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Patriotic Engagement at American Pavilion in EPCOT


I seem to remember reading somewhere, that more couples get engaged at Walt Disney World than any other location in the US. I see marriage proposals all the time while in the parks, so I supposed there’s a grain of truth to it. Here’s the story of one recent engagement made just that extra little bit more magical by the efforts of the cast members at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s America Pavilion.

With only a few hours separating Brock Laylan and Molly Vossekuil from a long journey home to Wisconsin, they decided to spend the final afternoon of their once-in-a-lifetime vacation touring World Showcase. And although the two had already visited Epcot earlier in the week, they brought along something new this time: a diamond, shining brightly on Molly’s ring finger. As it turned out, just the night before, Brock proposed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Soon after entering Liberty Inn, the couple celebrated their engagement with a quick service meal they won’t soon forget – thanks to a group of magic-making Cast Members that included Caroline Bair, Emily Bresette, Jordan Moore and Clayton Sullivan.

The Cast approached Brock and Molly at the register, inviting them to the location’s “Celebration Table,” where the pair would experience a unique patriotic-themed lunch.

Suddenly, the hosts became servers. The meals were delivered on glass dishes with silverware, not paper plates or plastic utensils. The table itself was topped with beautiful red, white and blue decorations. And lunch ended with a chocolaty treat specially prepared for Brock and Molly – including a miniature American flag at its center.

While magical moments like this one are created for Guests, area manager Leslie Higdon said, “You can see how it touches the Cast as well.”

Caroline, Emily, Jordan and Clayton all said the Celebration Table experience is the most rewarding part of their roles, especially seeing how they make Guests smile. After learning of the couple’s engagement, the four brought out celebration pins to commemorate the occasion.

“You made this special,” Molly said after dessert, smiling to the Cast.