Disney to offer free tickets to volunteers in 2010
Disney's confirmed the replacement for its popular "Get in free on your birthday promotion." For 2010, Disney will be giving free one-day tickets to U.S. and Canadian residents who volunteer in their communities.
To get a free ticket in the Muppet-themed "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion, you'll have to sign up for a designated volunteer activity through Disney's website. Once you complete the activity, you'll be given instructions on how to download the ticket voucher, which you will have to redeem at the park's ticket windows. (Just as most folks did for the birthday deal.) Here's the FAQ for the promotion.
Volunteer opportunities are being managed by the HandsOn Network, which runs the existing 1-800-Volunteer program and website. You can go there to get an idea of the sort of activities that might be available under the Disney program.
There are blockout days for these free tickets:
At Walt Disney World: March 29 - April 8 and July 4, 2010,
At Disneyland: February 13-14, March 21, June 21-22, July 4, November 21, and December 11-12, 2010.
Also, Disney is limiting the number of tickets awarded in the program, which will end on Dec. 15, 2010.
Update: My first take? One has to be at least six years old to get a free ticket, but this program, unlike the birthday deal, does provide an entire family the chance to get a free day at Disney.
The birthday program was a simple loss leader, as it left the rest of the birthday celebrant's family and friends to buy their own way into the park. This program is a more generous offer for families that volunteer together.
The downside? The blockout days and the possibility that people who come in late in the promotion won't get a free ticket at all. That could lead to an early stampede of volunteers, who then disappear as the one million tickets are given away. That's not necessarily the best solution for some organizations, which could use help more evenly distributed through the year.
Finally, much depends on what organizations are designated as "ticket eligible." There is the potential for some controversy, if some of the causes have an ideological or religious bent. Also, rural Disney fans and others in certain parts of the country could be left out if there is not a ticket-eligible opportunity near them.
On the whole though, this could be fun. Heck, there was some talk earlier this year of getting TPI readers together for a volunteer day down in Orlando. Perhaps readers might get together to do something through this program next year.
Robert, don't know if you caught my other post on this subject? Posted it at 6:30AM.
Sounds like a good idea.
Although I think volunteering is a very good thing for many reasons, I strongly dislike this promotion. Many of you will disagree, but it smells a little political to me.
Anthony, you ought to be all over this! You have promoted various worthy causes.
Can't, I work for Disney ( ok, Disney Store, but it counts) so I am ineligable, but they treat me right with tickets to the parks. I am part of VoluntEARS so I am doing the service, but its already through Disney. Got a silver Mickey Hat, very cool.
Why do people need something free in order to get something right done! Everyone is going to these places with just one goal GET MY FREE DISNEY TICKET, not I HOPE I MAKE A DIFFIRENCE IN SOMEONES LIFE TODAY! I feel like disney will give volunteer a bad rep, no?
And if I read 600 minutes, I got a ticket to Great America.
Am still looking into getting some Florida based TPI readers to join me for a day of Habiltat for Humanity, but waiting for the coller weather come in.
Well, about 18 years ago, I volunteered to join the USAF (the first time, and have re-enlisted a few times since then); and in January, I'll be going to serve in Afghanistan for 6 months. This could severely jeopardize any opportunity I have to participate in this program - but it won't stop me from volunteering when I can. Hope I can still participate somehow because believe me - even if I get in for free, they're gettin' some dough from me and my family!! (Happily and willingly, I might add!)
Thanks, Robert! Yes, I'm well aware - and take full advantage! - of the free Busch parks admission each year. I'm waiting for my parents to come down next week to decide which park they want to go to. :) And I blew my Universal freebie on the Barenaked Ladies concert back in February. WELL worth it, to me! LOL
Amy, Thanks for the service to our country. This comes from one of five brothers who served. My brother Harold was in the 2 World War, James and Eugene were in the Korean and Vietnam wars, John served during the Berlin Wall crisis and I was in during the Cubian missle crisis. We all came home safely. Please come home safely to all your TPI family.
By volunteer, they are referring to individuals who do charity work for free, correct?
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