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Old 08-08-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Disney Proposal help

Hello, I am looking for some help/tips from the Disney community. I will be heading to WDW in a little less than a year. At that time, I am thinking of proposing to my girlfriend. I'm sure this topic has come up in the past, but I would appreciate any ideas that you think would make the proposal unique and special.

I have a few thoughts already:
1. The castle during Wishes. Yes that would be special, but I feel that so many others have done that and I want our proposal to be unique.

2. @ the Polynesian on the beach. To me this seems like the best place because I could have the wishes fireworks in the background and it would be special for us. My concerns are that I want to have pictures/video taken; which makes it hard for a candid proposal.

3. The wishing well behind the castle. I could have her make a wish and then ask her which would be neat, but I kinda feel that it would be random and out of place.

Any ideas or tips would be a big help!
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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Congratulations and god luck !

All of your ideas seem great to me , however , I have a few more for you to consider .
- get a PS for the California Grill restaurant at the Contemporary resort for right before Wishes begins that night (call well ahead of time and tell them your plan and request a table with a good view) they pipe in the soundtrack and the view is incredible
- Characters in Flight balloon at DTD
- contact Guest services and see if they can help you get a character to assist you at a character meeting spot (this would work especially well with the Photopass photog right there to capture the moment )
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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You could do it at the Coral Reef. I believe you can still get the diver to have a personalized message. You can get a personalized menu. Call and see if those are available. If they aren't or if you want a presonalized menu to remember the event, let me know and I'll see if I can find any of the restaurant menus and personalize it for you.
Also, the Disney bakery can make a special cake. It would be so cute to have a cake with a Cinderella slipper, then you could slip the ring into the slipper at the table. Be sure to let the restaurant know what you're planning.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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Reading your list, I love all the ideas.

I think the park during is a nice idea, but it may not be the most personal moment because everyone's going to be around.

Personally, I love the beach at the Poly. Wishes there is very lovely and different experience from being in the park. There are plenty of places along the beach where you two could sort of be off together. I thing the bench swings with the view of the castle might be lovely.

That said, I'm sure Disney has gotten requests for candid proposal shots before. I bet they could find a workaround for that or you could even have a friend do it? Or ask someone who is there to watch?

You might also want to consider having the actual proposal moment be personal between the two of you and then doing pictures after. Trust me, that moment will be magic for a good long time after.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:08 PM   #5
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Just a thought...

How about asking to take a tour of the wedding chappel at the Grand Floridian, then pop the question there? We didn't get an official tour, but we were eating at 1900 Park Fair and walked over to the chappel (no wedding was going on). We were able to go in and look (asked CM who was close by and she said no problem) and it was beautiful. Propose at the alter, then have them snap some pics of you. It's amazing.
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Hello, I am looking for some help/tips from the Disney community. I will be heading to WDW in a little less than a year. At that time, I am thinking of proposing to my girlfriend. I'm sure this topic has come up in the past, but I would appreciate any ideas that you think would make the proposal unique and special.

I have a few thoughts already:
1. The castle during Wishes. Yes that would be special, but I feel that so many others have done that and I want our proposal to be unique.

2. @ the Polynesian on the beach. To me this seems like the best place because I could have the wishes fireworks in the background and it would be special for us. My concerns are that I want to have pictures/video taken; which makes it hard for a candid proposal.

3. The wishing well behind the castle. I could have her make a wish and then ask her which would be neat, but I kinda feel that it would be random and out of place.

Any ideas or tips would be a big help!
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I don't have a lot of help, but I would suggest posting the same question right here: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55

It is the Wedding and Honeymoon forum.

Oh and to the DISboards, and good luck with the proposal.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:16 PM   #7
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I don't know if money is an option, but I was reading a thread on the Gifts of a Lifetime (I think that is what it was called). You fill out a questionnaire. They can do like a little scavenger hunt or whatever you might like. They can help you plan it out and execute it. I don't have much else. Sorry. I may be female, but I am so not creative at stuff like this. Good luck and how very cool
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:22 PM   #8
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Put it on her finger during the HM ride. That way when she starts screaming and crying she'll be in character and enhance the mood for everyone else
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:24 PM   #9
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Whatever your plans end up being, if you think you'll need help from Disney staff, definitely call and ask! They're usually able and willing to assist.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:30 PM   #10
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This is what my DH did:

We were at MK - stayed for fireworks, parade, etc... He didn't want to leave right away and I figured it was because he didn't want to deal with the mass exodus at closing. So we just hung around by the Partners statue for a while (back when they had benches) and watched people go by. We helped families take photos infront of the castle for a while. I couldn't figure out what was going on until the area finally cleared out and a CM that had been in the area came up and asked for our camera to get a picture of us at the castle/statue. DH knelt down on one knee and asked my to marry him. The castle was lit from the "kiss goodnight" and it was perfect. It wasn't a big production or cost any extra money - just simple and sweet.

12 years later we still stop there every trip and have a picture taken, now with both of our kids in the pic as well.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:38 PM   #11
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This is what my DH did:

We were at MK - stayed for fireworks, parade, etc... He didn't want to leave right away and I figured it was because he didn't want to deal with the mass exodus at closing. So we just hung around by the Partners statue for a while (back when they had benches) and watched people go by. We helped families take photos infront of the castle for a while. I couldn't figure out what was going on until the area finally cleared out and a CM that had been in the area came up and asked for our camera to get a picture of us at the castle/statue. DH knelt down on one knee and asked my to marry him. The castle was lit from the "kiss goodnight" and it was perfect. It wasn't a big production or cost any extra money - just simple and sweet.

12 years later we still stop there every trip and have a picture taken, now with both of our kids in the pic as well.

That is so sweet!
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:08 PM   #12
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If money is a lesser concern:
Take her to Victoria & Albert, a most romantic setting with phenomenal food.

My h took me to a romantic restaurant (not at Disney) - Asian food, French service. He typed up a fortune cookie fortune that said "Will you marry me?" and stuffed two cookies with a copy. (They didn't serve fortune cookies, but I didn't know that!) The waiter brought the cookies out in a black lacquered box and opened it. The cookies were sitting on red velvet. I opened the cookie, said yes, and the staff brought out the champagne.

I'm sure V&A's staff could assist you with something like this.
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This is what my DH did:

We were at MK - stayed for fireworks, parade, etc... He didn't want to leave right away and I figured it was because he didn't want to deal with the mass exodus at closing. So we just hung around by the Partners statue for a while (back when they had benches) and watched people go by. We helped families take photos infront of the castle for a while. I couldn't figure out what was going on until the area finally cleared out and a CM that had been in the area came up and asked for our camera to get a picture of us at the castle/statue. DH knelt down on one knee and asked my to marry him. The castle was lit from the "kiss goodnight" and it was perfect. It wasn't a big production or cost any extra money - just simple and sweet.

12 years later we still stop there every trip and have a picture taken, now with both of our kids in the pic as well.
Awwww!!! That got me a little misty-eyed!

(I have been known to cry at iPhone commercials, though...)

OP, my only suggestion is don't underestimate simple ideas. I really like your wishing well plan because then that would always be a special spot for the 2 of you.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:27 PM   #14
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Before I read your idea for the Poly beach, that's exactly what I would have suggested. Maybe get a couple of fruity drinks from the bar (can you bring those outside?) and get there early so you can maybe snag one of the hammocks...or at least a lunge chair. Hang out, sip, talk and then propose during Wishes. I'm a low key kind of person, though, but this would be my suggestion.

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I like the V&As idea. Especially if you book the Chef's Table and you can work with those chefs ahead of time. I bet they can add the ring into the meal in a very romantic way!

Where are her favorite places? I love the WS at dusk (walking around with a cocktail is heaven to me), so that would be something I would find special. Tell her to pretend she's at Disney and ask what is she doing - that will give you a good idea of what she finds special at WDW. GL!
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