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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland (2024 Guide)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland (2024 Guide)


What can you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland? Whether it’s just the two sweethearts or you’ve got the whole family with you, there are some very lovable ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland. Keep reading for sweet ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland from morning to night!

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This post originally published Feb 1st, 2017 and has been updated and republished with a new date.

Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Disneyland

If your Disneyland vacation falls during Valentine’s Day, you might wonder how the holiday is celebrated in the Parks. Does Disneyland decorate for Valentine’s Day? Are there romantic spots at Disneyland? Keep reading for sweet tips for couples and families at Disneyland.

There are opportunities for romance at Disneyland sprinkled in like pixie dust throughout the Parks! And if you have the kids with you, there are still some very sweet ways to honor the special day.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort celebrates Minnie and Mickey’s love during a Valentine’s Day celebration. Entering Disneyland Park, there is usually a floral portrait of Mickey Mouse made of flowers. Festive Valentine’s Day decorations can be seen along Main Street U.S.A and in the Small World Mall.

In 2024 expect to see some of the Disneyland Valentine’s Day décor returned to Main Street USA., including photo opportunities with hearts and flowers.

Buy Tickets Early & Make Theme Park Reservations

There have been a lot of changes at Disneyland since the closure and there are things to know before going to Disneyland this year.

With theme park tickets only sold on line and reservations required, it’s important to plan vacations far in advance.

If you’re planning a Disneyland trip in Valentine’s month, you’ll want to purchase tickets and make theme park reservations right away!

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Disneyland tickets purchased now are good through January 12th, 2025. Purchase your multi-day tickets through Get Away Today today and lock in the best pricing of the year.

When you’re ready to book your Disneyland vacation, my friends at Get Away Today are ready to help! Mention code REWRITTEN to receive an extra discount off your SoCal vacation package (when booking 2+ nights with two or more tickets).

Valentine’s Day Breakfast at Disneyland

Start off the day on either a sweet or a savory note. Since you may WILL indulge in some sweet treats through the day, might be best to have some protein in your tummy first!

Get Breakfast Outside of the Parks

My family likes to grab breakfast inside Downtown Disney District and eat while we wait for rope drop. Jamba has protein-packed smoothies. Or mobile order coffee and pastries through the Starbucks app for the Downtown Disney location!

Great Breakfast Items in Disneyland

Inside the parks if you’re prefer a leisurely breakfast with your sweetie-pie, you can dine on Mickey waffles, eggs, bacon and fruit at Carnation Cafe.

Start the day with something sweet! Swing into Jolly Holly Bakery Café for a cinnamon roll or muffin. They also have excellent breakfast sandwiches.

Splurge on Character Dining

One of the best choices for a Valentine’s Day at Disneyland breakfast is character dining. Choose Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park for an extensive breakfast buffet. Characters dance through the dining area for a whimsical start to your morning!

Disneyland After Dark – Sweethearts’ Nite Events

Stay after nightfall with your honey during the Disneyland After Dark event, Sweethearts’ Nite. The event is held on select nights from January 23 through February 14, 2024 at Disneyland Park. A special ticket event is required.

This nighttime special events runs from 9 pm to 1 am (with mix-in starting at 6 pm). There will be a fun dance party, photo ops with Disney PhotoPass photographers and unique character greetings.

The 2024 Sweethearts’ Nite Event is sold out. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, these exclusive treats are being offered during the Sweethearts’ Night event.

  • Chocolate Strawberry Sundae available at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor 
  • Burning Love Beignets at Hungry Bear Restaurant.
  • Fried Heart-Shaped Ravioli, served at Cafe Daisy
  • Amordita Tacos from Rancho del Zocalo
  • Me & U-Bae Beignets at Mint Julep Bar
Image credit: Disney Parks Blog

Lovable Disney Souvenirs for Kids

Keep your eyes open for adorable love-inspired souvenirs in the Disneyland shops. If you like to purchase your souvenirs online and have them arrive to you at home, visit the Disney Store online. They have dozens of precious Valentine’s Day themed items that will delight everyone.

Valentine Minnie Mouse Plush

Very Sweet Valentine’s Treats

Valentine’s Day at Disneyland will once again include lots of lovable treats! Here’s where to look for each of these seasonal foods:

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (available 2/9-2/14)

  • Ice Cream Mickey Ear Hat Bowl with Valentine’s Day Sundae
  • Valentine’s Day Sundae – Chocolate and strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry sauce, whipped cream, chocolate-dipped strawberry, and seasonal sprinkles in a waffle cup.

Pooh Corner, Candy Palace, Candy Kitchen, through Valentine’s Day

  • Minnie Strawberry Cheesecake Apple, Mickey Valentine’s Apple, and Pink Minnie Apple
  • Conversation Heart Cereal Treat and Pink Minnie Cereal Treat
  • White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
  • Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Wand
Image credit: Disney Parks

Valentine Sweets in Disney California Adventure Park

Trolley Treats & Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff

  • Same treats that are offered at Disneyland’s Candy Palace, through Valentine’s Day.

Downtown Disney District Delights

No park ticket? You can still get into the romantic spirit with one of these treats or gifts, available in the Downtown Disney shopping district.

Ballast Point Brewing Co – Raspberry Panna Cotta offers up vanilla bean panna cotta topped with raspberry compote and mint garnish. Available only February 14th.

Beignets Expressed – Strawberry Shortcake Glazed Beignets have strawberry icing dusted with strawberry sugar, served with vanilla bean creme anglaise. Available through Feb 19th.

Kayla’s Cake – Valentine’s Day Gift Box with six pre-selected macaron flavors of rose champagne, raspberry cream, red velvet, sea salt caramel, pistachio raspberry, and Belgian dark chocolate. Available Feb 1 through 14th.

Image credit: Disney Parks

Black Tap Burgers & Shakes – Mocha Tamarind Chile CRAZYSHAKE has a hocolate-frosted rim with crushed, puffed-chocolate cereal topped with fried churros, chocolate fudge pop, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. Available the entire month of February.

Naples Ristorante e Bar – This Italian restaurant offers two Valentine’s Delights. The Tiramisu for Two is mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, and cocoa garnished with a cocoa heart.

Or choose the Scarlett Heart Martini cocktail, with rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice with a sugar rim and garnished with a strawberry. Available Jan. 26 through Feb. 29.

Image credit: Disney Parks

Salt & Straw – During the entire month of February, guests can indulge in The Chocolatiers Series at this unique ice cream shop.

Offers include Fran’s Chocolates Almond Gold Bar, Cloudforest’s Cocoa Hazelnut Magic Sauce, Dandelion’s Chocolate Nibs & Frangipane, Compartés’ Cake Batter Chocolate Fudge, and Exquisito Chocolate’s Passion Fruit Truffles.

Tortilla Jo’s – Eat at this Mexican restaurant before it closes for good! These seasonal offers are only available Jan. 26 through Feb. 29. Tacos Enamorados are three tacos filled with New York steak, white Mexican shrimp, queso chihuahua, avocado, pico de gallo, and salsa enamoradita.

Sip on a Cupid’s Corazon Margarita for Two, with tequila, pomegranate liqueur, organic margarita mix, and cranberry juice garnished with sugar rim, marshmallows, candy hearts, and a cherry.

Marceline’s Confectionary – Through Valentine’s Day, purchase these special occasion sweets.

  • Minnie Strawberry Cheesecake Apple, Mickey Valentine’s Apple, and Pink Minnie Apple
  • Conversation Heart Cereal Treat and Pink Minnie Cereal Treat
  • White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
  • Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Wand

Wetzel’s Pretzels – Available Jan. 29 through March 3, try the Strawberry Funnel Cake Bitz, topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with strawberry sauce.

Image credit: Disney Parks

Valentine’s Day Fun for All

Splitsville Luxury Lanes – From Feb. 13 through 15th, couples can enjoy the Valentine’s Day package for two, which features an hour or bowling with shoe rentals, a bottle of house wine, two entrees with the choice of Surf & Turf or Chicken Parmesan, and one dessert (Advance Dining Reservations Required)

Live Music – During the entire month of February, the Downtown Disney District Main Stage will showcase a variety of music including jazz, R&B, Motown, funk and reggae. 

Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a unique retro-themed bowling alley and restaurant that's family friendly. Find out what to eat, when to visit and how to do Splitsville Anaheim with kids

Need a Babysitter?

Valentine’s Day at Disneyland or not, sometimes adults just want a date night by themselves in the park.

Consider Nanny-Land for professional nanny service, either inside Disneyland or at an Anaheim-area hotel. Each nanny can watch up to four children so that grown ups can have time alone.

Use code REWRITTEN at Nanny-Land and receive a special discount off of the service. Choose from one of three Nanny-Land professionals:

  • Gold Crown Nannies have Disneyland Magic Key annual passes. They serve as an extra set of helping hands, go on rides with children or watch kids while parents take a break inside the theme parks.
  • Knight Nannies are specialty nannies who come to your hotel room. They use a fun Disney-based educational theme to entertain children without toys, electronics or television.
  • Silver Crown Nannies watch children at the hotel, either for a date night or a morning “Sleepy Session” so that parents can sleep in!
  • Nanny-Land operates at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Use code REWRITTEN at Nanny-Land and receive a special discount off their services!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Ultimate Splurges

To spoil your sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, consider one of these Disneyland splurges. The World of Color Dessert Party, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transformation, or building a custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop are ideal splurges for this special day.

Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts

Pandora – Pop into the Pandora shop in New Orleans Square or in Downtown Disney for a Valentine’s Day gift she’ll never forget. Even better, buy it early online via Disney Store and have it ready for gifting at the parks!

Fantasyland Castle Heart Bracelet by Pandora at the Disney Store

Lovepop – This shop offers up everlasting one-of-a-kind flowers and pop-up cards, including this adorable Star Wars Mandalorian Valentine’s Day Card featuring Grogu.

Star Wars Valentine Card – Image credit: Disney Parks

Hotel Valentine’s Day Offerings

If you don’t usually splurge on a Disneyland Resort Hotel, this is the perfect season in which to indulge in the magic!

The Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, and Grand Californian are offering up special rates from Valentine’s Day and beyond – book early!

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The seasonal cart inside the hotel lobby offers up holiday treats including Mickey Mouse-shaped Valentine’s cookies, heart-shaped sugar cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and cookie shots with either milk or liqueur.

Image credit: Disney Parks Blog

Tenaya Stone Spa – After touring the theme parks, indulge in a pampering treatment inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Try one of the signature treatments including cleansing exfoliation and massage.

GCH Craftsman Bar – This poolside restaurant offers both a Valentine’s Cupcake and Valentine’s Donut, available from Jan. 26 through Feb. 18.

Hearthstone Lounge – This upscale bar serves up a Valentine’s cocktail. Get the Pink Lady during the entire month of February.

Valentine’s Day Photo Spot – From February 11th – 15th, look for the pink floral heart between the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse topiaries near the Fantasy Tower.

Valentine’s Day After Dark

Finding a lovely spot to watch the setting sun at the Disney resort is a perfect way to close out the day. The sun will set behind the Pixar Pal-Around so maybe catch a ride on this Ferris wheel for a panoramic view.

There are several dining locations in which to eat and watch the sunset. Grab a cocktail at Wine Country Trattoria. Dine on the patio at Carthay Circle for an unforgettable view over the crowds. The patio of Lamplight Lounge offers up dinner and view. Or take a seat on the steps in Paradise Park (located in front of the Little Mermaid ride).

Disneyland Valentine’s Day Dinner

While there aren’t any special Valentine’s Day at Disneyland meals on the menus, you can still infuse lovely and delightful dinner into your family meal plans. Use MouseDining to help you snag that last minute Disneyland advance dining reservation!

Each location offers a kid’s menu with favorites like chicken pot pie, macaroni & cheese or sustainable fish. Here are a few suggestions on what to order, including specialty cocktails, available just for the holiday.

Lamplight Lounge – available 2/14 only

  • The Love That Lasts a Lifetime Sweet Cocktail
  • The Flame Spicy Cocktail
  • Sour Blackberry Vodka Lemonade
  • A Toast to Love Flight
  • The famous Monte Cristo sandwich is the highlight of the Cafe Orleans menu.
  • Wine Country Trattoria offers Italian bites like roasted vegetable lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese and tiramisu.
  • The extensive and delicious dinner buffet at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Storyteller’s Cafe is the best. Don’t miss the vanilla sauce bread pudding for dessert!
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant has a prime rib dinner. For dessert, indulge in the chooclate basque cheesecake or assorted macarons.
Disneyland Splurges for kids (and Money-Saving tips that still feel like a splurge!)

For the ultimate sweet finish and surprise ending, consider booking a specialty cake before your visit. You’ll be able to have a chocolate or white chocolate celebration cake delivered for dessert at participating restaurants. This is a surprise Disneyland splurge that everyone can indulge in!

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cathy kopf

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

Disney wouldn't be my first choice for Valentine's Day, but you make it seem like fun!

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