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Disney Wedding Proposal Ideas?

Disneyland: Any romantics have suggestions for someone about to pop the question at a theme park?

From Dan Borgstrom
Posted August 27, 2003 at 12:32 PM
Hi. I am getting ready to propose to my girlfriend in the next couple of weeks, and am planning to do it at Disneyland somehow. I was hoping someone could help me come up with a cool idea.

Thanks.


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From Robert Niles
Posted August 27, 2003 at 12:54 PM
Well, I suppose it should go without saying that it ain't gonna be a surprise if she reads TPI or Googles you between now and then.... ;-)

That said anyway, the ultimate would be to finagle your way into Club 33 for the Big Moment. The lower-end (and more do-able) version of that experience would be a waterside table at the Blue Bayou.

Disneyland's castle is too small, and frankly, not impressive enough as a location for popping the question. You want that moment to linger a bit, and there's just too much bustle around the castle.

If you are willing to slip a cast member a $20 or two, you could get your own raft to TSI for a moment for a mid-river proposal. (This would be much easier if TSI were running two rafts, which it rarely does anymore.) Also, I don't know if anyone can get in the front of the monorails anymore, but that'd be another good option.

Personally, I'd get away from the park itself and go for either dinner at Napa Rose or popping the question by the fireplace at the Grand Californian.

Any other thoughts?

From Katie O'Connell
Posted August 27, 2003 at 6:23 PM
That's a really sweet idea for a marriage proposal! I agree with the Club 33 Arrangement. It is expensive but totally worth it. Of course, I think night time would be a more romantic time of the day, and possibly right under the fireworks. The castle is cute, but too busy, so Club 33 would be the best. I was thinking the Storybook Canal Boat ride at night, but I'm not sure. It's a sweet, romantic type of atmosphere, and you could ask for your own boat (inform them what you're going to do). I'm sure she would like that. :-)

From Tara Bloom
Posted August 28, 2003 at 2:23 AM
She is one lucky lady, that is such a cool idea. Personally I would like to be proposed to on a rollercoaster but the other ideas are much more romantic! Good luck.

From Chuck Allen
Posted August 28, 2003 at 6:07 AM
Some cool ideas here so far. I myself proposed this past march to my girlfriend at Disney world. I have never been to Disney land so I can't compare the two but I can tell you what I did and maybe it would help spark a few ideas. I waited all day hiding the ring in my camera bag as we park hopped for the day. We had arranged for e-ride night passes so we would have the park to ourselves with much less of a crowd. I waited until the last minute so the park would be emptying out and I suggested we try to get one last ride on Splash Mountain. As we walked past the castle we walked up to the entrance to get a good view of the park and Main Street and it was there that I proposed. It was nice with the park practically empty and the castle lit up with the changing colors. It made the place feel like our own. I hope this gives you a few ideas. It worked for me our wedding date is this coming May and our honey moon consists of a three day Disney cruise and four days in the parks as well as three days for Universal and Sea World…

From Robert Niles
Posted August 28, 2003 at 12:46 PM
Disney World offers far, far many more possibilities for this than Disneyland. For the benefit of other readers who might be considering such a moment, let's open the discussion to the east coast, and hear where else folks would consider for "popping the question" in Orlando.

From Jason Herrera
Posted August 28, 2003 at 1:09 PM
How about a proposal on the corner of Katella and Harbor? ;)

How about getting those balcony seats for fantasmic? After the show, you surprise her. I know I know, I'm a hopeless romantic.=)

From Robert Niles
Posted August 28, 2003 at 4:26 PM
The balcony seats at the Disney Gallery for the Fantasmic buffet is a brilliant idea. That'd be my top choice if you can't get into Club 33.

Other options:

A late dinner in Cinderella's Castle at Disney World, during the fireworks.

Top deck of the riverboat around the Rivers of America in either Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. (At night, as you round the final bend with the castle coming into view would be best.)

Any character dinner, if you can make arrangements with Guest Services before to get one of the characters involved.
(The cynic in me firmly believes that Disney will find a way to start charging to have Mickey deliver a ring one day.... But for now, maybe some sweet talking and obvious desperation might get a cast member to take pity on you and help it happen.)

From Jason Moore
Posted August 31, 2003 at 9:22 PM
actually, Mr. Niles, WDW did used to offer engagement packages. I believe I heard somewhere that they weren't doing them anymore but I'm not sure. the options were pretty darn romantic (I looked into them), but they charged an arm and a leg for them.

From Robert Niles
Posted September 1, 2003 at 12:18 PM
Hey, just my $.02, but I just can't bring myself to consider anything wildly expensive as all that "romantic." Sure, a lot of money can buy very, very nice things and delightful experiences. But my taste would reserve "romantic" for things that come about from creativity and ingenuity rather than just opening the checkbook.

Of course, I'm the guy who did his wedding reception for under $1,000. So I'm not the type of person who's obsessed with big, tricked out weddings and engagements. But I would think a proposal in an original, thoughful setting would be more impressive than one selected from a resort's "engagement menu."

From Ben Mills
Posted September 1, 2003 at 1:09 PM
One of the best proposal places I think I've encountered (that didn't cost a penny, either) was one of the guys I know who used to work in Disneyland Paris. He just happened to be working in Space Mountain at the time, and invited his girlfriend for lunch at one of the restaurants nearby. I can't remember which one. I think it might have been PizzaPlanet, actually. Anyways, after lunch he blindfolded her and told her to follow him.

When she took the blindfold off, he had taken her into the centre of the Space Mountain building, below the roller coaster, the moon, stars, and all the other scenery, and proposed to her their. Sounded pretty romantic to me.

Talk about buying the moon...

From Andrew Swanson
Posted September 1, 2003 at 4:57 PM
Would that space mountain idea work if you're not a cast member?

From Ben Mills
Posted September 2, 2003 at 12:56 AM
Probably not. I know he had to pull a few strings, but maybe if you knew someone who could.

From anneka pike
Posted September 2, 2003 at 10:07 AM
oh ben how sweet!

From Ben Mills
Posted September 2, 2003 at 3:38 PM
Hmm. You know Anneka, you scare me some times.

From Anonymous
Posted October 7, 2003 at 3:13 PM
call the Disney's Special Events Department prior to this HUGE event.

From Anonymous
Posted October 28, 2003 at 12:19 PM
Dude,
Three words:
Country.
Bear.
Jamboree.

From Anonymous
Posted October 28, 2003 at 12:20 PM
Try the Hall of Presidents, you can have Guest Services change Abe Lincoln's dialogue to include the Big Question...
Best of Luck

From Lisa Jones
Posted July 3, 2004 at 12:10 AM
Country Bear Jamboree is gone, right? Three other words?

From mark walker
Posted July 7, 2004 at 7:01 AM
I'am no master at romance Dan but how about proposing to her on a roller coaster, prefallably on the lift hill other wise you'll lose the ring on a loop or something. It's fun and romantic. Now is'nt that sweet? Hope this helps!

From Robert Niles
Posted July 7, 2004 at 11:22 AM
Cresting a life hill? I dunno about that. If you go for this option, make sure it's a relatively tame coaster.

You wouldn't want to propose on some megacoaster when the next words out of her mouth are likely to be "Oh, #&*!"

(Not that there are any megacoasters at Disney... just consider this general advice.)

From Joe Llorens
Posted July 7, 2004 at 1:10 PM
Or maybe if you propose during lift off in Mission:Space (before they tamed it down), so that the next thing that happens after your proposal is her vommiting. Maybe not the most romantic thing ever, but you'll be able to laugh about that story for the next 60-70 years.

From Jason Lester
Posted November 27, 2004 at 1:28 PM
I'm sure he's already proposed but if Club 33 doesn't work how about on Haunted Mansion in the attic scene with the bride. Jk. LOL.

From Jason Lester
Posted November 27, 2004 at 1:32 PM
I had an idea. How about on Astro Orbiters when you're up high there and alone. Or you could try to get them to change the character dialogue on rides.

What about if you get a private boat on Pirates and when you're going through the dark tunnel, the narrator could be changed to pop the question.

From Kevin Davis
Posted August 30, 2006 at 2:45 PM
Well good for you! As a matter of fact I just pop the question to my girlfriend of four years at Disneyland on the day you posted this!

If you go to City Hall ( guest relations) and talk to a Cast Member you will be surprise how much they will work with you at no cost to yourself. To get an idea I will relate my story to everyone here.

I was finally able to get my girlfriend to go look around on her own and rushed off to City Hall. I talked to a Cast Member there ( his name was Kevin) and remove the ring box from my pocket. He was so excited and asked me what I wanted to do. " Do you want to do it where everyone can see you or would you like something more private?" I of course asked how much, " Nothing, it's your moment! We make dreams come true" I of course got to thinking I needed something big and Samantha and me love pirates, and of course POTC and the good Captian! He got on the phone and talked to the Character Director ( his name was Ron) and asked what could we do. Passing the phone to me I talked to Ron, who was excited to hear what I wanted to do and asked me if I wanted to do something with Captian Jack! I of course said I would love to and I would like it kinda of public but no to much. So he came over to City Hall and took the ring from me ( Looking back on it, most would not trust someone they never met with a very expensive ring, but he was great) and we came up with a story to tell Samantha. The Story goes that I lost my wallet on Splash Mountian and I asked Disney Security to locate it for me, and I said I would spare no expense that they needed to get the best person to find it.

We agreed on the place, we decided on the Stairwell next to Club 33 ( just past it, next to the art stations, behind the two shops) where I would lead Samantha under the assumtion that I was meeting with Disney Security in thier office!

I led her there and turned her back to the stair well. There where about 8 people standing around looking at stuff in the shops and a couple sitting on the bench. I told her that I had lost my wallet and they just called me to meet them there with thier person who had tracked it down.

As she looked at me wreid, Captian Jack decended the stairs and called my name, I turned Samantha as he came down and she FREAKED! gitty with the moment she was shocked and I shook the Captians hand and he asked me for payment. I agreed to supply him with a new boat....ship... in exchanged for my lost item.

He handed my the box and I pop the question ( she said yes folks) and we exchange more words. They took pictures for us and I thanked the good Captian and of course Ron who was there. The people around us were in shock and thankfully the staff made sure that they could look but not interfer. It was a great moment which I will not every forget.

In my thanks I offered money, they didn't want it and I asked what I could do, he mention the Guest Apprication Form would be great and I made sure to make out one for everyone I talked to.

Disney did this at no expense to me and the actor took his time to do it. This is something that I find really amazing and will forever brag about. I had talked to another person in City Hall about it later and they said that many people do it without them but they will attempt to do as much as they can with Characters and Locations if you ask and give them some time.

So, there you have it. Think of something youself or talk to them, they will make you dream come true.

From Erik Yates
Posted August 30, 2006 at 4:20 PM
Thats so romantical.....but I do have to pop your balloon here....This thread is three years old, and the guy who wrote it did not tell what he did, or even if the marriage happened. Talk about gratitude. Thats awesome though, I did the old under the christmas tree deal...talk about unoriginal.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 30, 2006 at 4:32 PM
That is a really great story!

From Scott Seal
Posted August 30, 2006 at 6:36 PM
Yeah, that's a pretty awesome story.

From Kevin Davis
Posted September 1, 2006 at 9:34 AM
I notice the date after I had posted the story. Kinda felt like a doof afterwards. But oh well, least someone liked it!

From Michelle Pilling
Posted September 1, 2006 at 6:09 PM
It would be nice to do it on your favourate ride or place you both love

From Mark Walker
Posted September 2, 2006 at 12:29 AM
Ha! My last response was two years ago from now. Makes me wonder where all the time went.

From Candace Poole
Posted February 5, 2007 at 6:31 PM
My husband decided to propose to me one year after we went on our first date (in Disneyland) and he did it at the PERFECT time. During the 50th anniversary fireworks just after Julie Andrews said "...and remember, Dreams do Come True" that is when he got down on one knee and popped the question. Needless to say, we had to go back the next night so I could watch the show since I spent most of it crying the evening before.

From Jaivion Williams
Posted February 6, 2007 at 8:33 AM
Yea Candance that would be something he should do.

From rick stevens
Posted February 6, 2007 at 10:16 PM
I was just wondering how Dan finally proposed all those years ago! And.....did she say yes.

From Ben Johnson
Posted February 11, 2007 at 11:53 PM
put in the ring in funnel cake and call it a day

From Gareth H
Posted February 12, 2007 at 2:11 PM
And then when she chokes on it you can sue Disney for billions!!!

From Tom Sikorski
Posted February 26, 2007 at 2:08 PM
I used to do the fireworks cruises from the Yacht Club Marina behind Epcot which are often arranged for families celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. You get a private pontoon piloted by a cast member and are one of no more than four boats that park under the bridge by France to watch IllumiNations in a comfortable chair with an unobstructed view. I had a guy one night ask to have "Will you marry me?" on the cake. When we anchored the boat for the show, I left them for privacy and watched him from a distance propose to his girlfriend. After the fireworks, I drove them around the lake in front of the Boardwalk while playing romantic Disney ballads on the boat's sound system. Maybe someone else would like to do this!

From Dan Borgstrom
Posted June 3, 2007 at 3:07 AM
Hello Everyone, I just happend to check this site after all these years and saw all the posts regarding if and how I ever decided to propose to my girlfriend (now wife). Well I sure did and all went really well.

When I finally created an idea in my mind as to how I wanted to propose, I contacted disneys fairy tale wedding division and became good friends with one of the coolest guys ever, named Chuck Rodriguez. I proposed the idea to him and initially got laughed at. However I insisted that he present the idea to the powers that be. After several weeks of begging and pleading, I got the call I had been waiting for "it's approved"...I then worked tons of hours of overtime and even got a second part time job. After writing a pretty hefty check, the fun began. Over the course of the next few months, my girlfriend and I "struck up" a friendship with Chuck, after we "happned" to stroll in to the fairy tale wedding office.

About 3 weeks before the big night, Chuck called my cell phone and left a staged message, stating that he was doing a wedding in the park and asked if we wanted to come "see it". Of course we said yes. On the night of the event, a friend of ours who is a member of Club 33, made us a reservation for dinner. Well since neither one of us had ever been there or dreamed of going there, that itself was quite exciting.

So on the big night, we got all dressed up and went into the park, for our 8pm reservation. We had a wonderful dinner (especially since all the staff was informed of the big plans) and couldnt wait to see the "wedding" in the park later. At 10pm the park closed and Chuck came and got us, to escort us to the "wedding". As we strolled through the nearly empty disneyland, we talked about when I was going to have enough guts to one day propose to my girlfriend (little did she know it was only a matter of minutes). As we passed the shooting gallery, Chuck got an "urgent call" regarding the "wedding". He told us to proceed onto main street and through the castle, were the "wedding reception" was being held in fantasyland. As we turned onto main street, they had the castle lit with all of her favorite colors, purples, pinks, etc (much more than usual). As we approached the castle, it was roped off at the curbline. We spoke with the security officer and told him we were sent by chuck, for the "wedding"...However as we began walking up towards the castle, there was a 4 foot wide path of rose petals leading to the bridge. As we got to the bridge, there was a round table with beautiful linens, 3 dozen roses, candles and two chairs. At this point, she still didnt get it. She thought it was all part of the "wedding"...That ws until we got closer, and there was an 8x10 framed photo of her and I on the table. Right then a violenest came out and began playing "a dream is a wish your heart makes." I sat her down, and got on one knee. Then in the middle of the table, was a purple pillow, which had cinderellas glass slipper on it. Inside the slipper, was her ring. I took the ring, told her how much I loved her and before I could even say "will you...."she yelled YES!!! The small crowd which had gathered, inculding our hidden friends began clapping and cheering, as we kissed and hugged.

Since the park was closed, Disney had a photographer walk us around and take amazing pics at differnt locations around the park. We then returned back to our table for 2 and sat for around 35 minutes. It was absolutely amazing to look down main street and not see one person. At least for one hour, Disneyland was really "our land"...They say 'It's not how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away"...Well thanks to the magic of the wonderful people at disneyland and my now wonderful wife..this was definately one of those moments.

We ended up getting married at disneyland a year later and that was magical as well... A friend of ours made a little web-site which contains pics from our wedding and a short video of the engagement. If you would like to see it, send me an email at calvary1@yahoo.com and i'll send ya the link...Thanks to everyone who gave me such great ideas...Taks care, Sincerely Dan

From Mark Walker
Posted June 3, 2007 at 4:54 AM
I was about to complain that this thread is 4 years old, but then I read your post Dan and all I can say is Congratulations!


It was well planned out and I'm glad everything went well, shame my 'roller coaster lift hill' idea didn't work out but anyway, I hope 4 years was worth the wait.


Now, on your anniversary, visit Islands Of Adventure and join the millions of Universal fans!


See ya around!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 3, 2007 at 7:49 PM
Congrats!

From rick stevens
Posted June 4, 2007 at 8:23 PM
Thanks for getting back to us! Congrats to you and your wife. The proposal was well thought out and I must give you kudo's for a job well done.

From John Talgar
Posted March 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM
I found this thread very helpful and interesting. I too am contemplating proposing to my girlfriend of 3 years. We happen to be going to Disney World to visit her cousin in two months, and I think it would be a wonderful chance to drop the question.
After reading this, I think it makes the most sense to go to "City Hall" and see what they could do. I do think she would freak if I had a character deliver the ring in a clever way.
I just need to distract her while I set things up. does anyone know if there is a slow ride on a river or a place next to the castle that would provide a nice setting?

From Danny Melillo
Posted March 28, 2008 at 5:47 PM
Not sure if you could because I never tried to look. But at the end of the day, ask in advance, for a boat ride on Jungle Cruise, the last ride of the day, for just your family. Ride in advance to see if theres a good spot. Request in advance to stop at that part. Not sure if they;ll do this or not but Disney is lenient when it comes to wedinngs.

From Jonathan King
Posted May 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM
Wow, some of you are truly hopeless romantics... it's awesome!!! I have a few good ideas for proposals (such as at the top of the sun wheel, or having a character propose and then having the indignant groom-to-be push him out of the way saying "that's my line!") but am always looking for more. It's time to start putting all the plans into motion seeing as her ring (which i am purchasing from the Jewel of Orleans in New Orleans square) will be paid off in about four months... a lot has changed at disneyland so if anyone has ideas that they don't mind me using, PLEASE put them out here... i really want this to be the perfect proposal for the perfect bride.

Thanks!!!!

From Amy Duncan
Posted July 20, 2008 at 7:03 PM
I think you should take her out to eat at the pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Then go directly out and get on a boat or canoe and do it there.

From Ben James
Posted July 21, 2008 at 7:18 AM
I would do the wedding proposal in the New Orleans area. Let her go in a store and then place the ring in one of the beautiful plants or on the curved stairs. Then point out the "beauty" of the area. She should notice it. Then make your proposal.


Of course you could also call Disney, they may have some great ideas and could even help you set-up the proposal.

From miguel unknown
Posted July 19, 2009 at 2:30 PM
I was thinking about popping the question to my gf of 2 yrs. She is a disney fanatic. so, what better place to ask? She is going to disneyland in Oct With her sister and friend for a couple of days. i want to show up on the last day, because she wont expect me to be there. from reading on here i guess i would have to go to guest services to make how i want my proposal to happen a reality. here's my idea: her favorite character is snow white and her favorite prince is prince charming. whenever they are doing pictures she would take a picture with the prince and right after the pic. the princ would tell her how beautiful she is in a playfull way. while he is still holding her hand, drop to one knee and take out the ring box from his pocket. the ring box will be empty. he will open and tell her " why dont i let your real prince charming ask you instead" at this point she wouldnt even have known i was in the same city let alone there. I walk up to her and tell her how every since she has come in to my life i feel like i have been the one in a fairytale. i just want to know if you will give me the honor of being my wife and marrying me? so, you can give this fairytale it's happy ending" i hope she says yes at this point. lol does anyone know if i will be able to make this happen or not? please give me any advice you may have so i can make this possible. thanks

From Nick Markham
Posted July 20, 2009 at 9:04 AM
I am sure there will be some possible way, though I can't be positive. Especially since most character greetings are randomly choosen and the fact that she might not decide to visit Snow White and her Prince. Though if you can set your heart to it, I am sure Disney can set up something!

From Fher Escobar
Posted July 21, 2009 at 4:10 PM
I think the funest way to purpose at disneyland is while going down splash mountain hole up a paper that says "will you marry me?" and by the time you guys get down to view the picture as she see the picture come down on one knee and ask her again "so will you..." this will surely surprise her and everyone there viewing the pictures at the time!

From mike curry
Posted February 21, 2010 at 6:12 AM
i am leaving for disney world with my gf on the 24th of this month and i plan on asking her to marry me at night infront of cinderrellas castle during the fireworks, yes im sure its been done 100 times before, but knowing me not being such a people person and not a huge fan of crowds, for me to get on one knee infront of alot of people would be very unexpected and romantic. and i call her my princess all th etime so i think its fitting, instead of paying a few hundred bucks on the disney glass slipper idea and flowers, ill just do it all myself

From Donna McKay
Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:18 AM
Mike, I was proposed to in exactly that scenario. I still get a lump in my throat when the Wishes music starts up. Good luck, I am sure your girlfriend will be swep away in the moment. I know I was

From David McKanne
Posted October 7, 2010 at 10:05 PM
This idea may so logistically impossible it would never work, but here is my over-the-top, most unbelievable proposal ever held at Disney World - i have been dating thi extrodinary girl for almost a year and a half, and the time has come. here's what i would like to do.....

As my girlfriend and I are strolling along right at about dusk down the main street of Disney world, a Disney employee comes up to us and tell us we have been randomly chosen for a makeover, and a complimentary free meal at one of the finer restaurants. We are then separated, her with a female and myself with someone else. My girlfriend is given a complete makeover, and given a beautiful red evening gown that I had already purchased and given to them for her to change into. I have a tux hidden away, and as she is getting dressed and made up, I too am changing clothes. After she changes she is told that part of the prize is a ride in Cinderella’s coach which she is told will take her to the restaurant, and that I will meet her there, but instead takes her to the steps of Cinderella’s castle where I am waiting. As she is assisted off the coach by one of the “drivers” she is escorted on a red carpet, and as soon as she steps off the coach, “Lady in Red,” by Chris Deburgh starts to play (which is one of her favorite songs.) I also envision some lights coming on like perhaps small twinkling lights around the ground, or in the trees. and of course the castle is lit up like never before. I walk to her, and as the sun sets, and the song playing in the background, I say what’s in my heart, how much I love her and how for the rest of my life I want to spend it only with her, then I get down on one knee in a tux, open the ring box and ask her if she would please be my wife. then her and i, together get into the coach which does take us to a restaurant, where we have the most romantic dinner in the most incredibly romantic restaurant in the whole park.

i would love to also have this whole thing being filmed by a "bystander" that fades with us getting into Cinderella's coach to dinner.

too much? think it would work?

From Matt Corleone
Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM
I definitely think it would work! Whether or not they could make it happen, obviously another story. Love the idea though! Any ideas about this? Rather simple I think. My girlfriend & I have been together for 2 1/2 years. Her family has been Disney obsessed for years & they've got me hooked. Summer of '09 I visited her there at DisneyWorld for a week while she was doin the college program, & last year I went w/ them on their annual vacation. When I visited her the 1st time, we just stayed at Allstar Sports, which is still terrific! But one night we went to the Polynesian resort & watched the fireworks on the little beach area across the water on a hammock, great view of the castle. It was probably our first really romantic moment as a couple. I was just considering revisiting the area this summer & asking the question. Hope it works!!

From Nicolas Garreau
Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:38 AM
For those who ever dream to propose while flying over Disneyland Paris, I can also suggest the romantic packages I specially created for that:
http://www.proposeinparis.com/prestationdisneylandEN.htm

Nicolas, Founder of "Propose in Paris"

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