ANAHEIM, Calif. – March 28, 2008 – Pixie-dusted dreams will come true April 24 for 15 young ladies from across the United States and Puerto Rico when they celebrate their Quinceañeras with an enchanted experience in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Royal and resplendent, these lucky girls will mark this cultural milestone in true Disney Princess fashion as part of the Year of a Million Dreams celebration.
A tradition in the Latin community, a Quinceañera is a young woman's celebration of her 15th birthday, which marks the transition from a child to a young woman. It is commemorated in a way that distinguishes it from her other birthdays.
The royal evening ceremony at Disneyland Resort will be filled with opulence, pageantry and tradition. It begins with a dream-come-true moment for any teenage girl – a celebrity escort along a red carpet that leads to the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle. In the forecourt, she will be greeted by Disney characters and prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
Pretty as a princess in her ball gown, each young lady will share a special waltz with her father, step from her flat shoes into Cinderella-like glass slippers and receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her mother.
But while the official Quinceañera ceremony may have concluded, the celebration will have just begun for the young ladies, their families and special guests.
Following the Castle Forecourt ceremony, each celebrated young lady will be accompanied by her special guests to a private dinner party in Fantasyland Theater. The unforgettable fete will include the traditional Quinceañera cutting of the cake and doll ceremony, two aspects of the event that also mark the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Even then, the celebration doesn’t stop! The bright lights will keep shining on these lucky young ladies, as their magical Disneyland Quinceañera is scheduled to be featured in a one-hour television special on Univision network’s “El Show de Cristina.”
To make these dreams come true, Disney Parks launched a national search for prospective princesses in conjunction with selected Univision news affiliates, Coca-Cola, David’s Bridal and The Cristina Show (“El Show de Cristina”). Together, they found these 15 special girls to celebrate their magical Quinceañeras at Disneyland Resort.
All eligible princesses-to-be submitted essays explaining why they wanted to have their coming-of-age celebrations at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” The deadline for submissions was March 24.
To ensure each Quinceañera girl is dressed as a true “belle of the ball,” David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal retailer, will provide each of the 15 girls with a ball gown, tiara and shoes. Southwest Airlines will provide flights for each young lady and up to seven guests to attend the sparkling soiree. Hewlett Packard is donating laptop computers to provide support to each Quinceañera princess as she pursues her educational goals. Kodak is providing specially created Quinceañera-themed cameras so that each girl can capture her unique and thrilling memories.
Disney Parks, already a home to lavish ceremonies and magical milestone celebrations for guests visiting from around the globe every year, provides a castle-full of Quinceañera celebration options for young women and their families.
Quinceañera celebrations at Disneyland Resort Hotels or Walt Disney World Resort can be traditional, spiritual, large or intimate. Up to 500 guests can enjoy a Quinceañera at Disney Parks, with popular themes including fairy tale treasures like “Cinderella” and “Beauty & the Beast” celebration.
Other custom and lavish options include:
• Disney character appearances, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, dressed in formal or elegant charro attire
• Cinderella’s enchanted crystal coach, presented by a quartet of fanfare trumpeters
• An artful cake adorned with Disney princesses or characters
• A towering, 40-foot-wide castle facade creating a storybook setting for a formal dinner
• The Quinceañera girl’s name spelled in lights or illuminated balloons
• Intricate ice carvings
• Ornate floral arrangements and table centerpieces
For more information on Disney Parks’ Quinceañera product offerings, including vacation packages, guests may visit Disneyparks.com/quinceañera or Parquesdisney.com/quinceañera.