Date Night Tips For Disney’s Contemporary Resort

A Walt Disney World vacation is an exciting event at any time of the year, but family time, and date night are considerably different things. Disney Parks and Resorts offer a myriad of options available for couples who want spend some one on one time together, and one of our favorites is a Date Night at Disney's Contemporary Resort.


Right Next to the Magic KingdomRight Next to the Magic Kingdom


At the top of Disney's Contemporary Resort on the 15th floor sits one of its most celebrated restaurants, The California Grill. Californian cuisine is what's on the menu with seasonal ingredients and an international flair. Panoramic windows offer stunning view of the Seven Seas Lagoon, and Magic Kingdom. The restaurant offers more than 50 wines available by the glass, and 300 by the bottle. Guests with a table during the Magic Kingdom's Fireworks can enjoy a spectacular vantage point for viewing, with the music piped in.

It's best to start thinking about your date night as soon as you schedule your vacation. Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) open for Walt Disney World restaurants 180 days in advance, and seating during the fireworks can book up fast. Pick which night of your vacation you will use as your date night and who is in charge of the planning well in advance.


New Floor to Ceiling Windows and MidCentury Modern DesignNew Floor to Ceiling Windows and MidCentury Modern Design


It can be hard to separate what's regular vacation and what is date night. Make date night something special by dressing for dinner before you head out. Disney's Signature Restaurants do have a resort casual dress code they ask guests to adhere to. At The California Grill men may wear khakis, slacks, jeans or dress shorts and collared shirts. Sport coats are optional. Women may wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses, jeans or dress shorts.

Be sure to consider your transportation options for date night. While Disney's Contemporary Resort is easily accessible by bus, it adds a bit of magic when you arrive by either boat or monorail. My husband and I often start our Disney date night with cocktails and jazz in the lobby of the Grand Floridian, and then continue on to the Contemporary for dinner.


Christmas Day services at Disney's Contemporary ResortThe Monorail Takes Guests Through The Contemporary Resort


If you prefer to eat earlier in the evening, and still want to have a great fireworks view, consider a post-dinner fireworks cruise leaving from the Contemporary Resort Marina. You can watch the Magic Kingdom display from the privacy of a chartered boat with synchronized audio onboard. Disney can even deliver champagne and strawberries for your cruise. To reserve call (407) WDW-PLAY.

Last but not least, the Electrical Water Pageant floats by Disney's Contemporary Resort each night beginning around 10:10 PM. It's a charming Disney Tradition that lights up the lagoon, with a bright green sea monster leading the way.

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