Are you ready to pop the question at Disneyland—I’ve got the top spots to propose at Disneyland Resort. I love a good proposal story and can’t wait to hear yours too!
Disneyland is arguably one of the most romantic places on earth. It makes complete sense that you’d want to propose at a place that is simply is so magical and happy. Keep reading for more tips to help your Disneyland proposal go down in history.
Best Disneyland Proposal Spots Quick List
Here’s the quick list of best Disneyland proposal spots:
- Mickey Floral
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
- Snow White’s Wishing Well
- Minnie Mouse’s Wishing Well
- Disneyland Railroad
- Walt Disney’s Apartment
- Mark Twain River Boat
- During Fireworks
- When You Meet Mickey Mouse
- City Hall
- Partners Statue
- And They Lived Happily Ever After
- Pixar Pal-A-Round
- Blue Bayou
- Carthay Circle
- Downtown Disney
- Napa Rose
Keep reading for exact details on what makes this a top proposal spot and how to pull off the perfect surprise.
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Disneyland Proposal Prep
I’m sure by now you’ve done plenty of ring shopping together and have the perfect piece picked out. Remember you will have to go through security before entering Disneyland Resort.
Engagement rings shouldn’t go off in a metal detector, so make sure you keep that ring on your person, because all bags will be searched.
You’ll also want to make sure you know what’s happening at the Disneyland Resort during your visit. I’ve mapped out the biggest events throughout the year in my planning guide here.
And if you’re planning to get help from any of your entourage, make sure they have all the details beforehand and know how to keep a secret! Get discount tickets for you and your soon-to-be-fiance here.
Here’s a full list of prohibited items at Disneyland just to be on the safe side. They also won’t let you dress in costume, so keep that out of your plans.
Don’t forget to have a back up plan. Rides are closed, fireworks get canceled and other random things can happen, so it’s always best to have back-up plan. With my list of Disneyland proposal spots, you’re sure to have a few good choices! Your top choice might depend on your style as a couple, what kind of Disney characters are special to you, or if you’re just in it for the pure romance aspect. There is something to fit every couple getting engaged at Disneyland.
I listed the top spots to propose at Disneyland above, and now we’ll go through the list in detail.
Propose at Disneyland’s Mickey Floral
The Mickey floral can be found right inside the gates. Why wait a moment longer? Stop at the Mickey floral arrangement right as you walk in the gate. You can wait in line for a Disney PhotoPass photographer and get it all captured on camera. Everyone who purchases Disney Genie+ also gets free Disney PhotoPass downloads!
Can you see your proposal happening right here?
Propose at Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle is where you have plenty of options. Propose right in front of the castle for everyone to see, or sneak off to the left side near Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. You can even go inside sleeping beauty Castle for the walkthrough tour, however it’s a little dark in there and can become crowded with other guests.
There are plenty of PhotoPass photographers ready to snap all your photos in front of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
“My fiance proposed to me under the castle. My parents and our son were there to enjoy that moment with us. The CM photographer took pictures when it happened and took us aside after to take a mini engagement session.” -Yajaira A.
Propose at Disneyland’s Wishing Well
Snow White’s Wishing Well which is just off to the right side of the castle. You can get beautiful photos here and make a wish! The pathway to the well also makes such a gorgeous proposal spot.
There is also a wishing well in Mickey’s Toontown to the side of Minnie’s House that might be a less crowded spot, but equally as photo-worthy!
Propose aboard Disneyland’s Railroad
For Disney history lovers, the Disneyland Railroad is an essential part of the Disney story. Walt not only loved trains, he also commissioned a private car in honor of his wife.
The Lilly Belle car isn’t always open to the public and I haven’t seen it open since pre-closure dates. However, the regular Railroad cars are open and you can always get down on one knee during stops around the park. Should the Lilly Belle become available again, I suggest making plans to be there for your proposal.
Maggie A. had this experience to remember forever, “My husband proposed to me on a private ride on the Lilly Belle. Early in the day he asked a Cast Member for help for the ‘perfect’ spot to propose she said she could help arrange the private ride. When we pulled into Toon Town, he got down on one knee and asked if I would have an annual pass with him forever! Of course I said yes.”
Propose inside Walt’s Apartment
Walt’s Main Street Story is another special and romantic option because you’ll get to see places normally off-limits to the general public. Read my review of this tour here. There’s one spot at the end of the tour when you’ll get photos in Walt’s apartment. That’s your cue to pop the question in front of a very small group, in a very intimate space at Disneyland.
Alicia G. adds, “My husband proposed at Disneyland in 2005. We did the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour and were able to go into the lobby of Club 33 and take a picture in the elevator. The tour guide took the picture of my husband proposing inside the elevator! I was so surprised and thrilled, it was truly a magical experience. The engagement ring also came Disneyland from the now closed estate jewelry store in New Orleans Square because my husband is amazing and knows my love of Disney!”
Since she mentioned it, let’s just dive into Club 33 for a minute. I’ve dined there a couple times but it’s not open to the public and you must know a member to get in. Read about my Club 33 visit here. If by chance you have access to Club 33, it’s worth noting that spot for a Disneyland proposal as well.
Propose aboard Disneyland’s River Boat
The Mark Twain River Boat is super romantic and departs for a trip along Rivers of America several times per day. Up the ante and take a sunset trip for your proposal.
There are lots of gorgeous views, private nooks and perfect proposal spots. I suggest taking a stroll around together until you find the best spot for you.
Propose during Disneyland’s Fireworks
During Fireworks or right after just adds to the romance of a magical Disneyland proposal. Find a spot near the castle, on Main Street, U.S.A., near “it’s a small world” or Rivers of America.
The latter two tend to be less crowded, especially on nights when Fantasmic isn’t running. See which fireworks are showing during your trip here.
Katie S. shares, “My husband proposed to my on main street during the fireworks show right when it started to snow and it was on my birthday (december 19th)! They almost cancelled the fireworks due to weather and he was so mad, which was not like him at all! Turns out he was planning on proposing at the Blue Bayou but we couldn’t get reservations so the fireworks were his backup plan. It was absolutely perfect to me!”
Another Disneyland fireworks love story shared by Kayli H. “My hubby proposed to me in Disneyland! Seriously the best moment of my life. Saying yes to the man I call my best friend! That was in 2008! Under the fireworks and surrounded by all our family. Disneyland made it even more magical.”
Propose at Disneyland with Mickey Mouse
Meet Mickey or your favorite Disney character and pop the question right there like Jamie’s husband did when he proposed in 2013. Jamie T. adds, “Not to mention this picture won us a 25k wedding from a bridal show/radio station lol!”
The best and most predictable spot to meet Mickey is in Mickey’s Toontown. You can also locate other character locations on the Disneyland app to make your proposal extra memorable.
Propose at Disneyland’s City Hall
Yes, there’s City Hall on Main Street, but I’m thinking of the City Hall backdrop in Mickey’s Toontown. Head right on up the steps nearby and have a little spot to yourself.
This is also a great place to have friends or family stationed at the bottom near the entry to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (about where I am standing for this photo) to take your pictures.
Propose at Disneyland’s Partners Statue
The Partners Statue is iconic. You know the one with Walt and Mickey with the castle in the background? Sarah C. agrees it’s the perfect Disneyland proposal spot, “My now hubby proposed to me over 11 years ago by the Walt and Mickey statue right in front of the castle.”
There is almost always a photographer stationed there and the landscaping around it adds a lovely touch.
Propose at Disneyland’s Happily Ever After
Inside Disney California Adventure Park is a hidden “And They Lived Happily Ever After” sign inside the Animation Building in Holloywood Land. It makes for the perfect backdrop.
There is lots to discover inside the Animation Building, so give yourself some time for that and then you’ll find this sign along the wall as you exit the building.
“I was proposed to in front of the ‘and they lived happily ever after’ sign in the Animation Academy” -Danielle L.
Propose on Disneyland’s Pixar Pal-A-Round
At Disney California Adventure Park, you’ll find the giant Ferris wheel, Pixar Pal-A-Round. You can propose either in front of it on the steps of Paradise Bay (which is usually pretty empty) or inside a private non-swinging gondola. Ask a cast member to have one all to yourselves and pop the question overlooking California Adventure.
Propose during Disneyland’s World of Color
This nighttime show exudes romance and reserving a perfectly romantic spot with a dessert party is the absolute way to go.
Walk up spots to view World of Color are also available but you’ll have less space. If you wait until World of Color is over, you’ll see most of the crowd clear out and you’ll have something like the photo below for a stunning, romantic background.
Propose at Disneyland’s Most Romantic Restaurants
There are so many romantic spots to propose at Disneyland Resort, but maybe you’d like something a little more private and out of the public eye. Choose one of these restaurants and make your reservations up to 60 days in advance via the Disneyland mobile app. More romantic spots and things to do in this date night at Disneyland article.
Blue Bayou. You know the one, it’s the restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t you just idolize everyone eating there when you float by? The dining area here is small so make sure you get those reservations in advance. When you check in, asked to be seated by the water for the ultimate romantic experience.
Carthay Circle at California Adventure. A stunning sit-down restaurant that is literally, above it all. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another place and time when you dine at this celebrated, Snow White inspired eatery. Read my full review on Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Napa Rose at the Grand Californian Hotel. And if you want to step it up a notch higher, make reservations at the chef counter. You won’t regret a night of fine dining at this beautiful venue, perfect for a proposal.
More Disneyland Proposal Ideas
More Disneyland proposal ideas!
- Enlist professional help from Disneyland itself! Check out how Disney can make the right package for you to propose.
- Involve the entire family! Rachel C. says, “After being separated for two years and coming back together after a family trip to Disneyland, my husband re-proposed to me in Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell.”
3. Hire a professional photographer to take engagement photos as it happens or even after-the-fact during a regular Disneyland day. More details on the photographers below.
4. Schedule a caricature in New Orleans Square. I even caught a proposal of happening during one of my many visits. They’ll draw a picture of you two, one asking the question, “will you marry me?” and the other with an empty speaking bubble until the answer is given.
They will post this sign “shhh, proposal in progress” so others won’t ruin the moment and spoil the surprise. After the picture is complete the artist will turn it around, giving you the chance to pop the question at Disneyland!
Disneyland Proposal Photographer
This photograph was completely un-staged and taken during a real, live proposal. Yes, it was even done during park operating hours! Keep reading to see why I recommend A&C Photography for your proposal (you can even save $25 by booking here).
First off, I highly recommend A&C Photography for any Disneyland photo sessions you need. I used them for my family photos a few years ago. A&C Photography really gives such a unique touch to Disneyland engagement sessions. They can be there to catch the full surprise from start to finish and provide beautifully edited images for you to cherish forever.
Disneyland Proposal Stories
Sarah F. “My husband proposed there! It was the last night of our trip. We had dressed up for dinner at the Napa Rose and he insisted on returning to the park in our nice clothes. I was actually mad at him that afternoon because it meant I couldn’t go on my favorite ride again (splash mountain) because walking around in wet heels at night sounded miserable. He convinced me it’d be worth it. We got a prime spot to watch the fireworks for the 50th anniversary (the theme was something like “wishes do come true”), just to the side of the Walt statue. During the fireworks finale as tinkerbell flew over the castle, he asked if I was ready for my wishes to come true, and dropped to one knee!”
Ellie B. “My husband proposed to me in front of the French Market overlooking the Rivers of America in April of 2007. He was planning to propose in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle but it was closed and his plan B was to propose during the fireworks but we got there and he was so anxious and excited to get it over with that he couldn’t wait that long. He was trying to get me to take a decent selfie of us while holding the ring box open next to me so that when I checked my camera I would see him holding the ring. I tried to take the picture about 3 or 4 times but I was just not getting the right angle and I kept cutting me and the ring out of the frame while he kept having to close and open the box one-handed so I wouldn’t catch on. Finally, a nice lady who saw me struggling and could tell what he was up to came over and offered to take our picture. She took it and handed me the camera while I looked at it in shock and tried to hold back tears. We were standing in the exact same place he had first asked me to be his girlfriend almost 4 years earlier. We married in April of 2008 and now we have two toddlers we love to share the magic of Disneyland with.”
My husband proposed to me in front of the wishing well, after I tossed a coin and made a wish. I’ve always loved the Seven Dwarfs, so it was perfect!” Vanessa G.
“My now-husband proposed to me in front of Snow White’s grotto in Disneyland in April 2013. I hadn’t been to Disneyland in a long time (and had never been with my husband at that point). We had arrived a bit later in the day then I wanted and as soon as we went through the gates I insisted we head right to Tomorrowland and get Fastpasses for Space Mountain. But his mother made us stop and take a picture in front of the castle. I literally grumbled the whole time. I then tugged on my husbands sleeve to drag him to Space Mountain and he was like “well let’s just maybe look around for a second??” So I grumbled and kinda tagged along behind him to the wishing well with a bad attitude. Once we got there we just kind of stood there (later he told me he just got really nervous). So eventually I suggested we at least make a wish in the well while we were there. And then that’s when he proposed. His mother and aunt were on the trip with us. But they stayed back so that we could “have a moment together”. A few feet away was a line to meet and greet with Belle. And her cast member friend yelled over at us “Well?!?! What did she say???” And I yelled back “I said yes!” The whole line of people (and Belle) started clapping. It was quite cute. It’s a nice spot if people are looking for recommendations! It was recommended to my husband by the check-in counter Cast Member at the Grand Californian when we checked in there before going to the parks.” -Tara G.
Now that it’s all said and done, go to one of the shops inside Disneyland Resort and get a free Happily Ever After button to begin the celebration! Do you have a Disneyland proposal story to share? We’d love to hear about it!