Disney Company Employees, formerly known as Cast Members, are the people that make the magic at Disney World and Disneyland possible. To show appreciation for their hard work, Disney offers a large variety of Disney cast member discounts that can be used for merchandise, dining, park stays, plus other benefits.
Disney Cast Member Discounts
I think at one point many Disney lovers dream of being a Disney employee, whether that is working as a friend of a character, helping hotel guests at the resorts, or working in merchandising, it seems like being a Cast Member is a dream come true. While only a few people actually achieve this dream, there are many perks to being employed by the Walt Disney Company.
Like many jobs, working as a Walt Disney Employee, also known as Cast Member, comes with its share of benefits. Benefits listed on Disney’s Career Website include:
- Weekly Pay
- Paid Time Off
- Health Insurance
- Retirement Programs
- Tuition Assistance
- Wellness Programs
- Childcare Support
- Career Development
- Theme Park Experiences
- Exclusive Discounts
- Community Involvement
- Commuter Assistance
With so many benefits, it is easy to see why there are so many people aching to get a job working for the Walt Disney Company. While many of the benefits are standard for many full-time jobs across the United States, like health insurance and retirement programs, we think what sets Disney apart is the Experiences and Discounts Cast Members receive.
Disney provides exclusive discounts at select hotels, dining, merchandise, and recreation locations. They also provide complimentary theme park admission for full-time and part-time positions after two weeks of employment.
Below are lists of the specific locations and discount amounts that Cast Members have available when working for the Walt Disney Company.
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Cast Member Discount Merchandise
While Cast Members are working at the theme parks, resorts, Downtown Disney or Disney Springs, you have to imagine there is a piece of merchandise they will see brought in they just can’t wait to have. Luckily, Disney provides a small discount at the majority of the shopping locations throughout Disney Property.
The merchandise discount you get as a Cast Member depends entirely on your years of service. If you’ve got a Blue Pass (less than 15 years of service), you get 20% off. If you earn the Silver Pass (over 15 years of service), it shifts up to 35% off.
These percentages can be used at Disney-owned/operated stores
- All Magic Kingdom shops (only 10% at Sunglasses shop)
- All stores at EPCOT (discount varies by store, but a majority follow the 20% cast discount)
- All stores at Animal Kingdom
- All stores in Hollywood Studios
- ShopDisney app or website
Shops and kiosks at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney offer discounts ranging from 10%-35% off.
Cast Members also have access to the Cast Connections store. This store is ONLY for Cast Members, so if you don’t work for Disney, you won’t be able to purchase merchandise from here. The merchandise at Cast Connection at Walt Disney World includes out-of-season or discontinued new merchandise, holiday merchandise, slightly damaged merchandise from the Parks (wrinkled/stained clothing), and some groceries. Merchandise can be seen for up to 70% off retail price.
Company D is a cast member-exclusive store that sells cast member-exclusive merchandise and discounted tickets (10% off day tickets, multi-day tickets, and annual passes) as well as tickets to local sporting teams.
Cast Member Dining Discounts
When Cast Members go to the theme parks either by themselves or with their friends and family, they will have to eat! Disney offers 10-20% discounts throughout most of the year on many dining locations on Disney Property. This includes the parks, resorts, and at Disney Springs.
This year (2023) the following restaurants were included in the discounts:
- Disney’s All-Star Resort – Intermission Food Court and World Premier Food Court
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma, Jiko, The Mara, Sanaa
- Disney’s Art of Animation – Landscape of Flavors
- Disney’s Boardwalk – Boardwalk Bakery, Boardwalk Pizza Window, Trattoria al Forno
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Centertown Market and Sebastian’s Bistro
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Chef Mickey’s, Contempo Café, Steakhouse 71
- Disney’s Coronado Resort – Barcelona Lounge, Three Bridges Bar and Grill, Toledo
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Crockett’s Tavern, P&J’s Southern Takeout, Trail’s End
- Disney’s Grand Floridian – 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Grand Floridian Café, Gasparilla Island Grill
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Good’s Food to Go, Olivia’s Café
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Captain Cook’s, Kona Café, Ohana
- Pop Century – Everything POP Shopping and Dining
- Port Orleans Resort – Boatwright’s Dining Hall, River Roost Lounge, Riverside Mill Food Court, Sassagoula Flatworms and
- Food Factory, Scat Cat’s Club Café
- Saratoga Springs – The Artist’s Palette, The Turf Club Bar and Grill
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Wind and Waves Market, Wind and Waves Grill
- Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club – Ale and Compass, Beach Club Marketplace, Cape May Café, The Market at Ale and
- Compass, Martha’s Vineyard, Yachtsman Steakhouse
- Magic Kingdom – The Crystal Palace, Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, Plaza Restaurant, Tony’s Town Square
- EPCOT – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Rose and Crown
- Hollywood Studios – Hollywood and Vine, 50s Prime Time Café, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
- Animal Kingdom – Flame Tree Barbecue, Harambe Market, Nomad Lounge, Restaurantosaurus, Tusker House, Tiffins
During certain times of the year, Disney will offer a steeper discount at the quick service locations or during slower times of the year table service locations. Disney will provide Cast Members with the information when new discounts are available.
As an example, from May 8 – September 30, 2023, Cast Members are able to enjoy a 40% dining discount at these six table-service restaurants during “select meal periods.”
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Olivia’s Café
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort: Boatwright’s Dining Hall
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: The Turf Club Bar and Grill
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon Café
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: Ale & Compass Restaurant
The downside for Cast Members is these dining locations and discounts are subject to blackout dates and meal times, so it never hurts to ask when you go to the restaurant to eat if there are any Cast Member discounts available.
Cast Member Hotel Discounts
Even though most Cast Members are going to live around the Walt Disney property, there are still times when it makes sense to stay at a Disney World hotel. For instance, if a Cast Member works at Disneyland but visits Walt Disney World, they would be able to use the discounts on the rooms.
When the Cast Member is staying in the room booked, they can receive up to 50% off their stay at different resorts and room types. During peak seasons, it may be difficult to book the exact room you want, but there are still typically discounts available.
If a Cast Member has friends or family coming to stay on-site but is not planning on staying at the resort with them, Cast Members can still get up to 40% for their friends and family.
Cast Members can also receive up to 50% off at Aulani in Hawaii.
Cast Member Theme Park Tickets
After two weeks of employment, Cast Members receive complimentary park tickets to use on their days off.
When a Cast Member has worked for Disney for at least 90 days, they will get a Main Gate Pass. This pass allows Cast Members three guests at a time using their Main Gate Pass, but the amount of times you can use this pass in a year varies.
Disney Employees who have worked at Disney less than 15 years will receive a Blue Main Gate Pass and can use the pass 16 times a year. If a Cast Member has over 15 years, they receive a Silver Main Gate Pass. With this pass, there is no limit on how many times you can get friends and family into the park.
There are block-out dates with the Main Gate Passes, and you do need a reservation to use them. It is important to check the block-out dates (days you can’t use your pass) before making any plans.
If you want to take family or friends with you, and don’t have the Main Gate Pass or have used the allotted amount, the following discounts are available.
Cast Members can get discounted park tickets for your guests from any Company D location. This is a perfect option for anyone who doesn’t have (or want to use) any guest passes.
- 10% off any Disney World tickets from Company D (merchandise location mentioned above)
- Discounted tickets for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens only at Company D
Disney World Water Parks
During Peak Seasons, Cast Members may enter after 2 PM or buy discounted tickets for the entire day.
Halloween and Christmas
During the Christmas Season, Disney gives their Employees Holiday books with different discounts and free items. These are some of the best deals Disney Cast Members receive throughout the year!
Disney World Tours and Recreation
At Walt Disney World, guests are able to pay for special tours and other recreational activities. As a Cast Member, you can book these items at significantly discounted rates.
- Wild Africa Trek: 50% off tickets for cast members after 11:30 am (regular price is $199). Must be booked in advance.
- Savor the Savanna: 15% off (regular price is $147.9–$174)
- Backstage Safari: 50% off (regular price is $72)
- DiveQuest: 50% off from Tuesday to Saturday if you’re dive certified (regular price is $219)
- Seas Aqua Tour: 50% off from Tuesday to Saturday (regular price is $140)
- Behind the Seeds: Free. Must sign up at their desk by Soarin 20 minutes prior. (regular price $35)
- Dolphins in Depth: 50% off for cast members on Tuesday-Thursday (regular price is $199)
- Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour: 50% off for cast members (regular price is $114)
- Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour: 50% off for cast members (regular price is $55)
- Backstage Magic Tour: 35% off for cast members (regular price is $275)
Outside of the Parks
- Fishing: 15% off the regular price of the 2 hour excursion for the Guided Bass Fishing Excursions and Bass Nitro Fishing Excursions at select Disney World marinas.
- Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk: 50% off cover change (Mon-Fri) and free entry Sundays
- Fort Wilderness: Up to 50% off Standard Bike rentals, the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure, Canoe Rentals, Horseback Trail Rides, Kayak Rentals
There are two mini golf locations on Walt Disney World Property: Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens.
Cast Members can get discounted tickets for 50% for themselves and three guests.
Cast Members can get 15% off the non-discounted price of select 50 minutes or longer spa or salon service for you and up to the number of persons in your package. Hand and foot treatments are excluded and some age restrictions apply.
Here’s where the Disney cast member spa discount applies:
- Senses – A Disney Spa at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
- The Ivy Trellis (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort)
- La Vida Health Club ( Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort)
- Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
- Ship Shape Massage-Salon-Fitness (Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts)
- Olympiad Fitness Center (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
- Sturdy Branches Health Club (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge)
- Casa De Belleza (Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort)
If you are looking to get married on Walt Disney World property, Cast Members receive special discounts.
- Fairytale Weddings: special discount of up to 50% for your wedding. Must be booked over a year in advance. Block-out dates may apply.
- Disney Honeymoon Registry: compliments registry setup and planning for couples planning a Disney honeymoon.
- Disney Floral and Gifts: 10% off
Disney Cruise Line
Cast Members may receive reduced rates on select Disney Cruise Line voyages. Rates vary per sailing, and they only apply for select dates. Just check on the Hub for more accurate pricing, and sailing information, and to book your cruise using your discount.
Disney’s Sail Away Program allows Cast Members to buy unsold rooms 2-8 weeks before sail dates for last-minute rates!
Adventures by Disney
Cast Members and their friends and family get discounts for almost all tours by Adventures by Disney. Block-out dates do apply. Check the Hub for more details as the discounts will vary greatly by the planned adventure.
Other Cast Member Discounts
There are many other discounts and free items both on and off property that Cast Members can receive.
- Free Lockers at the Disney Theme Parks.
- Complimentary strollers and wheelchairs at Disney Theme Parks.
- Disney employees get Disney Plus bundled with ESPN and Hulu for free.
- Free entry to Howl at the Moon
- Best Friends Pet Care – 20% off boarding, 10% off grooming
- Car Care Center – 10% off the price of all services and tires for sale
- Ricoh Business Centers – 25% off merchandise and business center
- 20% off Orlando City Soccer tickets
- AT&T discounts (usually on phone plans, but you can also grab accessories)
- 10% off AMC Theaters tickets
- Discounts at the Nike Outlet (10%, but it’s not always offered)
- Discounts on Orlando hotels including the Holiday Inn, Four Seasons, Hilton, and Margaritaville.
- Wyland Galleries of Florida – 10-15% off jewelry and 20-35% off fine art
As a Cast Member, there are so many discounts that you can receive. Unfortunately, many of the discounts are dependent upon block-out dates, days when you are unable to book or utilize the services. It is also important to note that Disney can change the availability and amount of each of these discounts at any time.
We still think these discounts are a great way to save money as an employee who enjoys participating in the magic on your days off. What is your favorite Cast Member Discount to use? Are there any Cast Member discounts that we missed?
Castmember Discounts FAQ
If the Cast Member is with their friends and family, there are discounts that can be used. Guests are able to get into theme parks for free depending on the Cast Member status using the guest passes allotted to Cast Members. Cast Members can also book resort stays for friends and family at 40% off.
Disney employees get many discounts on hotels, merchandise, dining, tours, recreation, spa visits, and so much more. Employees are also able to enter the theme parks for free. All discounts are subject to block-out dates provided by Disney.
Cast Members receive free access to the Disney Bundle Basic (with ads) streaming service. The bundle includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. This is in addition to their theme park entrance from the Main Gate pass.
Yes, Cast Members can enter the Disney parks for free. Cast Members must provide their Main Gate pass and entrance is subject to reservations and block-out dates provided by Disney.
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