Today, Dana Manthey shares the story of her Magic Kingdom After Hours ceremony, with a reception the following day at California Grill’s Napa and Sonoma rooms. As a lifelong Disney fan, Dana’s top priority was having characters, and she ended up with 14—including The Cheshire Cat, The White Rabbit, and three hyenas from The Lion King, who Dana pushed for because she’d never seen them do a meet ‘n’ greet anywhere at the parks. In this episode, you’ll hear how she negotiated for unusual characters, modified the menus at California Grill, and tailored her ceremony and reception to make them unique. She also shares her favorite menu items and a detailed timeline of how the two-day event ran.
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