COVID-19 Update: September 9, 2020
Cast Connection has reopened after being closed for 6 months!
September 9, 2020: New hours for Cast Connection are 9:00am to 3:30pm. Cast Members are required to undergo a temperature screening to enter, and guests are not allowed at this time.
Disney’s Character WarehouseSeptember 5, 2020: Disney’s Character Warehouse is still closed.
I called the Management Office today and they said it was still closed and they hadn’t gotten any updated information from Disney on when it might reopen. All the cast members that work at the store are still on furlough.
Disney’s Character Warehouse
4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
New official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/
Cast Connection’s address and phone number:
2340 Recycle Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407-824-6369 (note: they rarely pick up the phone!!!! Like NEVER!)
Don’t forget that there’s a Take an Additional 10% off coupon in your DCP Program Guide on page 79! 10% + 10% = 20% OFF!!! 🙂
It’s located off of Bear Island Rd. (turn right off of Western Way coming from Buena Vista Drive).
The Cast Connection building is located at the intersection of Western Way and Bear Island Road, near the massive Walt Disney World Tree Farm where a variety of plants, trees and shrubs are grown for use in the parks and resorts on property. That is so cool to drive by! Think of all the stuff Disney grows in there year-round!
Western Way can be accessed from Buena Vista Drive between the entrances of the Coronado Resort and Blizzard Beach.
NOTE: You must be a Disney Cast Member, or a guest of one, to visit this little slice of shopping paradise. You need a current Cast ID to check out. Guests may pay for their purchases with their own funds, but they won’t get the 10% off additional CM discount.
Cast members can bring up to 6 (six) friends and family into Cast Connection and Property Control, but only cast members can go into the damages side of the building, which is now called ‘Mickeys Treasures’.
Cast Connection is a cast exclusive store that sells out-of-season or discontinued new merchandise, holiday merchandise, slightly damaged merchandise from the Parks (wrinkled/stained clothing), and some groceries (like what guests can buy at Fort Wilderness grocery store).
We like to go there with CM friends at least once a year.
February finds: Lots of Holiday and Marathon clothing and merchandise. Everything is at least 50-75% off listed price and you get an extra 10% CM discount at checkout.
Some recent store photos:
Mickey’s Treasures: For current cast members only!!!
Property Control, now known as ‘Mickey’s Treasures’, shares the space and sells decommissioned company items (industrial equipment, furniture from resorts, TVs, etc.), broken merchandise, and unclaimed lost and found items. Everything is 75-90% off the original price. No additional CM discount at checkout.
The Grocery Section: Healthy Food Options
The groceries available were: white/wheat sandwich bread, pasta, gallons of milk, OJ, butter (lb), cheese blocks (lb), yogurt, bottled water, cereal, eggs, HUGE bags of lettuce and chopped broccoli, 20 lb. bags of rice, fresh fruit by the piece (bananas, apples, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples), and fresh vegetables (potatoes, onions). Some sliced deli ham ($8).
Food price examples:
Gallon of Milk: $3.25
Orange Juice: $2.50
Dozen eggs: $1.05
Bottled water: $1.00
Loaf bread: $1.50
HUGE industrial size bag of romaine: $4.00/bag
Oranges, Lemons & Limes: 0.20-0.50/piece
Whole Pineapple: $2.50
Gallons of milk, $3.25 a gallon for Whole, 2%, Skim Milk
Minute Maid Country Style Orange Juice, $2.50/0.5 gallon
Sliced cheese, $8/lb., dozen eggs, $1.05/dozen
Wheat and White Wonder Bread, $1.50/loaf
Fruit: 20 cents/piece, all excellent quality. Pineapple/$2
THE ONLINE AUCTION INFO
Several people have asked us about the online auction for Property Control. There are a lot of really good deals to be had!
Here’s the info:
You must be either a current Cast Member or a WDW Vendor.
All property control auctions are held continuously online now (they used to be held a few times a year on the Cast Connection backlot).
Good luck with your bidding! There are a lot of Disney treasures listed!
GREAT DEALS AWAIT AT CAST CONNECTION & PROPERTY CONTROL
Disney’s Eyes & Ears Magazine
After more than 20 years in the Magic Kingdom Park area, Cast Connection and Property Control has found a new home off of Western Way behind Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Cast Connection is a great, onsite destination where cast members can purchase surplus or discontinued merchandise that was previously available within Walt Disney World Resort locations, as well as groceries. Anything from furniture to tableware that has previously been used across property is available for purchase within Property Control. Offerings within the location change frequently, so cast members should make visiting the stores a reoccurring item on their to-do list.
Cast Connection offers select groceries. From milk and eggs to fruit and cheese, Cast Connection can be more than just your source for unique Disney merchandise.
Based on availability, Cast Connection often carries some of the best-selling products within our stores like Disney Tsum Tsum plushes, holiday offerings, Disney Animator’s dolls and more! (All merchandise is subject to change and supplies are limited.)
Property Control offers company assets that were often previously used in Guest areas. This is a great way for cast members to get some great deals while reducing the number of items sent to a landfill.
Also, cast members can bring up to six family members or friends when visiting the location. (Some areas of the store, such as Mickey’s Treasures and Property Control, are limited to cast members only, and those with a Spouse/Domestic Partner Main Entrance Pass only.) The relocation brings lots of great benefits for shoppers, including additional retail space, a dedicated parking lot, extended hours and the two stores now being under one roof.
Plan your visit to the new store: Sunday – Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. or Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
And, don’t forget about Disney’s Character Warehouse over at the Outlets! Really great deals there too and cast members get a discount. Everyone is welcome!
Enhanced Health and Safety procedures:
Disney World announces new health and safety rules.
The new Disney World COVID-19 health and safety protocols for guests include:
- Reduced guest capacity in the parks through Fall 2020
- Required face coverings for guests 2 years old and older
- Temperature checks for all guests prior to entering the parks
- Physical distancing throughout the parks
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting, especially in high-traffic areas
- Additional handwashing and hand sanitizer locations
- Contactless payments at shops and restaurants
Health and safety guidelines for Disney cast members include:
- Required face coverings and temperature checks
- Adjusting work practices to promote physical distancing
- Increased cleaning in work areas
- Encouraged to stay home when ill
Everyone will be temperature screened before entering the parks. No one allowed in with a temperature above 100.4 degrees.
Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating.
There are new hand washing and Purell stations deployed throughout the park.
Social distancing signs will be everywhere.
No firework shows, parades, or character meet and greets.
Crowd capacity will be limited to 30% through the summer, ramping up to 50% this fall.
No park hopping between parks anymore!
♪♫♪ A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…..♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪
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Have a magical day!
We collected these Theme Park Wishables at both Disney World and Disneyland earlier this year. $9.99 each. The castles are open stock.