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How to Pull Off the Perfect Disney Parks Proposal

Consult with a cast member.

Guest Services at Walt Disney World Resort

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No matter how crazy your plan or how limited your budget, it’s essential that you reach out to a cast member if you intend to propose at a Disney park. They know the parks inside and out, from the layout of Adventureland to the exact times you can expect to run into Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall. Even if you choose to forego their menu of “Enchanting Extras” or custom $3,000+ proposal experiences, they’ll be able to help you figure out where to go, when to time your proposal, and how best to celebrate afterwards.

Once you’re actually in the parks, you might still want some assistance as you get closer to the big moment itself. Assuming that you don’t already have family or friends around to Instagram the moment when you ask your partner for their hand in marriage, try staging your proposal close to a PhotoPass spot and asking the PhotoPass photographer to snap a few pictures. It’s not at all unusual for a couple to interrupt a normal PhotoPass experience with a surprise proposal—just make sure you give the photographer a quick heads up first!

If you’re looking to arrange a more private moment or have any last-minute questions, you can run them by a staff member at the nearest Guest Services or Resort front desk, too… provided that you can discreetly direct your fiancé/fiancée-to-be elsewhere, that is.

Consider utilizing the Disney resorts and hotels.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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There’s far more to the Disney parks than, well, the parks themselves. Year-round, the parks are the most crowded, noisiest, and least-private places on any Disney property. That may work for some people—there really is no substitute for popping the question in front of a fairy tale castle, after all—but if you don’t count yourself or your partner among them, rest assured that Disney has plenty of unique, private spots that are just a little off the beaten path (relatively speaking).

As with everything else we’ve mentioned thus far, you’ll want to do your homework here and make sure that the place you have in mind is as private and available as you need it to be, whether you’re popping the question while gazing at the savannahs nestled in Animal Kingdom Lodge or strolling through the manicured grounds surrounding Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

There are also plenty of magical moments to be had at the Boardwalk, Disney Springs, and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney, though none of those options will offer quite as much privacy as the parks’ various hotels. Spare yourself the hassle and stress of coordinating your surprise at an official park and instead arrange it during an upscale dinner, night out, carriage ride, Segway tour (don’t do this), or walk along the beach, if that’s more your style. Some activities, like the carriage rides, require advance reservations, while others can be staged a little more spontaneously.

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