- Sweet tooth
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
I was searching for a image online just now and I came across an article that made me cry. It was kinda weird to find this and sweet at the same time. Aww…I totally love engagements and I forget sometimes how much I do. I’m a total sap and I can’t help myself. Anyywas this is so you can get to know me. I can’t help myself I truly believe in the magic of love and kindness!
I just wanted to share a story about the nicest thing a stranger has done for us. I believe it epitomizes the down-home attitude that Walt envisioned for Main Street and also characterizes that Disney magic that we all need in this day and age. My boyfriend and I got engaged at Disneyland last November 17 (the night of our seventh anniversary).
We spent the week at the resort to celebrate and made name badges for ourselves (the kind the cast members wear) that read "engaged" since City Hall only had "Just Married" badges. Most of the week, the badges went ignored except for a few cast members here and there that wished us well and congratulated us.
On November 23, the final night of our vacation, we made dinner reservations at the Carnation Cafe for 4 p.m. We were seated and our server, Elena, quickly took our order. She also noticed our badges and congratulated us and asked us how it happened. We told her our story and she seemed to be touched by it and shared that she was also recently engaged and we began to talk about weddings and life circumstances that were preventing us from going forth with dream weddings.
She disappeared for a very long time after we were served and we were both in need of refills. She finally appeared and asked us if we liked chocolate cake, to which we answered yes and she presented us with a beautiful slice of cake and a hand-made note that she had obviously made to congratulate us. She also came back with "Just Married" badges and with "Just Engaged" buttons, which she had obviously doctored from the "Just Married" buttons.
We were so taken aback by the magical gesture and by the overwhelming kindness that this stranger exhibited toward us. Neither one of us had family near so to have a perfect stranger go out of her way to really celebrate us was truly outstanding and provided us with the perfect book-end to our week-long trip.
Elena not only made us feel welcome and special like she was celebrating the engagement of life-long friends, but she also did the same for a birthday girl two tables down from us as she led the entire restaurant into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for her.
It is people like this that really adds that Disney magical touch to important life events and I just wanted to share this story to not only thank Elena for her awesome gesture but to hopefully inspire others to highlight exceptional people at the parks.
A very special note from Carnation Cafe cast member Elena.