Who doesn’t love a little romance? Spice up your everyday routine with these things to do in Orlando for couples. Orlando is a Florida hotspot, bursting with activities sure to light a spark between sweethearts. See how you can mix it up as a couple with my suggestions below.

Disney for Adults

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Snap a selfie at Epcot

You might not think of Disney World as an attraction for adults. It’s a Small World, Mickey Mouse, and all that. But there’s so much more to discover at these theme parks. Dine at the California Grill in the Contemporary Hotel for nighttime views of Magic Kingdom fireworks. Stay at the elegant Grand Floridian, an elegant turn-of-the-century resort with serious amenities. Tour through World Pavilion at Epcot, visiting far flung countries like China and Germany all while sampling flavors from each. Ride Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as many times as you want, without worrying about switching riders or where to park
the stroller.When you visit Disney World without kids you’ll see magic in
a whole new way.

Take to the Sky

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Orlando Balloon Rides

There’s something sweet and nostalgic about Ferris wheels. Take that charm at multiply it by about 100 at The Orlando Eye, a 400-foot observation wheel located on International Drive. Typical rides last 20 minutes, but I recommend upgrading to the Champagne Experience. Toasting to your paramour at sunset, far above the rest of the world? Swoon. If you want to up the wow factor, go for a sunrise balloon ride over Orlando. With Orlando Balloon Rides you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime as you float over natural preserves, all while toasting with champagne. The spectacular sunrise views make the scene extra romantic and totally memorable.

Make a Splash

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Discovery Cove

Swim suits, board shorts and sunscreen? That’s all you need for these things to do for couples in Orlando. Spend the day at Discovery Cove, to snorkel an underwater world of marine life, swim with dolphins, and encounter playful otters and so much more. Even better, your ticket includes freshly prepared breakfast and lunch and unlimited snacks, drinks and alcoholic beverages. Another option is a full moon Florida kayak tour with Adventures in Florida of Winter Park’s Chain of Lakes. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and moon rise on the outstanding Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Experience the natural beauty of Florida from a unique perspective. Enjoy
the friends, the ghost stories, and toast the stars. It’s always a fantastic time.

Get Cultured

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La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

Orlando may be known for its theme parks, but it also has a thriving cultural and performing arts scene. For couples with a literary love, The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is an ideal choice. Specializing in Shakespeare, the theater also hosts new plays and musicals. The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts also has a full schedule of theater, ballet and musical artists, while an evening at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is lively, mind-boggling. The Hard Rock Hotel hosts Velvet Sessions the last Thursday of every month. During these special nights, audience members are treated to an imitate show from iconic performers from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The sexy, intimate setting creates the perfect place
for romance.

Serenity Now

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Relax at a lux spa

When you’re on vacation, you want to relax. Where better than at a spa? One of my favorite recommendations for things to do in Orlando for Couples is treat yourself at The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes. Their Couples Retreat Package, which includes a poolside cabana with ceiling fan, fruit and spa access, a bottle of champagne, and a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries. Be sure to add a couple’s massage to make the day even more intimate. Another way to relax in Orlando? Make an appointment at The Four Seasons for a Tranquility for Two package. Book your treatments in either the spa couples’ suites or private spa bungalows, and prepare
to say goodbye to stress.

Use these ideas for things to do in Orlando for couples to make your sweetheart swoon. Romance is waiting in Orlando.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Have you ever thought about visiting Disney World alone? The idea might be daunting, but as someone who has visited Walt Disney World numerous times as a solo traveler, trust me when I say it doesn’t have to be.  It’s totally possible to enjoy all that Disney World’s incredible theme parks and resorts have to offer all by yourself.

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Put these tips for Disney World solo travelers to use to make your next vacation extra magical.

IMG_4635Disney Your Way

When you visit Disney World Theme Parks alone, you get to call all of the shots. No democracy needed here! You get to do what you want, when you want, which is a nice perk. You also get to decide the flow of your days, without having to do any people-pleasing. I like to catch the opening morning show at the Magic Kingdom, then hop over to Epcot for dinner and the night spectacular Illuminations. The next day I switch it up and go to Animal Kingdom first thing, when the animals are most active, then cruise back over to Magic Kingdom for their nightly Wishes Spectacular. Any combination of park hopping is available—and the choice is yours!

Disney_apos_s_BoardWalk_Inn_(016)Choose the Right Resort

One of the best tips for Disney World solo travelers I can give is to choose the right resort for your stay. You’re going back to the resort alone, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the night without socializing. Personally, I think Disney Boardwalk Inn is ideal. Its location, theme and endless amenities are all appealing for someone traveling solo. I find I can easily walk or boat to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or it’s super easy to catch a bus outside the lobby to Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom. The seaside-style of the resort israther charming, and a walk along the boardwalk is a great way to take it all in. Even better, I always feel super safe and feel an added layer of protection not felt at some off-property locations. To top it all off, eateries like the Flying Fish Café and lounges like the Jellyroll Piano Bar make it easy to  enjoy a night out right at
your resort.

Expedition_EverestSkip the Lines

When you’re traveling solo, you can skip a good portion of the lines by using the Single Rider lane.Yes, you can use this even when you’re traveling with family and friends but now you can do so without any guilt. The three main attractions that have single rider lines include Test Track, Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, and Expedition Everest. I’ve ridden Rock ‘n Roller Coaster back-to-back-to back in a matter of 20 minutes or less. Not bad, right? So, save your FastPass+ selections for rides without Single Rider lanes and you’ll be skipping lines left and right.

Mickey Mouse and MeBe the Star of the Show

You might think you won’t be able to get any photos of yourself at Disney World if you’re traveling solo. Totally not true! As someone who has been to the parks by myself multiple times, I have a few tips to ensure you can be the star of the show. First, bring a selfie stick. Yes, they aren’t allowed on rides (for good reason) but they’re a great tool for capturing wide angle shots of yourself at the park without the dreaded armpit angle you get by taking a regular selfie. Second, don’t be afraid to ask the Disney Park photographers to snap solo photos of you. They’re more than happy too! They’ll take professional photos you can purchase as well as photos via your own device. Third, don’t shy away from asking other Disney guests to snap a photo of you. I usually have a lot of people ask me to take photos of them, and I always respond with “Sure, as long as you’ll take one of me next.” But, don’t be afraid to ask first. This is the happiest place on earth, after all, so people are always happy to oblige.

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It’s no secret Disney souvenirs can be a bit on the pricey side. When you’re traveling with a group, a souvenir for everyone at every stop can add up quickly. Alone, though, those souvenir costs don’t seem so bad. Have you had your eyes on personalized Mickey ears? Get ‘em? How about that fancy Disney purse? Yeah, you deserve it. This same mindset applies to other splurges available at the parks. Treat yourself to a spa treatment at your resort, or a fancy meal at Be Our Guest Restaurant. When you’re traveling solo, the options are
endless and you can decide exactly how to spend your
well-earned money.

1467078901_BA5-90Don’t Be Afraid to Dine Alone

For some reason, dining alone seems to freak people out. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s some ridiculous stigma attached to it, or if it’s because people aren’t sure what exactly to do when dining along. Either way, don’t be afraid to do it. As someone who has traveled not only to Disney alone, but to other continents, I’ve became quite comfortable dining by myself. People watch, go over your itinerary for the rest of the day, and use Disney’s free Wi-Fi to connect to loved ones back home and post those Instagram-worthy photos you’re capturing. In addition, I’ve always found Disney Cast Members to be very chatty and hospitable. I do try to be mindful of where I sit (e.g., not taking up a five-top table for one) and many times I opt for the bar even when I’m not drinking. Whatever you do, don’t let the fact you’re traveling alone make you eat counter service food only. You deserve better while on a Disney vacation.

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When I travel with a group, I always feel like I have to be mindful of my pace. Alone, I’ve found I get a more intimate experience and see Disney World in a whole new light. You can take your time exploring little nooks and crannies of the park, as well as take highly underrated shows and attractions like Mickey’s PhilHarMagic and Walt Disney World’s Carousel of Progress. Plus, if you’re a photo fiend like me you won’t feel like you’re dragging anyone down by perfecting your shots of all things Disney World. When you set the pace,
you’ll no doubt capture another side of the magic.

See, visiting Disney World alone can really be quite magical. Apply these tips for Disney World solo travelers to your itinerary, and you’ll soon find out independence can be a very good thing!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Once you purchase your Disney vacation, you’ll need to pack. Packing the right items will make the most of your time at Disney World Theme Parks.  There are essentials you must pack, as well as extra items that will ensure a stress-free day at Disney World. Follow this Disney World packing list and your suitcase will be perfectly stocked.

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Clothing & Accessories
◊Shirts
◊Shorts
◊Pants
◊Socks
◊Comfortable shoes
◊Sandals/flip-flops
◊Swimsuits
◊Underwear
◊Bras
◊Hats/Sun Visors
◊Mouse Ears Hat

Toiletries
◊Toothbrush
◊Toothpaste
◊Face Wash
◊Razors
◊Shaving Cream
◊Tweezers
◊Shampoo
◊Hair Conditioner
◊Deodorant
◊Sunscreen
◊Lip Balm
◊Make-up
◊Nail file
◊Hair brush/comb

Travel Items
◊Camera
◊Camera batteries and charger
◊Cell phone charger
◊Laptop Computer
◊Umbrella
◊Backpack
◊Ponchos
◊Large Ziploc bags
◊Hand sanitizer
◊Pens
◊Book/magazines
◊MP3 Player
◊Neck pillow

Day Bag for Theme Parks
◊Theme park tickets
◊Cash/credit card
◊Drivers license/ID
◊Water bottle
◊Camera
◊Extra camera battery
◊Sunglaseses
◊Cell phone
◊Snacks
◊Autograph book
◊Sharpie/marker
◊Poncho
◊Band aids
◊Sunscreen
◊Lip balm
◊Hand sanitizer
◊Wet wipes

Which items would you add to the list? Share your picks in the comments. Happy packing!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

may_eventsCheck out these Orlando events happening May 2016:

May 1-30: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features plenty of new things to see in 2016. Throughout the festival, which began March 2, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Garden Rocks Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

May 7, 14: Viva La Musica at SeaWorld
Celebrate the food, fun, sights and sounds of Latin culture at this annual Hispanic festival for the entire family, featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists and savory Latin cuisine – only at SeaWorld Orlando.

May 14-15: Jazz on the Vineyard Green
Lakeridge Winery will be hosting jazz musicians on their outdoor stage all weekend. Food, beer, and wine will be available along with complimentary winery tours and tastings.

May 18-30:  Orlando International Fringe Festival
This 13-day festival offers theatre, music, dance, and art to all ages. 100% of box office sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The cost and venue of shows vary. See the Fringe website for more details.

Orlando offers many exciting budget-friendly attractions. You can expect sunny days, a warm welcome and plenty of fun when you visit scenic central Florida, including natural beauty combined with just the right mix of recreation and relaxation.  Ready to see what 24 hours of fun in Orlando for families looks like? Read on.

24 Hours of Fun in Orlando for Families

Breakfast

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Keke’s Breakfast Cafe/Facebook

Begin with breakfast at KeKes Café at 4192 Conroy Road in Millenia, an Orlando favorite known for its artistic and exotic presentation of breakfast foods. Not only is the food good and the atmosphere comfortable with great service it’s a convenient location, less than 25 minutes from the airport, for many activities in the area. Try the chocolate chip pancakes served with fresh fruit. They are delicious as are the eggs benedict with home fries.  Here you can find just about any omelets you’ve ever heard of. You can also “build your own.”  Your day will be packed with family fun and the wonders of nature, so I say get an early start. Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m.

Morning

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Aquatica’s Dolphin Plunge

Get up close to the dolphins, whales, manatees and more at SeaWorld, a popular marine life adventure park that offers many exciting attractions for the whole family any time of the year. Have some water fun at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park located just across the street. Everyone in the family will be fascinated by the exciting range of attractions from sea creature demonstrations, splashing fountains, a rain forest for kids to major thrill slides and winding chutes for older ones. The park also offers a lazy river where you can float and soak up the sun. For anyone who has always wanted to swim with dolphins, the Dolphin Plunge ride is the next best thing. Two see-through enclosed slides plunge past a pool filled with black and white dolphins. It’s fast and fun. There’s so much to do and see in both these parks that it’s worthy of an entire morning.

Lunch

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Rainforest Café: Rickpilot_2000/flickr

One of our family favorites is the Rainforest Café, a really fun restaurant for kids and adults of all ages. One thing you notice when you walk in is the unique atmosphere with all the decorations. There are two locations – one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the other in Downtown Disney. The restaurant offers great burgers, pasta dishes, exotic salads, along with tropical treats served in fun surroundings at affordable prices, and the restaurant offers lots of vegetarian options. Your kids will love the yummy Rainforest Rascal burgers. Get ready to hear all the animals making noise after a rainstorm. You’ll all enjoy watching the lush tropical rain forest come to life with animated wild life.

Afternoon

De Leon Springs Park

De Leon Springs State Park: Florida Department of Environmental Conservation

Kids want nothing more than to play on the beach. For an unforgettable road trip, drive along the post-card gorgeous Atlantic coastline to New Smyrna Beach, a quiet, undisturbed beach about an hour north of Orlando offering 13 miles of sandy fun. Relax in tranquility and spend some time sunbathing, then stroll to the northern tip of the beach where you’ll spot an abundance of tropical wonders ranging from birds, gorgeous plants and turtle habitants. If your day at the beach doesn’t last all afternoon, take the family to a natural spring long considered the “fountain of youth” It’s located in De Leon Springs State Park, about 45 minutes from Orlando. This gorgeous spring is kept at 72-degrees all year and includes a swimming area with paddleboats, canoes and kayaks available for rent at $12 an hour or $24 for half day.

Dinner

Dolphin View Restaurant

Dolphin View Restaurant: Dolphin View Restaurant/Facebook

For dinner, The Dolphin View at 107 N. Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach is a family-friendly restaurant that offers a diverse menu of fabulous seafood served in beautiful surroundings at affordable prices. The restaurant, located right on the water, is nothing fancy and everyone in the family will be fascinated by the dolphins. The service is good and there is a great view of the river. I’d also recommend taking the boat ride down the Intercoastal while enjoying a fantastic buffet dinner all for only $19.95. It’s a great way to tour the scenery and glamour of the area. The crew is very friendly, and if you sit facing the water, you can take some great pictures of spectacular views.

Evening

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Rock ‘n Roller Coaster

For the ultimate Orlando experience make your way to the Disney Hollywood Studios. There are plenty of educational and entertaining activities for everyone regardless of age from the spectacular Indiana Jones show, to the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster, to the musical Fantasmic and dazzling fireworks. Everyone will get a thrill watching the nighttime panorama

After Dark

You’ll be exhausted from walking and so much to see, and having to get up early with the kids. It’s best to get some rest and call it an early night. You may choose to kick back and enjoy the spa and pool at your hotel. Or perhaps you’d like to take a leisurely stroll along the walkway in Lake Eola Park located right in the heart of downtown Orlando and catch the glorious sunset.

Sleep

Accommodation options in the city are nearly endless. No matter where you book your room, rest assured—you’re never far from plenty of fun and family friendly activities.

Follow this guide to 24 hours of fun in Orlando for families to ensure your vacation is the absolute best!