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GoofyinNYC
03-21-2005, 11:26 AM
I am new to these boards, please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong place. I am hopeless!

I am going to Disney in October with my girlfriend of 5 years. This is my first time going to WDW ever in my life. It is her millionth time I would say! She always wanted me to go and she is taking me for my 30th birthday and her 25th.

Here is the dilemma. I want to propose. I want to surprise her. However, I think it will be difficult to pull off a surprise. Everything is in her name: airflight, hotel, etc. I am a newbie to Disney and do not know what to plan, where to go, etc. I want to make it so special for her. Does Disney do anything for special events? How would I go about telling them my plans without her knowing?

I have so many questions I don't know where to start. We are staying at the Coronado Resort. That's pretty much all I know. She gave me pictures of hotels and let me decide!

PLEASE HELP!! Thanks!

WL Fan
03-21-2005, 11:34 AM
How Exciting! What a great place to propose, especially since it's obviously someplace she is especially fond of. I'd keep talking to her about where her favorite place to eat is, what ride she really enjoys, her favorite nighttime spot (how about proposing during Wishes?, it's the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom). If you know where you're staying, I'd call down to the hotel and ask for a little help, I'm sure they'd be glad to help however they could.

How sweet! :love:

athenna
03-21-2005, 11:37 AM
Oh how wonderful!
That is so romantic :love:
I know when my bf eventually proposes (hurry up already :rotfl: ) that he has the common sense to propose at WDW :)
If I was home, I'm at work, I'd look this info up for you. I have a book about romance at WDW and I'm pretty sure it has ideas for proposals. When I get home tonight I'll grab the book and see if I have any ideas for you.
FYI..The book is called WDW for couples by Rick & Gail Perlmutter. I bought it at Amazon.com.
Hope this helps a little for now!

GoofyinNYC
03-21-2005, 11:50 AM
She always said she didn't care where or when it happend or what sort of ring I had. She would marry me no matter what. I love her for that, but it also gives me incentive to make it super special for her.
I just DO NOT want her to find out. That is my biggest fear!!

heathers4um
03-21-2005, 12:04 PM
OK...YOU are the MAN! First of all, let me congratulate you on your impending engagement! Next, let me inform you that there are a ton of options. All you have to do is enlist the help of any one of the CM's and ask how to make this the Magical Memory of her lifetime...like it wouldn't be anyway!! What do you have in mind? Things like proposing in front of the Castle (or in one of the lovely gardens surrounding it) holding a glass slipper come to my mind, or what about trying to be a Grand Marshall during one of the parades where you are announced to the crowds as you pass by...maybe as a "newly engaged couple"? My mind is spinning with ideas...but since this isn't MY engagement (shucks!), let me see if I can give you some USEFUL advice!! :)
Iwould start at Guest Relations...if they can't help to do something special, they can direct you to who can!

Guest Relations - 407-824-4321

Please let us know how you make out! Good Luck...sending Pixie Dust your way!!!

GoofyinNYC
03-21-2005, 12:05 PM
How Exciting! What a great place to propose, especially since it's obviously someplace she is especially fond of. I'd keep talking to her about where her favorite place to eat is, what ride she really enjoys, her favorite nighttime spot (how about proposing during Wishes?, it's the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom). If you know where you're staying, I'd call down to the hotel and ask for a little help, I'm sure they'd be glad to help however they could.

How sweet! :love:
I read somewhere about calling the hotel and notifying them of special occasions. What do they do exactly? Also, since everything is in her name, can I call? Will it be on the computer screen when our reservation pops up?

Brian Noble
03-21-2005, 03:04 PM
Give these folks a call:

http://www.giftsofalifetime.com/

You tell them about her, and they help you plan something fabulous. I haven't used them yet, but now that you mention it, DW and I *are* planning a tentative anniversary trip...perhaps I should give them a call.

MrsJ Henry
03-21-2005, 09:28 PM
I would pick a restaurant that you would like to purpose at.. call and make a priority seating for this restaurant, tell them your plans. This will be in YOUR name and you will have the Confirmation number so she won't know anything about it. :goodvibes
The restaurant WILL do something special and WILL help you. ( I think they live for this kind of stuff since they all do such a good job with it!)
I would then also call your resort when you are out and about that day/evening and let them know... They will send up balloons etc.... They have done this for our anniversary.

Another option...... purpose during WISHES!! That is the most emotion filled event ( my husband had tears in his eyes) That would be very romantic!!!! :lovestruc

MrsJ Henry
03-21-2005, 09:32 PM
I read somewhere about calling the hotel and notifying them of special occasions. What do they do exactly? Also, since everything is in her name, can I call? Will it be on the computer screen when our reservation pops up?

Be careful of this.... It will be noted on your reservation. Even if it says it is a secret etc.. I don't think I would want to risk it.

Like I said in the other post... I would call the resort after you get there or even stop down at the desk to let them know your plans.

We got balloons and a card signed by Mickey and Friends for our anniversary.

SleepingUgly
03-21-2005, 09:42 PM
I recently watched a show where the man took his girlfriend to Victoria and Albert's and dined at the Chef's Table. At the end of the meal, dessert was brought out, and hers was a ringbox on a platter. I thought that was kind of sweet.

Of course, if she is the kind who doesn't care about pretenses, I would think a simple proposal during a lovely, moonlight stroll on a beach would work. That would actually be quite lovely. Or if you're up to it, drop to one knee while waiting in a long line for a ride and propose in front of everybody around you. It would be even cooler if you could somehow talk with the park's guest services beforehand and they had a bunch of characters standing nearby, to make the moment extra special.

Good luck! I'm sure no matter how you propose, you will have a long and wonderful life together.

Linda

nanatink
03-22-2005, 08:24 AM
Another thing you may consider is a white chocolate cinderella slipper they will prepare for you at any of the GF restuarants. They can write on the plate marry me; usually they will put someones name on it. The cost is $14. Just call Disney dining and talk with them. princess:

A dream is a wish your heart makes. :love:

weluvpluto
03-22-2005, 08:33 AM
You might want to post this on the Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies, that board gets more "traffic" than this one, and I'm sure lots of people can give you advice how they popped the question!

Good Luck! :wizard:

elf
03-22-2005, 08:48 AM
I thought I read somewhere that at Cindrella's castle if you go for dinner and work it out with them, at dessert time they will bring out out a covered platter and when it's opened they have the ring in the glass slipper. Maybe do that and followed by wishes fireworks.

Proposing at the beach at Poly just after the fireworks was another suggestion somewhere but I would be leary because sometimes it's so crowded there.

ILoveWDW2003
03-22-2005, 08:48 AM
Give these folks a call:

http://www.giftsofalifetime.com/

You tell them about her, and they help you plan something fabulous. I haven't used them yet, but now that you mention it, DW and I *are* planning a tentative anniversary trip...perhaps I should give them a call. Jane and her Pixies are great - I have used them a few times - just be sure to give her enough lead time to prepare...and be patient - she is very busy!

Another romantic spot would be at a window seat in the California Grill during Wishes - I am sure the management would help you out.

S'sMom
03-22-2005, 01:25 PM
I say go for simple. That way you dont "have" to let anyone know and it can remain a secret.

Something like..

As you guys are walking in the Kingdom, go to the steps of the castle and tell her that you can "take a picture" of her in front of it. THEN ... Stop someone (YES a stranger) and ask them to take both of your picture while hinting to the stranger what you are about to do (Do it quickly!!, that way she wont be thinking anything except that you are begging someone to take the picture)

As you take the picture, tell the person ok just one more. Drop to your knee and ask in that instant. that way you will have a record of the moment.

Either way good luck to you. WDW is the most magical place to snag a bride. :banana:

Let us know how it goes. ANd also if you need anymore ideas just let me know. :cloud9:

I am new to these boards, please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong place. I am hopeless!

I am going to Disney in October with my girlfriend of 5 years. This is my first time going to WDW ever in my life. It is her millionth time I would say! She always wanted me to go and she is taking me for my 30th birthday and her 25th.

Here is the dilemma. I want to propose. I want to surprise her. However, I think it will be difficult to pull off a surprise. Everything is in her name: airflight, hotel, etc. I am a newbie to Disney and do not know what to plan, where to go, etc. I want to make it so special for her. Does Disney do anything for special events? How would I go about telling them my plans without her knowing?

I have so many questions I don't know where to start. We are staying at the Coronado Resort. That's pretty much all I know. She gave me pictures of hotels and let me decide!

PLEASE HELP!! Thanks!

heathers4um
03-22-2005, 01:30 PM
OMG...you HAVE to do the picture thing...and don't forget the Glass Slipper. You can buy them in the gift shop adjacent to the Bakery on Main Street!
Gee...I'm wishing I could be that stranger you stop to take your picture!!!

cm387
03-22-2005, 01:43 PM
my husband proposed to me at Chef Mickey's...he had worked it out with the Fairytale Wedding people and she coordinated it with the CM's at the restaurant...After Mickey got done doing his napkin dance and everyone and I mean everyone was watching him he came over to our table and sat down and asked my husband for an autograph book which was snuck to him on the sly and wrote in it "Angelo wants to know if you will marry him" and handed it to me. After I read it I looked at my husband and he got down on one knee and proposed. Everyone in the restaurant applauded when I said yes and they even treated us to a bottle of champagne...it was fun and boy was I surprised!! check with the wedding and honeymoon department...last I knew they had packages you could book...good luck!!!

Toadman99
03-22-2005, 02:15 PM
I don't think you gave an idea of how much you wanted to spend, but I suggest this:

- Book one night at the Grand Floridian in YOUR name for one night in the middle of your trip
- Book dinner at Victoria and Albert's (also at the GF) for the same night as your stay. They say the chef's table is wonderful, but I am thinking for an intimate dinner, go with the regular meal for just the two of you.

That gives you the setting - of course you could choose any resort you want. And, now that I think about it, V&A might be tricky because you have to dress up to go there - so arranging that as a surprise might be difficult.

But the idea is that you have a special place to spend your proposal night, and if you can book a really nice restaurant in the same resort, so much the better.

Be sure to let us know what you decide!

- Todd

monorailsilver
03-22-2005, 02:22 PM
My husband did a simple proposal for me at WDW.

I am glad he did it that way then doing all the bells & whistles since we are quite folks.

Luckily for him, he had been to the World 2 or 3 times prior with me so he knew a little about it.

He knew my favorite place was WDW (duh! Isn't that everyone's?) & he knew my favorite resort was the Polynesian. He remembered the Poly from the time we went before but he didn't remember everything about it.

We sat on a hammock waiting for the fireworks to start & he proposed. It was just us, no one knew, it was quiet & perfect & free (well not considering the cost of the Poly & the cost of the rock).

You can go all out or you can do it simple. Which ever way you think she'd like it done. I think however & wherever you do it, it will be special.

There are some quiet nooks & crannies through out the World too. Does she have a favorite ride, you can do it there (assuming it is not the Tower of Terror or Space Mountain).

Good luck & congrats in advance.

Kerri

MrsJ Henry
03-22-2005, 05:02 PM
I LOVE the idea of asking someone to take your picture in fornt of the castel. I also love the idea of Mickey helping out!!!!!

I'm so excited for you. Please let us know what you decide to do and what happens :) :lovestruc

NUHuskies#1
03-22-2005, 05:11 PM
When my family and I have eaten at Chef Mickey's (which is just about every visit-my kids love it) I witnessed a marriage proposal so I think they kind of do it regularly! Give Disney Dining a call at 407-wdw-dine and just put the PS (priority seating ) in your name. She'll be none the wiser. Best wishes to you and she!

sherry8253
03-22-2005, 07:02 PM
I think Disney helps with this kind of thing. A year or so ago Cass posted something about a treasure hunt that was put together for her daughter. I bet if you PM her she would be glad to get you in touch with the right folks at Disney who would help make this special.

eeyore45
03-22-2005, 09:06 PM
What Heather's said:

Guest Relations - 407-824-4321

Please let us know how you make out! Good Luck...sending Pixie Dust your way!!!

Also do consider posting this question on the other board also, I do remember it being posted/asked before!! Wishes is a magical firework show, I would think you'd want to give her/pop the question before that, and just stand before the castle watch the fireworks and listen to "Wishes" Wishes...

Guest relations is sure to be helpful as this is a magical place!! I'm sure much of it depends on how much you want to spend (GIfts of a Lifetime can be expensive, but they can send you on a scavenger hunt, or help you with any other ideas you want to work with!) and how public you want it to be! Private - the Fort Wilderness has a carriage ride as does Port Orleans, around $30 as opposed to borrowing Cinderella's carriage,f or around $2400!!

Good Luck, but definately think about swinging around to the Grand Floridian and check out the Wedding Pavillion, and if you dont eat at the Grand Floridian you should at least make an order from their bakery to pick up to go (they mentioned the chocolate slippers, they're wonderful, if you do a search others have posted pictures of them, if you eat at the Grand FLoridian they will bring it to your table on a decorated plate! They also have wonderful chocolate dipped strawberries, decked in 'tuxedos' w/ a white Mickey Mouse... all at the Grand FLoridian...)

The possiblities are endless!! :) The Lua at the Polynesian, the Contemporary Rest, overlooking the Fireworks/Wishes...

GoofyinNYC
03-24-2005, 03:02 PM
Since I have posted in two different areas (not the brightest person). I have gotten so many ideas, all with their own pros and cons.
As I said before my girlfriend has always said she does not care where or when I propose or what kind of ring I have she will marry me no matter what.
I am sorry I have left you all hanging and I did not intend to do so. I just honeslty have not had the time to check in. I have read all the responses. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!
I doubt I am going to bring the ring with us on the trip. We fly out of NYC and with the random searches I don't want to take the chance of the great people at LaGuardia or JFK ruining the surprise. I am thinking I will bring a picture of the ring instead. Cheesy, yes maybe. But this will also ensure her not finding the ring in one of my bags or something.
I looked into Giftsofalifetime.com. This idea will not pan out either because they require a deposit. She balances my checkbook and pays my credit cards. Apparently, I do not know how to balance a checkbook! I love her though! She would find it very odd if I started paying the bills.
I love the castle story and she would love it in the moment. I could see her turning beet red though and she would HATE any picture we took. To put it in perspective, she hates when we go out for her birthday and the waiters and waitresses sing Happy Birthday. She tells me EVERY year not to do it and yet every year I do it! She may have to get over it. I would like to videotape it too, if I could somehow.
One of the ideas she LOVES (no I didn't tell her) actually showed up on this board. One of her best friends got engaged at California Grill in 1996/1997 (?) at the California Grill with the fireworks going off. The ONLY reason I don't want to do that, because we know the couple that orginated it, you know?
Although I have many ideas, I have no plans as of yet, but please keep them coming! I want to do it early in the vacation so i will not be sweating it out and she will not stumble upon it. I want it to be so special for her but I do not want her to feel embarrassed. I want it to be magical and special, but most of all I want her to say yes and smile every time she thinks of it!
Thank you all once again!

heathers4um
03-24-2005, 03:12 PM
Be careful there, Goofy....one of us will accept before she has the chance to!!! LOL! :love:
I am sure that whatever you decide to do, it will be the perfect way for her! And you may even just know at that moment without all the fuss. Good luck to you...please post the thread to let us all know what you decided. We are all living vicariosly through you!! :goodvibes

heathers4um
03-24-2005, 03:28 PM
Ok...here I am again. Sorry, but I just remembered that you are going to be staying at CS, and I saw that they have something on that property called a "Fountain of the Doves". The website says it is colorful and beautiful, although I don't see a pic. Hmmmm...maybe a moonlit stroll, just the 2 of you to the fountain....what sounds more romantic than a "Fountain of the Doves"??? Maybe there's someone out there who can tell you what it's like...someone who has seen it in person? That's a quiet alternative to something that may embarrass her with a lot of bells and whistles, and it's something you can always re-live when you go back there! Just a thought!