Disneyworld Engagement Ideas?

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Disneyworld Engagement Ideas?

Hey Everyone!

Yes i am proposing to my Girlfriend when we visit Disneyworld Next year! It's a long way off though (Dec2014) I would love to go there sooner to pop the question, however I live in Australia and need to save up the funds to make it very Magical...

I am planning on making it special, I am looking to stay at possibly a Deluxe Hotel (Magic Kingdom area) and also looking to spend around 2 weeks either 10-14 days at Disneyworld. any thoughts or tips?

I am thinking of trying to get the best spot available... haha I know, hard task! throw me your BEST Spot ideas?

There are so many options to choose from... Any ideas? helpful hints from people who have proposed?

Many people say right in front of the castle as being the perfect spot, In front of the Partners statue with the Castle in the back ground? During the day or during the night? Then theres the Rose garden shot with the castle in the background.

I am slightly tempted to do the Cinderellas royal dinner proposal, but i think my girlfriend knows that people do that so that might dampen the surprise. Although knowing that she LOVES disney, i feel she is expecting a proposal during our stay so i might have to try a little mis-direction throughout Wink

I was however thinking of a way to possibly have next to No One in front of the castle for a proposal.... I was thinking of booking the Cinderella castle character breakfast on a Morning where there is no Early Magic Hours, then wording up the help desk to get a Photopass Photographer waiting first thing in the morning when there will be a very limited group of people in the park. and then propose in what would feel like a very VIP atmosphere and as if we were the only people in the park?

Be sure to leave your thoughts or hints and tips Wink

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I think it would be awesome to go to phillarmagic and when all the jewels are thrown out by Ariel present you have grabbed one and then have the ring and propose. That would make you look like a huge disney fan and be a lot of fun

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Your idea sounds GREAT to me...and it's YOUR idea...!!!
She will appreciate that....
The Cinderella Table is a good idea, but SO many people do it...
I plan to ask my boyfriend to marry me while we are up in the hot air balloon in Downtown Disney....next year....
I like your idea having a photographer, it's good too....
I won't need to do that...I'll have friends with cameras, they'll be in on it....
It'll our 1st trip to Disney and the balloon is the 1st thing we are doing together @ Disney....so I think I should ask him @ this 1st opportunity...It will make the rest of the trip seem so special.... muchlove
We're also celebrating 4 other Birthdays & I don't want to compete with them...and I don't think I could wait 3 days into the vacation to ask either...
What do you think of my idea...?
You have to be sure to let us know how things went for you..... date

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Philhowelldesign wrote:
I think it would be awesome to go to phillarmagic and when all the jewels are thrown out by Ariel present you have grabbed one and then have the ring and propose. That would make you look like a huge disney fan and be a lot of fun

Love that idea!

Personally I'm a fan of the wishing well and during the fireworks - standards but classic.

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Let Disney help you! https://www.disneyweddings.com/engagements/ They have Dream Makers available.

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Congrats!

If it were me, this is what I would do:

Book the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Club Level. These are both deluxe resorts and have a romantic atmosphere.

Ask her pretty early in the trip. You can relax and she will be glowing from the engagement. Plus, you can wear the "Just Engaged" buttons!

I would propose during wishes at the California Grill at the Contemporary OR on the Poly beach or GF beach while watching wishes. I like the romantic, quiet proposals! Smile

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Yes i am with Eeyore! I like the quiet proposals because they are more intimate and romantic to me.

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I think proposing at Disney World is a wonderful idea. My husband and I are annual passholders and we go to Disney World quite often. If you want to propose in front of Cinderella's castle, or anywhere around the Castle or on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, without many people there do it at night. The parks all usually allow people to stay in them for 30mins to 1 1/2 hours after the park closes, depending on the park. The Magic Kingdom has been open at least 1 hour after closing time every time I have every been there and that is about 50 times. You could get pictures with almost no people around you at all!

If you give one of the parks photographers your camera and quietly let them know you are about to propose(w/o your girlfriend knowing of course) they will get pictures of it for you. If you want to make sure they take LOTS of pictures of the proposal for you, let them know you are about to propose and ask them to take pictures with their camera. They will snap 10-20 pictures at least for you because they want you to buy them later-but they will be worth every penny!

Another idea you may want to consider is since you will be there in December, you will be there when the parks are decorated for Christmas. At Hollywood Studios they do the Osbourne Spectacle of Lights, and they are over the top, unbelievable, and amazing-if you love Christmas and Christmas lights. You could get some AWESOME engagement photos surrounded by 1000's of Christmas lights if that is something that interests you.

During Fireworks or Parades would be great too but only if you want the memory and not if you want photos of the engagement. The park photographers can't usually take pictures of people during the parades or fireworks because the crowds are so thick and there are certain areas people aren't allowed to be during a parade or the fireworks. That being said, if you just want the memory and not photos, you could also see if Fantasmic is playing during your trip and propose during the big finale.

One last idea, and I don't know if they would allow this BUT at Hollywood Studios they have the musical Beauty and the Beast. Maybe you could contact Disney world and see if you would be allowed to go up on Stage and propose before or after a show. They have about 5-8 shows a day. I don't know if this is allowed but I have seen this show 30 times and I would LOVE to see a proposal on the stage with Belle and the Beast!!! Good Luck

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My husband purposed to me on the right hand side of the castle after wishes and before the second showing of the electric parade. There was hardly anyone around and that's just how he wanted it! It was very romantic!

Do you definitely want to purpose in Magic Kingdom, or would you consider spots in Epcot? There are some very romantic area's in Epcot and because it's so spread out, there are many private locations that are also very beautiful. (Just a thought!)

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The one thing I regret about my proposal from my DH is not having someone to take pictures so make sure to have a Photopass photographer on hand if you think you'd like to have that memory captured. I also agree with Eeyore that I think earlier in the trip is better so that you have the whole vacation to celebrate instead of stressing about the proposal! Good luck! No matter what you do, a WDW proposal will be incredibly romantic! muchlove

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Thanks for the Ideas guys!

I am still open for ideas considering i have a while to wait so i am still in the whole "which is the best way" mode... but yeah im going to definately get a photopass photographer to take the photos as i think it would be awesome to get photos of the occasion to add to the magic!

I am loving the ideas, im open to any of the 4 parks as the location.

Im definately going to do it early on in the holiday so we can experience the entire holiday with the buzz of our engagement Smile
although in terms of surprise, i think the first and last days of the holiday are out of the question due to its not as a surprise as not knowing when it could come.

Keep the ideas coming Smile Any park and any situation that comes to mind would be helpful

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Allie wrote:
The one thing I regret about my proposal from my DH is not having someone to take pictures so make sure to have a Photopass photographer on hand if you think you'd like to have that memory captured. I also agree with Eeyore that I think earlier in the trip is better so that you have the whole vacation to celebrate instead of stressing about the proposal

Agree with all of this!

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my last trip to Disney World we did Mickey's very Merry Christmas party and I saw a guy propose to his girlfriend in the middle of main street in front of the Christmas tree as snow began to fall.

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Ultimately, in front of the Castle is the most romantic, I think. Other suggestions that I have (keeping in mind I'm painfully single, so if these are not good ideas that would be why!) would be to have balloons/flowers/something in the room already when you check in and having her walk in first. Another thought would be seeing if you could get some help from the Monster's Inc laugh floor to propose to her. That might not be the most romantic, but it would be memorable!!

Even if you don't do it in front of the Castle before a CRT reservation, you could always "re-propose" there with a photopass photographer present to memorialize it. Then you get 2 proposals in one trip!!

Where in Australia do you live?? Beautiful country!

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Oh nice! good timing to propose once the snow begins to fall..

I am thinking of doing a couple of things in celebration of the proposal during our trip which would include getting the room "done up" with one of Disney's surprises for her; As well as the proposal and even a dinner in celebration. Complete with Photopass photos to keep photographic memories.. Im going to treat her like a princess Wink

I'm from Melbourne, yeah it is a beautiful country. Smile

How is the weather in Disneyworld Early December? So i know what sort of clothes to pack..

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Hi Jezza! I wrote a piece last year about Orlando's Winter Weather, you can find it here
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/orlandos-winter-weather

And this was a previous discussion we had about it on the forums
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/forum/what-weather-really-early-december

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Thanks Kristen... Helpful Information!

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Coincidentally I was in your shoes exactly a year ago. I had a trip to Disney planned for the end of September and by now I had the ring in hand and was trying to figure out the best way to pop the question. We booked at the Contemporary, MK view concierge level (I got one of those 30% deals last summer). I knew I wanted to do it in MK, I thought of the castle, the Mickey and Walt statue but really didn't have a plan, I just decided to wing it and do it when I felt the time was right. We got to the hotel early on a Monday and checked in and decided to venture out into the park early afternoon. I had the ring in my pocket but still had no idea what I was going to do. We walked up main street, the statue was crowded with tons of people and so was the castle. So we walked back down main street and decided to take a relaxing ride on the train. On the final stretch back to the station from fantasy land, I pulled the ring out and immediately she started to cry. It was perfect because I didn't want to do anything over the top and wanted it to be a quiet special moment for just the 2 of us. Nobody else around us on the train had a clue that we had just gotten engaged so it was special for us. The options are endless and no matter what you do it will be special. My advice is to not over think it but have a plan. I probably should have had a better plan because I was nervous when I realized by 2 ideas weren't going to work out so the train was in the back of my head and it ended up being the perfect solution. Definitely use the photographers in the park, we got all our pictures on a CD and made copies when we got home, a perfect engagement shoot. Depending on how much fun you want to have with it, you can fake her out a few times but I wouldn't wait very long, you need to keep the ring hidden and believe me your nerves will be on edge, plus you'll enjoy your trip so much more when its all done! Good luck!!

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Hello Nish! That's awesome.. Congrats on your Disney Engagement Smile

Yeah, true i think i should have a couple of back up plans just incase of crowds.. I'm thinking of doing it early on because the stress and nerves i will have, its best to get it out of the way early and then can enjoy the entire holiday as newly engaged Smile so exciting...

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congrats Nish! What a sweet story! And you two are adorable!

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Cute pic Nish muchlove

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Ok, I'm throwing my two cents in just based on what others said about having a photographer. Maybe her favorite Disney Character meet and greet? I wonder if you could sneak up to a CM beforehand and have them give the ring to the character? Then when it's your turn, pose for pics, but then drop to a knee and have the character hand you the box? All captured from start to finish on photos and I could just imagine the antics of the character. Not maybe as romantic, but definitely fun and memorable.

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Hey everyone!

Loving the information and thoughts about the many different ways and angles i can approach this Smile keep them coming! hehe

Hey Magic Mirror, I noticed your going to Disneyworld the first week of december this year? would love to hear about it as i am planning on being at Disneyworld for the first 2 weeks of Decemeber in 2014 Smile

Velcropooh, I do know her favourite character so yes that is an option.

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This will be the first time we have gone at Christmas! I will post a full trip review after we get back mickey

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VelcroPooh wrote:
Ok, I'm throwing my two cents in just based on what others said about having a photographer. Maybe her favorite Disney Character meet and greet? I wonder if you could sneak up to a CM beforehand and have them give the ring to the character? Then when it's your turn, pose for pics, but then drop to a knee and have the character hand you the box? All captured from start to finish on photos and I could just imagine the antics of the character. Not maybe as romantic, but definitely fun and memorable.

I asked over the phone before our trip down and they said characters don't get involved with engagements. I am guessing its because the ring and its value. Wouldn't be a bad idea to ask again but that was the answer I got, have some back up ideas!!

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Well durn. I wonder if they would allow you to do it if the character didn't touch the ring? I'm still thinking of the pictures...Lol.

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Even if the characters can't touch the ring, if you are standing in front of her favorite character and you suddenly get down on one knee right in front of the character, I'm sure the photographer will take lots of pictures and you have her favorite character in the background. Based on all my character interactions, I bet that the character will have a big reaction and "get into it" for your special occasion. Each character makes my husband and I feel special just for a normal photo. I'm sure they would really put on an act for a proposal, especially if it's a princess and you can see her face and reaction. That way you are proposing to your future wife, and you get her favorite character in the pictures too.

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Not sure the talking trash can is considered a character but i saw a utube video where the trash can was part of the proposal and setup the bride to be really good....it was even singing "if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it". If i can find it again i will link it here.

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Magic Mirror wrote:
Not sure the talking trash can is considered a character but i saw a utube video where the trash can was part of the proposal and setup the bride to be really good....it was even singing "if you like it you shoulda put a ring on it". If i can find it again i will link it here.

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First congratulations on finding your soul mate, the recommendations that have been offered are all fantastic.

My wife will tell you that I am the master of surprise, I generally spend some time coming up with surprises for her! In keeping with that idea and with your thought about mis-direction I would like to suggest that you let it slip that you made reservations at Cinderella's castle for a given time, she will think that is when the proposal will happen, but surprise her and propose before the reservation.

Just a thought.

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Haha yeah i think i have seen that video of the Trash can.. I do search Disney vids quite alot on Youtube Smile

Yeah Mis-direction would be the way to go considering she will be expecting it at some stage during our visit. I'll need to look into places for dinner during our stay also and book a couple of places also.

So much planning to do lol...