/ Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #210 for the week of February 20, 2011.

Walt Disney World is not just a place for kids and families to enjoy their time in the parks. In fact, it is one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world. It’s a place where fairytale dreams have become reality for more than 40,000 brides and grooms. Each is unique and reflects the couple, and this week, we’re going to meet a couple that is going through the planning process for their Disney Fairy Tale Wedding. We will follow them along the way to go through the initial planning process, through each of the steps in the preparation, to the rehearsal and actual wedding in Walt Disney World. We’ll start off this week by going through the preliminary phases and finalizing details, as they get ready for the big day. Whether you’re planning your own or curious about the process, it’s an interesting look at how Disney literally makes dreams come true.

I’ll have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

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Information and Links From This Week’s Show

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Web Site

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Information and Fun Facts:

  •  Now more than 1,000 couples tie the knot each year at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. Since September 1991, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has hosted some 40,000 weddings.
    Couples have traveled from every state in the United States and from international locations such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands to get married at Walt Disney World Resort.
    Some brides and grooms choose non-traditional methods of transportation to arrive to the ceremony — such as on horseback, Cinderella’s glass coach, a horse-drawn carriage or vintage automobile.
  • According to wedding industry experts, Walt Disney World Resort is recognized as a top-ranked honeymoon destination and destination weddings venue
  • The sky is the limit for themed weddings — from an enchanting Cinderella-like wedding in Magic Kingdom or a Hollywood extravaganza in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to international-themed nuptials at Epcot or a safari-themed reception at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • The Wedding Pavilion can host up to six weddings per day, and up to 12 weddings can occur each day at various locations onWalt Disney World property
  • Wedding prices begin at $4,750 for an Escape Wedding Collection gathering for two. Wishes Wedding Collection ceremonies start at $10,000 for 20 guests or more. An average wedding at Disney is approximately $20,000 for 50 people.
  • The first wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was televised live June 18, 1995, on Lifetime Television as part of its œWeddings of a Lifetime series.
  • A Magic Kingdom wedding for the 10th anniversary of œThe Oprah Winfrey Show was a star-studded affair, with performances by Celine Dion, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.
  • At least twice during the 15-year history of the Walt Disney World Marathon, couples have stopped mid-race to get married in front of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.
  • A couple took the plunge, literally, on The Twilight Zone„¢ Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios while they tied the knot.
  • Most recently featured on œABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Travel Channel, WE TV and Food Network.
  • Disney’s Honeymoon Registry, which launched Feb. 14, 2007, is a complimentary online service that allows couples to create a gift registry for components of an all-inclusive honeymoon to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, or at select Disney Vacation Club Resorts.
  • Renowned wedding stylist and trend-setter David Tutera has a couture line of celebrity-style weddings available exclusively at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • On Disney Cruise Line, couples can exchange vows in a ceremony onboard the ship, or stop ashore for a romantic beachside ceremony on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A sparkling turquoise lagoon, a pristine white sand beach and palm trees swaying in the breeze are the perfect backdrop for the ultimate ceremony.
  • Franck’s Bridal Studio now offers online planning tools to help brides with remote planning.


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6 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 210 – Disney Fairy Tale Weddings”

  1. Emma Godbold says:

    Excellent idea for a show! Loved listening to their experience so far!

  2. Great podcast Lou! My wife, Nicole, and I got married in WDW on December 1, 2007. We spent 7 nights there for our wedding (Wednesday to Wednesday) and had four days of wedding related events:

    1.) Rehearsal dinner on Thursday at the Spirit of Aloha Luau (Polynesian)
    2.) Welcome party on Friday at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe (Downtown Disney)
    3.) Ceremony (Yacht Club gazebo), cocktail party (Yacht Club patio), reception (Yacht Club ballroom) and dessert party during Illuminations (Italy pavilion at Epcot) on Saturday
    4.) Farewell brunch on Sunday (Beach Club)

    We had 100 guests come down from the New England area, most of which made an extended WDW vacation out of it as they all had wedding block discounted rooms. We had the time of our lives and this podcast has brought back all those great memories of planning, experiencing and looking back on this very special time in our lives.

  3. Caryn says:

    Can we get the link for the bride and groom’s photos? I would love to see their take on it. Not even dating, but this show was so informative and great to listen to!

  4. Larsen says:

    There is a sneak peek of the engagement photos up at http://www.studio222photography.com/blog. That is only a few of the hundreds of photos that were taken. Let me/us know what u think!

  5. Robyn says:

    My husband and I got married at Disney this past September! It was a great experience! If I could do it all over again, I would. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking into it!

  6. Chuck Zitta says:

    Been married almost 30 years now, so we kind of missed the boat on this one. However, we do have 2 boys. One of which, will be getting married in the next 10 years: I would think? So, maybe. Thanks again for another informative show, Lou!!!