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Valentines Day in Walt Disney World

We all love to be in love, the butterflies in your stomach, the constant thinking about that person… now add that feeling to the surroundings of Walt Disney World and you have THE perfect moment. We knew our first Valentines Day as FL Residents had to be wonderful, meaningful, and memorable.  We decided on dinner at Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and then a romantic stroll among the crackling campfires.

Dinner was for 5:00 p.m., and we had no problem getting reservations the day before. We could have ate anywhere, many places were open, but we had never done dinner at Trails End before so we had to try it out.  After parking, grabbing their bus, we were on the porch by 4:45 with beeper in hand.

After a game of checkers where I was about to beat Craig badly, our beeper went off and it was dinner time!  We had a nice table away from the business of the restaurant, and enjoyed the ribs, fried chicken, baked potatoes, and salad.  We finished the meal off with apple cobbler, completely satisfied with our choice.  The buffet wasn’t as big like Boma or Tusker House, but it had enough variety to keep us happy and full.

After we walked near the water and watched a beautiful sunset, we came up upon the horse and carriage. A beautiful white carriage and gorgeous black horse stood in front of us, and Craig surprised me by paying the cash to the gal and giving me his hand to get in. “Really?” I said. We are pretty tight with our money and we budget everything, so it was such a surprise to me that he was splurging on this evening.  I was over the moon excited!

I had never been in a carriage before, and being in one in Walt Disney World, it was so magical! We clip-clopped past beautiful scenes of mossy trees while the sun set in the distance.  Our Cast Member was incredibly friendly and kind, and she filled us in on all types in information on the Campground and Horse Stables.

The ride was supposed to be only 20 minutes, but ours pushed 45 because she took us into the camp sites area so we could see all the neat RV’s, Mickey decorated sites, and one of the cabin sections.  It cost $45, flat, so if there was tax included, it was in that amount.  We were not allowed to touch or pet the horse, Brady, but I so wanted to hug him after she told us he was one of the horses they use in the Magic Kingdom for the Headless Horsemen.  She said “We let him use our horses, and we get to keep our heads.” LOVE IT!

It was SO worth the money, and it made our first Valentine’s Day in Disney World EVER, the BEST! I highly suggest to do it at least once, and no, you don’t need reservations to do it- but I do recommend it during high peak times and holidays.  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


  1. I’ve always wanted to do the carriage ride. One day we will 🙂 Glad you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the love of your life.!!!


  2. What a fun night! We went to Towne & Country and had prime rib dinners – it was wonderful as we looked out over the golf course covered in snow!


  3. It really looks like you had a beautiful time. Ft Wilderness is a beautiful place. I believe the next time we go to WDW neat year we will be driving our RV and staying in Ft. Wilderness. I am glad you had a wonderful time, gotta love those carriages too. We take a carriage ride when we go to Charleston SC. We will be there again in June (SC) for one of my military reunions.

    I am happy for the both of you great post
    Dizneydad Paul, indiana


  4. What a beautiful evening.

    Craig, you done good!

    Trail’s End for dinner is my favorite restaurant on Walt Disney World property! And, I absolutely love strolling through the entire Fort Wilderness trails and loops. What an awesome evening you two shared. Thank you for sharing with us!


  5. Valentine’s Day in Walt Disney World! I really need to put a down payment on that villa in Golden Oak.

    Trail’s End is our favorite for a non-character breakfast. We’ll definitely have to try dinner sometime. It looks scrumptious!


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