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:

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    • 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.


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      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!


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      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.

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      Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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      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!



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