On September 11, 2016, our entire family entered the Magic Kingdom® Park along with throngs of other families. We donned our matching family t-shirts, waved to Casey Junior coming down the track, then proceeded down Main Street, U.S.A.® to get a glimpse of Cinderella Castle. There were 11 of us on that hot, September morning looking for a photographer to grab a picture of us all standing in front of the castle. We were on a mission to find the right spot, and the right guy to get the job done because we all had a secret: my sister was about to become engaged!
Sarah and Andy had been together for about four years as we planned this most recent trip to Walt Disney World®. It was never a matter of if Andy and Sarah would get married, it was always a question of when. I mean, he already survived one Disney trip with us, and he wanted to go back again, so we knew he was going to fit in with this family just fine. They supported each other through career changes and personal loss, they took eachothers personality quirks in stride and understood that family was important so they always made time for them. Whether it was going to the hospital to meet the newest arrivals or partaking in family traditions, Andy and Sarah solidified their love for one another and their families.
We arrived on a Saturday and planned to visit the Magic Kingdom® the following day bright and early. As others made their way to the bus stop I hung back and asked the front desk if they had any “Happily Ever After” pins and to my surprise I was handed two discontinued “Just Engaged” buttons! It was a sign it was meant to be. There are many great spots to get engaged at Walt Disney World® Resort, but Andy decided to go with the classic proposal in front of the castle.
The doors opened to Magic Kingdom® Park bright and early, and we hurried down Main Street, U.S.A.® to see the castle. Everyone, but Sarah, knew what was about to happen, and we were on a mission to find a photographer in front of the castle. Each family took turns getting their picture taken: parents with kids, just the kids, grandparents, and the kids, then it was Sarah and Andy’s turn. We all took out our phones and video cameras as they walked to their spot. After a few smiling pictures in front of the castle, it happened. Andy turned to Sarah and said “Can we do this forever?” as he got down on one knee and asked Sarah to marry him. Of course, she said yes, and there were tears of joy.
The moment is one that our family will not forget, and I’ll assume neither will Sarah and Andy. If you are thinking of proposing to that special someone at the place where dreams come true, here are some great options to consider:
The Classic – Cinderella Castle
There are numerous picture perfect areas in and around Cinderella Castle to propose. Whether done during the day or at night, the castle provides a beautiful backdrop for any romantic moment.
The restaurants all over the Walt Disney World® Resort offer unique themes and wonderful dining experience. If you would like to propose during dinner I suggest one of Disney’s Signature restaurants such as Narcoossee’s, Citricos, or Victoria and Albert’s at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Artist Point at the Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, or Monsieur Paul or Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot®. Don’t forget to tell your waiter about the upcoming proposal, and you could end up with a delicious congratulatory dessert to share as the future Mr. and Mrs.!
Firework and Nighttime Displays
Imagine getting down on one knee just as the rotating globe opens up during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot®, the dancing flowers emerge around the Tree of Life® Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, or fireworks explode while classic Star Wars music plays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Disney’s fireworks and nighttime shows provide a spectacular and unique time to say “will you marry me?”
Disney parks are usually full of people, hustling from ride to ride, but every so often you can find a special, quiet location. Check out the small alleyways along Main Street, U.S.A.® in Magic Kingdom®, explore the base of the Tree of Life® Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, or in the nook of the Paris pavilion along the garden and river in Epcot®. If you are looking for a quiet place to propose, I suggest asking a Cast Member or do a quick walk through the park first to find the best spot.
Once you have found the right person to be with for the rest of your life, the hard part is finding the right place and time. Disney provides so many special locations in and around The World to pop the question. Ask a cast member or your Key to the World Travel® agent for help planning the special moment. Disney is all about making dreams come true and bringing magic to each and this should be a moment you will never forget. I wish you luck, and send congratulations to your future.
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