With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many locals are breaking out their Disneyland Annual Passes for the special night. Whether it will be shared with a new love, or a old flame, the romance at the Disneyland Resort can't be surpassed.
Every corner of the resort seems to be peppered with dining options, but for the romance and magic, few restaurants compare to the shining stars like Napa Rose and Steakhouse 55.
For those whose tastes can be described with a simple glass of wine, Napa Rose in Dinseyland’s Grand Californian Hotel is ideal. True to its name, Napa Rose boasts the tastes and ambiance of California’s most famous wine region. With an impressive list of reds, whites, and sparklings alike, an expert sommelier will personally ensure that wine-lovers who consider the drink as important as the company across the table won’t be disappointed.
The cuisine is equally impressive with dishes capturing the essence of Napa Valley’s coastal elegance and the sweeping views of Disney’s California Adventure create a magical aura -- particularly this Valentine’s Day when the park’s largest attraction, the sun wheel, has been redone to include a light show across each spindle.
Couples who prefer a more traditional feel will appreciate the new design in Steakhouse 55, the premier restaurant inside the Disneyland Hotel. The bar and hostess area decor takes visitors back to the time when Disneyland first opened its gate. The surroundings evoke the look of high class, fine dining in 1955 with deep burgundy hues meeting the luxurious leather seating.
The restaurant doesn’t disappoint when it comes to diner’s main fare, with their elegant hollandaise sauces, expertly cooked steaks, and popular sides (like the potato tower). However, the best part of their meal is truly their decadent desserts, with the crowning glory being their creme brulee. The texture is so satiny and smooth, it delights every sense. It is sure to be the perfect end to an impressive meal.
Secret Spots and Special Events
Valentine’s Day is statistically the most popular day for marriage proposals, and Disneyland is one of the most magical places to do so, but even if travelers‘ plans don’t include popping the question, a secret spot to steal a kiss is still a must with one’s valentine.
After a flawless meal, finding a secluded spot for a little romance is the perfect step to set the mood. Directly in front of the castle, with it’s beautiful lights sparkling, is a popular setting, but off to the right, over the bridge is a small, picturesque wishing well (designed to look like Snow White’s very own). This fairy-tale scene has no doubt been the setting of countless grooms-to-be dropping to one knee, but still, few other Disneyland visitors pass by it. For those without plans to walk away engaged, its still a secluded spot to steal a kiss with a gorgeous view of Disneyland’s iconic castle.
Is there a better way to celebrate a new engagement (or simply a new relationship) than with fireworks? Visitor’s are just steps away from the best views of Disneyland’s nightly (well, for the most part, nightly) fireworks show. Couples who want a front row seat, though, should get there early (about an hour or more) with a cozy blanket to camp out front and center. The themed fireworks show is set to music enhancing the experience.
The perfect Valentine’s Day happens for thousands of couples at the Disneyland Resort. To make your dream date come true, make sure to book any restaurant reservations in advance (simply call 714-781-DINE), and also plan ahead for show schedules -- like fireworks times. Oh, and “remember: dreams come true.”