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‘I Do!’ Memorable Proposals at the Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Everyone has their own special memories of the Disneyland Resort – for some, it’s a first visit or a favorite show, and for many, it’s celebrating the beginning of an exciting journey with a loved one. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share stories of three memorable proposals stories recalled by cast members from some of our most romantic restaurants – who were able to make these special moments even more magical.

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park

When this guest took his girlfriend to the Disneyland Resort for the first time, he decided to propose to her in front of the wishing well at Snow White Grotto. He even presented the engagement ring in a glass slipper! Later that night, the couple celebrated their engagement in a private dining room at Carthay Circle Restaurant, where the cast members had “his & hers” ear hats waiting for them. The bride-to-be was in tears, and so were the cast members at Carthay Circle Restaurant!

Blue Bayou Restaurant, Disneyland Park

Cast members at Blue Bayou Restaurant were able to make a sweet moment even sweeter for one newly engaged couple. After the groom-to-be proposed (to applause from the entire restaurant), Blue Bayou Restaurant cast members presented the couple with special treats and sparkling cider flutes to celebrate.

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Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

The Napa Rose team was very excited to help with this unique proposal! One prince charming created a View-Master-like disc for his girlfriend, with slides showing moments throughout their relationship, ending with a very important question on the last slide: “Will you marry me?” Cast member, Wendy, delivered chocolate truffles to celebrate the moment. Other guests even joined in the celebration … the couple sitting next to the newly engaged guests was so touched by the surprising event, they paid for the couple’s dinner.

Where would you pop the question at the Disneyland Resort? Do you have a Disneyland Resort proposal story of your own? Share with us below! And happy Valentine’s Day!

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  • I proposed to my wife on November 2nd 2012 in front of the Rivers of America. It was quite an eventful day while I lead my bride through a scavenger hunt, (though thanks to the christsmas day recordings for the year) my place of proposal had to be changed to a new location) but I was so pleased with the Magical experience the cast members presented us through the day. Our secret photographers were given ample opportunities by cast members to find the perfect photo ops, our service at carthay was spectacular, and the hospitality throughout the day was bar none. Yesterday my wife and I took our little girl for her first visit to Disneyland, while she is still too young to comprehend where she is, we could tell that she loved all of the sounds and displays. Thank you Walt Disney for never giving up on your dreams.

  • My now husband proposed to me in front of the Mickey pumpkin on Halloween night 2 years ago (my favorite holiday!). We were dressed as Han Solo and Princess Leia and he waited until the Photopass photographer was taking our pictures before he got down on one knee and proposed! We were given buttons and they even paid for us to have printed (and CD) copies of all of the Photopass pictures that night. It was truly magical! We celebrate by returning every Halloween and recreating our Mickey pumpkin pictures 🙂 We incorporated a lot of Star Wars into our wedding as well, and even had a 501st Stormtrooper ring bearer and flower “girl”!

  • My husband and I are DL APs… and our first date was his first trip to the park. The next year he joined my family on a 10 day trip to Disneyworld. The last day, after my family had left, we were sitting for a caricature in Animal Kingdom… my husband just thought we were being drawn in front of the Tree if Life but really I was being drawn propoaing. While he went to look at the picture I slipped behind him down on one knee. Not only did he get the ring… but we have the caricature framed and I had a disney photo pass photographer taking shots as well… let Disney know what you are doing.. it helps…

    Years later (May of 14) we finally wed. Circumstances prevented us from taking a honeymoon. We still havent, but decided we would do a “romantic day” at Disneyland where we would only do romantic things… including dinner at Cathay Circle. Well, something happened at World of Color that spoiled my husband’s night and left him in tears. One amazing cast member who will forever be in my debt found out the whole story, fixed what happened, and arranged for us to end the evening with a PRIVATE cruise on Storybook Canal Boats. The magic of thr parks really is the cast members.

  • October 2013. My now husband and I attended Halloween Time at Disneyland. I now understand why he was so insistent I sew us different costumes than my intended Russel and Kevin from Up! He’s not very good at deceit, but somehow managed to get me to believe that Briar Rose and Prince Philip was my idea. Adorned appropriately, he proposed at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle that night with “Princess Cynthia, will you marry me?” We too, were walking on clouds the rest of the night, finding PhotoPass photographers everywhere we went to document the occasion. We were married this past August with a Disney magic-inspired wedding. <3

  • It was November 20th in 2006, and after secretly arranging for my sister to video the event, we wandered into the Disneyana shop on Main Street. My sister casually videoed all around the room until my bride-to-be was next to me by the large bandleader Mickey that stood by the entrance to the room. The camera turned on us, I turned to my beloved, and extended a ring box and a question “Will you marry me?” She was startled, but replied “yes” excitedly, and with that the people in the room and the Cast Members present (who had all been observing what was going on), burst into spontaneous applause and extended well wishes to us. This year, we celebrate our 8th anniversary, and we are still enjoying the Disney magic!

  • My partner and I have been runDisney participants for many years, but we run at different paces. One year right before we separated into our corrals at the start, I gave him a small piece of paper folded up and said – open this when you run through the castle. When he got to the castle and opened it – it said, “Will you marry me” but he had to wait until he caught up to me back at the hotel afterward to say, “Yes.”

  • It was Christmas time and my husband had been saying that we needed to go see the castle all light up. I remember there being so many people. We ended up walking around for a bit and then going to go see Mr. Lincoln.
    Afterwards we had dinner reservations at Carnation Cafe. He kept insisting we go take a picture in front of the castle and I remember thinking that we would be late to our dinner reservation. He ended up convincing me to go up to the apron of the castle which was already blocked off for the fireworks later, and due to the time of year there was a stage set up for the New Years celebration.
    He had arranged it with a cast member that we could “take a picture” in the roped off area, where a cast member was going to take our picture. I remember the shock of him dropping to one knee and the cast member sure did take a picture! It was amazing, and due to the fact that the area was roped off we looked like we had the whole castle to ourselves!
    We of course enjoyed a Disney World honeymoon!

  • Mary. Niven and her team a few years back helped me propose.

    My fiancée and I collect Disney pins and love cars. So a cast member was given a huge board with hundreds of pins spelling out ‘Will you marry me?’

    She thought we were going up to pin trade. She was blown away. The Disney photos captured the event so well. Our wedding is at Disney World in October. It will be exactly 7 years to the day after we first met and exactly three years to the day after we got engaged.

    And of course a Disney honeymoon to follow.

  • I proposed to my wife on The Journey of the Little Mermaid during the Kiss the Girl scene. It was awesome and I rule for doing it.

  • Memorial weekend of 1997, Brian took me for a private ride on the Lily Belle – the special caboose car of the train – where he had planned for months to propose. We had made it almost all the way around the loop, and when I held his hands they were cold and clammy. I asked why, and he pulled out the ring. He told me later he almost chickened out and planned to do it later by the castle. But then he mustered up the courage right around the dinosaur diorama! After saying yes, we wandered around the park for several hours with our heads in a cloud. We’ve been happily married for almost 17 years.

  • I proposed to my now wife at Ariel’s Grotto in DCA. I had called ahead of time and asked if they could do anything special to make my proposal memorable. When she went to the bathroom, our waitress brought out the dessert tray. On it, in around the outer part of the plate in chocolate it said, “Will you marry me?” I had it hidden on the seat next to me and after my wife sat down, I pulled the plate out, put it in front of her and got down on my knee. She said yes thus making it the best Disneyland/DCA trip ever.

  • I proposed to my wife at dinner in Cinderella’s Castle! We were married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World. How can we forget the date? It was the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s opening July 17, 2005! We visit every year to celebrate and this year will be no different. We cannot wait to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as Disneyland celebrates it’s 60th!

  • My name is Wendy and my husband’s name is Peter. On my first ever trip to Disneyland he proposed on Peter Pan’s flight while we were flying over London. He was terrified he would drop the ring in the ride. I said yes and we have been married over 6 years now.

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