It's Valentine's Day. I know, I know, it came up so quickly, you've been so busy, we all forgot it was even happening. But if V-Day is significant to your Disney-loving other half, then we need to find a solution to your romantic dilemmas before the workday is through.
In other years, we have looked at Valentine's Day activities, surprises, and last minute plans in the parks. Today, we are going to talk about a few Disney-inspired things you can throw together at the last minute as a romantic gesture. Believe it or not, there is still time to make the magic happen.
Re-create Their Favorite Disney Food
A 10-minute google search at lunch and a stopover at the grocery store after work is all it takes to make this one work. If nothing screams special like the taste of Disney pretzels or a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich, then why not make it happen right there in your own kitchen?
Don't have time to whip them up after work? Make it a surprise activity for the weekend where you can throw on some theme park music and experiment with homemade Disney snacks on the weekend. Success, or failure, you will enjoy the bonding experience and get to spend some time together.
Stop off for a card on the way home and write in your weekend plans to get them excited.
Dinner & A Movie
Thanks to Disney+, all of your dinner-date Disney movies are on demand. If you don't have Disney+, take advantage of the 7-day free trial for the evening/weekend, and flick on their favorite Disney classic.
If you are looking for something a little different to watch together, try the Imagineering Story documentary mini-series that can be found on the streaming service. It's a behind-the-scenes look at Imagineering from the beginning and the conception and construction of Disney parks around the world. It can certainly inspire that soul-tingling magical feeling.
Declare a Disney Game Night
If you like a bit of fun, start the weekend off with a game night. There are so many board games, video games and apps that are Disney themed that you won't have trouble finding something on short notice or picking up something special if you have time to visit a store.
If you do have time to track something new down in stores, try Disney Villainous, a newly released board game that is a twist on the classic idea. Disney has a version of everything these days: Sorry Moana, Cranium Disney Family Edition, Uno: Mickey Mouse Edition, Pictopia; you name it, they make it.
If you have the extra time but not the extra money, create a trivia night for your loved one, friends, kids, or anyone else you want to invite for the occasion. Write the questions around the places, characters, rides, and movies you know they love and host your own live game show in your living room. Just be ready to hit the 'minimize' button on your browser when your boss walks in on your research.
This one might only apply to younger children or couples that have a real sense of romance. Find your favorite classic Disney story, settle in for the night by the fireplace (or, if you are in the southern hemisphere like myself, the air conditioner), and take an old school approach. Read.
There is something romantic about being read to when the house is quiet and there are no other distractions; lights dimmed, the story comes alive around you. Ditch the screens and bring back the timeless art of the spoken word.
Even better, your classic tale can be downloaded onto your Kindle or phone with the touch of a button, so those of you who are time-poor can pull this one off at a moment's notice.
If your special someone doesn't seem like the cutesy type, give this one a miss as it might feel awkward and uncomfortable if you aren't the right couple for it. But, it's cheap, easy to organize, and, for the right person, a lovely gesture.
Plan Your Next Trip to Disney
Picture it. You've made a date, they knock at the door and come in, only to find a pizza menu and some drinks on the dining table alongside a computer and notepad. At first, they think, seriously? And then, you announce, we are going to plan a vacation to Disney! Insert all the V-Day feels here.
It doesn't matter if you are planning for a year from now or five, though you may want to access the seriousness of your relationship if you plan on something further away. Either way, we all know that planning is half the fun.
If you have a more established relationship, consider looking further afield with a trip overseas to Disneyland Paris or Tokyo Disneyland. While in the short term, Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland are closed as a precaution for coronavirus, consider a future visit to help keep the Disney magic alive when they reopen. You could also look at Disney Cruise Line if you want something a little less intense that still has a whole "love of Disney" atmosphere.
Don't have a Valentine this year? Mickey Mouse is always willing to be your stand-in. Any of the above ideas can be a fun way to spend the evening or weekend even if you are flying solo or just hanging out with friends. Commit to a baking weekend of Disney fun with your kids, plan a trip to the magic with friends, or invite the family over for a BBQ Game Night over the weekend.
What don't we do on Valentine's Day? Randomly propose when you have not thought it through. It's never a good idea, my friends. No amount of Disney can save you from the next-day regret of popping the question because you couldn't think of anything else at the last minute.