Tips for Getting Engaged at Walt Disney World Resort

This summer, a viral video showed a cast member abruptly interrupting a marriage proposal outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris. The couple said another cast member told them everything was fine (and the park offered to make up for it), but the incident should serve as a reminder to anyone considering getting engaged at Walt Disney World to know do’s and don’ts. ts.

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“Walt Disney World is one of the most popular proposal locations in the world,” said Korri McFann, Marketing Director of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. “From truly romantic settings to unique, magical experiences and picture-perfect backdrops, there’s so much here to help create the ultimate proposal moment.”

make it official

Whether you’re looking to make a grand gesture or create a magical Disney moment, the surest way to ensure your engagement plans at Walt Disney World go off without a hitch is to go straight to the source: Disney Fairy Tale Weddings.

These official Disney wedding planners will make sure all your marriage proposal dreams come true – with no chance of accidentally falling into the ‘don’t do’ category like this couple in Paris. They can also arrange “enchanting extras” like an engagement photoshoot, specialty dinner, flowers or even a celebratory cake – and can even help you pop the question on a private tour, horseback ride. horse-drawn carriage, a moonlight cruise or a spectacular fireworks display.

Getting engaged at Walt Disney World
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“Some of our favorite romantic experiences couples can choose from […] include the Fireworks Dessert Cruise at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort or a luxurious dining experience at Victoria & Albert’s,said McFann. And to end the night in the most magical way, couples often enjoy a sweet surprise in their resort room with scattered flower petals, champagne, chocolate and a glass slipper provided by Disney Floral & Gifts.

Of course, all of this comes at a price, but as long as you respect the rules of the park (and other guests), you can still get engaged at Walt Disney World even if your budget doesn’t allow for the professionals.

character co-op

While the characters aren’t allowed to be officially involved in proposals — meaning they can’t put the ring back on — they can be nearby to make sure getting engaged at Walt Disney World has a bit more of an edge. pixie dust. The key is to ask cast members beforehand to make sure their favorite Disney friends can help out without interfering with the experience of other park visitors.

Proposing with characters present also ensures that a Disney PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture the moment (be sure to let them know what’s about to happen, so they don’t miss a second); However, if your proposal plans don’t include characters, you can always enlist the help of a Disney photographer.

“For couples who dream of proposing at a Disney theme park, we always recommend Capture Your Moment,” McFann said. “Guests can choose a special spot like the Wishing Well at Magic Kingdom or in front of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a Disney Photopass photographer will capture the whole moment.”

Best Places to Engage at Walt Disney World

Sure, you can pop the question anywhere, but according to Brides Magazine, these are the most popular places to get engaged in Walt Disney World.

  • Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park – Unsurprisingly, the most popular spot for Walt Disney World proposals is right across from the iconic Magic Kingdom castle (often during the evening fireworks).
  • The Wishing Well, Magic Kingdom Park – The Wishing Well in Cinderella’s Castle is also a perfect place to propose – and then you can drop a coin into the well and make a wish for your life together.
  • animal kingdom park – The walkways surrounding the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom provide private spots for the perfect Walt Disney World proposition.
  • The Courtyard of the UK Pavilion, Epcot – Another secluded spot to get engaged at Walt Disney World is the virtually picture-perfect English Garden in the British Pavilion.
  • The France Pavilion Eiffel Tower, Epcot – A proposal for the Eiffel Tower is magnificent, but a proposal for the Eiffel Tower Epcot is also magical.
  • Mad Tea Party, Magic Kingdom – Take your loved one for a spin around this iconic Disney attraction to celebrate your engagement and unanniversaries.
  • Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – There’s no better place for foodies to get engaged than at Victoria and Albert’s restaurant – and if you go for the Chef’s Table, the meal will be even more magical.
  • The Walt Disney World Resort Boardwalk – Getting engaged under the fairy lights on the boardwalk is very romantic (and if you do it right, the Epcot fireworks will add extra sparkle to the occasion).
  • Walt Disney World Seven Seas Lagoon – The Seven Seas Lagoon provides a spectacular backdrop to the Magic Kingdom fireworks (and is significantly less crowded than in front of the castle).

fun fact: According to a study by wedding planning website Hitched, 1 in 555 proposals take place at Magic Kingdom, and 1 in 1,428 proposals take place at Epcot, placing them 2nd and 8th on their list of top 10 venues to offer. . What’s #1, you might be wondering? It’s Disneyland Paris, with one proposal out of 500.

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