Picture it: The perfect moment — your ENGAGEMENT! — in the perfect place: Walt Disney World! It’s that once-in-a lifetime moment that begins your story with your significant other that ends with your “Happily Ever After.”
The thing is, Disney World is filled with magical moments, memorable places, and magnificent experiences. So how on earth do you narrow down THE time, THE place, and THE moment for everything to be absolutely perfect? I mean… no pressure, right? 😉
But also… no worries! Why? Because we’re here to provide you with the ULTIMATE guide to PROPOSING at Disney World!
Engagement and Proposal Packages at Disney World
Let’s say you’re dreaming of a grand gesture, but don’t even know how to start when it comes to planning and logistics in a setting as big as Disney World.
Did you know that you can receive a little help from Disney World? There is a resource waiting for you with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. You can peruse the website and even request more information.
You may also call (321) 939-4610 and select option #4. However, at this time this audio prompt recommends visiting the website for those specifically planning a proposal, because the focus — as you may guess by the name of the site 😉 — is indeed on weddings and honeymoons over engagements. That said, another result of the call for proposal information is a recommendation for exploring what Disney calls “Enchanting Extras.”
These are add-on experiences such as tours, specialty dining, and other experiences beyond what you may already be familiar with from the parks and Resorts. And guess what? We’ve got all of those listed right here on the DFB, too.
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But, hey, since the ultimate goal of a proposal includes a wedding and possibly a honeymoon, the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons site is a great spot to gather some information and — perhaps more importantly — inspiration!
Floral and Celebration Packages
Want to spread a little extra pixie dust over the occasion? Disney Floral & Gifts offers gift baskets and floral arrangements that can be delivered straight to your Disney World hotel, including a package called “A Disney Engagement.”
The package features — get this! –– a crystal glass slipper (by Arribas Brothers) and a white Mickey crystal pillow on which you can present an engagement ring (alas, not included 😉 )! A bottle of bubbly, glasses for toasting, chocolates from The Ganachery, and rose petals to scatter are also included.
Note that the Disney Floral and Gifts website shares that “We will happily send your gift to any open Walt Disney World Resort, as well as open good neighbor resorts and hotels located on Walt Disney World Resort property.” The delivery itself arrives at your Resort’s front desk, and the team then notifies the guest.
Tips for Proposing at Disney World
You likely have a certain sparkler in mind already, if you plan to propose with an engagement ring. But if you really want to go ALL IN ON DISNEY with this thing, you might want to check out the selections from Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. The selection of wedding and engagement rings present subtle Disney touches. For example, the Mickey Mouse Fairy Tale Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring pictured below features a few hidden Mickeys!
Yes, these rings are totally a thing, and it’s even a kick just to browse and daydream on shopDisney a bit even if you don’t purchase.
Check out the Disney-inspired sparklers HERE!
Find a Cast Member
You may need a little help along the way, and Disney Cast Members just so happen to be in the business of making magic!
We’ll chat more about getting pictures of your proposal in a bit, but for now, we’ll leave it at this: you may want to give a small whisper to a nearby PhotoPass photographer that you have a VERY special moment you’d love their help in capturing.
Oh, and that ring we mentioned above… Are you concerned it might set off the security scanners?
Consider giving a heads up to one of the security guards, who may be able to assist in keeping the cat IN the literal bag.
The folks at Plan Disney have some advice for this, too: “My first piece of advice would be to offer to take ALL of your bags and backpacks through the security line, allowing your significant other to enter the no-bag line. If you do this every day of your trip, you’ll set this expectation up in advance so she won’t suspect a thing.”
Are you dining at a special restaurant?
Perhaps you can let your server or the hostess know. We can’t guarantee there will be any extra pixie dust sprinkled for the occasion, but if you’re worried about someone stopping by the table right when you’re getting ready to pop the question, they will know to be on the lookout and not pay a table visit during the crucial moment.
And if a Cast Member does play a part in making your proposal memorable, you can let Disney know by leaving a Cast Member Compliment!
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“I’m Celebrating” Buttons
Share your good news with the World (Disney World, that is)! Don’t forget to stop by Guest Relations or your Resort hotel’s front desk to request a FREE Celebration Button! There are a few designs, and “Happily Ever After” will likely be the theme you receive after yelling “WE’RE ENGAGED!!!” to a Cast Member (kindly, of course 😉 ).
Tip: Rather than collect these buttons together after the proposal, you may want to plan a little Guests Relations visit on the DL beforehand so you can have the buttons at the ready to wear immediately after your engagement. Get ready to hear “Congratulations!” and well wishes not only from Cast Members, but from fellow guests as well!
And did you know that you can even get your Celebration Button PERSONALIZED?
For just $3.00, you can stop by Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom and spruce up your buttons a bit for an extra special souvenir!
Learn how to zhuzh up your Celebration Button HERE!
Commemorate with a Souvenir
While we’re on the topic of special souvenirs, you may want to pick up something to remember this very special Disney World visit. We found this adorable “Will You Marry Me?” Castle Engagement Ring ornament in EPCOT’s Creations Shop recently.
Or you can start preparing for THE BIG DAY while you’re at it, by picking up some Bride and Groom Mickey and Minnie Ear Hats!
Perhaps a special frame for your favorite engagement photo from the trip will do nicely.
Whatever you choose, it’s sure to make you smile in the future!
Options for Proposal Pictures
This is certainly a moment you’ll want to capture. Lucky you! You’ve got a whole team of Disney PhotoPass photographers ready to help commemorate your engagement.
Now, it’s up to you — you can ask a PhotoPass Photographer’s assistance in capturing THE MOMENT with a little whisper and wink. (Of course, if you plan to get down on one knee, that’s a pretty big tip off to the photographer, too. 😉 ).
But if you prefer to share the proposal moment in a quiet moment by yourselves (or as quiet as you can find in Disney World), that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy taking special shots after the proposal to remember the day of your engagement!
So the “when” is your call. Here are some tips on the “how” and where:”
There are OODLES of locations where PhotoPass Photographers are stationed around the parks (and even the Resort hotels, in some cases). These include locations that have likely already come to mind, like at the park’s icons such as EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth and the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom.
But you may be surprised at all of the options, and you can find them easily by navigating to PhotoPass locations on the My Disney Experience app.
But how about looking through that list and doing a little outside-the-box thinking? Wouldn’t it be fun to have an engagement photo taken with the ULTIMATE couple: Mickey & Minnie?!
You’ll find them together at Adventurers Outpost in Animal Kingdom. And there are even MORE options…
Capture Your Moment
Did you know that you can have your own private photo session in Disney World? You may want to arrange a special Capture Your Moment session where you can have a photoshoot with a personal and dedicated PhotoPass photographer!
Each session lasts up to 20 minutes for $99 (and you can book back-to-back sessions for an additional $99 per session). Capture Your Moment is available in all four parks, including five EPCOT World Showcase pavilions. You can find all of the information and options here.
Please be aware that your prints and digital downloads are not included with the price of your Capture Your Moment session and must be purchased separately. However, prints and downloads are no additional cost if you’ve paid for Memory Maker (or have a qualifying Annual Passholder entitlement). Ditto goes for regular PhotoPass images captures around the parks.
Again, you could even pop the question during the session, if you’d like.
But remember that the time is limited to 20 minutes, and this might be a better option for an engagement photo session as opposed to the proposal moment if time constraints are a concern for you. (Plus, your significant other won’t wonder why if you ask them to dress up a little bit if the session itself is an additional surprise.)
Learn more about PhotoPass, Capture Your Moment, AND Memory Maker HERE!
Favorite Places to Propose at Disney World
In Front of Cinderella’s Castle on Main Street, U.S.A.
When you imagine “Happily Ever After,” what image pops to mind? For many people, it’s THIS ONE:
Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. is ultimately the symbol of Cinderella’s own fairy tale ending, in addition to being the single most iconic landmark in all of Walt Disney World.
And the nice thing is that the time and logistics are up to you! Perhaps you’d like an early morning moment so you can enjoy the first full day of your engagement.
Or maybe you’d like to start YOUR happily ever after immediately before or after watching the “Happily Ever After” fireworks — which, BTW, are returning to Magic Kingdom on April 3, 2023!
Until then, you can enjoy Disney Enchantment to cap off your day. Just bear in mind that this is the most people-y time on the already people-y Main Street, U.S.A., so if crowds aren’t part of your dream scenario, this may not be your ideal time or location.
Take a tour of Main Street, U.S.A. HERE.
The Wishing Well
So, let’s say you love the idea of incorporating Cinderella’s ultimate fairy tale ending, but aren’t so much into the crowds that gather on Main Street. You might want to consider seizing your moment at Cinderella’s Wishing Well.
SOMETHING TO KNOW, though: The Wishing Well has, as of late, become a fairly popular photo spot. (In fact, a PhotoPass photographer is often stationed here, which can, for your purposes, be a great thing!) It’s never crowded in the way Main Street is, but it’s just good to know that there may be a bit of a line.
Less well known, but also lovely, is the Cinderella Fountain located behind the Castle on the same side as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland.
This gem is often overlooked (as is the hidden crown behind Cinderella’s head).
No matter which you choose, don’t forget to being a coin or two to make a wish before or after the proposal! Not only is it a lovely thing to make a wish for your bright and happy future, but the proceeds from all of the coins tossed into the well are collected and donated to children’s charities in Orlando.
Just a nice way to share the love, isn’t it?
Find out more about WHERE ALL THE COINS GO when you make a wish in Disney World!
The Beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort During Fireworks
Do you REALLY enjoy the idea of your proposal being accompanied by a world class fireworks production, but hesitate over finding room to kneel on Main Street, U.S.A.? Why not enjoy the fireworks from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort before or after popping the question?
Other locations where the music from the show is piped in WITH a Castle view include the outdoor overlook from the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the Marina area in front of Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
We also imagine (though are not yet certain) that they may well pipe in the music at Narcoossee’s when this Grand Floridian restaurant reopens after its current refurbishment. They even pipe in the music at the Polynesian’s ‘Ohana! In both instances, obviously, you will want to time your Advance Dining Reservation to coincide with the fireworks.
You can also enjoy fireworks with the music — though WITHOUT a Castle view — at the beach Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, and along Bay Lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (though the best viewing spot here is steps away from Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and while we LOVE the place, it doesn’t necessarily have the same romance factor, unless you’re in love with the Cheesy Barbecue Brisket, in which case… join the club).
Oh, it might be good to know the fireworks showtime for this plan, huh 😉 ? Be sure to visit My Disney Experience to see fireworks showtimes (and we’d recommend checking again a week or two in advance, as showtimes are subject to change).
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Ok, one more fireworks idea for you… How about a SPLURGE to go along with that show? Did you know that you can enjoy your own private Fireworks Cruise to go along with Disney Enchantment (through April 2nd) or Happily Ever After (starting April 3rd)? Yep! The same is true for EPCOT’S Harmonious!
(Just be aware that Harmonious ends its run on April 2nd. EPCOT Forever will return as the interim show starting April 3rd while the park prepares to welcome a new production later this year as part of Walt Disney World’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.)
Fireworks Cruises for either park start at $399.00. Though you may desire this to be a cruise just for two, it’s good to know that each 25-foot pontoon can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests.
The cruise also includes a Captain and assorted snacks and beverages.
P.S. This is one of those “Enchanting Extras” that we chatted about above!
Find out more about Fireworks Cruises here
Tree of Life
Okay, we’ve chatted plenty about Magic Kingdom and the Castle. But there are, of course, other gorgeous and memorable icons in Disney World.
Perhaps there’s no better place for you to start your life together than the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Featuring over 300 intricate animal sculptures, it’s a location that is as visually stunning as it is inspiring and memorable. But even that’s not all…
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Speaking of icons…
Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
“I Love you.”
If THAT is your shared way of expressing your feelings to one another, then your site just might be in front of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
No further explanation needed. (And if it is, no worries — just suffice it to say this isn’t your ideal location, and not to worry, because we’ve got MORE great locations!)
Visit a galaxy far, far away by clicking HERE…
Eiffel Tower in EPCOT’S France Pavilion
Aaah, Paris… the City of Love! If you’re dreaming of a Parisian proposal, but find yourself in EPCOT’s World Showcase instead 😉 , you can have BOTH at the France pavilion!
With the Eiffel Tower in view, you can propose, perhaps, near the lovely fountains which sparkle day and night.
(And, yes, there is often a PhotoPass Photographer stationed here, too!)
Take a tour of EVERYTHING to do in EPCOT here!
By — or IN! — a Carriage!
Okay, so maybe you don’t personally own a 1929 Carriage Cadillac, but Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort surely does!
Just before entering the Grand Floridian, on the left you’ll spy a white Carriage car, perfect for stunning photos! (Plus, if you’re arriving to stay at the Grand Floridian, you can pop the question early so your partner doesn’t ask “Why are you so nervous?” the whole trip. 😉 )
Of course, you never know… you may spy another kind of Carriage entirely when you’re at the Grand!
Cinderella’s famous Carriage (or shall I say Pumpkin-turned-Coach) can be rented for weddings at Disney’s Grand Floridian (and on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s, you may even find Cinderella’s Carriage at Magic Kingdom as a photo op!).
But we’re jumping ahead of ourselves… let’s just get through the proposal here.
How about proposing from INSIDE a Carriage with a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside or at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground?
After all, a coach was a HUGE part of Cinderella’s story…
Why not yours, too?
Explore Cinderella’s Story — and these stunning mosaics — HERE!
During a Special Meal
“If music be the food of love, play on…” The Bard considered music to be the food of love. But here at the DFB we consider FOOD to be… umm…
… the food of love. (Hey, we can’t all be Shakespeare. Moving on… )
You had to know this was coming — of COURSE we’re going to suggest a special meal in a special restaurant as a GREAT place to propose! Your mind may spring to fine dining locations such as the stunning Victoria & Albert’s (which happens to be even more stunning after its recent renovation).
Or perhaps you’d enjoy asking someone to share your castle inside THE Castle… Cinderella’s Royal Table, in case you’re not aware, is located inside Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom.
AND it just so happens to be a Character Meal featuring Disney Princesses! Why not have a bevy of Princesses around to wish you well as you start your journey?
Yep, I said Character Meal. They aren’t just for kids, you know. And while they may not scream “ROMANCE,” they are positively packed with fun and spirit and — most importantly — Disney pals, which may be just your vibe!
Click HERE to see ALL of the Disney World Character Meals!
Frankly, I’d say “SURE!” to a proposal from anyone who bought me a pizza at Via Napoli.
But that’s just me. What I’m saying is, there’s a lot of room for improvisation here, folks! So, pick your favorite spot from among the list, and enjoy the meal of a lifetime!
Find ALL of the Disney World restaurants HERE!
YOUR Special Place
It is fun to daydream about the big splurge or the perfect photo, isn’t it? But maybe there’s that place that’s special to just the two of you. Remember, the gesture doesn’t have to be over-the-top. You’re in a great place already (Disney World!), and the rest is gravy.
Do you have a special ride that’s sentimental to you as a couple? Does your spouse-to-be share your same sense of humor and you can totally picture yourself proposing in the Haunted Mansion’s Attic with the Bride saying “I Do” in the background? (It’s not for everyone, but might just be for you!)
Did you know he or she was THE ONE when you first found out about your shared love for Disney World or maybe a specific film, character, or Resort?
You can simply build on the idea from there.
The proposal of a lifetime at Walt Disney World Resort — you’ve got the tips and ideas… now all you need is an enthusiastic “YES!”
P.S. Our readers shared some of their own Disney DREAM proposals with us on our Instagram — check it out here!
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