This is the week of Love! February 14 can be daunting even for Disney lovers! So keeping with the theme of Thrifty Thursday, let’s talk about love at Disney World, but wait, we aren’t even going into a Disney Park this week. I know you are scratching your head at this but seriously, if you are in driving distance or happen to be at Disney for Valentine’s Day, you do not have to buy one of the Disney Romance packages to win your Valentine’s heart.
If you want to treat your valentine to a lovely lunch or dinner, then try Big River Grille at the Boardwalk Resort. You can choose to eat inside but eating out on the boardwalk is so romantic whether you choose lunch or dinner. I consider Big River Grille more budget-minded than the Yachtsman Steakhouseover at Yacht Club Resort. Lunch menu is a bit less expensive but if you hang out there after dinner, you can see Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks over the water or you can take your love by the hand for a moonlight stroll down the Boardwalk and around the lake. Another great spot to watch the Illuminations fireworks show is on the bridge facing Epcot.
As you are strolling down the Boardwalk, be sure to notice all the free entertainment after dark! There are the traditional fair game booths, jugglers, unicyclists, and magicians for your pleasure, some are even free, but no park ticket required here. Don’t miss Beaches and Cream soda shoppe for dessert after the fireworks! If you are the thrifty lover, you can even split a No-Way Jose’ with your valentine! No-Way Jose, a peanut butter, hot fudge chocolate and vanilla ice cream delight with a cherry on top, is one of our personal favorite ice cream treats when we are at Disney! Now that you have eaten well, mesmerized with fireworks and live entertainment, continue your stroll around the lake over the bridge and back to the Boardwalk for dancing the rest of the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall, no cover charge, or some dueling pianos at JellyRolls, which has a $10/person cover charge.
Have a Magically Thrifty Valentine’s Day!!!
Till next time, Leigh Anne
Leigh Anne, originally from Mississippi, lives in North Alabama with her husband and a menagerie of furry kids (FIDS), including dogs, cats, exotic birds, fish and a lionhead rabbit. Figment, her African Grey parrot, is named after Disney’s small purple dragon, Figment. She works as a motivational speaker and pastoral counselor. In 1974, Leigh Anne marched with the Enka High Marching Band in the Magic Kingdom daytime parade. Leigh Anne fell in love with Disney while on her Disney honeymoon with her husband in 2002. They have made an annual trip back to Disney to celebrate their anniversary every year since. Since they own a piece of the mouse with their Disney Vacation Club (DVC), some years they go twice! She also plans to be the grandmother that introduces all her grandchildren to Disney World first. She has a great start ~ 2 out of 3 so far! As a DVC member married to the best Disney shopper in the world, Leigh Anne has lots of experience in finding the most frugal way to have the most fun in the parks and resorts! Leigh Anne admits to being spoiled as a DVC member but is always on the lookout to keep their WDW vacations fun and frugal! She blogs at Queen of Hysteria and tweets @la_haygood