Calling all Canadians! If Disney has been on the bucket list for some time now, there's no better time to visit than during its 50th Anniversary Celebration. While there is a whole slew of reasons why one should visit Disney, this milestone is bound to be one for the books. The celebration began in October 2021 and will continue for 18 months, so there's still plenty of time to take that vacation, book the trip, and go!

Now that border crossings have become somewhat easier since the start of the pandemic, travel to Disney, by extension, is also easier. So if there was any time to head down to the sunny shores of Florida to experience the magic of Disney, the park's 50th anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do it.


Why Canadians Should Consider Traveling To Disney In Summer 2022

Disney Parks Editorial Content Director Thomas Smith stated last summer that the Disney Parks were "excited to greet many friends from Canada as they experience the magic at Disney theme Parks." Not only were Canadians welcomed back into the U.S. as summer tourism started, but they were welcomed, specifically, back to Disney. This year, travel between the two countries is easier than it has been over the last two years, meaning plenty of cross-border trips. Disney is surprisingly easy to visit for those who have all of their documents and passport information in order (more on that later), but Disney's 50th Anniversary, specifically, is the perfect time to finally commit.

With the part premiering never before seen events, attractions, and even rides, there has never been a better time to use those vacation days. At EPCOT alone, guests to Disney will have access to two new attractions, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster, the latter of which is set to open on May 27th of this year. Additionally, those visiting from Canada will have the chance to experience the Spaceship Halcyon, which is part of the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience. While a night spent at this brand-new Star Wars-themed hotel is a pricey one, it's a price worth paying - especially for all the Siths and Jedis out there just waiting for a chance to show off their stuff in space.

The TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster has also been slated to open for Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebration, but the opening date for that has yet to be determined, so stay tuned.

New Disney Perks For Those Staying At Associated Resorts & Hotels

For those visiting Disney and staying at any of its associated resorts, there are additional perks that the parks have announced following operational changes. The first is Extended Evening Theme Park Hours, which is a great way for those staying within the Disney resort system to enjoy the parks for an extended amount of time.

This is only an option available to those staying at Deluxe Villas, Deluxe Resorts, and other select hotels.

Another fun Disney perk for those staying within the resort or hotel system is Early Theme Park Entry. This is a fun way to explore the park without dealing with first-come, first-served lines (although there may still be some!). For example, if a ride is slated to open at 8:30 to general park-goers, early access members would have access at 8 AM. It provides a half-hour buffer for those who have chosen to book lodging accommodations within Disney Parks - so it's something to consider for Canadians looking to book their future trips.

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Traveling From Canada To Disney: What To Know Before Booking

Disney recommends checking with the Canada Air Transport Security Authority in order to determine what, exactly, is necessary to fly prior to the trip. There, they can also offer helpful tips and advice for those who might be traveling as a family or with seniors. Some additional tips for flying from Canada to the U.S.:

  • Negative tests are still required, and Canadians must have a plan via the ArriveCAN app upon their return.
  • In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have received full doses of vaccines authorized by Canada - Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVSHEILD, or Johnson & Johnson, within 14 days of leaving the country.
  • Upon arrival at a Disney resort or hotel, a valid photo ID or passport might be required.

While there are a few extra steps now involved in traveling from Canada to the U.S., a trip to Disney is well worth it. As long as travelers come prepared and with a plan, they'll be a few short steps away from experiencing all of the magic that Disney has to offer on its 50th Anniversary - and trust us, this is not an event that Canadian Disney fans are going to want to miss.