I said yes! But, it isn’t quite what you think. Let me explain…
Ever since I was young, Wishes has been one of my favorite things about Disney World. I remember being on a family trip to the Magic Kingdom and watching them for the first time and being in complete awe. There is a feeling of hope, happiness, and magic that I get while watching them that words cannot describe.
I have never been the girl that has dreamt about her wedding details from a young age. In fact, I still can’t put a finger on what I would want if that day ever came. But one thing I did know was that I had dreamt of being proposed to during Wishes. Cliché? Maybe. But like I said, Wishes has always had a special place in my heart and it would make that moment even more magical.
So, when Disney announced about a month ago that Wishes would be going away on May 11th, I was devastated. Being single for over 6 years meant that I would not be getting engaged during Wishes and my dream would be shattered. After a few days of what I suppose I would call moping and listening to the fireworks soundtrack over and over, one line from Jiminy Cricket really stuck with me: “Sometimes, wishes can be granted in the most unexpected ways.”
I decided that regardless of my relationship status, I was going to make my dream come true. So, I bought myself a ring. When someone proposes, they are making promises to love and cherish you, so why not make those promises to myself?
And that is precisely what I did.
I decided to plan a special night for myself and booked the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party to watch from a private table at Tomorrowland Terrace. When I called to book it, the cast member on the phone asked me if I was celebrating anything, so I explained what I was doing. Then, when I went to check in for the party, apparently the cast member from the phone had given some detailed notes on the occasion because the cast member at check in said “Enjoy the fireworks, and congratulations on your personal triumph!”
The dessert party itself was nice. I tried a little of everything and it all tasted great. Was it worth the $79 price tag? If you were going for the food, I would say save your money and book yourself a nice dinner instead. If you are going to celebrate a special occasion or because you are a huge fan of Wishes and want to relax and savor your last time watching it- then definitely book it.
As expected, I bawled my eyes out during the fireworks. I felt such a range of emotions watching them for the last time- sad that they were ending, grateful I have had the opportunity to see them as many times as I have, and overwhelmed and joyful that I have made it this far on my personal journey.
The ring that I bought myself was a 14k gold white sapphire ring from Fred + Far. This is the first time I have ordered from this company and I have nothing but amazing things to say about them. Not only did they put a rush on my order so that I would have my ring in time for the fireworks- they went out of their way to make me feel appreciated as a customer. I had told them what I was doing with the ring and when it came in the mail there was a card from them with a hand written note saying how happy they were that I was making my dreams come true and a pin from their website that I had been eying up but didn’t order!
The ring is called a self love pinky ring and according to the company when you wear it you “pinky promise to choose yourself, honor yourself, and remember yourself on a daily basis.” The part of the fireworks that always gets a good cry out of me is when the Blue Fairy says, “Remember, we must always believe in our wishes, for they are the magic in the world. Now, let’s all put our hearts together, and make a wish come true!”
As that moment happened, I quietly presented myself with the ring and made myself promises to grow in self-love.
A year ago, things were much different. I was having a hard time not only with everything happening around me, but also with accepting and loving myself. I may not have had a fairy tale engagement to my “Prince Charming” during Wishes, but I had an even more pivotal moment that I will remember for a lifetime. Plus, I think I’m looking for more of a Eugene than a Prince Charming anyway- haha!