Disney Date Night at Home: Bella Notte Edition

Disney has a long history of being a date night spot for couples, going as far back as the late 1950’s, when the first separate admission nighttime event, “Date Nite at Disneyland” was held. Date Night at Disneyland offered Disney a way to attract a new market, adults, and capitalize on longer operational hours. The evening, which ran from 5 PM to 12 AM, included live entertainment that accompanied a number of dance floors throughout the park, a special nighttime fireworks show, “Fantasy in the Sky,” and of course, rides. The event was offered for a special joint admission of $6.50 (approximately $59 today).

Date Nite at Disneyland was the first ticketed Disney event!

There might not be a specific ticketed event for date night anymore, but many couples continue to spend their evenings at the Disney Parks, while the rest of us who don’t live nearby wish we were there! Let’s face it, I am just plain jealous of all of you who live close enough that you can enjoy a date night at Disney! Getting to ride the Tea Cups together and then rolling your eyes at your significant other when he/she suggests sharing a Dole Whip, that is the stuff of dreams!

Couples from across California would visit Disneyland to spend a night out!

Well, last night I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and create my own Disney date night at home.

For my first at-home-Disney date night I decided to go classic – Lady and the Tramp. Lady and the Tramp was released in 1955 and told the Romeo and Juliet-type story of a Cocker Spaniel and a mutt from the “wrong side of the tracks.” One of the most beloved scenes in the movie takes place at Tony’s Restaurant, where Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti and are serenaded by restaurant owner, Tony. My boyfriend and I began the evening with a spaghetti and meatball dinner (all Gluten Free, by the way, for any of my GF friends!) in true “Tony’s” style.

We used a recipe from A Mind “Full” Mom and paired it with spaghetti, breadsticks, and wine. Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without some background music from the Lady and the Tramp soundtrack! (NOTE: Reenacting the adorable meatball sharing moment is not required.)

After finishing up our plates of spaghetti and meatballs we set up a makeshift picnic in my apartment and watched Lady and the Tramp while drinking some more wine and snacking on some chocolate chip cookies- yum!

It may not have been at Disney, but my boyfriend and I enjoyed our at-home-Disney date night and are already planning our next one! Stay tuned!


Have you had an at-home Disney date night? What did you do? Share below!