Disney offers its ultimate location for a fairy tale dream wedding
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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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.
If they offer Bachelor's Parties at Princess Fairy Town Hall, I am SO there.
Wouldn't the bachelor party have to be at Gaston's?
Whoah! Talk about an upcharge event!
This doesn't make the Disney company look desperate at all...
What time is the 3 o'clock wedding?
Of course, every time they do that, the hub will be closed to regular park guests, messing up foot traffic even more.
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.
The location of this, in the expanded hub area, shouldn't affect foot traffic elsewhere on the hub.
Um, "dept"? Which department will you be in for the rest of your life?
Bankruptcy department if anyone wants to do this.....
I'd be sour over an Endor ride too!
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.
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.
Does the $25K include the park ticket or is that extra too?
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