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WDW Celebrations, a not-for-profit group — unaffiliated with Walt Disney Co. — still creates theme-park gatherings for what Roth calls "like-minded Disney fans." Next up is Celebration 30, four days of events tied to Epcot's 30th birthday Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Celebration 30 is the eighth event from WDW Celebrations, which is run by "core team members" including co-founder Jason Diffendal, Jackie Steele, Tom Corless, Marcus D'Amelio, Matt Pezzula, Jose Castillo, Jennifer Leveillee and Adam Roth. They handle crowd logistics, logos, social media, high-tech scavenger hunts and more, Roth says. Two dollars from each eight dollar ticket goes to charity.
Disney's official celebrations have continued to be low-key, including last year's 40th birthday for Magic Kingdom. D23, the company-run fan club for all things Disney, has had anniversary events since forming in 2009. Its celebratory Epcot event on Sept. 29 is sold out.
by Dewayne Bevil