I don’t know about you, but everything I learned about love, I learned from Disney Movies. From Ariel and Eric to Belle and…er, The Beast (what the hell is his real name?!), Walt Disney’s classics have helped me believe in fairy tale endings. So this Valentine’s Day, we’ve prepared some interesting date ideas inspired by your favorite animated flicks. Just remember to be…imaginative.
The Movie: ”Aladdin”
The Activity: A carpet picnic
The Place: Your living room
The Plan: Enjoy a Middle Eastern feast (takeout or prepared by you) in the comfort of your own home, by eating your meal on the carpet. Shoes off, obviously. String holiday lights up around your apartment and the perimeter of the rug and dim the lights for a starry effect. At the end of the night, grant your date three wishes.
Extras: A small lamp, an apple, a loaf of bread, a really cool headpiece, tiger and monkey (optional).
The Movie: ”Pocahontas”
The Activity: A nature walk
The Place: Outside
The Plan: Hit the trail for a long hike before heading to the creek (pool, hot tub … whatever) for a refreshing dip or canoe ride. If you’re in the part of the country that’s experiencing snowstorms, cut paper leaves out of construction paper, hang them around your bathroom and take a warm bath together. I don’t know what else to tell you.
Extras: Feathers, a non-rabid raccoon, a compass, drums.
The Movie: ”Beauty and the Beast”
The Activity: Dinner and dancing
The Place: Preferably in a large mansion.
The Plan: Sit down for a formal, candle-lit, 7-course meal together, prepared by anyone but yourselves. Soup du jour and hot hors d’ouevres must be served, as well as beef ragout, cheese soufflé, pie and pudding en flambé. Following supper, try your hand at ballroom dancing and see if you can make it through an entire twirl-sesh without stepping on each others’ toes.
Extras: Angela Lansbury, a single rose, a clock, a tea set, erotica (what? she likes books…).
The Movie: ”The Lion King”
The Activity: A safari adventure
The Place: The zoo
The Plan: Head to a nearby zoo (or Disney or Six Flags— somewhere with animals) and spend the day checking out all of the creatures that make up the circle of life. Create a checklist and try to find lions, a meerkat, warthog, baboon, red-billed hornbill and hyenas. Every time you cross one off the list, you say “Asante sana, squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi hapana.”
Extras: A walking stick, bugs, water, a pet rock you call “Pride” (Get it? “Pride Rock”)
The Movie: ”The Little Mermaid”
The Activity: A treasure hunt
The Place: At home (or underwater, if you’re adventurous)
The Plan: You’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, so you should probably hide some of them and make your partner find them. Suggested items for hiding: a fork (dinglehopper), a live lobster, seaweed, a toy ship. When you’re done with the hunt, have a sing-off and enjoy a surf and turf dinner … or flounder.
Extras: Reggae music, a seashell bra, lubricant (because “darling, it’s better, down where it’s wetter”), and bottle of bubbles
The Movie: ”Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”
The Activity: Make all apple everything and make out
The Place: Your kitchen
The Plan: To honor the importance of the fruit that had its way with Snow White, cook/bake seven apple-based dishes together (because that’s how many dwarves there are), from caramel apples to apple cobbler— and feast on them. Then, kiss in front of a large mirror. Whatever happens from there is up to you.
Extras: Forest animals, a red hair ribbon, a cloak, mining equipment.
The Movie: “Cinderella”
The Activity: A regal ball
The Place: Your apartment
The Plan: Begin your evening by sweeping, dusting and shining your apartment from top to bottom. Once it’s spick and span, try on all of your shoes until you find the best ones to dance in. Turn on fancy music and waltz around your apartment in your old prom dress. At the stroke of midnight, start stroking each other.
Extras: Mice, a glass slipper, a pumpkin, bitchy stepsisters.
The Movie: ”Peter Pan”
The Activity: Build a pirate ship fort
The Place: Neverland (the new name of your home)
The Plan: Have perhaps the coolest grown-up date ever and build a big fort out of sheets and blankets and whatnot. Wear pajamas (or a sexy pirate costume) and turn your fort into a “pirate ship”. Take after Peter Pan and tell stories aboard your vessel, sprinkle pixie dust on each other (we suggest powdered sugar), drink “poison” (booze) and explore.
Extras: An eye patch, a hook hand (obvi), a crocodile, a thimble, plain white nightgown.