Disney is a place where magic is made every single day for those young and old. It is one of the most popular places to get engaged as well! What Disney fan hasn’t dreamt of being proposed to on the steps of Cinderellas Castle. Earlier this month Disneys PhotoPass photographer team, Disney’s Customer Experience Team, and the help of family and friends Dave created a surprise proposal at Magic Kingdom for his girlfriend Kristy.
Watch the magical surprise here:
Here their love story here as written by Dave himself:
“Kristy and I met through mutual friends and have been together since October 2016. We have always been spontaneous and taken trips on a whim since our schedules work out great together. She’s a weekend Surgical Intensive Care nurse and I am a fireman so we have a good bit of time off together. We’ve been pass holders for an almost a year when this trip happened. We live about 5 hours away in a small town in Georgia. We’ve taken as many trips as we could squeeze in and afford while being pass holders. They expired a week ago and were not renewing for a few years.
Kristy had a girls trip planned for the week on February 3rd until 7th. On February 1st I texted her sister in law and asked if it would be frowned upon if I crashed their girls trip. Her response was “absolutely unless you propose”. I replied with “well that was the plan”. I immediately got a phone call from her ecstatic and wanting to help plan it. Her mom also text me and wanted in on the planning and asking how I was going to do it. Her other sis in law was made aware of the situation and she was also all for it. I had eye surgery the week before(LASIK) and Kristy had absolutely no idea I was planning on coming. She thought I was unable to make the drive even if I wanted.
Well, the morning I drove down, I stayed in contact with her and made sure she didn’t suspect anything. She had absolutely no clue. I had to get a room under a separate email address and credit card (All-Star movies) so it wouldn’t show up in the Disney App she also uses. They stayed at the Pop Century resort. I arrive at the resort around 1:15 pm and checked in. I dropped my luggage off and made my way to Magic Kingdom. I stayed in constant contact with her mom to let her know where I wanted to do it and around about what time I would be there. After driving to the park, taking the monorail and tram to the park, I let her mom know and they were in the fast pass line for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train so I had to hurry and get something set up. I didn’t preplan anything with Disney and figured I could get it worked out when I got there. I walked to the customer experience team on Main street. I talked to Brandon there and told him what I was wanting to do and asked if a PhotoPass photographer was on the side of the castle so I could catch them walking back from Mine Train and surprise her and have pictures taken. He started making phone calls and said the photographer that’s usually there wasn’t and won’t be for a little while. At that time another CM walked up, Tony, and asked what was going on and we talked about it for a minute and Brandon made another phone call. He explained to someone on the phone what was going on and about 2 minutes later Giovanni, a PhotoPass photographer walked up and asked what and where I wanted to do it. I was told id have him for the next 20 minutes to myself. I told Kristy’s Mom to call me to set up the spot. She went into a bathroom and called me and I explained to her to go to Main Street and what the PhotoPass photographer looked like so she could find him. Afterward, I was told she had a hard time convincing Kristy(the only Passholder, and only one whos been so much they call her the “tour guide”) why they needed to go to Main Street. She used the excuse to go shopping after the Starbucks excuse failed.
During this time, Brandon left and got a pair of wedding Mickey ears from the nearby emporium store. I showed Giovanni a picture that was on my app from earlier in the day of my girlfriend and her family so he knew what they looked like. He then took position next to one of the gardens on main street and got the right angles and lighting read for the best pictures. I then hid behind one of the concrete post in the garden. Giovanni started looking for Kristy and her family and once he spotted them, he approached them and suggested taking some pictures. He then took some and kept moving them closer to the garden to take more. Tony then stood close by and let me know when the girls were there taking pictures. After they took a few pictures I ran up and grabbed her arm. The video and pictures shows what happened next. After the photographer took a ton of pictures, Brandon came up to give Kristy her wedding ears. Tony also gave us a certificate to get the ears embroidered for free. Everyone was so excited and happy. I gave each and every cast member that was involved a hug and thanked them over and over for making this a possibility. It was such an amazing time. At this time, an older cast member walks up, talks to us, takes a picture with his cell phone and give us fastpasses for the entire party for any attraction at any time. The whole experience was magical and awesome and I feel they all went above and beyond to make this happen. Kristy was so excited and surprised. She had absolutely no idea I was there.”
Take a look at the photos below of the whole experience!
We wish Dave and Kristy years of magic and happiness! We can’t wait to hear all about their wedding and future!
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