She Said YES at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World

We have a really awesome story to share from Disney Parks Blog as part of their #FeelGoodFriday series. Last Friday there was a marriage proposal during a Caring for Giants tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Erick Gomez asked his girlfriend, Kayla Fernandes to marry him and she said yes! The pair are Walt Disney World annual passholders and love adventure.


Per Disney Parks Blog, “This moment was more than a decade in the making – the couple first met each other in an 8th grade English class and quickly became friends. Friendship eventually turned into love, and the couple started dating and bought annual passes to explore Disney together. Now, Erick and Kayla are ready to take their relationship to the next level.”

“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.”

Cast members Patrick and Maddie were told about the Erick’s plans at the tour check-in desk and they helped to ensure that his plan went smoothly.

Maddie typically captures photos on Wild Africa Trek and tagged along ot help capture photos of the proposal. Patrick also picked out a few elephant-themed surprises, celebration buttons and a congratulations card to help make the moment even more special.

 “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, “I’ll never forget the joy on their faces when they walked back onstage after the tour,” he said. “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!”

Congratulations to Erick and Kayla!

Photo and Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!