By Jill E. Cooper
Psst. Want to know a secret? February is my favorite time of year. Few of my fellow residents of the arctic Northeast share my sentiment, particularly right now. Nonetheless, I appreciate this month because of the magical celebration situated smack dab in the middle of it: Valentine’s Day. What’s not to like about a day set aside to celebrate the love in your life? The delectable chocolates, beautiful roses, and oh-so-adorable Valentine cards are just an added bonus to an already delightful occasion. While some folks may be content to let this potentially enchanting day pass without the attention it deserves, the magic-makers at Disneyland and Walt Disney World certainly won’t miss this opportunity to celebrate love in all its grandeur:
• Disney Parks have dubbed 2013 as the year of Limited Time Magic. Acknowledging that life’s most precious experiences are often fleeting, they are introducing fanciful surprises throughout the year that last for only a week. As magically as they appear, they will disappear just a short time later. The good news for those of us who love Valentine’s Day is that Disney will dedicate an entire week to celebrate this holiday in 2013. If you visit the Disney Parks during “True Love week” (February 11th through 17th), you’ll find exciting new ways to celebrate with your special someone. You and your beloved can fill an entire scrapbook with the photographs captured in romantic nooks in the Magic Kingdom. While Disney’s princesses typically greet guests solo in the parks, for this special week they will be accompanied by their princes. For guests who enjoy taking advantage of an uncommon photo opportunity, you won’t want to miss the chance to get a shot with Disney’s royal couples. Frequent visitors to the parks will tell you that the option to pose with the princes is rare indeed.
• Imagine dining with your sweetheart at one of the enchanting restaurants in the parks or at Downtown Disney. Consider the San Angel Inn at the Mexico pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot or at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort. You deserve some time to relax and enjoy a blissfully romantic candlelight dinner.
• Then, cap off your evening by basking in the glow of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty Castle. For True Love week, these majestic structures will be bathed in beautiful pink, red, and lavender hues. While the Disney Parks have always been popular places for wedding proposals, I can just imagine how many love-struck guests will be inspired to pop the question amidst the romantic ambience of True Love week.
So, if you’re looking to re-kindle a long-established love or to ignite a new one, head to the Disney Parks this month. Something tells me Valentine’s Day may just become your favorite holiday too.
Jill Cooper is a member of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Panelists have received/will receive a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disneyland Resort or Disney Vacation Club vacation for panelist and up to three family members and/or park tickets for their participation on the Walt Disney World® Moms Panel. The views expressed in the Panel are those of the panelists, who are independent contractors. These views are not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees and have not been reviewed or approved by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online prior to posting.