Because Orlando is full of theme parks and attractions that make the city unique, it’s easy to go beyond the chocolate hearts and flower bouquets this Valentine’s Day with a special celebration like no other. From walking around a festival to dinner and a show with a twist, here are a few ways to take your day to the next level.
Take a Vintage Water Tour at Disney Springs
The BOATHOUSE, located in The Landing at Disney Springs, offers daily tours around the lake via amphicar that allows guests to explore Disney Springs landmarks in a unique way. However, you can make the experience even more special by upgrading to a Venezia Champagne Tour. Set out on the lake in a vintage 40-foot Italian water taxi for a romantic cruise around the lake complete with chocolate covered strawberries and a champagne toast! 30 minute tours cost around $75 per person and 60 minute tours are around $115 per person. You can also book a Venezia Wine-Tasting Cruise, which includes an hour-long tour accompanied by delightful pairings of award-winning wines and hors d’oeurves and a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Wine tasting tours are only available on weekends and cost $225 per couple. You can make reservations for any of these three experiences by calling (407) 939-2628.
Spend the Day at a Festival
Special events and festivals always make for memorable dates because it’s not something you can experience any day of the week. At Epcot, art lovers can explore some of the finest visual, culinary and performing arts at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. The annual event celebrates creativity of all kinds with Disney inspired art on display, unique food studios and Disney on Broadway performances daily. On February 14, guests can watch performers Sydnee Winters and Michael James Scott light up the stage at the America Gardens Theater during one of three performances (5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM). Learn about everything else the event has to offer with this guide to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!
Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series Real Music, Real Masters is currently running at the park with different performances each week through During the week of Valentine’s Day (February 11 – February 16), guests can enjoy performances from “Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen. Shows take place twice daily, at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the Stanleyville Theater.
Another festival option is the Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld Orlando. This annual event, which takes place on Fridays – Sundays, is a celebration of food, drink and entertainment from around the world. Indulge in delicious hand crafted menus that represent the regions of the world at more than 10 different festival marketplaces set up around the park, and make your way to Bayside Stadium for live performances from some big names in the music game. The Festival Markets will be open to enjoy on February 14, but concerts only take place on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re extending your celebration through the weekend, you can catch these performances:
- February 15: Pop 2000 Tour – Hosted by Lance Bass (*NSYNC) with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, and LFO
- February 16: Night Ranger
At Universal Orlando, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with awesome Mardi Gras festivities including a lively parade, exclusive carnival-inspired foods, specialty cocktails, and live music in the French Quarter Courtyard.
Enjoy Dinner and a Show Like No Other
One of the most unique things about our favorite theme parks is that they all offer a mix of unbeatable entertainment and a variety of awesome restaurants, taking the traditional “dinner and a show” date night idea to a completely new level! At Disney World, all four parks offer a reserved seating + dining package to select shows.
Over at Universal Orlando, you can have a similar experience without having to pay for park entrance by attending an incredible performance by Blue Man Group in Sonos Theater at CityWalk. The show is an amazing mix of music, comedy, lights, technology, and of course paint. On Valentine’s Day there are two shows at 6:00 PM and again at 9:00 PM, which leaves plenty of opportunity to start or end the evening with a delicious dinner at one of 25 different restaurants located at Universal CityWalk.
Music and a Picnic in the Garden
There aren’t many places in the country where you could probably enjoy a date night outside in February, but you can take your romantic celebration outdoors at Leu Gardens. The 50-acre property allows for food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to be brought into the so you can pack up a nice picnic, bring some chairs and blankets, and get settled at the Gardens to enjoy an evening of music during a Valentine’s Day concert featuring the Dave Capp Project, Slickwood, and Mud Rooster Blues. The performance takes place on Friday, February 14 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Purchase tickets now for $15 per person or when you arrive for $20 per person.
Take the Pressure Off With a Prix Fixe Dining Experience
Some people prefer a low-key kind of celebration, opting for a simple night out enjoying each other’s company. Luckily, there are several restaurants on International Drive that offer an amazing dining experience without all the pressure of planning the evening.
Whether you prefer a quiet evening or a day full of activity, there is no shortage of unique ways to celebrate your loved ones this Valentine’s Day in Orlando. However, just because it’s a special day doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton! If you’re planning on heading to a theme park this February 14, check out Tickets2you.com for great deals on Disney World tickets, SeaWorld Orlando tickets, and so much more! Not into these ideas? Click around the Tickets2You blog for other fun things to do in Orlando!