We here at TouringPlans strive to constantly give our readers everything you need to know in order to save time and money on your Disney vacation. On the blog you will find pieces such as Steve Bloom’s fascinating look at Pandora’s Effect on Walt Disney World, James Romeregy showed the pros and cons of Renting a Car at WDW, and Brian McNichols helped guide people to the Least Crowded Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Nights. Not to be outdone, the think tank over at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters have decided to finally take on the conundrum that faces all vacation planners: how exactly does one achieve the very best Disney vacation? Now, many inside-the-box thinkers go with the obvious answer, “Do The Things That Are Great.” Ride the best attractions, see the best shows, and eat at the most unique dining experiences. But to that we say Nay, Nay. Instead we are going to reverse engineer the problem by looking at all the truly awful ideas and explain to you Dear Reader, why you should not do them.
That, in a nutshell, is the raison d’être behind the Worst Theme Park Idea Ever series.
# 6 – The All- Star Resorts
There are a lot of romantic spots at various Disney resorts to pop the question, including at the top of Bay Lake Tower while watching fireworks at the Magic Kingdom or Kidani Village with the beautiful savannah as a back drop. But moments like that can be fleeting, and why start off a marriage in the hole? Show your would be bride that you are fiscally responsible by proposing marriage at one of the All-Star Resorts. Conveniently located in the middle of nowhere, the All-Stars provide many wonderful options to profess your undying – yet thrifty – love, including in front of the Herbie the Love Bug photo op at All-Star Movies.
# 5 – The McDonald’s BY the All-Star Resorts
Food and love go together like peas and carrots. However, do you know how long you have to plan out to make an ADR at one of those fancy schmancy places like Victoria & Alberts or Be Our Guest? Heck, you might not even want to be married by then! What place is always open and will surely have her “lovin’ it?” Why the McDonald’s by the All-Star Resorts of course! You may want to allow some extra wiggle room for prep time so that you can at least make sure all the trash is off the tables, because we’re here to create a once in a lifetime moment for her.
# 4 – Innoventions West
Marriage is about the future that two people will spend with each other, and where better to celebrate “the future” than in Epcot’s Future World? You’re going to want to keep this classy because again – it’s all about her today – so you need to eschew places like The Seas with Nemo and Friends or Mission: SPACE. Innoventions West with its cavernous hallways provide the perfect intimate experience to pull that “Yes” out of her. As a bonus, Innoventions is always filled with planters so your “florist” expense is also taken care of!
# 3 – The Leave A Legacy Monoliths
Spaceship Earth is a beacon of hope standing majestic in front of Epcot. The attraction’s storyline of communication throughout the history of mankind is both educational and entertaining. That said, you can’t communicate a wedding proposal to your significant other there because there are too many people around! However, just a few steps in front of Spaceship Earth are the Leave a Legacy monoliths, and these concrete slabs will allow you all the personal space you need for this once in a lifetime moment. If you really want to impress her, profess your love in front of the monolith which has the members of N*SYNC on it, or she may be telling you “Bye, bye, bye!”
# 2 – The Lost and Found outside the TTC
Traditionally, the purchaser of an engagement ring should be prepared to spend three months salary. Unfortunately, for many Millenials that money has already been spent on avocado toast and homemade Mickey ears off Etsy. PRO TIP: Outside of the Magic Kingdom, right next to the TTC, is the Lost & Found department. Here you can generally find exactly what you need for “the moment.”
# 1 – Disney Transport Center
In love with a true Disney hard core fan? Then its time to bring out the big guns. You want to make your significant other feel special. We’ve all seen a million pics of people proposing in front of Cinderella Castle. BEEN THERE. DONE THAT. Want to take the road less traveled? Then you need to head to the Speedway after the Magic Kingdom, and there – right next door – is the official Disney Transport station. You’ve seen the billboards about the “best kept secret at WDW” and we can assure you it’s not DVC, it’s this station. Here is where all the Disney Buses come to fill up. What a perfect place to fill up your special person’s heart.
Honorable Mention – The Electric Umbrella
Sometimes you just can’t please people. Some people are “high maintenance” and don’t understand or appreciate the hard work you’ve done in finding a truly original place in the Vacation Kingdom of the World to propose. There’s only one thing to do at that point. MOVE ON. This WDW Twitter has been doing a great job on spotlighting the work of Cast Members through their Cast Compliment program. We can tell you one thing better than a Cast Compliment though, and that’s a ring professing your love for a job well done.
So there you have it: The Worst Places to Propose at Walt Disney World! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).
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Special Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, “Professor” Daniel Miller of Drunk@Disney fame, the long suffering Carrie, Orlando Everyday‘s Caitlin Dineen, the intrepid 3 O’Clock Parade news team correspondent Ellen, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofball co-host Aengus Mackenzie , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.
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