Walt Disney World Resort Update for Valentine's Day Weekend 2022

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for Valentine's Day Weekend 2022

 News, Views & Writer's Note

Since publishing this week's usual Walt Disney World Resort Update on Tuesday, I have received several press releases for options around Walt Disney World Resort and the vicinity for Valentine's Day Weekend. Since Valentine's Day is Monday, February 14, and our next usual Update is slated for Tuesday, February 15, I decided to publish this Special Edition of the Update with just the Valentine's Day Weekend options.

All the statements about quality reproduced below come from the press releases themselves, and publication of those statements here is not an endorsement or representation of any of my our MousePlanet's opinions about quality. The Walt Disney World Resort Updates are for reporting news filtered by experience rather than opinion….

Valentine's Day Weekend 2022 Offerings

Disney Parks Blog has published its full Foodie Guide for Valentine's Day 2022.

Disney Springs Patina Restaurant Group Venues

If you're a regular reader of our Walt Disney World Resort Updates, you have already seen this group of offerings from Patina Restaurant Group venues at Disney Springs. The options in the subsequent sections are new to our publication.

Enzo’s Hideaway (Disney Springs) Specialty Cocktails:

  • Bourbon – Cherry Crush Knob creek bourbon, grenadine, lime juice and club soda ($18)
  • Kiss Me Quick – Absolut vanilla vodka, raspberry sauce, pineapple juice and simple syrup, garnished with fresh raspberries ($17)
  • Cherry Bomb – Solerno Blood orange liqueur, black cherry juice, orange juice and lemon-lime soda ($18)

Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs) Valentine’s Day Chef’s Tasting Menu 8 courses including amuse bouche and dessert ($555 per couple, plus tax and gratuity)

  • Offerings include oysters, sushi, A5 Wagyu beef, lobster and Szechuan-spiced Colorado lamb
  • “Finger-food friendly” – courses are intended to be eaten without utensils

Maria and Enzo’s Specialty Cocktails:

  • Red Mask – Makers Mark, sour mix and Nero D' Avole ($18)
  • Baciami – Bacardi, simple syrup, lime juice and raspberries ($18)

The Edison (Disney Springs) Specialty Cocktails and Food:

  • Love Potion #1 – Herradura Silver Tequila, house-made raspberry-mint cordial, watermelon and lime juice ($17)
  • Love Potion #2 – Tito’s Vodka, house-made raspberry-mint cordial, watermelon and lime juice ($17)
  • Love Potion #3 – Segura Viudas Brut Rose, house-made raspberry-mint cordial, watermelon and lime juice ($17)
  • Specialty Appetizer – chocolate-covered bacon
  • Specialty Entreée – 6-ounce petite sirloin, grilled U12 shrimp, demi glaze, mashed potatoes and chef’s selection vegetable
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs

Toast Valentine’s Day, February 14 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant with Complimentary Bubbly or Kir Cocktail. Whether you’re dining out with friends, lovers, or both, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant invites you to share a Valentine’s Day toast with a complimentary glass of bubbly or a Kir cocktail offered to each guest upon arrival.

And if you’re still pondering that perfect gift for a special someone, the pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique carries an array of Claddagh rings and assorted jewelry sure to warm the hopeful hearts of many a lovestruck lass or lad. The Claddagh symbols of hands, crown and heart represent friendship, loyalty and love.

But first, dinner! Raglan Road’s creative menu bursts with flavors of contemporary Irish cuisine, from a Serious Steak with whiskey peppercorn sauce to our Drunk Mussels swimming in a savory Bloomsday Pale Ale, white wine and garlic broth. Diners seeking plant-based entrees can go all in for the plant-based shepherd’s pie, a faro barley-based, veggie masterpiece with olive-oil mashed potatoes and burnt onion gravy. Pair your dish with a Guinness or signature craft brew, a specialty cocktail or your wine of choice. For a sweet ending, try our classic Bread and Butter Pudding. Or take the chocolatey Rocky Road to Raglan, a sure path to Valentine’s Day dessert bliss.

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy our Irish show complete with house musicians and our Raglan Road Irish Dancers. Valentine’s Day reservations are recommended. A little Irish romance can go a long way.

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

Amare in the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/swan-reserve/amare/)

What better place to celebrate a romantic dinner than a restaurant whose name means “to love?” Amare, recently named a Top 10 Romantic Restaurant in Orlando by USA Today 10 Best, is a new casual upscale venue offering Mediterranean cuisine crafted from premium ingredients. For wine-lovers, Amare boasts an impressive selection of wines imported from the Mediterranean region, featuring specialized wine flights which are perfect for couples to share and sample. Pair a dinner at Amare with an overnight stay in an Epcot View room at the Swan Reserve for a private after-dinner fireworks viewing. It’s easy to love this romantic spot.

Il Mulino New York Trattoria in the Walt Disney World Swan (https://swandolphin.com/dining/il-mulino/)

Il Mulino New York Trattoria features traditional Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region of Italy, offering vibrant Italian fare and specialty cocktails made from fresh ingredients. Dining room details including exposed red brick arches, rustic wood floors and soft lighting create a comfortable ambience. After dinner, couples can enjoy an evening stroll down the Disney Boardwalk, located adjacent to the restaurant.

Todd English’s bluezoo in the Walt Disney World Dolphin (https://swandolphin.com/dining/todd-englishs-bluezoo/)

Todd English’s bluezoo, designed to make guests feel like they’ve been transported underwater, features a unique romantic ambiance including touches like lighting fixtures that evoke schools of fish and jellyfish. Its coastal cuisine menu offers dishes for two and unique drinks to add something extra to date night, like Smoking Sangria with liquid nitrogen, and the Burnt Orange cocktail, topped with a flaming orange.

The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

A Romantic Staycation at one of Orlando’s Newest hotels: Couples can enjoy Disney’s nighttime fireworks shows in comfort and style in their very own suite at the new Swan Reserve. Many of the Swan Reserve’s rooms boast incredible views of EPCOT’s new nighttime fireworks show, Harmonious. Guests can snuggle up and watch the sky fill with bursts of color each night in their own private space. The Swan Reserve also features 151 suites, the entire family can visit while parents can still enjoy privacy as a couple.

While staying at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve guests can also enjoy these other romantic without ever stepping foot in the parks:

  • Relax and rejuvenate together at the Mandara Spa, located at the Swan Resort
  • Enjoy a Swan Paddle Boat ride on Crescent Lake
  • Relax by one of 7 pools or on the resort’s private white-sand beach
  • Nap in one of several hammocks situated across the resort  
  • Stroll down Disney’s Boardwalk, or even take a complimentary boat ride around Disney’s private lake.

For more information or to book, visit www.SwanDolphin.com.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen (https://fourflamingosorlando.com/)

Offering a Four Course Romantic Menu for Valentine’s Weekend, the newly opened restaurant by Top Chef winner Richard Blais, Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen, offers couples an intimate dining experience surrounded by lush greenery, vintage-inspired décor, oversized windows, and screened-in wrap-around porches. From Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14, the restaurant will offer a four-course dining menu carefully curated for Valentine’s Day. The Ice Cold Oysters and Pearls, served with hibiscus hot sauce, make for the perfect aphrodisiac item for couples to share, while the crab and ricotta ravioli incorporates lobster tail and truffle foam for a truly decadent main course. Noteworthy cocktails topped with liquid nitrogen bubbles complete a memorable, and instagrammable, dinner for two.
Around Orlando

TooJay’s Deli (multiple locations) (https://www.toojays.com)

Prix Fixe Menu: "Share the Love Meal, Dinner for Too" (Available dine-in only; February 11-20, 2022)

Includes the following:

  • Soup or Salad for each (choice of garden or caesar salad or chicken noodle or matzo ball soup)
  • Entrée for each: Atlantic Salmon with dill sauce, Chicken Capri, meatloaf, Chopped Sirloin or build-your-own burger
  • Dessert to share: One slice of a TooJay’s cake
  • Drink for each: Non-alcoholic beverage or a glass of wine or beer for an additional $3 per person

For more information, visit https://www.toojays.com/share-the-love-dinner-for-too/.

Valentine’s Day Specials (Available through February 15)

  • Red Velvet Cake - Rich, cocoa-flavored cake frosted with delicious cream cheese icing
  • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco for $5 when customers dine in at TooJay’s

AVA MediterrAegean in Winter Park, Florida (https://www.avamediterraegean.com)

Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Menu ($115 per person)
The newly-opened Mediterranean and Aegean-inspired dining destination will offer a regular and vegetarian prix fixe menu, available on Valentine’s Day.

  • Regular Menu - Three main courses, plus roasted melizana, pita and olives to start and dessert to finish.
    Offerings include tuna roll, horiatiki salad, and 8oz Filet Mignon.
  • Vegetarian Menu (available in restaurant upon request) - Three courses, including roasted melizana, pita and olives to start and dessert to finish
    Offerings include tabbouleh roll and cherry tomato spaghetti

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Dress Collection 2022

For those thinking about Wedding attire this Valentine's Day Weekend, Disney released its 2022 Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Dress and Platinum Dress collections just in time for your search. The Fashion Show recorded at Magic Kingdom debuted online yesterday, February 9, 2022.

The Fashion Show was recorded at Magic Kingdom. Video courtesy Disney Parks.

The Usual Writer's Note

In the State of Florida, new infections of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus continue to decline. The health and safety protocols in the State of Florida remain unchanged: there is no statewide vaccine mandate, COVID-19 testing or face covering requirements or business capacity restrictions. The State repeatedly has blocked enforcement of municipal and county-imposed restrictions as well during the course of the pandemic. Private property owners, like Walt Disney World Resort, set requirements for visiting their property that you must be aware of if you decide to visit.

If you're traveling to or from overseas, be sure to check with the places you're visiting and traveling from or through for the latest rules. Though the United States government loosened international travel restrictions for entering the U.S.A. at the end of 2021, it remains important to check on and abide by the most up-to-date COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements for entering the United States whether as a citizen, permanent resident, or visitor (and be aware of who needs a visa).

As for visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Park Pass reservations are required for admission in addition to a valid ticket. If your tickets have the Park Hopper option, Park Hopping only becomes available after 2 p.m. daily, and only after you have first visited the park for which you have made a reservation that day. There have been instances where Magic Kingdom has reached capacity and paused admission of Park Hoppers, and Disney reserves the right to do so at all the parks.

Sales of new Walt Disney World Annual Passes continue to be paused in all categories except the Florida Resident Pixie Dust Pass. Disney reserved the right to pause those sales when it reintroduced its new Annual Passes. Current Passholders may continue to purchase renewals in all tiers regardless of the pause in new sales. We have not heard any suggestion, as yet, that new pass sales will resume. As we noted earlier this winter on MousePlanet.com, Florida Residents can purchase discounted two, three, or four day tickets for weekday theme park visits (with additional restrictions and, yes, reservations are not included but still required).

It remains unlikely that the Resort will shut down again in the near-term. Disney Parks continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Disney imposes guest restrictions that are stricter than those imposed by the State of Florida, and it may impose further restrictions even if the State of Florida does not. At Walt Disney World Resort, everyone ages 2 and up are required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations. Outdoors, face coverings are optional in most locations. All guests are required to wear face coverings on buses, monorails, and on Disney Skyliner. Walt Disney World Resort encourages guests to get vaccinated. Recently, Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine received full FDA approval for use in people ages 18 and older; it had previously been authorized for emergency use. It is the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive full FDA approval, following the Pfizer vaccine which recieved approval for use in people 16 and up back in August; it is also authorized for use in individuals ages 5 to 15.

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