“I’ve always loved that Roger and Anita were not the typical fairy tale — they were believable characters who didn’t just come together merely by wishing on a star and casting a magic spell,” Jones said. “Pongo had to take the first step.”
“Tony grew up doing musical theater and can be a total ham, so it didn’t take much convincing to get him on board,” Jones said. Their relationship, which started at a marching band formal at the University of Illinois in 2009, has been sprinkled with Disney magic. Their first vacation together was to Disney World, and they both worked in Magic Kingdom after graduation.
Even Collier’s scavenger hunt proposal paid homage to Jones’ love for Disney villains. “It ended with a picture of me as Cruella de Vil, my favorite character, and he as one of my henchmen Horace saying, he didn’t want a princess, he wanted a villain,” Jones said.