2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

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Happy Fall, y’all!

2018 UPDATE:


The 40% merch discount starts October 15, 2018! 🙂

Read our new blog about the 2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration here:

2018-2019 Disney Family Holiday Celebration Info!



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!

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 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018


October 2017: The DFHC envelopes went out last week. Check your mailbox!

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


This booklet contains the information you need to participate in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disney World

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disneyland

Some of the 2017/2018 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:



  • 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


List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • 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
  • ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 23 – 26, 2017; Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018; Feb. 14, 2018; March 30 – April 1, 2018; May 12 – 13, 2018; July 4, 2018:


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

Free 5×7″ photo!


Starting on Oct. 2, 2017, eligible Cast Members, Crew Members, Imagineers, Employees and Retirees are invited to book rooms at select hotels at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and enjoy special rates for stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018*.  Employee, Retiree, or Operating Participant employee must stay in the room.

Just $55 a night!!!

For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $55 per night plus tax at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018.  Booking starts October 2, 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

Merry Christmas!


Eligible Employees, Retirees, and Operating employees book now to receive savings of up to 60% at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018 (excludes Nov. 24 – 27, 2017 and Dec. 21, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018).* Remember that friends and family of all Walt Disney Company Employees can also save on rooms. Check Backlot for details or call 1-866-44-DISNEY.


Blockout dates for miniature golfing.


  • 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

Free ornament for Cast Members!!!


Cast members participating in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration will each receive one (1) complimentary Cast Holiday Ornament by presenting their certificate along with a valid Company-issued ID at any Walt Disney World® Resort Company D location.


The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!

WDW:  The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!  Come celebrate!  🙂

Disneyland at Christmas (2)

DLR:  Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful during the holidays!

Christmas Mickey Ears

Love this castle view.


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

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/


37 thoughts on “2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

  1. […] UPDATED FOR 2017-2018: 2017-2018 Disney Holiday Celebration starts October 16, 2017! […]


  2. […] 2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration link ******************** […]


  3. […] If you work during the Fall internship, you’ll be mailed a Disney Family Holiday Celebration coupon booklet filled with 60% off coupons for Disney hotel stays, 50% off Disney table service […]


  4. Hi there I am a cast member from the UK visiting WDW Orlando soon – will they swipe my card in the on site stores or can I just show it? I am not sure it will work if being swiped/ if it is even the same card.


  5. Steve says:

    Wonderful stuff, just good writing!


  6. Casandra M Comitale says:

    As a WDW cast member, do our main entrance passes count as our holiday ticket or do we have to use one of the ones given to us for guests?


    • The Holiday Celebration park hopper ticket is in addition to your guest passes.

      So, if you have 3 guest passes, the holiday pass makes it 3 + 1 = 4 guests passes total.

      Check on The Hub under >>Complimentary Passes to see the number you have available for family and friends.
      Remember, you must use your Holiday Celebration pass before Feb. 16th or it expires.


  7. Love your blog! Do you know if Operating Participants are eligible for the 40% off merchandise special? I don’t have access to the HUB to confirm.


  8. heather A ward says:

    Do you know when the package was mailed out?


  9. Jacqueline Estremera says:

    Does the cast member have to be in the car at the time the free parking pass from the Disney Family Holiday Celebration is used?


  10. Eliette D Miranda says:

    So, with these tickets can we go to any of the parks on the same day, so kinda like hopper passes, or we just pick one park to go to.


  11. Tracy says:

    I was hired December 14th, and have been working steadily through the Christmas season, but have not received my Main Gate Pass, or the Holiday passes. Who do I call?


    • You will not receive the 2017 Holiday Celebration Booklet.
      You needed to be hired by October 1, 2017 as they were mailed out 10/12/17.
      Next year!

      Your Main Gate takes up to 2 weeks. This is the busiest time of the year for HR with end-of-year stuff going on.
      You should get it by Jan 5th.
      If not, contact your manager and she can help.

      Have a magical day! 🙂


  12. sarah says:

    How do you access the water park perk, is it through your main gate and guest passes? when does it expire for Disney World, Fl.?
    Thanks in advance.


  13. Cheyenne Walker says:

    Who do I talk to if I haven’t used the tickets and it’s past the expiration date.? I’d like to be able to use them since now me and my friends schedules have matched up but its past Feb 15th 😦


    • Unfortunately, the 2017 Family Holiday Celebration has ended and the complimentary tickets expired February 15th, 2018.
      They can not be extended or exchanged for non-expired tickets.

      Have a magical day.


  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi ladies,

    Do you happen to have a historical snapshot of the blackout dates for Maingates from November and December 2017?

    Thank you!


  15. Monica says:

    If my daughter does Spring or Spring Advantage, will she be eligible to receive the Family Holiday Celebration package?


    • Unfortunately, no. You have to be employed in October to get the holiday booklet.
      A lot of Fall CPs don’t use all their coupons, especially the hotel ones, and work friends/roommates might be willing to share their booklet when they leave in January. (They are not linked to the cast member.)
      Have a magical day!


  16. […] Your company ID gets you a company discount of 20% off all merchandise. During the Disney Family Holiday Celebration  period (Oct. 2018 – Feb. 2019), the CP cast member merchandise discount goes up to 40% […]


  17. […] Your company ID gets you a company discount of 20% off all merchandise. During the Disney Family Holiday Celebration  period (Oct. 2018 – Feb. 2019), the CP cast member merchandise discount goes up to 40% […]


  18. […] The  2017 Family Holiday Celebration– and the 40% cast member merchandise discount – ends mid-February 2019.  Shop ’till you […]


  19. Wm Clemente says:

    Love the holiday content on your site!


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