Guy's Disney Proposal Didn't Get Fairytale Ending

Marc Rubin claims employee started altercation that ended up getting him arrested, sues Disney
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2018 8:55 AM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2018 7:46 AM CDT
Guy's Disney Proposal Didn't Get Fairytale Ending
In this June 5, 2012, file photo, visitors stroll along Main Street at Walt Disney World.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

A Long Island man thought July 8, 2015, was going to be "one of the most important" days of his life, but now he's suing Disney World for ruining it. Fox News reports on Marc Rubin's lawsuit, which the 57-year-old filed Sept. 27 in Florida's Orange County Circuit Court, and which outlines how he claims a Disney employee marred his marriage proposal plans. Per his suit, Rubin was planning to ask for his girlfriend's hand in marriage in front of Cinderella Castle on that summer day, but as he was looking for just the right spot to do it, he says he was approached by park worker Nicole Guzman-Ortiz, 24. Per an arrest report, Guzman-Ortiz says she asked Rubin to move three feet to make way for a soon-to-start parade and he refused; in his suit, Rubin says he was waiting for minors he was with to come back from the concession stand and needed to stay in place for "legitimate safety concerns."

Per the arrest report on the ensuing argument, Guzman-Ortiz says Rubin then threatened to make sure she was fired and yanked on her shirt collar when she tried to leave, Newsday notes. A manager who arrived on the scene told police he didn't see Rubin grab Guzman-Ortiz's collar, but he did witness Rubin's "arrogance"; he says Rubin grabbed his shirt as well. Rubin was arrested for misdemeanor battery, pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge, and paid a $100 fine, plus court costs. His claim, which asks for at least $15,000 in damages and other costs, notes he's also suing for negligence, claiming the park didn't release surveillance footage that would've shown he never touched anyone. "The safety of the people who work in and visit our parks is very important to us," a Disney rep says in a statement. "We will respond to the allegations as appropriate in court." (More Disney World stories.)

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