It was the best day of my life… But I didn’t know that yet.
I knew it was a good day. You know, one of those days where everything lines up just right, and it seems like where you’re at is where you’re supposed to be? We were on our way to our favorite vacation spot- Disney World. We had ventured out the day before, and made our typical stop in Valdosta, so on August 31, 2014 we were waking up only 3 hours away from our final destination. It had been a smooth trip. No traffic -not even through Atlanta (Other than a little pile up about 30 miles before ATL)!
It wasn’t just traffic that was optimal. Throughout the trip, we experienced all sorts of blessings. One for example was our room. We were SO close to the bus stops- which means less walking. And less walking at Disney, is a GREAT thing! 😉
Looking back, there were a few weird moments, but nothing that stuck out at the time.
- When we first arrived, Ryan asked if I would make the second/final trip to the car to get the remaining bags. I went, but wondered why he wanted ME to do it because my normally very chivalrous boyfriend would never insist that I take on an extra load. I chalked it up to the car being parked so close and him being drained from driving the whole way. Later it turns out, he needed me distracted while he put the ring in his backpack. 🙂
2. Secondly, when we got unpacked and headed to the bus stops, Ryan asked if I had grabbed the phone chargers. I said no, and argued that we wouldn’t need them. He insisted that I run BACK to the room and get them. hmph! I stomped my little aggravated butt back to the room and made it back within 5 minutes… Only to find that there was no Ryan. Panic Mode. Thinking I had been LEFT behind while Ryan ventured into the parks, I called. And called. And called. No answer. Then up be-bops Ryan towards the bus stop I’m at, out from the lobby. I expressed my anger, and Ryan explained that he had to use the restroom before we left, so he had ran inside for a minute. On the contrary, my sneaky man had ran to the front desk to get some “Just Engaged” buttons to commemorate our future special moment. *sigh*
I could go on and on about our day in the Parks (Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom), and how magical everything was- walking straight on to every ride, the perfect weather, the first time Boma dining experience. But I’ll save that all for my trip report, because I know what you really want to hear is how it happened!
It was about 9 o’ clock, and we decided to hop (First time ever doing this!) over to the Magic Kingdom and enjoy the extra magic hours that lasted until 2AM. As we walked in, the parade was working it’s way down mainstreet- talk about feeling the magic!
We had decided to forego the parade and fireworks and just walk leisurely around the park while everyone was watching, and jump on some rides while they didn’t have wait times. I was a little bummed at first because I LOVE the Mainstreet Electrical Parade. It’s one of the highlights of my trip every year. In fact, I’ll probably cry when they decide to get rid of it. It holds so many memories of Disney- My sister and I used to dance all over the living room to the song. 🙂 But, I knew we would catch it sooner or later in the week, so we moved on.
We rode Haunted Mansion and then Pirates, and I got some pretty epic shots of both entrances, as well as Wishes Fireworks going on behind the Liberty Bell Riverboat playing around with my DSLR!
Then we decided to head over to Tomorrowland, and this is where things went CRAZY! 😉
It was about a quarter after 11, and by the time we reached the hub (where the castle is), the Mainstreet Electrical Parade (there were 2 showings that night, and this was the second one) was circling around the right side. This meant we could not cross over to Tomorrowland, so we stood from afar and watched the parade go by. I took this.
I noticed a bench was open in the hub, so I suggested we go sit down, and we did.
Well that lasted only a few moments…
Ryan: Let’s go look at the Partners Statue.
Me: Why? You can’t see the parade from there. And we have a bench. (haha! I’m a tad lazy)
Ryan: Because I just want to look at it.
We walk over. Ryan’s hands are on my shoulder guiding me, as if I couldn’t find it. And just as I become annoyed at this fact, I feel him draw near to my ear.
Ryan: I need to ask you something. 🙂
Ryan spins me around to face him. I’ve never seen him smile like he’s smiling right now. I think I know what’s happening, but it seems so unreal that I think I’m dreaming. This can’t be happening…
Ryan: You’ve waited a long time for me…
He reaches in his bag. Ok, now I’m ugly crying. Thanks, ridiculously sentimental statue. Thanks, emotionally attached parade currently circling around us. And as if that wasn’t enough, the romantic low lighting of the castle was majestically glowing down on us.
Me: Oh my gosh… Oh my gosh… Is this real? Am I dreaming?
Ryan : Will you marry me?
Loud heavy sobs. Shaking. All while I’m frantically shaking my head yes. Because that’s all I have to do right? No, wait! I have to say something!
Ryan: Is that a yes? Haha!