Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings Introduction
An enchanting Cinderella-like wedding in Magic Kingdom, a safari-themed
reception in Disney's Animal Kingdom, a Hollywood extravaganza in
the courtyard of the Chinese Theater at Disney-MGM Studios, or international-themed
nuptials at Epcot are a reality with an "in-park" wedding program
at Walt Disney World Resort.
While some 2,000 couples march to matrimony every year at Walt Disney
World Resort, ceremonies traditionally have taken place in venues
outside the theme parks -- indoor and outdoor settings including
gazebos, gardens, Disney's Wedding Pavilion and elegant resort locations.
The sky is the limit for couples looking to stage unique, memorable
weddings through Disney's popular Theme Park Weddings -- and all
in the privacy of a park setting open only to the couple and their
"Through the years, hundreds of couples have requested to get married
in the theme parks," said Randy Garfield, executive vice president
of sales and travel operations, Walt Disney Attractions. "We have
expanded our offerings and designed a one-of-a-kind wedding program
to fulfill those special requests."
Weddings at Walt Disney World Resort's most famous venues are limited
only by the imagination of the couples. Here are several possibilities:
The romance of the fairy tale is captured as a bride arrives in
Cinderella's glass coach -- complete with costumed footman and six
white ponies -- dressed in a specially designed Cinderella gown.
A fairy tale majordomo carries the wedding rings to the altar in
Cinderella's glass slipper, and trumpeters herald the bride's entrance
with favorite Disney melodies. The couple exchanges vows in the Rose
Garden by Cinderella Castle. Guests are welcomed to a fantasy reception
at Cinderella's Royal Table or an enchanting outdoor celebration
amidst Cinderella's Golden Carrousel. The evening can end with a
custom fireworks display over Cinderella Castle.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Weddings are exotic at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and couples
can take their guests on an adventure into the wild with a safari-themed
reception at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.
Screaming fans and autograph hounds set the scene. The bride arrives
in a star motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard for an official handprint
ceremony at the Chinese Theater. A reception follows in the Great
Movie Ride attraction. The evening can end with "Sorcery in the Sky" fireworks
featuring a personalized pyro show. Couples can even "take the plunge" --
literally and figuratively -- on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Couples can choose from several venues around World Showcase --
The American Adventure, United Kingdom, France or Italy -- for an
international festival featuring specialized food and entertainment.
At The Living Seas, a 5.7-million-gallon tank featuring more than
200 varieties of sea life is the backdrop for couples.
Disney wedding specialists incorporate all the elements that go
into creating a fairy tale wedding -- floral, ceremony, entertainment,
cuisine, audiovisuals, photography, accommodations and theme park