Date Night at Disney World
While Disney World is mostly known as a family destination, there are actually some wonderful date night locations throughout. These are great ideas if you live in the area, or if you are on vacation and want to do have a nice night out together. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, or you can spend a ton of money. Disney World has a variety of restaurant and entertainment options that will make your date night at Disney magical. Even just taking a stroll and enjoying one of the fireworks shows can make for a wonderful night out. Check out some of these favorite date night ideas.
Best Places to Grab a Drink at Disney World
Whoever says Disney World is just for kids needs to read this post. There are actually some very fun bars and restaurants throughout all of Disney World. These are a few of our favorite places to go.
- House of Blues: As far as we know this is the only place that offers Happy Hour specials. There is also a cool vibe and good music. You can sit inside or outside. (Disney Springs)
- Lava Lounge at the Rainforest Café: The actual Rainforest Café restaurant is fun, but the Lava Lounge outdoor bar is more fun. You still get to experience the volcano erupting without all of the noise (and screaming kids). They also have a lot of fun drinks and you can get the full menu outside. (Disney Springs)
- 50’s Prime Time Café Bar: Attached to the 50’s Prime Time Café is a hidden bar. It even has its own door. The atmosphere is great and we have spent a few rainy afternoons here. They also have fun milkshake concoctions for the kiddies. The only downside is it can get very crowded if the restaurant is really crowded because they have people wait in the bar area. (Hollywood Studios)
- Art Smith’s Homecoming: If you have a hankering for moonshine, this is your place. They also have great mixed drinks and a fun atmosphere. (Disney Springs)
- Bay Lake Tower Member Lounge: We love going up here for a drink and a spectacular view. You can also watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from here. They dim the lights and pipe the music in from the park. The only downside is there is a very limited food menu. DVC Members Only.(Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort)
- Spice Road Table at Morocco Pavilion: This is one of those places people seem to walk by without realizing it is there. Spice Road Table is a new addition to the Morocco Pavilion. It is right on the water and gives you great views of the World Showcase with beautiful Moroccan décor. Here you can get drinks and small plates. (EPCOT)
These are some of our favorite places to grab a drink and relax. There are so many places we want to try like Tiffin’s at Animal Kingdom and Abracadabar at the Boardwalk Resort. Our favorite eating and drinking related event is the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT. The booths and menus for this year were just released!
Where is your favorite place to enjoy a drink at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!
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Barrier Islands of Florida
The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine.
Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some are simply undeveloped sandy beaches. St. George Island boasts a state park and 22 miles of sandy beaches. Santa Rosa Island across from the Pensacola Bay is a 40 mile island of beaches which often has strong currents conducive to surfing!
The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark
When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for! All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK! In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation. It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style!
Our first stop was the evening safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were able to get Fastpasses so our wait time was only about 5 minutes. We had a very entertaining safari guide so the trek started out just right. Being on the savannah in the dark is such a different experience than during the day. It was not quite dark when we arrived, but just after sunset so there was a beautiful, dusky glow. Disney added very unobtrusive lighting that allowed for great viewing. The animals were so incredibly active after sunset. It was like an entirely different safari than the daytime (which we also love!). Some of the hippos were out of the water walking around, the baby rhino was actually running with its mother. The cheetahs were awake and alert, the lion and lionesses were wide awake and actually walking around! It was such a thrilling sight. For us gals who go on the safari regularly, this was almost like going on a new safari encounter all together.
Towles Court Creative Arts Community
Tucked away amongst the moss-draped oak trees in the Laurel Park neighborhood of downtown Sarasota is the Towles Court Creative Arts Community. In 1905 Sarasota’s first Mayor built his home in this area along with a nine-hole golf course. In the 1920’s William Towles turned the golf course into a small residential neighborhood. The area went through periods of prosperity and peril until 1983 when NJ Olivieri saw potential in Sarasota and bought up decaying properties in the area with the intention of razing them and building new homes. Instead friends approached him with the concept of developing an artists’ colony instead. In December, 1995 Towles Court Artist Colony was born when the first artist signed a lease.
Traveling Gals Tip: If you are visiting Sarasota, the third Friday of each month Towles Court hosts an art walk with live music, wine and a chance to experience all the creative arts offered.