Valentine’s Day at Disneyland Resort: The Perfect Guide for the Perfect Day

February is the month of romance so forgo the typical roses and chocolates and head to Anaheim to celebrate the most romantic day of the year − Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort. We have some great tips on how to spend February 14th with the one you love, Disney-style.

Valentine’s Month at Disneyland Celebrating Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Mickey and Minnie blowing kisses

From January 22 through February 18,  Disneyland will deck out the park in honor of Mickey and Minnie Mouse's love as thee parks celebrate Valentine's Day with themed decor, special food and beverage offerings, and souvenirs.

This celebration will also include Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, a park-wide scavenger hunt that leads Guests on a search for the secret valentines Minnie has hidden for Mickey and friends. All you will have to do is purchase a commemorative map and stickers at select merchandise locations, find the valentines and redeem your completed map for a special surprise.

Photo Op at Disneyland Park

Guests can also enjoy the new a “sweethearts” photo moment in Town Square!

Commemorative sign for Valentine's month, Disneyland park

This year you will find a new flower portrait greeting you along with more festive decor along Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Resort and Hotel Dining Options

Disneyland Resort adds a little extra on this special day to several of the sit-down restaurant menus.  If you plan to take your loved one to the Resort for a celebratory meal, make your Disney Dining reservations ASAP up to 60 days in advance.  This is at your fingertips with the Disneyland Mobile App.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

Californian Grand Spa restaurant

Disneyland Resort's Napa Rose is of the highest excellence in dining experiences.  Award-winning Chef Andrew Sutton offers a four-course Wine Country Valentine's Day special on February 14th for couples.  This location was voted one of the best 2017 Valentine's Day venues in Orange County.

Disneyland Hotel

Steakhouse 55 sign

Steakhouse 55 will is a great place to enjoy a meal with your date. This popular restaurant has great food and even better ambiance.

California Adventure's Carthay Circle

Carthay Circle at evening

Carthay Circle Restaurant is the best choice for fine dining in California Adventure. We highly recommend this as a date option!

Disneyland Resort Meals and Treats

Blue Bayou tables with blue napkins and mood lighting

Visit New Orleans Square's Blue Bayou Restaurant for your Valentine's day meal which includes two specialty added items for Valentines Day: Strawberry Beet Salad and Pillow Cake Dessert – Pabana mousse with salted caramel pot de crème center. The Blue Bayou is by far the most popular fine dining option in Disneyland.

River Belle Terrace will have a holiday treats: Southern Pork Belly Sliders – Sticky sweet and fiery-glazed pork belly sliders on toasted brioche buns with fresh sliced jalapeños with house-made pickle chips along with Chocolate Lava Cake with passion fruit sorbet and passion fruit sauce.

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante will have a Valentine's Day meal as well: Molcajete Platter – Chorizo sausage, carne asada, shrimp, cebollitas, serrano, nopales, and Oaxaca cheese with salsa roja and warm tortillas and dessert will feature Chocolate Tamale with espresso whipped cream and cherry compote!

Bengal Barbecue will offer a Piranha Lemonade Slushy – Mango and pineapple lemonade with lychee and pomegranate popping pearls and Roasted Vegetable Spring Roll – Roasted Portobello mushrooms and red peppers, pickled cucumbers, baba ghanoush spread, zucchini noodles, fresh mint, fresh basil, and toasted sesame seeds served with harissa sauce.

Furthermore, look throughout both Disneyland for special Valentine's Day sweets including:

Cherry Cotton Candy for Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise at Disneyland Park

Outdoor Vending Carts

  • Cherry Cotton Candy

Main Street Gourmet Coffee Cart

  • Minnie Donut topped with pink icing, a strawberry, and a chocolate bow

Churros Near Sleeping Beauty Castle and Churros near Town Square

  • Strawberry Churro with chocolate dipping sauce

Sweetheart Donut Sundae from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor for Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise at Disneyland Park

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Sweetheart Donut Sundae – Warm glazed donut with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce topping, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

  • Heart-shaped Mousse Dessert with raspberry mousse and vanilla bean crème brûlée center

Market House

  • Heart-shaped Linzer Cookie

Plaza Inn

  • Strawberry Bundt Cake

Red Rose Taverne

  • Cherry Mousse Dessert – Dark chocolate ganache and chocolate crunch with red velvet spray, gold dust, and mini heart sprinkles

Strawberry Cheesecake “Funnel of Love” from Stage Door Café for Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise at Disneyland Park

Stage Door Café

  • Strawberry Cheesecake “Funnel of Love” – Funnel cake covered with cheesecake filling, strawberry compote, whipped cream, and a chocolate bow

Churros near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Chocolate-Cinnamon Sugar-dusted Churro with spicy cocoa dipping sauce

Churros near Haunted Mansion and Churros near Splash Mountain

  • Burning Love Valentine’s Churro – Sweet and spicy red sugar churro with “double-the-love” cream cheese frosting

Mint Julep Bar

  • Chocolate-covered Strawberry Beignets

Royal Street Veranda

  • Double Chocolate Fritters – Double chocolate chunk fritters tossed in powdered sugar

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Honey-to-Love Funnel Cake – Honey and cream funnel cake with cinnamon sprinkles

Minnie-inspired Sundae from The Golden Horseshoe for Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise at Disneyland Park

The Golden Horseshoe

  • Minnie-inspired Sundae – Espresso chip gelato, cherry compote, cream-filled cookies, and chocolate-dusted artisan churro topped with whipped cream and a chocolate bow

Churros Near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

  • Popping Sugar Churro

Commemorating Your Special Day

Valentines Day wreath in Disneyland

Don't forget to document your Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort with your loved one. There are several options from which to choose including taking your own selfies in front of specific locations or utilizing Disneyland Resort's PhotoPass System.

New flower portrait in Town Square, Disneyland park

This year Disneyland has added a special photo op on Main Street U.S.A. to commemorate your special day.

You can also look for romantic backgrounds to memorialize Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort.  Read Disney Dose's Instagram Guide article for some fun options including the “Happily Ever After” wall inside Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventure Park. This is the go-to background for date nights, engagement announcements, and even marriage proposals!

Or, for a whimsical tour, plan a few meet-n-greets with character couples. Most are located in Fantasyland so check the entertainment guide on the Disney Mobile App to find Jasmine and Aladdin or Belle and Beast for a magical addition for your photos.

Tangled photo character picture

PhotoPass and MaxPass Photo Downloads

If you'd rather let someone else take the photos then explore purchasing PhotoPass through the Disney Mobile App. This option offers photographs from attractions, character meals, specified photo locations, and MagicShots which add in character enhancements. PhotoPass can be purchased separately or through MaxPass which also includes FastPass digital options.

Romantic Disneyland Rides

And what would Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort be without attractions?  Of course all the attractions are magical when you're with your significant other.  Most of the attractions are set up so couples sit next to each other so opt for these.

Dark Attractions to Sit Close to Your Sweetheart

If you want to sit close together in the dark, consider what Disneyland Resort describes as “dark” attractions meaning enclosed, secure in a vehicle, and traveling through elaborate scenes all usually in the dark.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Disneyland Dark Attractions

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures
  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey
  • “it's a small world”

California Adventure Dark Attractions

  • Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
  • The Little Mermaid- Ariel's Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

Thrill Attractions to Hold Hands and Scream with Your Date!

For a more adventurous date with your Valentine, hold hands and get ready to scream with excitement!

Valentine's Day at Disneyland Splash Mountain

Disneyland Thrill Attractions

  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (bonus points to ride at night!)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours- The Adventure Continues
  • Indiana Jones Adventure

California Adventure Thrill Attractions

  • Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission:  BREAKOUT!
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Incredicoaster
  • Goofy's Sky School

Slow and Easy Rides Ideal for Romance

If romance is on your mind for Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort then look into some of the Resort's slower attractions.

Valentine's Day at Disneyland Horse drawn main street ride at Disneyland

Disneyland Slow Attractions

  • Main Street U.S.A. vehicles (note that these close mid-afternoon in preparation for parades)
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Storybook Canal Boats
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Disneyland Monorail

California Adventure Slow Attractions

  • Red Car Trolley
  • Animation Building and Animator's Studio
  • Pixar Pal-a-Round (stationary gondolas)

Couples Activities Around the Disneyland AreaValentine's Day at Disneyland couples massage

For some couples' activities for Valentine's Day at Disneyland Resort, think outside the parks. Take the time to relax after a busy day park-hopping by indulging in a couple's massage at Mandara Spa at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. This customized massage allows you to spend quality time in a special suite reserved suite for the two of you. Call to make reservations ASAP.

After you relax, head to Downtown Disney District to test your bowling skills at Splitsville Lanes.  After bowling on one of the 20 luxury lanes, grab a seat nearby on the covered patio to enjoy some live entertainment. Be sure to order from the crafted cocktails and sushi menus for a complete Valentine's Day date.

Ready to Enjoy Valentine's Day at Disneyland?

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