2018 Disney World Cast Member Blockout Dates

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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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

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:


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



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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:


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

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:


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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Cinderella Castle in the morning, January 2018

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!!!



All the other presidents giving Trump the stink-eye.


December 20, 2017:  Hall of Presidents has reopened!

Hall of Presidents Reopens with Trump Onstage

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We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale



9 thoughts on “2018 Disney World Cast Member Blockout Dates

  1. Barbara Moore says:

    I love your book.


  2. Unweaglet says:

    We are using chip n dale park hopper passes with a family member. This is a big trip for our family as our son has autism. We were told by our family member, who is a cast member, that the chip n dale passes do NOT work for fast passes. Is that true?


  3. CrowsGirl15 says:

    Do you still have a copy of the cast Block-out dates from last July? I’m trying to plan a trip for the last weekend in July, and though I know it’s not guaranteed, I’m hoping for some inkling of whether I should be worried about that weekend…I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask!


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