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Photo of Disneyland proposal on ride goes viral

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Posted at 1:10 PM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 16:15:21-04

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KGTV) - It was a proposal that wasn't supposed to be seen - on Facebook anyway.

Eugene Williams's announcement Monday at the Happiest Place on Earth was captured just as he and his partner, Chris, tumbled down Disneyland's Splash Mountain ride.

His mother told him not to post the photo on Facebook, but she didn't say anything about Reddit.

"My mom told me not to post it on Facebook because she's ashamed of me, so I'm posting it here for the world to see!" Williams wrote.

(Proposal Pic) My mom told me not to post it on Facebook because she’s ashamed of me, so I’m posting it here for the world to see! from gaybros

Many users asked how he was able to get the sign on the ride and without anyone else, to which Williams said was the easy part. 

"I actually just asked the cast member who was getting ready to load us into the boat. She was very sweet and I walked over to her after she gave us our spots on the log," Williams wrote. "I whispered into her ear and let her know that I was proposing to my boyfriend and asked if we could get our own log. She gasped and shook her head yes lol."

The fact that Williams and his boyfriend went on a Monday and were there 30 minutes before the park opened helped as well.

Williams said his nieces and nephews helped him make the sign a few months ago. After his boyfriend saw the photo, Williams got down on one knee and proposed, to which his boyfriend said yes.

The response on Reddit has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 1,400 responses of well wishes.

As to why his mother asked him not to post the photo on Facebook, Williams wrote on Reddit that his mother is concerned with their extended family learning of his sexuality.

"She's concerned my extended family who I'm friends with on there will 'gossip,'" Williams said. He added "t's tough and I want to respect her wishes, but at the same time, it was very upsetting" to have it brought up without any congratulations.