Disneyland is a magical place. No, really. No matter how many times I visit, I find new activities to try, new corners to explore, and new food to eat. Consuming all the food is usually my most important priority. Unlike its counterpart in Orlando, Florida; Disneyland has a large population of annual passholders—locals who visit the Anaheim park regularly and sometimes drop in for a meal and a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean (that’s not just me, right)? Because of the difference in attendees, Disneyland has a variety of options and those options mean it’s an ideal location for a date.
I know what you’re thinking: It’s expensive. And you would be correct. Single day, single park tickets are $99 each. So, if you’re not an annual passholder, consider planning a trip to the park for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, or a “treat yo’ self” day. Save money and be sure to budget for parking, snacks, and souvenirs. Spending a single day at Disneyland is different than stopping by on a regular basis, but my recommendations work for both types of visitors.
Whether you’re an annual passholder or a single day visitor, Disneyland is your oyster when it comes to designing the perfect romantic activity. Before you go, prioritize what you want to do most in the park. Do you want to go on as many rides as possible (waiting in line means plenty of time for talking!)? Do you want to see the parade and fireworks? Make a loose schedule and don’t feel pressured to spend a twelve-hour or longer day in the park unless you want to. Take it slow and meander. Make these romantic stops along the way:
- Share beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
- Watch the fireworks–the view from Critter Country is not as amazing but is much more private.
- Make dining reservations at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square. The food may not be as delicious as it is at other places, but the atmosphere can’t be beat.
- Visit the stage in Tomorrowland for live music.
- Make a wish at Snow White’s Wishing Well—it’s near Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
- Stroll through the quiet and usually vacant Fantasy Faire area at night and wait for the Tangled statue to glow and play music.
- Take a break from the park and have drinks at Trader Sam’s in the Disneyland Hotel.
- Get a caricature artist to draw a portrait of you and your date.
- Visit the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough.
- Buy two Dole Whips (never expect to share your Dole Whip) and sit at a table in front of Jolly Holiday Bakery Café.
- On Saturday evenings, dress up and go swing dancing to live music in the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire.
- Get a picture together in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
- Ride the Mark Twain Riverboat and ask to ride in the wheelhouse.
- Wander around Adventureland once the sun goes down–the lighting is beautiful and soft.
- Have a meal at the Hungry Bear Restaurant and grab a table downstairs by the water.
- As the park is about to close, head towards the Main Street Disneyland Railroad Station and sit on one of the benches until the park does close. It’s often vacant and the view is lovely. Bonus points if you grab a warm beverage before sitting down.
- Go on the Peter Pan ride.
- Split a sundae at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street.
- If your trip coincides with a holiday celebration, ask a cast member about activities–you can hunt for Easter eggs, look at elaborately carved pumpkins, or track down specially themed food.
This list is just a start. You’ll find more romantic places as you explore the park, and a whole other world awaits you across the plaza at California Adventure.
Images Source: Amy Ratcliffe