An employee at Disneyland Paris destroyed a park guest’s wedding proposal by “snatching [the] ring and ushering them away” while the man was in the act. The suitor says he was given permission to be there, while the worker saw the couple in a restricted area.
In the film, onlookers can be heard applauding as the man drops to his knees and his girlfriend puts her hands to her face in shock.
After the staff member scurries into frame, nabs the engagement ring, and beckons the stunned couple down to another location, the crowd begins to boo while the staff member shakes his head and smiles.
The couple head down the stairs as fairytale music swirls in the air. When they reach the bottom the staff member hands back the ring and appears to say ‘That’s the rule.’
Reaction to the video was mixed, with some people criticizing the employee for seeming all-too-happy to destroy the moment while others suggesting this is what you get for clearly breaking rules (heavily doubting the claim that they had permission).
Disney has apologized for destroying the mid-proposal moment, and promises to ‘make things right’ with the theme park guests, but I actually think they’ve made the moment unforgettable in a way that few proposals actually are.
Most people just ‘pop the question’ and perhaps offer a ring. Too many propose inflight, usually on Southwest Airlines. No doubt there are many marriage proposals at Disney theme parks. There’s something about Cinderella’s castle. But how many have had Disney literally intercede mid-proposal? If nothing else, the proposal was no longer derivative.
Reportedly she said yes.