2019 – 2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members


Let’s Celebrate:  October 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020!


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 13, 2019 – February 13, 2020

Happy Holidays!

CM Tip:  Always check for any blockout days for self admission and also for using your Disney Family Holiday Complimentary Guest Passes at: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

October 5, 2019:  It’s here!!!  🙂


This links below contain the information you need to participate in the 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

Some of the 2019-2020 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: 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


30%…40%…50% off!
The details.


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
  • IMPORTANT:  ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 28 – Dec 1, 2019; Dec 20, 2019 – January 4, 2020; Feb. 14, 2020; April 10 – 12, 2020; May 10, 2020; and July 4, 2020.  Each 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 20% & 35% Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download


Enjoy Special Holiday Room Rates

  • Eligible Employees: 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!


    • Note:  For the 2nd year, there will NOT be any complimentary holiday ornaments given out to cast members.  :(


      CMs can use their self admission and guests pass to make reservations at all the parks on some upcoming days except at DHS. DHS is still totally blocked out for the next 3 months.

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


      CMs can use their self admission and guests pass to make reservations at all the parks except DHS Tues-Thurs.!!
      Park Hours July 2020
      All the parks are open 10 hours a day now, except for the water parks which are still closed. Park hours are being reduced 2 hours at each park on Sept. 8th.

      Official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks and make reservations: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

      park hours Nov 2020
      Park hours for November 2020.

      Park Hours starting September 8th:

      Magic Kingdom: 9am – 6pm

      EPCOT: 11am – 7pm

      Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm

      Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  10am – 7pm


      health and safety
      Disney Health and Safety notice

      Disney World’s new health and safety rules.

      The new Disney World COVID-19 health and safety protocols for guests include:

      • Reduced guest capacity in the parks through Fall 2020
      • Required face coverings for guests 2 years old and older
      • Temperature checks for all guests prior to entering the parks
      • Physical distancing throughout the parks
      • Increased cleaning and disinfecting, especially in high-traffic areas
      • Additional handwashing and hand sanitizer locations
      • Contactless payments at shops and restaurants


      Health and safety guidelines for Disney cast members include:

      • Required face coverings and temperature checks
      • Adjusting work practices to promote physical distancing
      • Increased cleaning in work areas
      • Encouraged to stay home when ill

      Everyone will be temperature screened before entering the parks.  No one allowed in with a temperature above 100.4 degrees.

      Limited ride loads – now limited to about 12 guests instead of the usual 36.
      Constant ride disinfecting.  It’s a Small World
      splash mountain
      Splash Mountain log being sanitized between guests.

      Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating.

      face masks1
      No eating or drinking while walking around. You must be seated.
      New cast member role: Enforcing mask policy and social distancing.
      hand washing
      Free standing hand washing stations.

      There are new hand washing and Purell stations deployed throughout the park.

      Social distancing signs will be everywhere.

      No firework shows, parades, or character meet and greets.

      Mary Poppims
      Mary Poppins practicing social distancing at her meet and greet place with a cheery hello and wave at guests.
      temperature screening
      Temperature Screening stations at park entrances and in front of restaurants.

      Crowd capacity will be limited to 30% through the summer, increasing to 50% in the fall.

      park capacity
      July 2020: 25% Daily park capacity limits. Was increased to 30% capacity in August.

      No park hopping between parks anymore!

      Cinderella Castle
      January 2020 vs. July 2020: A whole new look for the Cinderella Castle.
      Cinderella Castle
      August 1, 2020
      We are on the fence about this new look. We like the blue turrets and golden accents, but the pink is a little too pink.

      golden Cinderella Castle


      Cinderella castle
      Main Street USA at sunset.

      We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

      Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  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!


      wishables Two girls
      Our Kingdom of Cuties Wishables.


      We collected these Theme Park Wishables at both Disney World and Disneyland earlier this year. $9.99 each.  The castles are open stock.

      castle two girls MK
      Magic Kingdom Wishable (this one is open stock).
      epcot wishable
      Epcot Wishable
      Tree of Life Wishable
      Tot wishable
      Tower of Terror Wishable



36 replies to “2019 – 2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration for Cast Members

    1. Unfortunately, to get the Holiday booklet you needed to be in the system not later than Oct. 1st.

      You’ll still get the 40% merch discount which goes until Feb. 2020 and you still can get the dining CM discount, just not 30-50% off.
      There will be special discount room rates which you can call about next month.
      Notices about that will be posted on the Hub.
      And after 90 days, you can get fabulous cruise rates!

      More on the CM Dining Discount: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/2019-dining-discounts-for-disney-cast-members/

      Have a magical day!


  1. For the park hopper ticket with the holiday, pass does only one person out of the 3 tickets they gave me to get the park hopper or do all get it because I’m taking two of my friends to Disney and we want to do the hopper ticket with the holiday pass but want to make sure I can get both of them and my self to more than one park that day.


    1. I don’t understand your extra long run-on question.
      Periods are free you know!
      The Holiday Celebration Pass is a complimentary Park Hopper ticket for you to bring 1 guest with you.
      You must be with them at the entrance to the first park, then they can park hop with or without you.
      If you got 3 complimentary park tickets for guests (check on the Hub), then they should all be park hopper tickets.
      They expire February 13, 2020.
      You might want to check the expiration date on all your guest tickets!
      And, they do have Blockout Days. Check that too before inviting guests to go with you!

      Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission: 1 Free Park Hopper Ticket for the Disney Family Holiday Celebration!


  2. You mentioned “Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)” but I thought they weren’t giving out Disney Dining Plan discounts anymore? I know a CM (not based in FL) who said that they do not make a dining plan discount available to CMs anymore. So, are these discounts mentioned here specifically to just current FL Park employees or all Disney employees?


    1. These are two different dining programs, one for guest, one for cast members.

      The Disney Dining Plan for guests allows them to purchase points to use to buy meals during their stay at Walt Disney World.
      Cast members can buy the Dining Plan just like regular guests but do not get any discount on the Plan.

      The CM Dining Discount is available to all Disney Cast Members and discount varies by location and meal service (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
      During the Family Holiday Celebration, cast members employed in October get mailed a booklet containing additional discount coupons to use throughout February 15 2020.

      So, your CM friend is correct. CMs don’t get a discount on the Disney Dining Plan for guests.


  3. Hello, a family member left me 3 complimentary tickets. It expires on 2/13, but he will be out of the country on vacation. Can we still use the tickets he had printed to use? He won’t be able to walk us in the front gate


  4. hello, I’m going to the parks soon with this family holiday pass and was wondering if I can do the fastpass in advance, or do I have to do it in person when I’m at the park?


  5. Hi I’m planning to visit WDW at the end of this year, Dec 23 to Jan 2, so would like to figure out how the blockout dates will be for cast members’ main gate pass but it’s too early so not updated on the hub. Do you have any archives for last years Dec and Jan 2020 which I cannot find on the webpage now? It will be very helpful to plan the visit effectively.. thank you in advance.


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