July 8, 2015, was supposed to be “one of the most important” in Marc Rubin’s life.
He planned to propose to his girlfriend in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World, where the couple, her children and one of their friends had just finished watching the nightly Magic Kingdom parade.
Instead, Rubin ended up in jail. Now he’s suing the park for false imprisonment and accused Disney of ruining his special day.
Here’s how the 57-year-old said the night unfolded, in court records first reported by the Orlando Sentinel and filed in late September.
Rubin, of Suffolk County, New York, found the perfect spot to propose. But then a Disney employee came up and asked him to move.
He said he asked if he could wait until his girlfriend’s daughter and her friend came back from the concession stand, because he worried he would lose sight of the 16-year-olds. The employee insisted he leave immediately.
According to an incident report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the 24-year-old Disney employee said Rubin got so angry when she asked him to move three feet back from the parade route that he grabbed her by the back of her shirt and front of her collar and screamed in her face. He “threaten[ed] to punch her in the face,” the report said.
She called her manager over, who said he didn’t see Rubin grab the employee but saw Rubin swearing. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, the Orlando Sentinel reported, to which he pleaded no contest.
Rubin admits that he started arguing with the employee, but he maintains that all he did was yell.
In the lawsuit, Rubin insisted he did not touch the employee and accused Disney of “falsely reporting a criminal act.”
He said the park never provided video of the incident or interviewed his family members.
“The safety of the people who work in and visit our parks is very important to us,” a Disney spokeswoman told the Sentinel. “We will respond to the allegations as appropriate in court.”
Rubin did end up marrying his girlfriend, however. In the suit she is referred to as his wife.