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 issues. 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 issues 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.”
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.
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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?
This week back in 1995, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings officially opened Disney’s Wedding Pavilion located on the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the pavilion prior to opening and then just after its completion in 1995.
Home to magical weddings year-round, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion can seat up to 300 guests and has an aisle that stretches 75 feet. The pavilion received some TLC back in 2012 that included the installation of new stained glass windows, carpet, and reupholstered pews. Below is a comparison of the inside of the pavilion in 1995 and the pavilion today.
The first official wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was held in June of 1995 and appeared on “Weddings of a Lifetime,” a television special on the Lifetime network. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has created over 40,000 happily-ever-afters since its inception in 1991. Now that’s a lot of love.
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June has always been a big wedding month. I remember attending more than my fair share of June weddings growing up. The weather is pretty, the sun is shining and there are vacations aplenty. In anticipation for a summer chock-full of wedding events, I’m sharing this fun-loving video of a couple who had a very special Bridal Portrait Session at Magic Kingdom Park. It doesn’t get more romantic than that!
We had the pleasure of working with Mariah Carey on the vision for her vow renewal for almost a year, and like most brides, she wanted to feel like a princess on her big day. We couldn’t think of a better place to commemorate five years of wedded bliss – and Roc and Roe’s second birthday – than at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. It doesn’t get much more royal than that!
The evening started with a birthday party at Fantasy Faire fit for a mini prince and princess where guests were served everything from ‘mocktails’ to cotton candy. And of course no birthday is complete without cupcakes and a happy birthday serenade.
After the celebration, guests moved over to Sleeping Beauty Castle where the forecourt was dripping in 10,000 crystals and over 15,000 blooms imported from Holland, South America and France. Mariah arrived in regal style accompanied by her daughter Monroe in the Crystal Coach where they were met by Nick and Roc clad in matching Prince Charming outfits.
The reception was filled with toasts, a few rides on attractions and Nick spinning as the DJ. It’s safe to say this after-hours private event was straight out of a fairy tale and filled with love.
Broadway actor Corey Cott recently took a break from his lead role as Jack Kelly in Disney ‘Newsies’ to celebrate his nuptials to wife Meghan with a land and sea honeymoon aboard Disney Cruise Line and at Walt Disney World Resort. On their first date, Corey and Meghan quickly realized the passion they both shared for Disney, so a Disney’s Fairy Tale Honeymoon seemed like the perfect way to start their happily-ever-after.
Asked to describe their honeymoon in just one word, Meghan declared it “magical.”
There’s nothing I love more than a vow renewal – it’s a romantic reaffirmation of love after years of history together that often becomes a family affair. It’s the ultimate celebration to remind you that your better half has been alongside you through both thick and thin.
Nearly 10 years ago today, Wendie and Sean Cheyney said “I do” in the middle of the Walt Disney World Marathon at mile 10.5 – right in front of Cinderella Castle. And today, I’m delighted to share that they’re doing it all over again.
Whether you ran today’s race with your one true love, kindred spirit or friends and family congratulations to a job well done!