2018 Free Admission to Disney Water Parks for Cast Members!

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon with work friends on your day off!!!


UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2019:  2019 Free Admission into the Disney Water Parks

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Pay attention to the scheduled blackout days!




Free admission for cast members resumed July 8th.

Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st!  No additional blockout days are planned for this year.  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($28.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be with guests.


Wheeee……We love the Lazy River!

The water parks are scheduled to close for an extended periods for their annual refurbishments:

Blizzard Beach will be closed for its annual refurbishment October 28, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Typhoon Lagoon will close for its annual refurbishment on January 6, 2019. The refurbishment is planned to continue through to March 17th, reopening to guests on March 18, 2019.



Miss Adventure Falls is open!

At Typhoon Lagoon, the new Miss Adventure Falls ride is open!  Guests LOVE it!


Up, up, up you go! To the top of the Falls!!!

Read all the details about the new Miss Adventure Falls here:  Miss Adventure Falls is Open!

Sun’s out, guns out!

Let’s go!!!!   🙂


ice cream

Try one of these delicious treats at Typhoon Lagoon!!!

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (our favorite!) are open daily.

The water park’s hours are currently from 10am – 8pm daily.

CM Tip #1:  The water parks do close for the daily afternoon thunderstorms, so always check before you go!  If the thunderstorms happen too close to closing, the water parks just close for the day and don’t reopen.

CM Tip #2:  The water on the rides is not heated!  Some guests think the water is a little too “refreshing”!  [Note:  Both water parks were closed due to cold weather for several days in January, February, and March of this year when the daily temperature was below 65 degrees.  The cast members working there were temporarily re-deployed to other Park locations.  Expect some closure days in late December due to cold weather at Typhoon Lagoon.]

Check on water park hours:  Disney’s Water Parks Hours

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


DAK costume  ad cos

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/



Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


35 thoughts on “2018 Free Admission to Disney Water Parks for Cast Members!

  1. Deanna says:

    Hello 🙂 I have a question..

    Can cast members buy half price tickets at the gate any time or is this only unil June 9th?

    Thanks so much!


    • Cast members can buy 1/2 price tickets at the water park gates anytime.

      So, it’s free admission now, then 1/2 price for CMs and family/friends through the summer after June 9th.

      Last summer it was so hot that Disney waived the cast member entrance fee and it was free for CMs from July on, 1/2 price for family/friends.


  2. Lucina Olguin says:

    I came across your board and I find it truly useful.


  3. Stefani says:

    Thank you for providing very wonderful info.


  4. Marvella Gromley says:

    Nice. I want to read more of your posts.


  5. maxmax says:


    I am a Disneyland Paris cast member and i come in WDW in September 2017. Is it possible to receive any discounts for the water parks for this period of the year or is it just for WDW cast members ?

    Where i have to go to purchase this tickets ?

    Thank you so much 🙂


    • Bonjour!

      The free entrance benefit into the WDW Disney water parks is just for Florida-based cast members.
      HOWEVER, we recommend that you go up to Guest Services and ask them about complimentary admission or possibly 1/2 price tickets. Bring your cast member ID with you.
      You never know, a little Disney Magic might come your way if you ask nice enough!
      (We’ve seen it happen!)
      September – after the first weekend (Labor Day here) – is a slow time with lower crowd levels with all the children back in school and a greatly decreased threat of afternoon thunderstorms.
      But, it will still be very hot and humid…high 80s/low 90s every day. (About 32 degrees C.)
      Have a wonderful vacation!


  6. Wilfred F. says:

    It is really a nice and useful piece of info. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Teddu says:

    Hey !! Is the 29 of June can I get in for free in Blizzard ?? Or is it not included??
    Thanks 🙂


  8. Melissa says:

    Any new updates on Typhoon Lagoon or is free admission officially over for CM’s now?


    • Still blocked out because it’s the 4th of July holiday week.

      However, for the past 2-3 years, the summers have been so hot in Florida that
      they’ve brought back the free admission for CMs in mid-late July, over a month earlier than normal.

      It’s been so popular that we’re hearing they are considering moving up the free admission again this summer.
      Fingers crossed!

      Have a magical day!


  9. D brannon says:

    What about the rest of the year? Fall winter and spring? Do cm have free admission to water parks or just 1/2 price?


    • It’s free admission for Florida-based CMs most of the year except for the summer months…for about 10 weeks
      in June, July, and August.
      Last year, only about 6 weeks were blocked June through mid-July 2016.


      • D brannon says:

        Oh super!! That’s what I wanted to hear!! Thanks


      • D brannon says:

        And for the times that Florida CM’s are allowed into the water parks can they also get a friend in for free? Same as other parks? Thanks agai. For your help!! 🙂


  10. Kelly says:

    Hi girls!!
    My question has to do with cast members buying disney world park tickets for family/friends.

    When they purchase the tickets I understand we receive a voucher. How does that work? I realize the vouchers need to be turned into tickets but the purchase would be made in October for a January visit and we would need to link the tickets for FP. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Kelly


  11. Kelly says:

    Sorry my last post may have been confusing.


  12. CJ says:

    I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic.


  13. Erin Nyquist says:

    Great quality blogging. I’m adding you to my everyday bloglist. 🙂


  14. Joette Arnett says:

    I came across this board and I find it really useful and interesting.


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  16. Cast member plus 1 says:

    Can cast members get in for free tomorrow June 3rd and also get in a family member for half price?


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  19. Sarah Goodman-Strobl says:

    Can a cast members spouse get into the water parks for free?


  20. ADA M DAZA says:

    How many guest tickets can a cast member buy at the door? it will be me and 6 guest? Is that possible? or there are restrictions?


    • It depends on your work status.
      How many discounted tickets can you buy at Company D?
      If you can only buy 3 tickets at a time at Company D, then you’ll only
      be able to get 3 half-priced tickets at Blizzard Beach/Typhoon Lagoon.
      So, yes, there are restrictions.


  21. Yaymeli says:

    Can cast members from wdw get in to disney land in california with their ID/ self admission pass?
    I’m going there in the summer with my friend who is also a cast member and we would love to know if we could get in to the parks or if we would get discount on the tickets.


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