2018-2019 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members


November 3, 2018: ♪♫♪♫ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…♪♫♪♫  Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!




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


castle views



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
water park

Bring a friend in with you for free!


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 sauceRegular churro can be combined with accompanying sauceNot valid for alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic specialty beverages or beverages at table-service locationsNot valid on pretzels with jalapeño or cream cheese or any other fillingNot valid on special flavored churros or churros with any fillingNot 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!



      Christmas Mickey Ears

      I took this photo last year.  We love this holiday castle view.

      November 2018 – February 2019:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

      Magic Kingdom:


      The Magic Kingdom is blocked out for using self admission and guest passes Dec 23 – Dec 31, 2018.



      Only New Years Eve is blocked out for self admission and guest passes.

      Disney’s Hollywood Studios:


      No upcoming blockout days at DHS!

      Disney’s Animal Kingdom:


      Upcoming guest pass blockout days planned at DAK.


      Self admission is blocked Christmas week at DAK.


      November 3, 2018: The holidays have arrived at the Magic Kingdom!



      Discounted ticket prices for cast members are $70 this year.  30% off guest pricing.

      *CM Tip:  Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for four nights in November (some nights in December might be added later) at the Company D Store and at MK Vacation Planning kiosks.

      mickey christmas

      Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration is going on right now!


      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

      Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

      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/



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


The Cinderella Castle Dream Lights


22 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?


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