Magic Kingdom wedding package reportedly starts at $180k

Posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Couples who dream of a "fairy-tale" wedding in front of the iconic Cinderella Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom can now have all their dreams come true ... without the worries of turning into a pumpkin at midnight. The cost reportedly starts at $180,000.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:05 AM

Brian Noble said:
The $180K thing is for a buyout of the Magic Kingdom space to hold the event after hours. (I do not think any rides are included here---just the use of the hub.)

It also accommodates 300 participants, and the source article mentions having a reception by candle light in Fantasyland.

Being very close to the bride and groom of the wedding we are attending next month, we've heard quite a bit about the planning process and cost for their Disney wedding. The smallest Disney packages allow for as little as 18 guests and don't include a private reception. If held outside the parks, say Sea Breeze Point at the end of the Boardwalk near Epcot, it can start as low at $3,000.

Disney offers an à la carte menu for additional attendees depending on venue size, Cinderella's Coach (by the hour iirc), character appearances, photograph packages, transportation options, private reception venues, Disney Florist arrangements, and the list goes on.

I think it was a 15 page pdf form of choices and add-ons they had to complete for the smaller package. As Jeff said, if you ask and are willing to pay, they probably will find a way to make it happen.

They are going with a smaller package, 18 guests, inside a park before opening with cake at the wedding venue. They chose to have the reception in a Disney resort restaurant during regular hours, essentially a large group advanced dining reservation so extended family could attend above and beyond the 18 at the wedding. Also allowed people to attend the reception without having a park ticket. They are getting private pick-up for each of them, and Disney transportation (a bus I'm assuming) will be making rounds to several resorts to pick the rest of us up to get us to the park. We also get a private bus after the ceremony to take us to the reception.

Including the estimated bill from dining, I think they are pulling this off under $10,000.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 3:00 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

Vegas baby!

We got married at the Luxor for about $5k out the door. (dinner reception in the restaurant included.) You could do it way cheaper if you wanted. It was short, sweet, and to the point. Cheap for us, and cheap for guests, (airfare and hotel is all that's required.)

And the best part... we got exclude people (like her trashy sister and her bratty kids) that neither of us wanted there.

But then again, we are so far from caring about any of that "traditional" stuff, and we don't dance. We already had the kid, the house, and really just needed a piece of paper to complete the collection. 16 years later we're as strong as ever.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Saturday, October 15, 2016 3:33 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:06 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Just moved to San Jose this summer and paid over 3 times what we sold a similar house for in Fort Worth. A $180K wedding isn't something I'd want, but it seems much less preposterous when you're paying over $1M for real estate.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:07 PM

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Monday, October 17, 2016 10:14 AM
Jeff's avatar

There are a lot of west coast real estate markets that would scare the hell out of me to get into. But I'm not sure the comparisons exactly make sense either. Sure, a house in the suburbs of Seattle costs twice as much as one in the suburbs of Orlando, but I wouldn't have to make twice as much to live there (an extra $15k a year at most, and salaries mostly reflect that difference). A wedding is an up front, all at once, one time deal.

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Monday, October 17, 2016 6:46 PM

I have been to a few weddings in the past few years that I would estimate to be in the $50-100k range. In good old Northeast Ohio. And not the kids of captains of industry, real estate moguls, software tycoons, etc. So seems to me there are more than enough people in the rest of the US (and really the world) who can afford $180k+ for a wedding (number Disney would expect to attract at that price would presumably be pretty small). To me a down payment on a house (with a much simpler/smaller/cheaper wedding) would make more sense. But I suspect that if they are paying $180k for your wedding, your parents are likely helping with a down payment too. And you won't be tying beer cans to the bumper of a beater either. And college debt isn't likely an issue either.

Last edited by GoBucks89, Monday, October 17, 2016 6:47 PM
Monday, October 17, 2016 7:32 PM
Jeff's avatar

Clearly, wedding planners hate poor people too.

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Monday, October 17, 2016 7:38 PM

DISNEY wedding planners hate poor people.

But then again, what do I know?


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