This week, we had the honor and privilege of hosting Engage!15, a luxury wedding business summit, right here at the Walt Disney World Resort. This conference has been extra special for me as one of my very first leaders here at Disney was Rebecca Grinnals, co-founder of Engaging Concepts. She and Kathryn Arce are the masterminds behind this innovative, intensive conference that focuses on nurturing and igniting the entrepreneur in all of us.
We were able to share with the over 350 attendees what we do best here at Disney – surprise and delight. Sending the attendees to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was definitely a conference highlight and we had the help of the entire Main Street Philharmonic Band, The Dapper Dans and Mickey Mouse himself to make this moment truly sparkle. And if that weren’t enough, we shared that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons will be celebrating 25 years of fairy tales next year.
Be sure to stay tuned in 2016 for more details as we celebrate 25 years of weddings, honeymoons and happily ever afters.
I recently stopped by China pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot to take a photo of two new companion shirts now available at Disney Parks. In recent years, we’ve released several companion tees including the extremely popular “I’ll Be Your Mickey” and “I’ll Be Your Minnie” shirts as seen in this previous Disney Parks Blog article. Here’s a look at other companion shirts I found at Disney Parks that may help you create some unforgettable memories during this fall season.
The Raglan tees shown above are a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. They are a slightly different take on the previously mentioned “I’ll Be Your” shirts. Since I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio, I am a big fan of the red and grey colors used.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also featured on these Disney destination shirts. The Walt Disney World Resort shirts are shown above; shirts for Disneyland Resort are also available.
For those celebrating a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding or Honeymoon at Disney Parks, the bride and groom costume tees are a fun way to celebrate the special day.
Finally, we are continuing our online collection of Mickey and Minnie Mouse tees in November with four new designs. Two of the tees were inspired by the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland park while the other two shirts feature the “wildest ride in the wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. These shirts will only be offered on our Disney Parks online store from Friday November 6, 2015 through Thursday November 12, 2015. Items will ship in 3-5 weeks. You can order these shirts by visiting http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
For select companion shirts seen in this article, you can download the free Shop Disney Parks app to order and have them shipped directly to your home (see this video article for details about using the app).
There’s something about New York City in the fall – the leaves are turning, the air is crisp … and there’s tulle. Everywhere! Bridal fashion week takes over Manhattan and it’s a chance for designers to preview their spring collections. This year was extra special for us here at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings because we added a new dress to our traditional eight Disney princess-inspired gowns line up – Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen.” A true modern day bride, Elsa is bold and daring while remaining regal and elegant. And she’s the only queen that could bring snow – yes, snow – to the runway for our fashion show finale!
The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings gowns will be available starting January 2015 in Alfred Angelo retail stores and are offered in signature colors in addition to white and ivory.
We recently unveiled new technology at our Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase this past Saturday- and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! A wedding cake is probably the most significant confection you’ll ever eat (and buy) – so why not turn it into a living piece of art? With imagery that scrolls over icing like a mini movie, Walt Disney World Resort wedding cakes can now be transformed with fully customizable image mapping projection technology. Whether you want to showcase a photo slideshow, home video or your favorite quote fondant is refashioned into an enchanted canvas that is sure to impress. But don’t take it from me, check out the video below and see for yourself.
It’s time to “Let It Go” … down the aisle! We’ve teamed up with Alfred Angelo to create an Elsa-inspired bridal gown as part of the 2015 Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo bridal collection – and I couldn’t wait to share a sneak peek with you!
This high-fashion, conceptual sketch is an interpretation of Elsa’s signature “Snow Queen” dress featured in Disney’s “Frozen.” The ice blue softly flared sheath gown has been dramatically beaded to glisten like sunlight on fresh fallen snow and boasts a sweetheart neckline and dramatic Watteau train (a classic style that drapes from the shoulders to the floor). The gown will be available starting January 2015 at Alfred Angelo stores nationwide and specialty retailers worldwide.
Oregon couple Larry and Kelcie Ragsdale had the wedding of their dreams at the Disneyland Resort last week. The young couple’s lives changed in an instant when Larry’s car was hit by a drunk driver the night he was going to propose to Kelcie. He survived the crash but was left with severe head trauma that requires him to use a wheelchair. Thanks to their generous community, the couple was wed in a beautiful Disney Fairytale Wedding. The bride- and groom-to-be were transported like royalty to the ceremony in Cinderella’s crystal coach, thanks in part to the cast members who make up the CastABLE diversity resource group (DRG).
As you may have read in a recent Disney Parks Blog post about our military DRG, SALUTE, these groups serve as resources to the company and our cast by sharing the unique perspectives and contributions that diverse communities can offer. Cast members in CastABLE often work with Disney designers and technicians to ensure accessibility for guests with mobility disabilities. These cast members also worked with the Disneyland Resort Entertainment, Safety and Disney Fairytale Weddings teams to customize Cinderella’s crystal coach to allow for a portable lift system to transfer a person with mobility disabilities into the coach.
The team not only looked at safety requirements with the design of the ramp, transference and familiarization with the horses drawing the carriage, but also focused on staging the coach and beautifying the railings to ensure that the experience adds to each couple’s special day.
“They had already done a really good job of modifying the coach,” said CastABLE’s Michelle Beausoliel-Smith, part of the testing team. “We helped them better understand how a person with mobility issues would use the system. It is truly gratifying as a cast member and to be able to participate in those feedback sessions, and know that in a small way I’ve helped someone’s wedding dream come true.”
Four years ago this month, we were celebrating our first holiday season here on the Disney Parks Blog. We also honored Walt Disney’s birthday, continued one of our most popular video series and more!
A Model Day at Epcot — Exclusive Disney Parks Tilt-Shift Video
The second in our popular tilt-shift video series was released on December 3, 2009, and featured one of my favorite Disney parks, Epcot!
Honoring the King of Disneyland
On December 5, 2009, we celebrated Walt Disney’s birthday with this fantastic photo of him aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. To quote Walt, “Why be a governor or senator when you can be king of Disneyland?”
Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
In December 2009, Heather Hust Rivera shared one of my favorite Disney Parks Blog photos, showing Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle backed by the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains.
Roy E. Disney, Key Figure in Revitalizing The Walt Disney Company, Disney’s Animation Legacy, Dies at Age 79
On December 16, 2009, we mourned the passing of Roy E. Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney.
Top 10 Proposal Ideas at Disney
Korri McFann shared her top 10 places to propose, prompting many guests to share their own favorites.
Disney Characters Decorate Disneyland Park Through the Years
In the days leading up to Christmas, we shared a look back at holiday decorations at Disneyland park from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Happy National Cake Day! I’m a bit of a cake cheerleader – my theory has always been that it’s somebody’s wedding somewhere so it’s my duty to help them celebrate. I think my fondness for the sweet treat has grown because I’ve seen the behind the scenes love that goes into creating a cake and how the finished product brings people together. It’s really not about the dessert at all – it’s about celebrating a milestone, birthday, promotion or the blending of two families.
In honor of today’s “holiday”, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite masterpieces created by our talented bakery teams. They are truly masters of their craft and have created everything from cupcake towers to over-the-top elaborate statement pieces costing well over $10,000. In fact, the team at Walt Disney World Resort goes through about 19,000 pounds of buttercream frosting and 1,200 quarts of fruit puree every year!
Can’t get enough cake? Pop on over to Ever After (we feature a new cake every Wednesday) or check out our brand-new cake gallery.
Bridal Market is one of my favorite times of the year – New York City is invaded with heaps of tulle, an abundance of statement jewelry and a whole lot of sparkle. It also happens to be a chance for us to unveil our newest gowns as part of the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo Collection. So without further ado let’s let the runway do the talking!
Want even more inspiration? Check out our new Bridal Boutique for the latest styles and looks.
For more on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, read the posts below:
With the magic of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings helping to make wedding day dreams come true, love always seems to be in the air at Disney Parks. From magical proposals at Walt Disney World Resort to a ‘sole’-ful vow renewal right in front of Cinderella Castle, here are just a few of the most memorable Disney Wedding moments at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. So tell us – what would your dream Disney Wedding entail?
Take 5: Disney Wedding Memorable Moments
- ‘Drawn’ to Each Other – A Magical Proposal at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Walt Disney World Resort guest Ben Landaal orchestrated everything to perfection when he surprised his girlfriend of a year and a half, Paige Lawton.
- Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Renew Vows with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Disneyland Park
– What better place to feel like a princess than right in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park? See how Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their big day.
- ‘Sole’ Mates Renew Vows at Walt Disney World Marathon – Mile 10.5 of the Walt Disney World Marathon means just a little bit more to Wendie and Sean Cheyney than to the average Magic Kingdom Park guest. Why? Take a look.
- Internet Marriage Proposal Couple Celebrates Their Engagement at Disneyland Park – This couple got engaged via a Youtube video taken at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort!
- A Proposal Caught on Tape at Walt Disney World – Disney’s Polynesian Resort made for the perfect backdrop for this surprise proposal at Walt Disney World Resort.