Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons
|Industry||Wedding and travel|
|Headquarters||Franck’s Studio, Walt Disney World, |
|Parent||Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products|
The Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is a program offering wedding and honeymoon services to couples at the Disneyland Resort in California, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in Hong Kong, and on the Disney Cruise Line. It operates within the Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products segment of the company. They have hosted over 30,000 weddings since 1992. There is now a documentary show that follows couples journeys through the program called Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings (TV series).
Since 1995, Disney has also offered wedding and vow renewal ceremonies at Disney's Wedding Pavilion, a facility which accommodates up to 300 guests at Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer weddings at other sites at their theme parks and resort hotels. In 2007, wedding designer David Tutera joined the Disney team to create the Couture Collection. Wedding themes vary from Cinderella to safari to international styles. Recent awards include Modern Bride's Top 25 Trendsetter Award (2008), The Knot's "Best of Weddings" (2007–2009), and Orlando Sentinel: 2008 101 Best of Orlando - Best Wedding Venue 2008.
From September 1991 to April 2017, Disney parks have hosted over 30,000 weddings with 1,300 in 2013. In 2016, there were 4,000 ceremonies at 11 per day. The division is based at Franck’s Studio, which is name after a Father of the Bride character played by Martin Short. The planners are called fairy godmothers.
In 2007, Disney began offering commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples. Previously, the company only had allowed couples with a valid California or Florida marriage license to purchase its wedding packages. Prior to the change in policy, Gay couples were able to plan their own ceremonies at the resorts' rented meeting rooms.
The Magic Kingdom train station was added as a wedding venue in 2014 but only at 7:30 AM prior to opening. Beginning April 29, 2016, wedding would begin being staged during park hours with the announcement of 9:30 a.m. ceremonies at the East Plaza Garden near Cinderella's Castle. Three more locations were added as wedding locations in July 2018.
- Magic Kingdom
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Epcot 
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground 
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- The Chinese Theatre
- The Atrium on the Disney Dream
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