Fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park during Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversaryPhoto credit: David Roark / Disney
Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Visit Orlando wants to help you and a group celebrate with a free trip to the resort.
Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for Orlando, is “launching a special sweepstakes for 12 lucky winners and their three closest friends, family members, or travel companions to experience the 50th Anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort before it ends March 31, 2023,” the association said in a statement.
“There’s still time to enjoy the 50th anniversary celebration of the Walt Disney World Resort and experience new attractions, special events, themed anniversary park décor, and more,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “This sweepstakes will give an opportunity for friends and families to create cherished memories in Orlando for this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary event.”
You’ll need to act fast, though. The deadline to enter the contest, which is giving away theme park tickets, accommodations at the resort, airfare, and money to spend, is December 5.
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, opened on October 1, 1971. At the time, there was just one theme park: Magic Kingdom. There were also some golf courses and resorts.
Since then, Disney has added three more major parks: EPCOT in 1982, followed by Hollywood Studios in 1989, and then Animal Kingdom in 1998. In addition, Typhoon Lagoon water park was added in 1989, followed by Blizzard Beach water park in 1995.
Walt Disney World Resort opened 16 years after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955.
Now, if you’re doing the math, about now you’ve realized that the years don’t quite add up correctly. That’s because in typical Disney fashion, Walt Disney World is celebrating the anniversary in a big way. The 50th anniversary, officially known as “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” is “an 18-month party” that runs through March 31, 2023.
What Sweepstake Winners Will Receive
To enter Visit Orlando’s sweepstakes, all contestants need to do is complete a short entry form and then upload a photo with “their favorite family members, inner circle, or lifelong best friends showing off their Orlando fandom,” Visit Orlando explains. Winners can travel with their families, or even “best friends, besties, BFFs, and squads.”
Visit Orlando will then award one prize package each day for 12 days, beginning December 6, 2022.
Winners and up to three guests will receive the following:
- $250 flight vouchers for travel to Orlando on Frontier Airlines
- One standard room with quad occupancy for a three-day, two-night stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel
- Three-day theme park admission tickets with Park Hopper option
- A single $500 Disney gift card for food & beverages and merchandise
- Ground transportation to/from the Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World Resort
- Visit Orlando “swag bags”
What You Need To Know
Now that you’re thinking about entering Visit Orlando’s sweepstakes, here’s what you need to know.
The sweepstakes, which ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2022, is open to legal residents in the contiguous U.S. and District of Columbia who are at least 21 years old. Only one entry per person is allowed.
You can enter the contest here.
You can find all of the contest rules, restrictions, and other information here.
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