Going on a yearly bout to Disneyland to visit my BFF from college, my boyfriend made plans to meet up with Jen and me, along with his sister, bro-in-law, niece, nephew, and some friends. Ron picked me up from the airport, and we traveled to his old stomping grounds in Corona del Mar and then off to his brother's house to have dinner (and wait for my friend, Jen, to drive down from Bakersfield). For the weekend, the plan remained that Jen, our friend, Lance, Ron, and I would go to California Adventure on Saturday and then Sunday would be filled with the same group of people, but at Disneyland and with extended friends of Ron's.
Saturday - a blast. Going through the park with our friend (and Disney cast member), we were able to go on rides without waiting in ANY line, so a dream come true for a birthday surprise. That night, they asked me what ride I HAD to go on on Sunday. I kiddingly said, "The Jungle Cruise" (but quite honestly, Space Mountain or Tower of Terror are my favorites at the theme parks!).
The next day, Ron's sister woke me up with a surprise in the kitchen: a Hello Kitty themed morning party! We had cake and Ron presented me with brand-name sunglasses - awesome!
Then off we traversed to the Happiest Place on Earth - Disneyland. Ron said we had to go to Jungle Cruise, b/c I had insisted the night before. I protested and said it wasn't somewhere I HAD to go first thing in the morning. Everyone insisted, so we went to the Jungle Cruise where our "party" was waiting; Ron said they had a special birthday cruise boat for us, so no strangers would be on it with us. I thought that was the cutest thing!
The ride was enjoyable (as always - nothing at Disneyland fails to happify your life
), and toward the end of the cruise, the cast member gave the microphone to Ron. I thought, "Oh, how sweet! Ron's going to say happy birthday!" At that point, he started talking about how 2 heads are better than one (we just passed the headhunters portion of the ride) , and before I knew it, he asked me to marry him (it's all on YouTube
). He says I didn't say yes, until I saw the ring (which was perched pretty-ly on a homemade pink & purple princess pillow his neice made, and after he put the tiara on my head). As we rounded the corner, to the end of the ride, I noticed two Disney cast members holding a HUGE pink banner with purple words reading, "Carone, will you marry me?" His sister and niece crafted it and had this plan entirely figured out way before I even flew down there.
Apparently, the night before, my friends all looked at each other and wondered, "Does she KNOW?" b/c I had mentioned the Jungle Cruise. In fact, I had NO idea - so clueless was I, that it made the surprise even THAT much surprise-ier!
I was on cloud 9 the rest of the day - and we went to the amazing all-you-can-eat BBQ place within the theme park and then to the Blue Bayou for dinner (just the two of us, as Lance and Jen went off and hung out). The Fantasmic show at the end of the night was perfect. March 4, 2012 literally was the happiest day of my life (so far) at the happiest place on Earth.