Romantic Attractions in Orlando

Romantic attractions make Orlando a top choice for honeymooners.Romantic attractions make Orlando a top choice for honeymooners.

Orlando boasts theme parks and Mickey Mouse, but romance blooms in this vacation paradise. In fact, many newlyweds honeymoon in Orlando because of the romantic attractions. Special outings can include a floating fireworks show that is sure to spice up a trip for two. Enhanced by balmy days and sultry nights, any romance will get hotter in Orlando.

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Castle exudes romance in the heart of the Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom sits just across Bay Lake from Disney's wedding pavilion, so it is no surprise that couples spend romantic days and nights romping through this playground. Few locations embrace a love story like Cinderella's Castle, especially at night. Add photo ops with Mickey and Minnie, the dark mystery of Pirate's of the Caribbean and a scary ride through the Haunted Mansion, and fun romance begins to fill the air.

The Magic Kingdom opens every day of the year, but hours vary by season. During busier times around the holidays and in the summer, the park stays open late into the evening.

Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 407-824-4321


The Eiffel Tower brings romance to Epcot.

Couples interested in a trip around the world will appreciate the international flavor of Epcot's World Showcase. Enjoy a romantic stroll through authentic English gardens or take a photo by a Parisian fountain with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Then journey to Italy or China for authentic cuisine. Epcot boasts 11 countries and several fine dining restaurants along with wine and beer choices from all over the world. Epcot opens from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily but sometimes stays open later on holidays.

Epcot Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 407-824-4321

Lake Eola Park and Swan Boats

Lake Eola Park offers both swans and swan boats.

Tucked into the heart of Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park offers paths for a relaxing stroll, lushly landscaped grounds for a romantic picnic and charming swan boats for a short sail around the lake. The park is popular with locals and visitors should add this to their list of things to see for a taste of Orlando romance. The park opens daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. The swan boats operate daily with later hours on the weekends.

Lake Eola Park 195 N. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 407-246-2827

Walt Disney World Specialty Cruises

Specialty cruises feature fireworks above Disney World.

For romance on the high seas, try a specialty cruise at Walt Disney World. Some cruises include a captain and crew, while others offer the opportunity to watch the Magic Kingdom or Epcot fireworks from the water. Reservations are required for some cruises, so call ahead for availability and pricing. Cruises depart from participating resort hotels, which are adjacent to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Specialty Cruises Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 407-939-7529

Orlando Balloon Rides

Few things are more romantic than a balloon ride at sunrise.

Nothing says romance like champagne, sunrise and a hot air balloon. Orlando Balloon Rides set to the skies at dawn and float over Orlando's popular attractions. Rides last around an hour, but times can fluctuate with the weather.

Balloon excursions include a champagne toast and buffet breakfast and depart from the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort on U.S. Highway 192. Balloon rides cost $175 per person (as of April 2010), and riders must make reservations in advance.

Orlando Balloon Rides P.O. Box 560572 Orlando, FL 32856 407-894-5040 800-586-1884

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About the Author

Lisa Jay began writing professionally in 2002. She has written for "Focus" magazine and "The Orlando Sentinel" as well as travel websites in the Central Florida area. She served as executive editor of "The Valencia Source." Jay earned an Associate of Arts in journalism from Valencia Community College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in writing at Columbia University.

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