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Disney offers its ultimate location for a fairy tale dream wedding

April 30, 2016, 6:15 PM · If a dream is a wish your heart makes, a wedding is a production that can break the bank. But for dreamers for whom having money is never a problem, Disney is offering its ultimate location for their fairy-tale wedding.

Now you can book your wedding on the hub in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World long has offered on-property weddings for couples looking to tie the knot Disney-style, but its most iconic location remained off limits to wedding ceremonies. (At least, for Disney-sanctioned weddings. Sneaky people can find ways to get married just about anywhere.) You could book your ceremony at the wedding pavilion on the Seven Seas Lagoon, or even at the Main Street train station, but getting married in front of the castle remained, well, a dream.

Until now. But there's often a high price to making a fairy tale come true in Disney's world, and this is no exception. According to the Disney Weddings webpage for this East Plaza Garden location, booking a wedding on the hub in front of the castle requires a $25,000+ venue fee. With other required components of the Disney Wedding package for the East Plaza Garden (including hosting up to 100 guests), the total price for a castle-front wedding will run at least $75,000, according to a Disney press release.

(In case you are wondering, that price does not include a spouse. You must provide your own. And there's no half-price single rider option here, either.) Disney will accommodate one ceremony in the East Plaza Garden a day, at 9:30am, so don't expect a glowing sunset or exploding fireworks as you exchange vows. Unless you're talking about the expression of the face of whoever's paying for this gig.

If this is a bit too rich for you, other in-park wedding venue include courtyards and plazas in most World Showcase national pavilions, the rotunda of the American Adventure, and Living Seas Salon in Epcot. But expect to lay down five figures for any of those locations, too.

And if this is just too much romance for your cold, cynical heart, warm yourself with the thought that, at some point, perhaps some ambitious manager will propose that Disney could make even more money by... hosting divorces in City Hall. Hey, it's just the Circle of Life, right?

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Replies (15)

April 30, 2016 at 7:50 PM · You can't marry yourself there? That's the new thing. How about surprise proposals. Disney even did it themselves and posted it on YouTube although fake.
April 30, 2016 at 10:15 PM · If they offer Bachelor's Parties at Princess Fairy Town Hall, I am SO there.
April 30, 2016 at 10:43 PM · Wouldn't the bachelor party have to be at Gaston's?
May 1, 2016 at 3:17 AM · Whoah! Talk about an upcharge event!

True story - my ex-wife and I honeymooned at WDW and were chosen as Grand Marshals for the parade. And it didn't cost 5-figures.

May 1, 2016 at 7:25 AM · This doesn't make the Disney company look desperate at all...
May 1, 2016 at 7:56 AM · What time is the 3 o'clock wedding?
May 1, 2016 at 1:18 PM · Of course, every time they do that, the hub will be closed to regular park guests, messing up foot traffic even more.

This company will do anything imaginable just to wring yet more money from its favorite cash cow, the parks.

May 1, 2016 at 4:43 PM · Do you and do you, ok you may kiss the bride and be in dept for the rest of your lives..... that's magic right there! OT is correct, unless your name is Hilton or Trump this is beyond ridiculous. Walt is turning in his grave about now. I'm going to Universal where they actually build new e ticket rides, attractions, waterparks, resorts, new ips, new lands that actually stir the imagination. I swear if I see a souring over endor ride or Donald Duck dressed as a Jedi I'm going to be upset.
May 1, 2016 at 5:22 PM · The location of this, in the expanded hub area, shouldn't affect foot traffic elsewhere on the hub.
May 1, 2016 at 5:26 PM · Um, "dept"? Which department will you be in for the rest of your life?
May 1, 2016 at 9:18 PM · Bankruptcy department if anyone wants to do this.....
May 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM · I'd be sour over an Endor ride too!

Why not just build a big circular room with 360 degree video (like France or Canada - whichever. I can't remember) and let the wedding participants feel like they're in front of the castle? They could even have two versions. Daytime and dusk. This way, they can hold 5+ Cinderella Castle weddings per day. Charge maybe $10k. Less per wedding, but more overall, and no park distuption or worries about the weather.

Afterward, they can actually go to the castle, and get photos taken.

By the way, for $25k, they really should get to sleep in the castle suite. That could be worth it.

May 2, 2016 at 6:31 AM · I don't see this as a money grab so much as a response to years of people begging, pleading, and throwing money at Disney for weddings. I'm honestly not surprised it doesn't start a bit higher just to push people to the wedding pavilion and discourage people from asking for this. I can't imagine this is something they really want to manage but the amount of money some people are willing to throw at them to make this happen seems silly to ignore.

Maybe it will be enough to open a park in China! /s

May 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM · On my last trip to Disney, we asked a cast member when the next showtimes for Festival of the Lion King was. We told her "thank you," and she didn't say "you're welcome," she just nodded. I honestly can't believe Disney would stoop so low. Universal is so much better.
May 2, 2016 at 9:43 PM · Does the $25K include the park ticket or is that extra too?

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