2018 – 2019 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members

Coming soon – October 13, 2019!

2019 Holiday Celebration

October 13, 2019!!!

Read about the 2019 info here:  2019 – 2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

*No special (free) Holiday ornaments for cast members again this year.  😦




The 40% CM merchandise discount ends February 14, 2019!  Then it goes back to 20% off for most cast members.



Happy Holidays!


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 15, 2018 – February 14, 2019

CM Tip:  Always check for any blockout days for self admission and also for using your guest passes at: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/


October 1, 2018:  It’s here!!!  🙂


This links below contain the information you need to participate in the 2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration info for Disney World

2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration info for Disneyland

Some of the 2018/2019 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:

 comp ticketADMISSIONS

    • 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: 1 Free
    • 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
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Bring a friend in with you for free!


Tickets, tickets, tickets! Be aware that they do expire!



Three (3) dining certificates: 30%, 40%, 50%. These will save you big $$$!


List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • Three (3) discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six (6) Popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
  • ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 22-25, 2018; Dec. 21-Jan. 5, 2019; Feb. 14, 2019; Apr 19-21, 2019, May 12, 2019, and July 4, 2019Each coupon is valid for one (1) complimentary box of popcorn OR one (1) regular-sized soft drink/non-alcoholic bottled beverage OR one (1) regular pretzel OR one (1) regular churro OR one (1) Mickey premium ice cream bar OR one (1) Mickey ice cream sandwich OR one (1) frozen fruit bar OR one (1) piece of whole fruit (apple OR banana OR orange) at participating counter-service locations or carts at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, and Disney Springs Marketplace Snacks OR one (1) food item at the Festival of Holidays Marketplace located in Disney California Adventure Park.Regular pretzel can be combined with cheese sauce Regular churro can be combined with accompanying sauce Not valid for alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic specialty beverages or beverages at table-service locations Not valid on pretzels with jalapeño or cream cheese or any other filling Not valid on special flavored churros or churros with any filling Not valid on walk-around popcorn vendors or at merchandise locations

The snack coupons! (Only original coupons are accepted, so don’t bother printing these out!)



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



Enjoy Special Holiday Room Rates

  • Eligible Employees:
  • Eligible Retirees: Call for more information
    • Disneyland Resort: 714-520-5060
    • Walt Disney World Resort: 407-939-2278 or 407-WDW-CAST
    • Aulani – A Disney Resort and Spa: 1-866-44-DISNEY (1-866-443-4176)

      Special room rates at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii for cast members!




      The calendar might say October, but it’s still 90 degrees most days!  Welcome to Fall in Florida!

      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/

      October 2019 – December 2019:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

      Magic Kingdom:


      Just Christmas Week is blocked out for using your self admission pass.


      Several upcoming block-out days are scheduled for using your guest passes at MK.



      Only New Years Eve is blocked out for self admission at Epcot.


      There are currently 9 scheduled block-out days for using your guest passes at Epcot.

      Disney’s Animal Kingdom:


      There are currently 2 scheduled blockout days scheduled for using your self admission pass at DAK.


      There are currently 7 blockout days scheduled for using your guest passes at DAK.

      Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29th!


      All of November and all of December is blocked out for using both self admission and guest passes at DHS.

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      Phase 1 opened August 29, 2019.  Phase 2 will open in early 2020.

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      Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  14 acres of fun!

      Millennium falcon Star Wars

      Shhhh….There’s a small hidden Millennium Falcon in the wing of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!    Have you seen it???



      October 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020!

      The 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration started on October 13th!
      40% off merchandise discount returns! Whoo-hoo!

      Interested in using your complimentary Celebration guests passes?
      There are blockout days for those too!
      Blockout days for using your Disney Holiday Celebration Passes for Guests:


      Magic Kingdom blockout days for Celebration guest passes.








      Halloween Mickey Ears

      It looks like Halloween on Main Street USA.


      Welcome to Halloween at the Magic Kingdom!  Yes, it’s busy and yes it’s still hot!!!



      We love Blizzard Beach! ❤

      Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon:  Free Admission for Cast Members!

      *****Blizzard Beach is Closed for the season September 8th!*****

      Update:  Blizzard Beach Will Have a Longer Than Usual Refurbishment Closure

      Blizzard Beach closed for refurbishment beginning on September 8, 2019 and not reopen until January 2020.

      Each of Disney’s water parks is refurbished annually, typically between October to March. The refurbishment schedule is staggered so guests can enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.

      This year, additional refurbishment work and enhancements to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will result in a longer annual downtime.

      When it reopens in January 2020, Typhoon Lagoon will close the next day for its refurbishment, January – March 2020.

      Comments about the Disney Water Parks: Cast members can get into the Disney water parks for free ($69 value).  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be present with their guests.

      Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 65 degrees (the water is not heated) or if thunderstorms/lightning are nearby.

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      Pay attention to the upcoming scheduled blackout days!  Christmas Week December 22 – 31, 2019 is blocked out.


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      Company D

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

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

      Ticket Prices 2019

      Discounted CM ticket prices.



      Car parking is now $25 a day.

      Parking at all the theme parks is currently $25/day. 

      Remember, cast members get free parking. Just show your ID badge at the gate.

      They are now more consistently checking Annual Pass Holders IDs for free parking at the entrance gate.  And the guards at the resorts are questioning all guests if they have a resort or dining reservation at the resort before allowing guests to park.

      Read more here:  Disney Increase Parking Fees to $25 a Day


      You can see how the blockout dates line up with this 2019 crowd forecast:


      We actually think the 2nd week in December is good!  Typically light crowds.


      castle balloon

      The Magic Kingdom is open extended for “Extra Extra Magic Hours” this fall. Extra time to play if you like to get up early…6am!


      Disney Bounding two disney sisters

      MNSSHP fun!

      We’ve written two books about our time working as cast members at Disney World.

      Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

      Adventure Book Cover

      Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

      book Two Girls

      Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

      If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

      Have a magical day!



      Two Disney Sisters


      Two Disney Sisters

42 thoughts on “2018 – 2019 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members

  1. Valerie says:

    I always enjoy your posts! One question…I received my celebration mailing but there was not a coupon for a cast ornament this year. Can you verify if you believe that is part of our package this year?


  2. Ralph says:

    Is there an updated 40% dining list?


  3. Diamond says:

    So I would get 1 free park hopper admission ticket for a guest in addition to bringing in my 3 guests with my main entrance pass?


  4. Danny says:

    My 95 yr old Grandma got this in the mail. Does she need to be present in order to use these tickets? She does not have her employee ID anymore. Thanks for any help if you know.


  5. Are the holiday tickets still valid if I no longer work at Disney but still have my company I.D. ? Can my family still use them?


    • No, because you’re inactive in the system. You can’t use the park tickets, hotel discount coupons (you’ll see your name printed across the top of the ticket), etc.
      But, you can use the 6 free snack coupons.

      Have a magical day!


  6. Wanda Ramer says:

    Do employees that start working in October get the discounts


    • You had to be on payroll by Oct. 1st to get the Holiday coupon booklet.

      The 40% merchandise discount is available to all cast members until next Feb. 2019.
      Same with the dining discounts and some hotel discounts.
      Don’t need the coupon, you just need to ask for it.


  7. Wes Crow says:

    What do I do if I didnt receive my holiday celebration envelope in the mail?


  8. Luz Wigzell says:

    We want to go Disneyland, CA for the thanksgiven weekend for the family Disney celebration. We need to travel there and we need to do it when the kids are out the school. When I look at the block out. They are all on red is there something I am missing.
    My husband is a Disney employe


    • Yes, guest passes are blocked out at Disneyland from Nov 16th – Nov 25th.

      You would be able to get into California Adventure Park using guest passes
      as they’re not blocked out Thanksgiving weekend, just earlier in the week.

      Always check for blockout days before going to Disneyland!
      There are so many!
      Disneyland Blockout Days


  9. Jin Zhang says:

    My friend, a Disney employee, gives all his tickets to me. I am planning to make a visit by myself. Can I go in without my friend at present?


  10. Can I use my Holiday tickets with my main gate guest passes to get all my family in on one day?


  11. Thomas Bowery says:

    Thanks for all you do!!!!!!!!!


  12. Lisa says:

    Thank you for the information


  13. Lisa says:

    Sorry I wanted to ask a question too (new)
    I am a CM I have a room with the holiday discount. Can I add the quick service plan at a discount or is it just the reg. plan ??


  14. Melinda Reyes says:

    Do you know if they sent out the holiday cm ornament this year??


  15. Trish says:

    So glad i came across this site its very informative, I do have a question about the holiday passes, do we have to use all of our celebration tickets for the park hopper in one-day or can we use a few one day and the rest another day? I was just reading the pamplet and I read it as we had to use all the park hopper tickets on the first visit and if we didn’t the rest would be voided out?
    I hope I am wrong on that, I guess I should of read the fine print beforehand because back in December we used half of our park hopper passes with our family and we had planned on using the rest tomorrow with our kids friends whom have never been and their parents.
    Anyway hope you can answer this for me! Have a magical night and Thank you for your time.


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  18. Jordan says:

    Do you guys need pictures of the coupons for the 2019-2020 family holiday celebration?


    • Jordan says:

      You’re welcome! Y’all do a really good job summarizing and writing information in a way that is understandable and usable. I have on multiple occasions found that the information in your blog actually answered vs like if you are looking at the Disney programs blog, the information on there is not extremely helpful a lot of the time. (One time that sticks out in my mind specifically was I was trying to get employment verification for a potential employer who wanted proof that I worked there and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to do that from the programs blog post on it but your post makes it pretty straightforward in how you go about it). It’s pretty obvious the two of you spend a good chunk of time on each of these posts because they are all very well written!

      Thank you for all your content and I’m glad I could be a little help with a post! I’m actually reading Adventures in the Animal Kingdom right now!



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