- Anyssa Martinez, 22, discovered her boyfriend in a video she took at Disneyland before they met.
- He had been in a parade she was watching with her family when he waved at her.
- Speaking to Insider, Martinez said Disney is now an integral part of their relationship.
Anyssa Martinez didn’t expect to meet her Prince Charming when she visited Disneyland in 2019. But like any good Disney movie, that’s exactly what happened.
The 22-year-old California native told Insider she met her boyfriend Nathan via Instagram in early 2020. They quickly bonded over their love of all things Disney and slowly formed their relationship. at the start of the pandemic.
But as Martinez later realized, they had actually interacted once before — at a Disneyland parade she attended with her family. Nathan, in fact, was an artist who beckoned him during the event.
Martinez posted about his revelation – as well as a snippet of their first interaction — to TikTok on March 15. Her video now has over 135,000 views.
Anyssa Martinez grew up in a ‘Disney family’ that visited the theme park every year
Speaking to Insider, Martinez said his family particularly loved the electric Main Street parade. The event sometimes takes place at night and features floats and figures lit up by over 500,000 glowing lights.
When the parade was scheduled for Disneyland in the summer of 2019, Martinez’s family headed to Southern California, where Martinez was attending college, and stayed late to watch the parade together.
It was during the “Cinderella”-themed part of the parade that a carriage driver tipped his hat, waved and smiled at Martinez, who was filming the interaction.
“I used to watch the parade on VHS almost every day when I was a little girl,” Martinez said, adding that she was also a huge Cinderella fan. “So I was really surprised that someone performing in that part of the parade noticed me, especially since it was so dark. It made me feel really special.”
Fast forward about six months later, and another Disney fan followed Martinez on Instagram.
“I showed up on his Instagram explore page one day, and we ended up following each other,” she said. “He posted about the new ‘Star Wars’ park, I replied to his Story, and we continued to talk. We hit it off completely.”
Because the pandemic had just begun and heavy lockdowns were in place, Martinez said their relationship was moving “at a very slow pace.” But since she was often at home, she had time to review the photos and videos she had taken during her weekly trips to Disneyland. That’s when she noticed a familiar face in one of her favorite music videos.
“I was looking at the videos I had taken in 2019, and I was like, ‘Hey, that looks like Nathan. I think that’s him,'” she recalled. “I sent it to him and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s definitely me!’ It was fate.”
Martinez said Nathan also vaguely remembers their interaction and his family was “blown away” when they made the connection.
“It’s really crazy to think back to that time because I was passing out that day,” Martinez said.
Disney now plays a huge role in Martinez’s relationship with her boyfriend
While Martinez visits Disneyland as often as possible and creates social media content about the theme parkNathan works there as an interpreter.
“My boyfriend only moved here a few years ago specifically to work for Disney, so that’s really what we’re together for,” she said. “Now we both love going to the parks and seeing Disney movies together. In fact, we’ll be watching the Electric Parade together when it comes back next month.”
The couple are so connected to Disney that Martinez can’t help but notice the similarities between their relationship and those seen in their favorite movies.
“I feel like that’s a theme in a lot of Disney movies where the characters go on really crazy adventures and meet important people when they’re not looking for them,” she said. “And it’s true, love comes when you least expect it.”