Proposing in Disney World Outside the Parks

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If you are planning to propose to the love of your life at the Most Magical Place on Earth, then it will surely be the most magical moment of your lifetime. Of course, the most iconic place to pop the question is in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom — whether it’s first thing in the morning or during the most romantic moment of the Happily Ever After fireworks show. But what if you’re looking for a more unique proposal location outside the Disney theme parks?

We’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to proposing in Disney World outside the parks. Keep reading for more Disney World proposal ideas that will have your special someone saying “Yes!” and “I do” in no time.

Keep in mind that while none of these locations are completely private, they offer some seclusion from large crowds. These are excellent options if the love of your life doesn’t want all eyes on the both of you when you get engaged.

Disney Springs

While this isn’t considered a theme park, it may as well be. There is so much to see, eat, and experience at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. This place is bustling with life from morning to night. It may not come to mind when you first think of the perfect proposal location, but Disney Springs actually has a lot to offer.

Aside from popping the question alongside the springs of Disney Springs or at the waterfront, here are a few ideas of places you can ask the one you love to be yours forever.

Aerophile Hot Air Balloon

Go up, up, and away and fly off to Neverland…or at least, fly above all of Disney property on the Aerophile hot air balloon at Disney Springs. For a small fee, you and your other half can book a “spontaneous” ride in the Disney Springs hot air balloon. once you are high above the clouds, you’ll feel like you’re Aladdin and Jasmine flying over Agrabah on a magic carpet ride. In that moment, pop the question!

aerophile hot air balloon reopening day
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Amphicar at The Boathouse

The Boathouse offers amphicar rentals for Guests to take a ride in a car on the water. It’s one of the most activities in all of Walt Disney World. With a captain driving your amphicar all around Lake Buena Vista, you and your other half can relax in the back seat and take in the views (hopefully at sunset!). When the moment feels right, ask the million dollar question.

Disney’s PhotoPass Studio

While this isn’t the most romantic or scenic location, it can still be just as magical. Book a session for you and your partner at Disney’s PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs. They have plenty of backdrops to choose from, and this way you will have that perfect moment captured beautifully by a Disney PhotoPass photographer.

Disney Resorts

Disney Resorts
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Remember: you don’t have to be staying at a Disney Resort hotel to visit, eat, or even get engaged there! Here is a list of amazing locations to ask your special someone to marry you.

Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney’s BoardWalk is one of the most beautiful locations on Disney World property. It offers the romantic waterfront environment and even evening views of the fireworks at EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can even pop the question during a sunny afternoon and then grab some ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery afterward, always a hit among Disney fans on a summer day! Or you can wait until the fireworks begin and when the timing is right, ask your loved one to marry you. Follow your heart, but this location is sure to be a hit.

Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

This is a lesser-known but very beautiful location on Disney property. If you are looking for a more secluded, quiet, and unique place to propose, we recommend the lighthouse at the Yacht Club. Take a stroll on the pier, pop the question, and then grab an unforgettable dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
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Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an amazing theme park for a proposal. But if you want to avoid crowds and still be in a similar environment, consider a proposal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This Disney resort hotel completely transports you — you don’t even feel like you are in Florida, and the only hint that you’re on Disney property is the hidden Mickeys! Head out to a savanna overlook to get engaged, and after your partner says yes, go grab a romantic dinner at Sanaa or Jiko.

The Beaches of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you’re dreaming of a tropical vacation but you still want some pixie dust, consider getting engaged on the beaches of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Pop the question, grab a Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai to celebrate, and chill out on a hammock enjoying each other’s company and savoring the moment.

Disney's polynesian village resort
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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Finally, we have to recommend the option of getting engaged overlooking the Happily Ever After fireworks on Cinderella Castle without actually being in Magic Kingdom. If you’ve always dreamed of a magical proposal, this is the one for you. Book dinner for two at California Grill, the rooftop dining location at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Walk out onto the terrace to watch the fireworks at night and ask the question there. There could be nothing better!

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