You’ll Go Wild For this Animal Kingdom Proposal
Start your Saturday off right with a feelgood story that you’re sure to go wild for. Last Friday on the Caring for Giants tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Erick Gomez and Kayla Fernandes got engaged. This adventure loving Walt Disney World passholder couple took to the parks for what has to be one of our favorite proposals of all time!
The couple first met in their 8th grade English class and became fast friends. That friendship eventually turned romantic with the couple both getting annual passes to explore Disney World together. Now its time to take the romance to the next level and thankfully Kayla said a huge “Yes!” after a fitting Animal Kingdom surprise.
“Kayla loves Animal Kingdom, especially the elephants, and I wanted to do something unique,” Erick said. “So, I found the Caring for Giants tour, and I knew that would be the perfect spot.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with this awesome Animal Kingdom offering, Caring for Giants offers guests a close-up look at the majestic African elephants calling Disney’s Animal Kingdom home and provides and an opportunity to learn what it takes to care for them.
We’re told Erick was a little nervous about pulling off the surprise, but when he mentioned his plans to cast members Patrick and Maddie at the tour check-in desk, they were happy to help make sure everything went smoothly.
Maddie, who normally captures photos on Wild Africa Trek was eager to tag along with the group to capture photos of the proposal. Meanwhile, Patrick picked out a few elephant-themed surprises, celebration buttons and a congratulations card from the team, and the elephants!
“I was so honored to be the one to capture such a special moment for Erick and Kayla,” Maddie said. “Seeing Kayla’s reaction as he asked, and her excitement to tell her family was so sweet.”
For Patrick, the moment was a great reminder of what he loves most about being a cast member. “I’ll never forget the joy on their faces. Knowing that our team helped create a memory they’ll have forever is easily one of my favorite parts of this job. Adventure is out there, and I hope they never stop looking for it together!”
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