Disney World Proposal: The ultimate guide

A man putting a ring on a woman's finger

There is no better feeling than realizing that your loved one is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. When you know you want to propose, the next step is of course, deciding when and where to pop the question. 

If you have your heart set on asking your partner to marry you at Disney World, it may feel overwhelming. The Disney World parks cover a massive area of 950 acres, so where do you even begin to look when trying to find the perfect spot to share one of the most amazing moments of your life with your other half?

Never fear! We have done the research and have found the very best places to propose in Disney World. From the most iconic locations, to the most meaningful areas, and proposals that are a little bit different, you’re sure to get the imagination flowing and find the perfect spot to let your fairytale unfold.

Disney Proposal Ideas: Outdoors

If you’re hoping to pop the question to your sweetheart in the great outdoors, with the sun shining down on you (and making the ring look extra sparkly), then have a look at our top three favorite outdoor Disney World proposal spots where you can start the next chapter of your lives together.

Propose in the shade of the Tree of Life

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Where better to start the next part of your story together than under the wise gaze of the stunning Tree of Life at Disney World? A stunning, realistic sculpture of a Baobab tree, it took around 18 months to complete. Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, the tree was built to honor the circle of life, and everybody’s individual place within it, and symbolizes the beauty of our world. 

There are several top notch spots around the Tree of Life that are perfect for a proposal. You can choose to propose at the base of the tree at its South side, or head across the river for a stunning view of both the tree and the shimmering water in between. 

Propose in front of Cinderella’s castle

When people think about proposals at Disney World, often, the iconic Cinderella castle comes to mind. Head to Main Street for the most famous view of the castle, and be sure to have someone along who can catch the epic view on camera. There is no better way to kick-off your engagement to a magical start, underneath the soaring reaches of the pastel-hued turrets.

Main Street is just one of the locations where you can propose underneath the stunning castle. You can head to the water’s edge in Liberty Square for a beautiful side view, with the glimmering water beside you, or propose on the bridge that leads from the castle across to Liberty Square, which also offers an impressive view of the castle’s reflection in the water. Also, at the entrance of the castle, there are turrets on either side before the castle itself, which makes for a stunning extra element if you are planning on having any photos taken during the proposal. A Magic Kingdom proposal is certain to offer the kind of incredible memories both of you will remember forever.

Visit the Wishing Well

wishing well at disney world with castle in background

This is one of the most magical spots in the Disney Parks – a rustic and charming Wishing Well located close to Cinderella’s castle. Here, you can ask your partner to marry me with a view of the castle on one side, and the beautiful wishing well just beside you. For good luck, why not make a wish before you pop the question? 

Complete with a beautiful arch you can stand beneath with your sweetheart, elegant topiary on a balcony with a view over the water, columns, and even some ambient lighting if you visit in the evening, the atmosphere here is incredibly romantic, and perfect for asking for a hand in marriage.

Disney Proposal Spots: indoors 

If you don’t want to worry about the weather, or are just dreaming about asking in one of Disney’s magical indoor locations, then have a look at the following ideas for your indoor Disney World proposal.

Pop the question at the Haunted Mansion

Did you and your partner bond over scary movies? Looking for something different – a fantastic engagement story to tell? Why not get engaged inside the Haunted Mansion ride? This is our top pick if you are planning to propose on a ride, thanks to the incredible interior design and fantastically spooky atmosphere. 

You can either propose somewhere along the way to the ride itself, with a backdrop of ghouls and ghosts, or wait until you are on the ride to pop the question. Why not wait until the big drop, and maybe even catch it on the ride’s camera?

Propose in one of Disney’s romantic restaurants

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Disney World is famous around the world not only for its attractions and rides, but for its incredible dining experiences. There are endless opportunities to head inside to one of the park’s beautiful restaurants, including those just outside at the resorts. 

For a true fairytale beginning to your engagement, head to Cinderella’s Royal Table, and enjoy a delightful feast amongst sumptuous and decadent surroundings complete with ornate tapestries and stunning glass windows. Or head to the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland, for a delightful Beauty and the Beast themed proposal.You can do the classic of having the ring hidden in your loved one’s dessert, or simply ask for their hand whenever you are feeling ready – whatever you choose, the beautiful surroundings of these restaurants are sure to build a magical occasion for the pair of you.

For a stunning view, head to Topolinos at Riviera Resort. You could even take them out on the balcony, which offers stunning views over the parks and all their sights and attractions

Start the next chapter on one of your favorite rides

Die-hard Disney fans? Have an absolute favorite when it comes to the rides at the parks? Why not consider popping the question there, either on the ride or in front of it? Just like having a favorite song, having a favorite ride is something you have bonded over, and if you find yourself coming back there time and time again, the ride has a deeper meaning to you both than it might to others. 

Whether in front of the soaring heights of Expedition Everest, the gigantic guitar of the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, or whether out on safari at Animal Kingdom with a backdrop of elephants and giraffes, if you have a favorite ride or attraction that means something to the both of you, then that is a fantastic place to ask. 

Other ways to propose at Disney World

Though these are our absolute favorite and iconic spots where getting down on one knee is certain to be extraordinarily romantic, there are plenty more places where you can ask your loved one to marry you at Disney World. If you want to get creative, then have a look at the following proposal ideas.

  • In front of the Millenium Falcon 
millenium falcon at disney world

Perfect for Star Wars fans, your partner will feel as if they’ve been whisked away to float amongst the stars when you pop the question in front of the incredible, imposing Millenium Falcon. 

  • On a boat ride

Glide amongst shimmering waters in the Disney parks. There are plenty of opportunities to climb aboard a boat in Disney, including private hire of a vessel for just the two of you, or a boat that can carry a few of your friends and family if you were hoping to propose with your favorite people surrounding you. Get into the perfect location, perhaps with a view over the castle, and get ready to ask the big question.

  • In front of the fireworks 

The Disney World parks are renowned for putting on some of the most stunning fireworks displays around the world, and there are plenty of options when it comes to watching them – and proposing during them. You can either find a comfortable spot on the Polynesian beach at Seven Seas Lagoon, or even couple it with the boat ride idea for a truly momentous occasion. Furthemore, you can also get a fabulous view of the fireworks from the balcony of Topolinos, which we mentioned earlier in the article. Last but not least of our firework proposal suggestions, you could even book into a fireworks dessert party, which couples the beautiful illuminations with delectable sweet treats, in a prime position with a perfect view.

  • Involve your favorite character 

If you and your sweetheart have a favorite Disney character that you can find somewhere in the parks, why not get them involved in your engagement? Whether at dinner at one of the character dining restaurants, or by heading to a meet-and-greet and photoshoot in locations all over the parks, use our guide to finding characters at Disney World to help you plan ahead.

  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride

Nothing is more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride, reminiscent of  a slow, beautiful and winding journey through the parks. Available at Fort Wilderness and the Port Orleans area, enjoy a whimsical ride complete against a soundtrack of the rhythmic clatter of hoofbeats, and choose the perfect moment to pull out the little box as you nestle against each other.

  • Propose around the world

Where in the world would you like to propose? Head to Epcot at Disney World for a huge range of incredible international landmarks and stunning, themed areas, perfect for a romantic stroll to see the whole world in just a few moments. Pop the question surrounded by the beautiful mosaics in Morocco, head to romantic Italy, or pause on the bridge between International Gateway and France, where you can get down on one knee beneath the Eiffel Tower. In Epcot, there is no end to stunning proposal locations.

  • On safari

Considering an Animal Kingdom proposal? Why not pop the big question whilst on a wild safari. With an incredible backdrop of all your favorite animals, including giraffes, elephants and lions, this is sure to begin the wild ride of your next chapters together. If your partner has an animal they love more than anything in the world, why not hop on safari and wait until they can be a part of this special occasion?

Best way to propose at Disney World

If you are nervous about popping the question, it is a good idea to plan ahead to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible. However, there is such a thing as overplanning, and things may change at the last second. The best thing is to keep calm, go with the flow, and take the opportunity when it feels right to you. 

As you are planning your Disney World proposal, keep in mind your partner’s personality. Would they prefer the proposal to be in a quiet, secluded location, or would they not mind if others are around, for example in front of the castle on main street? Do you think they would be disappointed if there are no photos and videos of the event? Would they like their family and friends to be involved, or would they prefer to be alone with just you? Do you think they would like to celebrate straight away, for example, with restaurant reservations?

Stay in a luxury villa for your proposal

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If you want to make the whole experience even more magical, then make sure you have an incredible, luxurious property to come home to, where you can let the celebrations unfold once the question has been asked. Whether you have friends and family who are part of the momentous occasion, or need a smaller property, such as an apartment just for the two of you, we have a gigantic range of available vacation homes in Orlando, close to the Disney World parks. 

Think private movie theaters, games rooms, and incredible indoor and outdoor swimming pools, where you can fill the hours not spent at the parks with fun, laughter, and building new memories. A luxury vacation home is the perfect way to build a vacation that the two of you will remember forever.

Remember, your Disney proposal doesn’t have to be in the absolutely picture-perfect spot, and there is no such thing as a perfect time. It just has to feel right for both yourself and your partner. Don’t worry about the small things, and instead focus on the big picture – that you’re asking your best friend to share your life with you forever. No matter how you ask, or where, it is sure to be magical if it is infused with love.

We hope you have enjoyed our suggested Disney World proposal spots, and have found a few places you might like to ask your partner to marry you. We wish you all the best as you start your proposal planning.