Editor’s Note: Our newest blog team, Felicia & Sean, write about Disney from the perspective of a couple enjoying the magic of Disney. In this column, they discuss a favorite topic–how to propose in Walt Disney World! Have you ever witnessed–or even been part of–a proposal in Walt Disney World? Share your story below, and you could win a 2013 WDW Radio Mystery Ticket!
by Felicia & Sean
We know, we know: If you’re like a lot of people you’re probably thinking, “I’d never get engaged at an amusement park.” And you’re right. Neither would we.
The truth is — and if you’re reading this blog, you probably agree — Walt Disney World isn’t just simply an amusement park; it’s a transformative destination, one from which you leave the real world behind and create your own magic and memories.
As such, for a couple who loves everything Disney — whether it’s the vacation destinations, the movies or the timeless characters — Disney World was the ideal spot to “pop the question” several years ago. And talk about magical: Where else can you begin your happily-ever-after story in front of a storybook castle?
Visit Disney World enough, and you’re likely to catch a proposal at the park (probably in front of the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle 99 percent of the time, but there must be some guy who’s gotten down on one knee in front of Spaceship Earth or the Tree of Life, right?). But what goes into making such a decision?
In a word: planning. Myriad questions flood the mind when deciding to ask for a hand in marriage at WDW.
How will I get the ring through security? When is the best time? Where’s the most romantic spot? What if (gulp) she doesn’t say “yes?” These are some of the top queries that will keep you up in the nights leading up to the big day.
Luckily, for every question you might have, WDW has the answer.
Let your loved one walk ahead of you through the bag-check line heading into the park (pretty chivalrous, right?) and quietly show the security guard the rock. He’ll smile as he waves you through the gate.
Looking for the best time? The Magic Kingdom’s daily 3 p.m. “Celebrate a Wish Come True” parade makes a great backdrop if you’re looking to propose in front of the castle. Or, if you’re looking for fireworks played to the tune of classic Disney tunes to set the mood, you can’t go wrong springing the question during the “Wishes” extravaganza.
Be it the Plaza Rose Garden to the right of Cinderella Castle (with its privacy and undisturbed view of the palace), a stroll along Main Street USA or even at Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland, WDW offers countless one-of-a-kind, romantic locales at which you can make your memory.
Perhaps the most vital part to making your WDW engagement a moment you’ll forever cherish can’t be found on a park map or planning website. It’s the people, Disney World’s cast members, who will make sure that out of the hundreds of proposals that take place on property each year, yours will be the best!
It can be something as simple as having a PhotoPass photographer snap your magical moment or heading to City Hall to receive your “Just Engaged!” buttons. Or you can dial up Disney Floral and Gifts and have a bouquet of roses waiting at your resort room when you arrive back from the parks. If you’ve got the imagination (and the budget), there is seemingly no end to the way Disney can make your special day magical.
Have you ever seen an engagement at Walt Disney World? Or were you the ones receiving all the oooohs and ahhhhs after slipping the ring on her finger? Feel free to comment below and share your memories with us!
“New Yorkas” Felicia and Sean are avid Disney fans. Their first vacation as a couple was in Walt Disney World. They were engaged there, and also honeymooned there. After a combined 30 trips to the World, they are self-professed Disney travel agents and enjoy helping family and friends plan magical Disney vacations.