Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort

Give a Day of Volunteer Service in 2010, Get a Day of Disney Theme Park Fun – Free

posted on September 29th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: Hats off to each of the one million volunteers!

Thank you to all who have participated. The last day to use the free Disney Theme Park tickets distributed in this program was December 15, 2010.

Although you can no longer use a free Disney Theme Park ticket received in connection with this program, you can still continue to give back to your community by signing up for volunteer opportunities through HandsOn Network.

If you have additional questions please contact customer service.

And don’t forget to share your Disney Parks memories!

Breaking news…as we just announced on Good Morning America, if you give a day of volunteer service to a participating organization, you’ll get one day of free admission to a Disney Park. It’s a first-of-its-kind program we’re calling “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”

And yes, it’s that simple — a free one-day ticket to a Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme park for guests who volunteer a day of service to a participating organization. We’re celebrating you and the good things you do for your communities.

Our program officially begins on January 1, 2010. When it’s live, you’ll be able to visit www.DisneyParks.com or www.DisneyParks.ca and search for an eligible volunteer project. After completing the volunteer work, an e-mail will be sent from Disney with a link to print out a voucher to redeem at a theme park for a free one-day, one-park admission. And if you’re unable to use the ticket, it can be donated to a charity designated by Disney.

With this announcement, we’re looking for 1 million people with a passion to make a difference. And we’re working with HandsOn Network to do it. They’re helping make sure you find the perfect volunteer work. And many of the program’s volunteer opportunities will be for the family.

Also, you’ll notice that we’re raising awareness for grass-roots community volunteerism in more cities than just Chicago. Disney VoluntEARS are joining local volunteers in cities across the United States and Canada today. Work projects involving more than 1,000 volunteers are happening in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and across Canada — Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver.

We’ll be posting more details about the program and how it may involve your city on the @DisneyParks Twitter account and right here.

Of course, there are some official details you should know about: Must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunity at disneyparks.com. Ticket quantities for this program are limited. Must be at least age 6 to participate. Other terms and conditions apply. For details, see disneyparks.com in the United States and Puerto Rico. In Canada, see disneyparks.ca.

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26 Comments

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Shawn on September 29th, 2009 at 8:51 am

What a fantastic idea! This will not only drive attendance to the parks as “Free on Your Birthday” did, but also spread a wave of community involvement and volunteerism across the entire country. I can’t wait to hear the stories of people and how they were able to help others, and I’m excited to find an opportunity my whole family can do together.

This year when you get in free to a Disney Park, you can celebrate the ways in which you have made the world a better place. Cheers for Volunteers!

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Jill from FL on September 29th, 2009 at 8:52 am

Love this idea to get people involved in their community. Hopefully people will continue to volunteer after their service day for the free ticket.

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Suzannah from FL on September 29th, 2009 at 8:52 am

This is truly a wonderful way to give back (with an incentive!) and I can’t wait to see and hear about all the good it will do across the country and Canada! I’m excited to have my family help out and hope it leads to more volunteerism for all!

Way to go Disney!!

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Allison from TX on September 29th, 2009 at 9:13 am

What a fantastic theme! I truly believe that giving back is one of the best things people can do for others as well as themselves!

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Lee on September 29th, 2009 at 9:17 am

A truly amazing idea for a year long celebration. Volunteering is very rewarding on its own. With this promotion, I hope that Disney puts a mark in increasing the volunteer work around the country, not just in the United States, but also Canada!

And using the Muppets?! Icing on the cake! Hope to see more and more of the Muppets in the parks!

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BRANDY from LA on September 29th, 2009 at 10:19 am

i would volunteer AT disney everyday

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Jeni Lynn on September 29th, 2009 at 10:52 am

In my opinion, this is the best promotion that Disney has EVER initiated. I am encouraged to see Disney find a way to stir up good will in our local communities as well as reach out to the Disney fan and make a Disney vacation more affordable.

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Amy on September 29th, 2009 at 11:00 am

I LOVE this new promotion!! I love that we are moving from celebrating ourselves this year to celebrating reaching out to others next year. What an awesome transition!

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Jodi on September 29th, 2009 at 11:24 am

This is the best promotion imaginable! What a great way to give back!

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Melanie from NC on September 29th, 2009 at 11:43 am

What a good incentive to encourage people to do something nice for others. I can’t wait to hear more about this program.

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David from Bedfordshire on September 29th, 2009 at 11:45 am

This is fantastic. The more Disney (and every company) can do to increase social value, the better!

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Jacob on September 29th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

This is an awesome idea! It sounds like something Walt would have done.

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Tamara from KS on September 29th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Is there anyone else out there who doesn’t like this promotion idea?

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charlie on September 29th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

This is an awesome idea!! This promotion will get more people to make a difference and will change the world. This is what Disney is all about!!! Great job.

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Darrill on September 29th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Miami’s launch event (Hands On Miami) was incredible! Pictures should be posted soon. 200+ volunteers completely transformed the Robert King High Towers in Little Havana.
Amazing. Thanks to Hands On Network, Disney, and most importantly, all of the volunteers who turned out at 7 AM on a Tuesday morning for this truly unforgettable Day of Service!
Become a Fan of Hands On Miami on Facebook to view photos from today’s project as well as many other past projects!

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Terri on September 29th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I sure hope they have a program in Las Vegas i know alot of high school senior that would love to donate there time and give back to the community and id be more than happy to drive them go Disney class of 2010

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Carolyn from FL on September 30th, 2009 at 1:35 am

Tampa Fall Volunteer
Everyday during fall some sort of program in Tampa is painting houses and helping with yard work.
Tampa Florida is already set to start off the Holiday Volunteer Celebration.
I’m so glad Disney has joined community volunteers.
Because of this I have renewed my annual pass.

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Robert from MI on September 30th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Even without getting a free day admission, it’s good to see so many do so much good.

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Raelynn on September 30th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

This is exciting news – both my children are willing to work for a fun day with Mickey Mouse – I can hardly wait to see more details!

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Debra from WI on October 1st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Hopefully, there will be volunteer service available to help our senior citizens in long term care facilities. Let us not forget about them.

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Whit from CA on October 6th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Fantastic news. Great to see Disney encourage volunteering.

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Paula on October 9th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Fantastic idea to support community involvement. I am impressed with Disney’s commitment to promote volunteerism in our country’s youth.

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Patricia from CA on October 11th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I just completed a college course on nonprofits and we were encouraged to become involved in community service. What a wonderful way to motivate others to become involved in their community and to enjoy the personal rewards of that service and to get a day of fun in return. I think I will donate my ticket to a charity so someone less fortunate can have a fun time instead.

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Lisa from AZ on October 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

What an awesome benefit for those who donate time volunteering!!!

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Richard on October 17th, 2009 at 9:27 am

This is an Absolutey wonderful way to give to the community “twice” once earning the ticket, then giving that away to those that would never have a chance to go. My son is excited about being able to do this, Thanks Disney for the valuable tool of teaching our kids to help others.

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Dabull from VA on October 25th, 2009 at 12:03 am

Hello. I think this is a great idea, but I do have one question. Is there a limit of how many times you can give a day of service for the tickets? Or can you do it as many times as you want?

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