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Disney World: A World of Romance

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Storybook settings and amorous ambiance have lovebirds flocking to Walt Disney World for romantic getaways. That's right, Florida's number one vacation destination isn't just for kids when you consider the romantic possibilities — moonlit strolls and carriage rides, luxurious spas and intimate dining. After all, Disney World is home to some of the world's most famous fairytale romances... Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast... and America's sweethearts, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. So it is only natural that couples who want to make their fairytale romance come true, come to Disney World.

Disney World provides a perfect backdrop for romance and these romance-inspired activities:

  • You'll be humming Some Enchanted Evening when you and your special someone board an antique carriage at Pioneer Hall for a romantic ride through the scenic landscape of Disney's rustic Fort Wilderness Resort. Or choose a relaxing old-fashioned carriage ride departing Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Both 30-minute excursions are available nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 407-WDW-PLAY for reservations.

  • It takes two to enjoy the spa-tacular couples room at the Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club, located in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. What could be more sensual than enjoying specialized spa teatments, including massages and facials, with the one you love. For more information or reservations, call 407-824-2332.

  • The popular television show The Love Boat was nothing like Disney's Grand 1. The elegant 52-foot yacht offers couples romantic evening cruises along Seven Seas Lagoon for a stunning once-in-a-lifetime view of "Wishes" fireworks raining on the Magic Kingdom. Cruises begin at just under $520/hour, including captain and private deck hand. Private butler service and gourmet meals are also available. Reservations up to 90 days in advance may be made by calling 407-824-2682.

    Also, at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Marina, a 1930s-style 26-foot mahogany runabout (aptly named the Breathless II) is available for private rental — half-hour cruises are $105 or for $325 couples can take an hour-long Fireworks Cruise for a one-of-a-kind view of Epcot's "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth." Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

  • Couples can seek intimacy and romance in deluxe accommodations at Disney's most romantic resorts — from the romance of an African lodge at Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photos) to the Victorian splendor of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Photos). Call 407-W-DISNEY for reservations.

  • Perhaps one of the most romantic dining opportunities at Walt Disney World Resort is a table for two at Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a AAA Five-Diamond Award winning restaurant. The intimate adult-only setting features soft harp music to set the mood for the finest cuisine served on Royal Doulton china. Ladies even receive a long-stemmed red rose.

    The California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a breathtaking view, allowing couples to catch a Florida sunset over the Magic Kingdom theme park. The restaurant's excellent cuisine and award-winning selection of California wines set the stage for a perfect evening.

    Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations or more information.

  • Couples are nature lovers might enjoy a horseback ride through one of the backwoods trails at Walt Disney World Resort. Wrangler-led tours depart Trail Blaze Corral in Disney'w Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground several times daily. Reservations may be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

  • Couples don't need the help of a fairy godmother to find the perfect setting for a romantic fairy tale wedding because fairy tales come true at Walt Disney World Resort. Even if you're a couple that has been married for years and wish to renew your vows, a Disney vacation provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate this family milestone. For more information call 321-939-4623 or visit www.DisneyWeddings.com.

    If you're tying the knot back home, why not arrange a Fairy Tale Honeymoon by calling 321-939-4623 or visiting www.DisneyHoneymoons.com.

Finally, couples considering vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort might consider purchasing the guide book, Walt Disney World for Couples: With or Without Kids. The authors, Rick and Gayle Perlmutter, are not shy about sharing intimate settings and relating feel-good moments that can stoke the romantic fires, yet they do not let their feelings get in the way of honest-to-goodness, down-to-earth, what-you-need-to-know information.

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