2018 Disney World Cast Member Blackout Dates

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UPDATE:  The 2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration – with the 40% merchandise discount – started October 16, 2017 and goes through February 15, 2018!

2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration link

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The Cinderella Castle

We thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes for all four WDW theme parks for the next few months in case family and friends are planning a visit to Orlando to see you!

New official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

January 2018 – March 2018:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

Magic Kingdom:

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We expect blockout days might be added in March because Easter in April 1st.

arts1Epcot:

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Looking good! Festival of the Arts is going on January 12 – Feb 19, 2018.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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Looking good at DHS! Warning: Still lots and lots of construction with a lot of attractions closed!


Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

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Now, this calendar we believe is correct. Palm Sunday is March 25th, so Easter Week is March 24th – April 1, 2018.  Expect heavy crowds at Pandora!

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon:

Note about the Disney Water Parks:  Jan. 1 through March 24, 2018, active Florida-site Cast Members and eligible Employees receive complimentary self-admission to Disney Water Parks. In addition, they may purchase discounted Guest tickets at 50% off for their number of eligible admits. Cast and Employees must visit the water park along with their Guests.  Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 60 degrees.

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Always check for current updates at: Updated Blockout Dates. Sometimes Disney will add or release blockout days depending on revised park crowd forecasts (based on pre-ticket sales and resort/dining reservation loads).

These are the Main Gate Pass blockout dates for guests of CMs using the Disney Guest Passes, not the blockout dates for CMs.  The CM self admission pass is only blocked out a few days a year, mostly at MK.

During guest blockout days, you can’t use your guest passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free, but CMs can still get in.

Remember, CMs can buy discounted park tickets for their guests at the Company D store to use on blocked out days.

Discounted (10% off) ticket rates: Discounted Tickets for Cast Members

You can see how the blockout dates line up with this 2018 crowd forecast:

Disney World Crowd Forecast – When Should We Go?

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There are good days to visit WDW (green dots) and very BAD days to visit WDW (red dots). Don’t waste your time and money visiting Disney World on red dot days!!!

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All the other presidents giving Trump the stink-eye.

BREAKING NEWS!

December 20, 2017:  Hall of Presidents has reopened!

Hall of Presidents Reopens with Trump Onstage
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37 thoughts on “2018 Disney World Cast Member Blackout Dates

  1. Alyssa Durbin says:

    What about blackout dates in the spring?

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  2. The blackout dates are posted for three months (current month + next two months). They do get revised, generally removing blackout days, so it’s always good to check the official website.

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  3. Allie says:

    Is there anyway to see what the blackout dates were at Disneyland in March 2015? I am trying to compare and plan ahead for this year but cannot find them anywhere!

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  4. Kent says:

    Wonder if anyway You could let me know the blackout days for June 2016!? Or how sure I could find on post!? Because I need to reserve vacations time from work as well as ordering airline tickets! My family friend worked for 22 years and retiring right now and inviting us to Disney in Orlando! Looking forward to your reply!

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  5. Kelsey says:

    Hello! Historically, have CMs and their guest been blocked-out of the final days of Food and Wine? Trying to plan a November trip and I can’t remember from previous years. Thanks!

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    • Nope, not blocked out. They extended the F&W an extra 2 weeks last year (like they’ve extended the F&G Show this year to 90 days); we went on the last day in November and it was great!

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  6. Megan Harney says:

    When can I expect May block out dates? I feel like they are typically already posted! We are coming up on our “60 Day” mark. Any idea how the new blockout categories will affect May dates?

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  7. Lexie says:

    My family and I will be there for the first week of May and we are so anxious to finalize our plans when the dates come out! What is taking so long?!

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  8. Megan Harney says:

    They are up! May and June were released this morning and they are MUCH better than last year. The only blackout dates are for Magic Kingdom over Memorial Day Weekend. Does that look right to you?

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  9. disneymom says:

    So excited as we are going in mid May and no blackout dates (yet)! Thanks for the info! Now just trying to see what day(s) my daughter can be off with us lol!

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  10. Marsha says:

    Hi can I ask what the cards before the chip and dales look like? Just the park Hoper guess pass? Is it white with the words Disney Parks in bluish or purplish on front and the CMs name on back? And and they still good if they’re using the chip in dale ones lol the expire December 15th. Just making sure!!

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  11. Stephanie says:

    What are the blackout dates for December 19 and December 20 2016

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    • Disney is only posting 2 months now of blockout dates – this month and the next months – as opposed to the three that they were posting on the Blockout Calendar.
      The December dates will be posted after November 1st.

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  12. Lauren says:

    I’m anxious to see the November disneyworld block out dates. It’s September so I thought they’d be up now. Any guesses for nov 5-13?
    Thanks

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    • They are only doing 2 months now, not 3 months so that there’s less adjusting, especially for MK.

      Based on last year, there won’t be any blockout days for any of the passes, including the 2016 Holiday Celebration Passes coming out next month.

      Have fun!

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  13. I’m a cast member out in California and I wanted to plan a visit to WDW next July (2017). While I realize that block outs aren’t updated this soon, do you still have a copy of July 2016’s block out calendar? I’d like to attempt to gauge the best time to book my timeshare AND use my MEP.
    Thanks!

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    • We think there must be a new VP in charge of blockout days, because Summer 2016 was drastically different than every other summer!

      There were hardly any blockout days at any of the parks!!!

      Have fun planning your trip! Weather is the same every day from June through August, same summer crowds (except 4th of July weekend, peak of awfullness), same hot and humid weather with downpours every day! Bring a poncho and sandals!
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      https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/summer-2016-blockout-dates-for-disney-parks/

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      • Thanks!
        We actually went back for the first time in 10 years this past June for a two week visit and only encountered one day of rain, and late in the day at that. And what a relief! Otherwise, it was scorching hot. Previously we had gone in August on two separate occasions, (the first year we arrived the same day Katrina hit)and actually preferred the weather much better then. But I didn’t get employed with Disney until last month. And that’s a game changer. The first two years, the kids were younger and free, so it wasn’t so expensive. Not so much this last time. But with not having to purchase a 10 day pass for 5, in addition to having free accommodations, makes a return trip so soon a little more feasible. Of course, being a new employee may prevent my taking a vacation that time of year, especially before my first anniversary. Been thinking about some of the International parks as well….Paris is high on the list. My son really want’s to go to Tokyo, but of course, it does not accept the Main Entrance Pass. So it all remains to be seen, but, I have to say, membership most certainly does have it’s privileges!

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  14. Doreen Thomas says:

    How do I enroll in Disney entertainment benefits?

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  15. Jenny C says:

    Hello, do you have historical block out dates in March for WDW? Planning a trip to Orlando with some friends. Thanks!

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  16. Elica Quinones says:

    Question….. me as a spouse of a cast member, what benefits do i have with my main gate pass?
    Does it includes parking at the parks?

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