Magic Kingdom guest 1st in nation to receive free Disney admission in ’09

Using an oversized park ticket created for the occasion, Seattle, Wash., resident Andrew DaCosta (in hat) entered Walt Disney World‘s Magic Kingdom this morning as the first person in the nation to receive free admission to a Disney theme park on a birthday, as part of Disney’s “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign.

DaCosta, who turns 49 today, redeemed his “free on your birthday” registration at a Magic Kingdom Guest Relations window at 7:31 a.m. Then he, his wife, Carolyn, and their daughters, Alana and Kathryn, then entered the Magic Kingdom when the park opened at 9 a.m.

In addition to offering free admission to everyone who visits a Disney World or Disneyland theme park on a birthday in 2009, the company’s “What Will You Celebrate?” promotion features new theme-park entertainment, added celebration experiences and other attractions and activities geared toward celebrations. The campaign aims to encourage people to take “celebration vacations” for annual milestones, such as birthdays, honeymoons and anniversaries, at both U.S. vacation resorts.

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