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23 February 2016

A Disneyland® Park Resort Date Night

Romance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Disneyland® Resort, but romance can be found all over the Disneyland® Park if that is something that you are looking for during your visit in California.

There are several ways to be romantic at the Disneyland® Resort. 

First up, let’s talk dining!

Romantic Dining

The three Disneyland® Resort Hotels in Anaheim, California each have great dining options within them. Let’s review those before we move into the actual parks.

Recommendations for within the Resort hotels are:

Steakhouse 55– The Disneyland® Hotel 
Napa Rose– The Grand Californian Hotel
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar– The Disneyland® Hotel - Poolside (This is not so much “romantic”, but a ton of fun. And, the cocktails are excellent)

My recommendations for within Disneyland® Park:

French Market Restaurant– So much about New Orleans Square feels romantic to me and this outdoor patio dining option is great. Try to grab a table on the out skirts, near the railing for people watching and prepare for live music, too. (Counter Service)

Harbor Galley– I didn’t pay much attention to this restaurant for several visits. It blends in with the theme of this area and is easy to miss. And, while the menu is small, the lobster roll is yummy and so are the soup bread bowls. There are a few bistro tables near the walk up windows, but if you walk further around to the right of the building, you’ll find a “secret path” (Counter Service)

Blue BayouDisneyland® Park’s premier dining can be found at Blue Bayou. For decades, people have loved this restaurant. Many years ago, you’d find people in suits and dresses enjoying the ambiance. It’s more laid back today but it’s still very popular. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to request a “water front” table. This restaurant is housed inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, so you can see the boats float by as you dine. (Table Service)

Cafe Orleans– This restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining. I like both versions, but on a pretty day, ask for a table outside. The pomme frites are divine, as is the Monte Cristo. (Table Service)

The Carnation Cafe – Just off Main Street, this place was one of Walt’s favorites. It doesn’t appear to be entirely romantic, but a table outside, under the red & white umbrellas just feels so cute to me.  (Table Service)

Romantic Spots to Escape the Crowds

Take a look at some ideas for finding little escapes at one of the busiest places on earth.

There are so many more than this….these are just a sample.

1. Main Street.
2. Jolly Holiday Bakery.
3. Snow White’s Grotto – and a great photo op.
4. The patio behind Edelweiss Snacks in Fantasyland.
5. Little nooks in Fantasyland, near the castle.
6. Around the fountain in New Orleans Square.
7. Within the shops of New Orleans Square.
8. On a bench overlooking the Rivers of America.
9. A little nook in Frontierland, near River Belle Terrace Restaurant.
10. Any bench around the “hub”, in front of the castle and near the Walt and Mickey Mouse statue

Sweetheart Souvenirs

I love these cute souvenirs for a date night to remember at Disneyland® Park:

Wedding Ears – The cutest for you Disneyland Honeymooners! Find them at the Mad Hatter on Main Street or in Fantasyland or online for men and women.
Caricature – Artists depiction of you and your sweetheart can be a fun gift to take home. Find artists to make these in New Orleans Square.

Try dressing up together. Matching T-shirts, Funny sayings or as your favorite Disney Fairytale Couple! Enjoy!

 

Blogger Bio:
Matt Hale has worked in the Anaheim hospitality industry for 20 years. He has been involved with Disneyland® Resort, both as a cast member and as an enthusiastic guest for 35 years. Matt has provided endless ideas and itinerary suggestions to Disneyland® Resort guests and has worked as a personal guide for many visiting guests.