveniently located along the Disney Skyliner, just a quick, scenic ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. For an especially romantic meal, be sure to book a table at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, the resort’s gorgeous rooftop restaurant, which dishes up upscale Mediterranean cuisine and stunning vistas from the outdoor patio.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Best for: Outdoorsy Couples
Are you the sort of couple that enjoys hiking and has the likes of Yellowstone National Park at the top of your travel list? Then Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is for you. Designed to resemble one of the grand national park lodges of the Pacific Northwest, the Wilderness Lodge makes you feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a far-off forest. There’s even a geyser on the grounds that erupts from time to time. For some, its out-of-the-way location is the resort’s biggest downfall. However, for couples looking to mix the thrill of the theme parks with a healthy dose of alone time, the Wilderness Lodge is delightfully away from it all. Plus, as it’s tucked along the shore of Bay Lake, the hotel is just an easy boat ride from Magic Kingdom. While you’re there, make sure to check out Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Though technically a pool bar, this open-air lounge offers beautiful waterfront views, perfect for drinking in the sunset over a glass of wine or watching the Electrical Water Pageant as it floats past.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Best for: Sophisticated Vacation Vibes
Located just next door to the more laidback Beach Club, think of Disney’s Yacht Club as its more buttoned-up sister property. With handsome dark woods, rich navy hues and nautical elements, the Yacht Club evokes an affluent New England club or a sailing vessel’s captain’s quarters on a truly massive scale. Given its more grown-up setting, there tend to be fewer families roaming around. However, as it shares the same amenities as its neighboring resort, you can still take advantage of Stormalong Bay. The hotel’s Yachtsman Steakhouse offers a refined dining experience that’s perfect for date night. Not to mention, the Yacht Club is also one of the few Disney World resorts that welcomes dogs, making it an ideal choice for couples traveling with their furry friend.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Best for: Feeling Like VIPs
When it comes to the most romantic Disney hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando easily takes first place. While not technically one of the Disney deluxe resorts, the Four Seasons is far and away Walt Disney World’s most luxurious place to stay. The guest rooms are lavishly appointed. There are gorgeous pools, including a water park with a lazy river, as well as tennis courts and an opulent spa. And the dining here is second to none, thanks to Capa, the resort’s rooftop, Michelin-starred Spanish steakhouse, and its Italian restaurant, Ravello. Located not too far from Magic Kingdom, complimentary transportation to the theme parks is available, and there are also Disney cast members onsite selling theme park tickets if you still need to purchase them upon your arrival.
Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Best for: Affordable Luxury
Last but not least on our list of romantic Disney World resorts is the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve. Part of the Epcot and Hollywood Studios Resort Area, Nestled right next to Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, the Swan Reserve is the newest addition to this third-party resort. This stylish oasis overlooking Disney World offers numerous areas for relaxing alongside your special someone, including heated pools and an outdoor hot tub. You’ll also definitely want to try its signature restaurant, Amare, while you’re there. Meaning “to love,” you’re sure to fall for your sweetheart all over again at this swanky Mediterranean eatery, which cooks up dreamy dishes like pasta studded with steamed baby clams and romesco chicken.
Well, lovebirds, that concludes our guide to the top Disney World resorts for couples. Have you taken a romantic trip to Walt Disney World? Did you go on a “Disneymoon” for your honeymoon? What is your pick for the best Disney resort for couples? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you and your special someone can save some cash on your dreamy Disney World getaway with our discount Disney tickets.