Top 5 Romantic Spots in the parks – By Heather Holley

It’s that time of year again. Everywhere you turn there are hearts as far as the eye can see, stuffed animals bearing messages of adoration, and ridiculous amounts of chocolate. So in honor of this lovely holiday I’m going to talk about what I think are the 5 most romantic places in Walt Disney World.

The first stop on my list shouldn’t surprise anyone, Cinderella’s Castle. Who knows how many proposals this icon has been a backdrop to? But could you blame anyone? My favorite time to be around the castle is in the evening. It’s so beautiful lit up. Put some fireworks behind it and I’m in awe of its magical splendor. I can’t really explain why the castle is such a romantic spot, but I never turn down a chance to snuggle up with my husband and admire it for a spell.

The next stop is actually lots of stops. The World Showcase is a great area to showcase your love… or maybe that’s just me. I want to travel the world one day, but for now EPCOT is the closest thing we’re capable of. I really enjoy walking the countries with my husband, learning about cultures and sampling foods. I personally think anytime you can share and/or learn it’s a great bonding experience. That is also why I consider the World Showcase a romantic area.

The couple that plays together stays together. My next pick is sure to bring out your inner child and probably some competition. If you’re ready to go head to head with your love hop on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin or Toy Story Midway Mania. These two attractions are very similar. Buzz Lighter is a two person ride where you use your laser guns to shoot targets and take down the evil Zurg and Toy Story Mania has several rounds of various arcade games featuring all the beloved characters. Both have the same end result…Smiles and bragging rights for the rest of the day.

Ready for an Adventure? Then, hop on the next raft and head to Tom Sawyer Island! This is my husband’s top romantic spot, and I can easily understand why. It’s never been crowded when we’ve gone. It’s the one place you can go in the parks and feel like you’re having some time alone. The Island is so much fun to explore and if you’d rather just relax, there’s plenty of shade for that. Whether you’re looking for adventure or some intimate alone time, the island can meet all of your romantic needs.

The final stop on my list is the home to 999 happy haunts; yes I am talking about the Haunted Mansion. I know there are probably very few who would consider this a romantic spot, but I am admittedly biased. My husband proposed here, so it holds a special place in my heart. Even if this weren’t the case I would argue this attraction is a great spot to kindle a romance. It’s a nice, slow ride in a dim (maybe for some a bit scary) setting. It’s the perfect opportunity to cuddle up close to your significant other and enjoy all the ghostly appearances.

What are your favorite romantic spots in the parks? Let me know on Twitter @hoodie_life

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