In a telephone interview on Monday, Ante, 31, who lives near Stuttgart, Germany and works in IT, said he and his fiancée, 26, were perplexed and saddened after his proposal was rejected.
“Disneyland is all about dreams,” he said. “Our moment has been destroyed.”
He said he had been planning the proposal since Christmas, when his fiancé gave him the tickets to Disneyland. In the four years they’ve been together, Ante added, Disney’s magic has played an important role in their relationship.
Early on in their relationship, he said, he gave her a rose in a glass dome, similar to the enchanted rose in “Beauty and the Beast.” They’ve seen almost every Disney movie, he said, adding that he’d spent months debating where, how and when to propose.
By the time they got to the theme park, Ante said, he felt like he couldn’t wait any longer for the evening fireworks show. “I was too excited,” he said. Before climbing to the podium, he said, whispered in an employee’s ear and asked her for permission.
Disney didn’t immediately answer questions about whether that was the case, or whether the employee who kicked them off the stage had been subject to disciplinary action.
In the wake of his botched plan, Ante said, he and his fiancé weren’t even sure if she’d said yes. He said they sat down on a nearby bench, where he put the ring on her finger, and together they silently watched the clip of the proposal on his phone (which he had initially given to a stranger to film). ).