2016-2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration Info

UPDATE:  The 2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration – with the 40% merchandise discount – starts October 16, 2017!

2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration link


2016 Disney Family Holiday Celebration booklet

December 11, 2016 Update:  

Cast members can shop at the Emporium this week – in costume!- before MK Park opening!  Whoo-hoo!!!!!  40% discount!


Check your mailbox for some VIP mail!!

The Disney company holds this celebration throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in recognition of your hard work all year long. We hope you enjoy the celebration.

Happy Holidays to you!

Do NOT lose these tickets!! They can NOT be replaced!  (Only original tickets are accepted, so don’t bother printing these!)

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration tickets can be accessed via The Hub >>Complimentary Admission module.

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration Guest tickets must be used in conjunction with your valid Main Entrance Pass.

Thank you for all you do, and Happy Holidays!

Valid: October 17, 2016 – February 9, 2017

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

Overview of the 2016 Family Celebration


This booklet contains the information you need to participate in the 2016 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2016 Disney Family Holiday Celebration booklet for WDW

Some of the 2016/2017 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:


Always check the Hub for blockout days!


  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission:  1 Free Park Hopper Ticket!
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park admission
  • One round at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Link to check any upcoming  Blockout Days: Disney Blockout Days
Three discount dining certificates!


  • Three discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
    Participating restaurants, page 1

    Page 2
    Nov. 24-27, 2016; Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017; Feb. 14, 2017; April 15-16, 2017; May 13-14, 2017; July 1-4, 2017***
40% off Disney merchandise!!!


  • Special holiday discount on merchandise (40% discount!)
  • Cast discount at Cast Connection  (10% discount!)
  • Special Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download
$49/night Disney resort room!!!

Starting on Oct. 3, 2016, Cast Members, Crew Members, Imagineers, Employees and Retirees are invited to book rooms at select hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney–s Vero Beach Resort and Disney–s Hilton Head Island Resort and enjoy special rates for stays most nights Oct. 17, 2016 – Feb. 9, 2017.

For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $49 per night plus tax at Disneys All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights Oct. 30–Nov. 18, Nov. 26–Dec. 10, 2016, Jan. 2–Jan. 4,  Jan. 8–Jan. 12, and Jan. 16–Feb. 9, 2017. Ask about great rates at
other resortsž!

Book online via the Walt Disney World Resort Room Discount link or the Disneyland Resort Room Discount link on the Cast tab on the Hub.

WDW Booking number:  407-WDW-CAST


  • Holiday room discount!
  • Special discount on tickets for La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil
  • Special discounts on select events hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Special holiday-themed childcare programs at the YMCA Family Centers at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 50% off initial fee at Lifeline Fitness Center
  • Holiday greens fee special
  • 50% off bicycle/boat rentals and other Walt Disney World Resort recreation discounts
  • Special holiday spa discount
The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!
The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!  Come celebrate with us!  🙂
Don’t forget to get your free 2016 Disney Cast Member exclusive ornament!!
The 2016 CM Christmas ornaments are here!


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   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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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


45 replies to “2016-2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration Info

    1. This week at the latest. They were actually sent out last week in the US Mail.

      If you don’t have it by Friday (10/14), you can call 407-934-6077 and talk to someone there about what address the booklet was mailed to.
      (Phone line is available Mon-Sun 8:30am – 7:30pm EDT.)


      1. Yes, John you need to call Walt Disney World Ticketing over in Celebration and talk to them.


        There’s a photo of the info in this blog: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/2016-changes-in-self-admission-passes/

        Also, we recommend that all retirees bookmark the Disney Retiree webpage: https://disneyretiree.com/help/

        You generally will be able to find very helpful info and links on their page.

        Have a magical day! 🙂


    1. No, I’m sorry to say that you won’t get the Family Holiday Celebration booklet.
      But, you do get the 40% off merchandise holiday discount, which started on October 17th (yesterday).

      Have a magical day!


    1. I don’t think that they will mail them out to cast members.

      You can take your Ornament Coupon to any Company D store after mid-November and get one, or wait and your leader will have them at your work location after Nov. 15th.

      Have a magical day!


  1. My husband is an Operarting Participant and recieved the Disney Holiday Celebration guest passes for 3. Can he also get the hotel discount for $49/night?


    1. If he quaified for the Holiday Celebration Passes, he shouldn’t have any problem booking a room with the cast member discount.

      Be sure to call the hotel directly and specifically ask for the “Holiday Celebration Discount for Cast Members”

      Have a magical day!

      For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $49 per night plus tax at Disneys All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights Oct. 30–Nov. 18, Nov. 26–Dec. 10, 2016, Jan. 2–Jan. 4, Jan. 8–Jan. 12, and Jan. 16–Feb. 9, 2017. Ask about great rates at other resorts too! “Holiday Celebration Discount”!


  2. Can you use the holiday celebration pass at the theme parks more than once? I know golf and water park and Disney quest is once but the theme park rules say one or more? Thanks!!


  3. My cousin works for Disney and gave me her 4 complimentary tickets. Can we use them like that since she already gets in for free, can we use all four. Plus can she get herself plus 3 more in that same day? A total of 7 plus herself which will be 8.


    1. She + the 4 complimentary tickets = 5 entrances.

      Her guest passes reset Jan 1st so, depending on her status, she should have at least 3 guest passes available too.
      She needs to check on the Hub to verify how many guest passes she has available for 2017 for family and friends.

      Have a magical day and have fun at the parks!!!


  4. Does anyone know if you can use the dining discount coupons when dining at the Tusker House(breakfast) with the River of Lights seating? (This would be like the Fantastic! Dining package at HS)


  5. So for this year’s booklet (2017), if I book a trip thru my neice or the website (she will be a college intern) during the holiday hotel special she then gets the booklet, can the coupon be applied to the hotel stay? Assuming the stay hasn’t happened yet it’s just been booked (mid October or November)


    1. Yes, but the number of discounted rooms is limited during peak times.
      She should book as soon as she gets the coupons, it’s a great deal.
      We used one of our coupons at the Wilderness Lodge and they upgraded us big time at check-in to a fabulous room on the 4th floor with great views!!!

      Have a magical day!


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