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The winner will bring along 49 family members and friends for a once-in-a-lifetime Orlando vacation in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort 

Jennifer Young from Long Island, New York, has won Visit Orlando’s Most Magical Gathering contest and will enjoy an Orlando vacation experience of her dreams with 49 of her closest family members and friends at Walt Disney World Resort. 

The grand prize celebration for 50 people includes a three-night, four-day stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, two private catered group celebrations produced by a Disney event specialist from Disney Meetings & Events and theme park tickets. In early March, Young and her family will celebrate three special events – a shared 50th birthday party with her husband and her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary – and will be visiting during the 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort. The contest prize also includes roundtrip airfare to Orlando provided by Spirit Airlines. 

“It’s been such a long time since all of us have been in the same place at the same time and we’re looking forward to having a lot of fun together,” said Jennifer Young. “There is a lot to celebrate!” 

Young and her family were notified about winning the prize on a Zoom call in mid-January with representatives from Visit Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort and Spirit Airlines. The news that Young was selected as the winner of the grand prize was met with cheers, applause and happy tears from family members and friends sprinkled throughout New York, Delaware and South Carolina. 

Young’s contest submission told the story of her close-knit circle of family members and friends who believe that life is better when they are laughing together, the personal impact of the global pandemic, and how she hoped the prize would give the family the gift of a reunion to make up for lost time. Young also focused on important milestone celebrations they hoped to be reunited for, including Young and her husband’s 50th birthdays, the 50th wedding anniversary of Young’s parents, and her mother-in-law’s 80th birthday, along with special events for her daughters, including high school and college graduations and a Sweet 16 birthday.   

“We are thrilled to welcome the Young family to our destination this spring and help them celebrate some huge milestones events with their beloved friends and family members,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO. “There’s no better place than Orlando for Jennifer and her family to finally reunite, enjoy magical experiences and create incredible memories they will cherish for a lifetime.” 

“What a joy to get to host Jennifer and her family at Walt Disney World Resort during our magical 50th anniversary celebration,’” said Maryann Smith, vice president of sales, services and events at Disney Destinations. “Memories are made here every day, and we can’t wait to see what magical memories Jennifer’s family makes and brings home.” 

At Walt Disney World Resort, the Young family will discover so much to see and do – from the latest attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to new nighttime spectaculars spectaculars, special EARidescent décor and more. 

Flights for the Young family for Visit Orlando’s Most Magical Gathering will be provided by Spirit Airlines. Spirit is the second-largest carrier at Orlando International Airport and its largest international operator. The airline’s fleet of Airbus aircraft is among the youngest in the U.S. 

Visit Orlando’s Most Magical Gathering contest launched in October 2021 during the start of the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. All contest entries required the submission of a group photo and 250-word story answering the question “Why do you and your family need a Magical Gathering.” The top finalists were invited to submit a two-minute video to describe why their family deserves a Magical Gathering and should win the grand trip prize. 

About Visit Orlando  

Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and Theme Park Capital of the World®. Visit Orlando connects consumers with every segment of Central Florida’s travel community, whether for a vacation or meeting. Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks — as well as refreshing water parks, outdoor thrill rides, activities to connect with nature, and a dynamic dining and entertainment scene — Orlando is welcoming to travelers of all ages. With 450 hotels, visitors have choices that span multi-acre resorts to themed boutique hotels. Orlando’s trusted theme parks, attractions, hotels and businesses have developed comprehensive safety measures and worked closely with medical experts to create safe travel experiences. Find more information at VisitOrlando.com.  

About Disney Meetings & Events 

Disney Meetings & Events helps planners create unforgettable experiences for their attendees at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. With five convention hotels and more than 700,000 square feet of ballroom, meeting and event space, the resort also features four theme parks, two water parks, three championship golf courses, Disney Springs and endless recreation. To learn more or to book a meeting or event, visit DisneyMeetingsandEvents.com or call (321) 939-7129. 

About Spirit Airlines 

Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com

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