Aren’t you already married? Why a proposal in Cinderella Castle?
OK, a little true-life confessional here. My wife and I have been married for twenty years as of today, July 16. Anyone who knows the two of us knows that I am the more (much more) emotional one out of the two of us. It is hard to watch commercials with me, I have been told, due to the ugly crying and shaking that occurs. I decided the best way to celebrate our anniversary would a proposal to my wife at Walt Disney World in Cinderella Castle.
I became obsessed with watching YouTube videos of proposals. I decided that I would re-propose to her in an effort to give her the proposal she always deserved. The original may or may not have had something to do with watching proposals on the Jerry Springer Show on Valentine’s Day!
Making the Plans
I contacted my Travel Planner specializing in Disney Destinations, Elizabeth McGurgan, to see what steps we needed to take in order to do a proposal in Cinderella Castle. She did her bit of magic and promptly was able to provide me with all the information for the Glass Slipper Engagement Package at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Once I read the details, I knew that was the ticket! Elizabeth was able make the reservation for me and provide me with all the necessary confirmation details.
I started a casual conversation with my wife about types of rings she likes. I managed to find one she loved at Pandora (the jewelry store, not Pandora: The Land of Avatar). We visited the Pandora store at Disney Springs. I enlisted the aid of my oldest daughter and her friend to go with me to pick it up while we were at Disney Springs.
I was super nervous that my wife would see the ring box as I was going through security as we entered Magic Kingdom. Luckily, we had plenty of kids with us to distract her. We made our way to the castle and to dinner.
We were taken upstairs and seated at a table right in the middle of the room. The Engagement Package stated we would get “Preferred Seating.” Little did I know how great the seats were! Our reservation was at 8:35 p.m., with the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular to start at 9:15 p.m. I thought we might be able to see some fireworks, and our seats were optimal for that.
The Moment of Truth
The princesses all came out at once, instead of being announced in the usual manner. It became apparent they were trying to get to as many tables as possible before the fireworks started. Our food was served, and then Happily Ever After started!
I was blown away by the show! We had seen the show two nights before, but I had no idea we would be able to see almost all the fireworks from our table! The music was piped in the castle and everyone in the room gasped, and oohed and awed during the entire show. I had no idea that we would have this type of view, and it made my plans so much more magical!
After the fireworks ended and the final princesses came out, it was time for dessert. Our server came out with a covered dish and set it in front of my wife. She was confused, since we had not ordered dessert yet. He lifted the cover and she knew something was going on when there was a glass slipper on a bed of rose petals in front of her.
So, I pulled my proposal out of my pocket (I knew I couldn’t recite it) and got down on one knee. I could hear all kinds of things, like my daughters laughing and crying, all kinds of people pointing us out, and I was afraid that she would run and hide in the bathroom. But I managed to get the box open and get my words out. She turned into a girl again, and said, “It’s so pretty!” in her sweet voice that she reserves for certain phone calls, like my mom’s.
At any rate, she said yes, and everyone clapped. Then we took care of the important stuff, like the awesome desserts they brought out for us.
A PhotoPass photographer was there as part of the package, so we have about a hundred pictures from the time they brought out the platter until we started eating the desserts.
The proposal at Cinderella Castle was everything I hoped for and more! The Glass Slipper Engagement Package was totally worth it, based on what we got-preferred seating, the Glass Slipper on a bed of rose petals, two champagne flutes, and the desserts. I recommend trying to get a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table about 30-45 minutes before Happily Ever After is scheduled-you won’t be sorry!