When you first hear that someone is getting married at Walt Disney World, does an image of the bride and groom exchanging vows under Cinderella’s Castle spring to mind? You may be surprised to learn that most Walt Disney World weddings take place far from the iconic castle, in a variety of locations that range from a sweet wedding chapel to a lakeside gazebo to the set of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. It seems that whatever a couple can dream up for their big day, Disney can provide.
Here’s a detailed look at the five most popular ceremony venues for Walt Disney World weddings:
1. Disney’s Wedding Pavilion. Despite being the one of the most expensive ceremony venues, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion continues to be the hands down favorite for couples enjoying a Disney wedding. The pavilion, which was built exclusively for Disney weddings, is a beautiful wedding chapel that looks out over the Seven Seas Lagoon. A special window behind the alter magnifies the image of Cinderella’s Castle rising above the Magic Kingdom, which puts a classic Disney touch into every ceremony. The building is the most well-equipped for wedding ceremonies, with pews, an organ, a designer sound system, and special rooms for the bride and groom before the ceremony. This ceremony venue can accommodate up to 300 guests.
2. Sea Breeze Point. The second most popular ceremony venue, Sea Breeze Point is located between Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and the Yacht & Beach Club Resort. Located on the edge of Crescent Lake, this outdoor ceremony venue resembles a wedding gazebo, but is actually a sizeable pavilion that can accommodate a large number of guests. Transportation to this location is a convenient five to ten minute walk for guests staying at the Boardwalk Inn.
3. Sunset Pointe. Not to be confused with Sea Breeze Point, Sunset Pointe is another outdoor ceremony venue. This outdoor venue is uncovered, sitting atop a palm tree lined hillside near Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This venue can only accommodate a small number of guests (eight plus the bride and groom) and may only be booked during certain times of the year. However, the views of Seven Seas Lagoon, with Cinderella’s Castle in the distance, makes Sunset Pointe a popular choice for smaller weddings.
4. Epcot’s World Showcase. Many of the pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase are available for wedding ceremonies. The most popular pavilions chosen are the American Adventure Rotunda and the Japan pavilion. To get married at one of these locations, weddings must take place either before or after the park is open to visitors. Despite these time limitations, many couples find that Epcot’s unique atmosphere is worth the trouble.
5. The Magic Kingdom. Although Magic Kingdom weddings are expensive, couples are drawn to the romance of getting married under Cinderella’s Castle. Weddings in the Magic Kingdom take place at the Swan Boat Landing (near the foot of Cinderella’s Castle) and are part of a ceremony-only package that sets couples back about $28,000. These special packages include a string quartet, major domo, horse-drawn carriage, and other amazing amenities.