Top 5 Places to Propose at Walt Disney World

Although it is difficult to know exactly how many people have proposed to their significant other at Walt Disney World, it is likely that thousands of marriage proposals occur every year at the Walt Disney World resort. If you're looking for something a bit more unusual than popping the question in front of Cinderella Castle (a favorite place for many proposals) or during a memorable meal, here's five other options.

Characters in Flight Balloon
Disney Springs is home to a massive helium-filled Characters in Flight balloon that, for an additional fee, can take you on a ten-minute tethered "flight" high into the air. With a 360-degree view of the area attractions from a 400-foot height, this can be a memorable experience on an average day, and certainly a proposal that no one will forget (as long as neither of you is afraid of heights).

Fireworks Cruise
Fireworks over Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom Disney World Floridastephen searle / Alamy‚Äč

For an additional fee, and requiring advance booking, Disney offers fireworks cruises to view Wishes at the Magic Kingdom or Illuminations at Epcot. If you're looking for a way that is a little less obvious that something special is about to happen, or if you're saving your budget for the ring or the wedding, time your trip at the Magic Kingdom so that you are on the free Walt Disney World ferry leaving or heading towards the Magic Kingdom during the nightly fireworks. You'll have a great view of the fireworks from the upper level of the boat and can relive the engagement experience the next time you visit the Magic Kingdom.

Carriage Ride at Fort Wilderness or Port Orleans
Carriage rides have often been romantic settings for marriage proposals. At Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans, private carriage rides are available in the evenings for an additional fee. Afterwards, catch fireworks on the beach at Fort Wilderness or take the boat to Disney Springs from Port Orleans for a celebratory meal or drink.

Haunted Mansion
Putting the death in "till death do us part", the Haunted Mansion has been a favorite attraction for decades. One of the most stunning scenes of the ride occurs in the attic, which is filled with wedding memorabilia from the ghost bride, Constance, and her multiple weddings. If your significant other has a slightly twisted sense of humor, this may be the perfect place for you to propose. (As long as neither of you is an axe murderer like Constance, of course!)

World Showcase Pavilion
Italy pavilion and the American Adventure, World Showcase, Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida USABlaine Harrington III / Alamy

With 11 immersive country pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase, there's plenty of locations for a stunning backdrop when you pop the question. Whether you are strolling a side street in France, Morocco or the United Kingdom or wandering through the gardens in Canada, China or Japan or exploring other vistas in America, Italy, Germany, or Norway, there are many beautiful settings to propose. It might also spur ideas of where to go on your honeymoon.

Julia Mascardo is a freelance writer living the dream of being a neighbor to Walt Disney World. She is a frequent contributor to and has written several travel and tourism books.