Disney is all about family. Walt Disney has truly created a world “where parents and children can have fun together.” But what about the rest of us? “Disney for Grown Ups” provides an examination of adult entertainment, attractions and distraction. This installment highlights the most romantic and picturesque spots inside Disneyland Park (See also the Walt Disney World of Adult Beverages):
The Plaza in Front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
The world’s most photographed attraction is also one of its most romantic. Day or night, though especially at night, standing within sight of this heart warming landmark casts a spell on lovers of all ages. Steal a quick kiss beneath the glistening spires. As a courtesy, try not to linger. Everyone around you attempting to get a picture that does not have the two of you in it kissing will be grateful.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Directly after your boat sets sail, as you glide through the peaceful bayou opposite the restaurant, you will realize you are in perhaps the most relaxing spot in all the world. Crickets chirp, fireflies drift about lazily keeping their eternal vigil and you cannot but succumb to the urge to put your arm about your beloved. DO NOT get carried away. Disneyland is rather a popular place for children, mind you, and the boat you are in carries up to twenty strangers who are ill prepared to appreciate the depth of your love, and would rather not participate in your personal life.
This attraction is dark, mostly private, a little bit Disney scary, and generally promotes closeness. Again, you are cautioned to control yourself. Few things can taint a family day at Disneyland quite like an overly amorous couple in the neighboring “Doom Buggy.” Similarly, few things are quite as embarrassing as having a ride stop because of you, then getting publicly wrung out by a Disney Cast Member.
Upper deck of the Mark Twain Riverboat
The leisurely cruise that is the Mark Twain Riverboat: a scenic respite for lovers, relief for the overwrought, and the bane of hyperactive children everywhere. Any youngster who has ridden it more than once will lament how slowly and mockingly the boat passes between Tom Sawyer Island and Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain. For adults then, it is the perfect spot to lean against the rail and gaze pleasantly at one another, much in the way you cannot on Tom Sawyer Island, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain.
Either end of Main Street as the lights come on
There is not a single square foot of park that is not breathtaking once night falls at Disneyland. To share an extra special moment with the one you love, be at one end looking up or down Main Street, and be paying attention as it is illuminated. Experience the collective intake of breath among those standing around you, and mark this as one of those truly unforgettable moments.
The bridge behind Big Thunder Mountain beneath the Weeping Willow
With the several thousand Disney guests bustling through this well-traveled thoroughfare, and the regular appearance of the big thundering train, this is not the purest of romantic locations. However, few things inspire that lovin’ feelin’ quite like a wooden bridge, a sun and duck dappled pond and a massive overhanging willow tree. Those fortunate enough to know this spot appreciate it despite its inherent distractions.
French Market Restaurant
This is a delightful spot on it’s own, being a patio where you can sit and listen to live jazz music. But the French Market is a hidden treasure for those in the know, and those blessed with simple dumb, well-timed luck. There are few places to watch the nightly fireworks display that are not well known and thus well populated. Lament not that the French Market closes before the fireworks go off. Rather, get yourself a gumbo bread bowl at the nearby Royal Street Veranda, then return to the patio in time to marvel at the spectacular dinner light show, viewable through the trees from your table which could not be more perfect had you been anywhere near bright enough to sit there on purpose.
Peter Pan’s Flight
This ride is primarily for the young, and draws families in droves, so for Tink’s sake behave yourself. The line is consistent in excessive length and duration, so if you stick it out you may feel you have earned some alone time. But, this does not give you liberty to create a spectacle. If you’ve never been escorted off of a suspended attraction, it is as embarrassing as you can imagine. Go ahead, sit close, admire the areal scene over London, just keep your hands and arms inside the flying ship, and under relative control.
The promenade behind the Matterhorn overlooking Tomorrowland Lagoon
It might be difficult to appreciate the beauty of this particular spot amidst the proliferation of appreciative people trying to photograph it. Also, the lagoon now houses the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, and the rare romantic stillness is regularly interrupted by a ridiculous gaggle of seagulls chirping “Mine! Mine! Mine!” at irregular intervals.
The most romantic spots are those you create for yourselves
Disneyland abounds in personal, meaningful points of interest: The bench facing “its a small world” where you sat hypnotized by the lights, talking about nothing. The gift shop where you independently put on the same pirate hat and discovered how much you have in common. The little table where you sat staring into the eyes of the most amazing person you’ve ever known, hardly noticing as the rest of the world melted away. The Spot in the middle of the untenable, busy walkway where you first said, “I love you.”
Find your spot. Return to it every chance you get. Cherish it as you do each other, and give thanks to Disney for the permanent space it occupies within your most precious memories.
Disneyland is delightfully examined by National Disney Expert, Jodi Jill.
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