Lucky family wins ‘Most Magical Gathering’ at Disney World for 50 people

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The winner of Visit Orlando’s “Most Magical Gathering” contest is Jennifer Young from Long Island, New York, who won an Orlando vacation with 49 family members and friends in honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary.

Most Magical Gathering Winner
Photos courtesy of Visit Orlando

The grand prize celebration for 50 people includes roundtrip airfare to Orlando provided by Spirit Airlines; a three-night, four-day stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; two private catered group celebrations produced by an event specialist from Disney Meetings & Events; and, of course, theme park tickets for everyone.

Visit Orlando’s Most Magical Gathering contest required a group photo and 250-word story answering the question “Why do you and your family need a Magical Gathering?” The top finalists were then invited to submit a two-minute video to describe why their family should win the trip. Young’s submission described her close-knit circle of family members and friends and how she hoped the prize would give them the gift of a reunion to make up for lost time together during the pandemic.

“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,” Young said. “There is a lot to celebrate!”

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

During their once-in-a-lifetime vacation for Walt Disney World‘s 50th-anniversary celebration, Young and her 49 family members and friends will also celebrate their own special occasions, including a shared 50th birthday party with her husband, her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, her grandmother’s 80th birthday, 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 milestone events with their beloved friends and family members,” said  Visit Orlando President & CEO Casandra Matej. “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.”

Most Magical Gathering winner

Young and her family found out she won the contest during a Zoom call with representatives from Visit Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort, and Spirit Airlines. The exciting news was met with cheers, applause, and happy tears from family members and friends in the room with her, as well as on the call from New York, Delaware, and South Carolina.

“What a joy to get to host Jennifer and her family at Walt Disney World Resort during our magical 50thanniversary 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.”

Feeling lucky? Click here to enter Visit Orlando’s newest contest “The Wonder Awaits You Sweepstakes” for a chance to win a five-day, four-night vacation package for four. Sweepstakes ends March 30, 2022.


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Bunnie September 19, 2022 - 1:40 pm

I’m never been to Walt Disney I wish I can go and I feel the magic


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