Don’t be surprised if you see an abundance of brides at Walt Disney World today; the park is hosting 11 weddings on 11/11/11 because many Disney brides say this number is the most magical wedding date.
Korri McFann, marketing director for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, says that:
11/11/11 means a lot of different things to a lot of different couples. Some are choosing it because they want the date to be symbolic. One of the couples is actually traveling all the way from Hawaii to get married at Walt Disney World. They see 11 as the combining of two 1s to make one number in 11. One of our couples from Pennsylvania mentioned that it was a significant date because it is their grandparents’ 56th wedding anniversary. Another couple always make wishes at 11:11 and then he proposed at 11:11 at night, so that was definitely a significant number for them. “People have definitely thought about the number and are excited to be getting married that day.
One of the couples, Melanie LaValley and Eric Gocinski, met while working at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Despite the fact they moved to Las Vegas for two years, the couple missed Disney every single day, and Gocinski knew they would regret not getting married there. The couple has recently moved back to Orlando and are excited about the future, including applying for their dream Disney jobs after the wedding and honeymoon.
“We both want to work at Disney for the rest of our lives,” Melanie says. “It’s the best thing that ever happened to either one of us.”