This is our Walt Disney World engagement story from November 2007. We got engaged on the beach of the Polynesian Resort during the Holiday Wishes! fireworks. If you’re planning a surprise proposal at Walt Disney World, hopefully this story can serve as some inspiration for you!
I began planning how I would propose to Sarah prior to our August 2007 trip. I knew I wanted to do it at Walt Disney World, and I knew around Christmas-time would be perfect (as that would mark being together for two years). I hardly had to push with a suggestion for a Christmas Walt Disney World trip on our return from Walt Disney World in August. That really got the ball rolling. After the trip was set, I wrestled with some ideas in my head, but had nothing fully solidified.
So upon returning, and giving it some more consideration, I decided to post in the WDWMagic forums. Since Sarah commonly lurked the forums, I decided to create an alias and post this thread.
You can read the history of my planning in that thread yourself, I will get down to brass tacks here. The process started the night before we left for Walt Disney World, when I voyaged into the one place no man should ever go: a woman’s closet. There, I sought to find a dress for Sarah to wear to dinner the following evening. I located what I needed, but left it there, knowing she would head into the closet again before we left and would suspect foul play if any of her clothing was misplaced.
The following morning right before we left, I went back upstairs to grab my backpack which I had “accidentally” left behind. While grabbing my bag, I slipped into her bedroom and quickly grabbed the dress and threw it in my bag. We were living in Valparaiso, Indiana at the time, so we had to take a series of our car, and trains and buses to get from Valparaiso to Chicago’s Midway airport. From there, we were off to Walt Disney World! (more…)