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First ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Guests at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 11th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


First 'Give a Day, Get a Disney Day' Guests at Magic Kingdom Park, Megan Connors and Torey Bixler
A quick update to begin the week…we’re thrilled to announce that our first “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” guests have arrived at Magic Kingdom Park. Megan Connors and Torey Bixler from the University of Maryland College Park volunteered for A Wider Circle organization to help distribute furniture to shelters. Both said they had planned a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and decided to perform a day of volunteer service to receive a one-day admission ticket to the theme park.

There are still opportunities to participate in the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program – Just check disneyparks.com and sign up.

Of course, there are some official details you should know about: You 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. One ticket per person. 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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First Look: Rehearsal Video of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in “Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade”

posted on January 8th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


If you want to be the first to see Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in a parade at Disneyland park, check out the video above. We taped this during a rehearsal after Disneyland park closed on Wednesday night. The video gives a first glimpse of the new “Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade” that will debut today at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida.

As you’ll see, the cavalcade celebrates volunteerism and features Kermit, Miss Piggy, along with special floats and vehicles festooned with bright balloons and flanked by parade dancers. They’re all excited about the new “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program happening in 2010 (see www.disneyparks.com for terms).

“Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade” precedes “Celebrate! A Street Party” at Disneyland park. You can catch the show at Disneyland park once a day, and there are a few things you should know about the current schedule:

  • If there is only one performance of “Celebrate! A Street Party” scheduled for the day, then the cavalcade will happen at that time.
  • If there are two performances of “Celebrate! A Street Party” planned for the day, then you can catch Kermit and Miss Piggy as part of the Cavalcade at the evening parade.

As always, check for show times because they’re subject to change and cancellation.

Check back on the Disney Parks Blog later as Tom Smith will be sharing photos of the parade at Magic Kingdom park and details of how Walt Disney World guests can see the cavalcade.

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‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ — Pass it On!

posted on January 5th, 2010 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!

As you know, Disney Parks is celebrating the spirit of giving with ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.” And beginning today, there’s a new way to spread the volunteer spirit starring the Muppets — and you. Just enter your name or the name of your blog/Web site for a unique personalized experience with Kermit and Fozzie. See for yourself:

Embedding a customized video and sharing is easy. Click “preview” and then copy the updated code for your blog or Web site or add an e-mail address. Also, don’t miss another special volunteer experience at the end of the video. You’ll select a favorite Muppet to help clean up a Web page.

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‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ Web Site Update

posted on January 1st, 2010 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!

Thanks to the generous spirit of our guests, we have had a strong response to our ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ program.

We prepared for this launch based on similar programs in the past. However, the large numbers of guests attempting to register for volunteer service in the program has created periodic slowdowns in the network, resulting in difficulty in completing the registration process.

We apologize for the inconvenience and want to let you know that we’re working to add capacity to the system to provide a better registration experience.

Be assured that new volunteer opportunities are being added to the HandsOn Network daily, and we will not hit the 1 million ticket milestone this weekend. So keep checking back to see what new volunteer opportunities have been added — and thanks for your interest in the ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ program. Here are more details and terms concerning the program.

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Disney Parks Launches ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’

posted on January 1st, 2010 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!

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

Beginning today, Disney Parks is officially launching “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” — perform a day of volunteer service at a participating organization in 2010 and you’ll receive a free, one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.

If you recall, we announced the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program on The Disney Parks Blog in September. Now, you can participate. It’s simple — just sign up, volunteer and redeem.

– First, visit www.DisneyParks.com or www.DisneyParks.ca, search for a volunteer activity and sign up. TThe opportunities are being coordinated by HandsOn Network, the nation’s largest volunteer network. And as you’ll notice, many of the available activities offer opportunities for families to volunteer together.

– Next, you complete the volunteer activity selected.

– Finally, when the completed day of volunteer service has been verified by HandsOn Network, you’ll print out a voucher online (instructions will be included in a follow-up e-mail from Disney Parks) before redeeming it at a Disney Park — in California at Disneyland Resort or in Florida at Walt Disney World Resort – for a one-day, one-park ticket. If a guest determines that they won’t be able to visit a Disney park (vouchers must be redeemed and tickets used by Dec. 15, 2010), they can donate the ticket to a charity designated by Disney: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern California; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; Dreams Take Flight Canada.

Keep checking The Disney Parks Blog for updates on “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”

There are also some official details you should know about: You 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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Disney Volunteer Celebration Spreads

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


Our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” celebration may have started in Chicago with Mickey and Minnie but it certainly didn’t end there — it spread around the nation and into Canada.

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day in Los Angeles, CA

In California, Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger, celebrities and 125 volunteers helped construct frames of houses to help low-income families. As part of the volunteer effort, Teri Hatcher and James Denton hammered away to build Lynwood homes.

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day in Miami, FL

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton and the Disney VoluntEARS joined the community around the Miami River in South Florida for volunteer work. The projects included shoreline restoration, enlarging a community garden, landscaping and other work to revitalize the community. Disney characters Donald and Daisy Duck helped with the volunteer work.

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day in Atlanta, GA

Also, Disney Parks and Resorts joined volunteers to revitalize Butler Street YMCA in Atlanta, GA. Volunteers constructed an amphitheater, planted and painted to beautify the facility and the surrounding area. Disney characters Goofy and Pluto were also “digging” the volunteer effort at the YMCA.

And volunteers in Toronto helped revitalize the grounds at the Toronto Zoo – they painted, planted and cleaned up the public zoo areas.

Remember, if you perform a similar day of volunteer service for a participating organization beginning on January 1, you’ll receive a one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park. When the program launches, it’ll be as easy as signing up, volunteering and then redeeming your ticket.

In upcoming weeks, we’ll be spreading the volunteer message throughout the nation. We’re working with Southwest Airlines to provide transportation for a 20-city tour that’ll include a few surprises. We’ll be posting updates on the @DisneyParks Twitter account and on The Disney Parks Blog.

Here are some details you need to know: 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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Disney Launches ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ TV Spots

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


There’s no doubt that our “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” announcement has generated excitement here at Disney Parks. And now, there’s more.

We’re premiering two unique television spots featuring the Muppets and celebrities James Denton and Taye Diggs. They’re helping announce how a day of volunteer service will get you a one-day ticket to one of the theme parks at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort – for free.

In our first video, watch what happens when Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Denton join forces with community volunteers to construct a home.

And in our second video, Taye Diggs inspires Mrs. Piggy and friends to finish a volunteer project and then celebrate at Disney Parks.

“Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” will begin on Jan. 1, 2010. But don’t wait to learn more. We’ve posted a special page at www.DisneyParks.com or www.DisneyParks.ca in Canada.

Our friends in legal want to be sure you know: 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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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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