Where are all my single ladies at? It is time to treat yo self!
As Leslie Knope once said, “I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.” If you are a single woman this Valentine’s Day, first of all, there is no shame in that whatsoever. Secondly, just because you don’t have a significant other to spend the romantic holiday with doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t celebrate the special day.
Why as single women can’t we partake in Valentine’s Day? We so can, and we so should! Rather than sulking or getting upset because you’re alone on a day when others might be with their OTP, I suggest taking the day to embrace, love, and spoil yourself! You. Are. Worth. It. And. Deserve. It.
What better way to say “I love you” to yourself than by taking a picture with Queen Minnie Mouse, munching on a Mickey ice cream bar, and Soarin’ around the world? Yes, please! So, if you happen to be at a Disney park or want to visit say Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort on Feb. 14, allow me to provide some Valentine’s Day tips for single women celebrating the heart-filled occasion at the most magical place on earth.
1. Buy Yourself A Sweet
You can totally treat yourself to some type of dessert, like chocolate, candy, cookies, cupcakes, or ice cream. There are all kinds of sweet treats across the parks, but here are some of my favorite places to indulge at Disney World.
–Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: I recommend purchasing the All-American Sundae at the beloved parlor located on Main Street U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom. That Peanut Butter Drizzle will make your day — trust me.
–Big Top Souvenirs: I love heading to this spot in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, because not only do they always have cute merchandise and on-point theming, but you can also watch the bakers create the tasty magical sweet treats!
–The Trolley Car Café: If you haven’t tried the famous Carrot Cake Cookie, yep, it’s a must. The current cookie being sold at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is different than the original, but it’s still very delicious!
–Gaston’s Tavern: A cinnamon roll from the tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is where it’s at. The ooey-gooey deliciousness will make your Valentine’s Day so much better.
–Joffrey’s: The massive donuts sold at select Joffrey’s locations are worth every single penny taken from your wallet and every single bite that goes into your mouth.
–Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC: For my vegan friends, you need to head to Erin McKenna’s in Disney Springs, immediately. There are so many yummy treats, including cookies, cupcakes, donuts, and more.
2. Have A Nice Dinner
There are so many restaurants to grab a bite to eat across both Disney World and Disneyland. You can choose between quick service, signature, themed, and character dining locations. Dinner doesn’t have to be a fancy meal, either. As long as you’re eating something that tastes good and makes you happy, that’s all that matters. Here are three of my top choices at Disney World that will make for a great dinner on Valentine’s Day:
–Dinner and a Show: Tusker House offers a great Character Dining experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition to the amazing buffet spread (lots of great vegan and vegetarian options, too!), you get to meet Safari Donald Duck and his friends (Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Goofy). I’ve visited Tusker House on multiple occasions and it has never let me down.
–Dinner With a View: Columbia Harbour House is a quick service spot located in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom and offers several seafood choices. That said, since I don’t eat meat or seafood, but my favorite dish is the Lighthouse Sandwich, which includes Hummus with Tomato and Broccoli Slaw served on a Toasted Multigrain Bread with House-made Potato Chips. After your meal is ready, be sure to grab a table upstairs and sit next to a window for a lovely view of the square and the Haunted Mansion! It’s also a great spot for people-watching.
–Dinner and a Movie: If you make reservations at Hollywood Studios’ Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, a unique/themed dining experience, it’s like your basically going to a drive-in to see a movie and have a lovely meal. P.S. Be sure to order a milkshake to enjoy either at the ’50s-themed restaurant or to-go. In my opinion, this is the best milkshake you will have on Disney property.
3. Sip On Some Champagne (Or Your Choice Of Beverage)
On Valentine’s Day, one must cheers themselves, right? Champagne and beer are my two top alcoholic beverage choices. Of course, there are all kinds of places to indulge in some bubbly, a cold one, and cocktails all over Disney parks. I’ve already created a list of my favorite places for beer at Disney World. If you want Champs, check out Les Vins des Chefs de France in Epcot’s France Pavilion.
4. Have A Photoshoot — In Front Of The Castle
If you want to capture your single Valentine’s Day (and you totally should), definitely take advantage of Disney PhotoPass opportunities and partake in magic shots, wherever possible. A classic photo to remember your solo Feb. 14 by would, obviously, be in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom or Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland park.
5. Treat Yourself To Cute Merch
Visiting a Disney park is a gift enough to yourself, but it’s absolutely fine to spoil yourself every now and again. Disney merchandise never gets old, so why not buy yourself a spirit jersey, or a Disney Alex and Ani bangle, or maybe a Danielle Nicole Disney-themed bag? There is also all kinds of cute new merchandise currently inside the parks, including the Potion Purple items and that D-Lish collection!
6. Go With Other Girlfriends
And if you aren’t comfortable with heading to the parks by yourself, that’s totally fine! Channel your inner-Leslie Knope and go with girlfriends — think Galentine’s Day-style. I’d recommend heading on over to Disney Springs, specifically The Edison, for a fun evening with your closest friends. What better way to say “I love you” to yourself and your friends than by partaking in yummy beverages and dancing the night away?
7. The Perfect Kiss Goodnight
You don’t need a partner to kiss goodnight on Valentine’s Day, because, believe it or not, Disney World will take care of a kiss goodnight for you — seriously. Have you ever heard of the famous “The Kiss Goodnight” at Magic Kingdom?
In addition to Magic Kingdom staying open an hour after the scheduled closing time (FYI: You can’t ride attractions and the lands are shut down, but you can hang out and shop on Main Street), The Kiss Goodnight usually plays about every 30 minutes after the park closes. What happens is Cinderella Castle lights up with blue and purple hues, all while “When You Wish Upon a Star” plays. A narrator and Mickey Mouse will also give you a special send-off — watch here. See? The perfect kiss goodnight.
I hope any single lady out there finds this post inspiring enough that they end up treating themselves on Valentine’s Day. My fellow women, we all deserve to to shower ourselves with so much self-love, including on a day that others are celebrating with a significant other. Remember, loving yourself is extremely important, so make sure you take time for yourself on Feb. 14 (and every other day), and if it also happens to be at a Disney park, better yet!
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