My girlfriend, now fiancé, and I have been together for four years now and saying that Disney has been a huge part of our relationship would be a understatement.
Adriana and I first met during the sneak preview day at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for students attending the school in the fall. Instantly I could tell there was something special about her, mainly her love for Disney. Admittedly, when I first came down to Florida I had liked going to Disney but didn’t have as strong of a love for it as I have now.
Soon after school started we begun dating, and of course as any true Disney lover would do, our first dates were at Disney. Back then we didn’t have our seasonal passes, so we partook in a activity we refer to as ‘Resort Hopping’. Every Friday or Saturday we would make the 90 minute trek to Disney to explore Downtown Disney, grab dinner (90% of the time was at Bongos, Our favorite restaurant), and head to the resorts. We made our way around bay lake always ending up at the same location for fireworks, the Polynesian Resort.
There is something truly special about the Polynesian Resort at night. With a beautiful beach, plenty of lawn chairs to lay on, and perhaps the greatest view of the Wishes nighttime spectacular show, it is the perfect spot to snuggle up with your loved one and enjoy the amazing fireworks display. To me it always has been that sense of romance that has brought me back time and time again to there, plus it doesn’t hurt you can grab a Dole Whip before the fireworks.
As time went on, we finally gave in to getting seasonal passes. Although our ‘Resort Hopping’ still remained our favorite pass time, we now made every weekend a visit to the parks. Every time we entered the parks we made sure to grab a pin, because there was always something to celebrate. In the three years we have had our seasonal passes, we have never had a dull moment in the parks. We challenged ourselves to eat at every restaurant on property, even though to this day we haven’t even covered a fraction of what Walt Disney World has to offer. We have conquered it all – from the Garbage Pail at Blizzard Beach to the Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream, and have seen everything from the closing of the old Snow White attraction to the opening of New Fantasyland. There has always been something new and exciting for us to try and see, especially during the Fall for the Food and Wine Festival and during the Spring for the Flower and Garden Festival.
After four years I finally felt it was time to pop the question, and Walt Disney World seemed like a natural location to do it. With the help of close friends I planned a night to never forget. We began with a feast of delicious meats at Fogo de Chão. With full stomachs, we headed to the parks for one last round of ‘Resort Hopping’ as a dating couple. The resort hop began at the Grand Floridian Resort, where ironically we passed the Wedding Pavilion on our way to do a tour at the brand new DVC resort. After the tour of the beautiful 10 guest suite, we made our way to our final stop, the Polynesian. We grabbed drinks from the Tambu Lounge upstairs and walked out to the beach.
It was finally time, wishes had begun and I was nervously grasping onto the ring box in my pocket. Our friends stood behind us with cameras at the ready. I waited until I heard the final line ‘And all your wishes will come true’ upon which I got down on one knee and said “You know I love you, Adriana Emilia Osegueda will you marry me?” with a shocked face she said “Yes” as the final sequence of fireworks burst behind us. It was truly a magical night, at a magical place, for a magical event.
A special shout-out to our good friend and blogger Jason Mayhew and our friends for making our special day happen.
Stay tuned for updates as we plan our dream Disney Wedding!