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Are you volunteering to get a free ticket to Disneyland or Walt Disney World?

By Robert Niles
Published: January 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
With Disney retiring its "get in free on your birthday" promotion, folks are turning their attention to volunteer opportunities to get a free ticket to Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

The "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion started on Jan. 1, and the promotion's website promptly crumpled under the volume of searches from people looking for qualifying volunteer opportunities. The first one million people who sign up on the Disney website and complete a qualifying volunteer task will get a free one-day, one-park ticket to a U.S. Disney theme park.

More than 4,000 people have signed up to give blood in Tampa. A Theme Park Insider reader wrote me about an opportunity he found on the Disney site to disassemble Rose Parade floats.

And at least one other business is hopping on Disney's coat-tails. Four of the Best Western hotels around Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, are offering a third night free after a two-night stay to visitors who present a Certificate of Completion from the Disney volunteer effort.

Have you signed up for a volunteer gig yet? Are you planning to? Tell us what you think of the program, in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Adam Nodjomian on January 7, 2010 at 12:59 PM
My family has signed up to participate in a pet adoption fair on Sunday in Georgetown. We finally were able to sign up on January 3rd, after trying multiple times on the 1st and 2nd unsuccessively. We will probably vist in the November time frame (before they Early December Deadline).
From Anthony Murphy on January 7, 2010 at 1:05 PM
I am signing up, but donating my ticket!
From 75.210.148.254 on January 7, 2010 at 1:26 PM
My mom, sister, husband and I tried several times the first few days to sign up but were unable to. My husband and I ended up signing up for a different oppurtunity than my mom and sister. Well the organization they signed up with verified the scheduled oppurtunity and ours didnt. I tried to sign up for the same oppurtunity they did but there werent enough spots left. It is the only other oppurtunity we can complete in time to get our vouchers before our early feb trip. Im going to see if I can sign up with the same org under one of their nospecific oppurtunities and see if I can just be verified for the same oppurtunity as my Mom and sister. I am willing to go back and volunteer as much as they need me to after, I want to be an actual help instead of someone who only cares about their ticket. But it would save me alot of money if we could make it work out! Im just frustrated with the system because I tried as soon as midnight on new years and several times a day there afer and by the time the server stopped freezing on me the sooner oppurtunities were all gone. It wasnt my comp either, I was using my brand new laptop we got ourselves for Christmas.
From Beth Olliges on January 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM
I've submitted my name to a local organization through the web site, but haven't yet confirmed a date with them. Here's hoping it all works out!
From 24.144.112.172 on January 7, 2010 at 7:24 PM
Volunteer for a free ticket? With a Seasonal Pass on hand, I'm volunteering for a Special FASTPASS card or just to donate that free ticket!
From 139.76.224.67 on January 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM
I heard you can't donate the ticket, that it is non transferrable. Might want to check that out.
From Crystal A on January 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM
I volunteered myself, my husband and 2 children for an opportunity to read to 2-5 year olds in a town about 30 minutes away from ours. So far the sign up and correspondance from the local orgnization has gone smoothly. There were a few opportunites in our immediate area but none of them accepted children under 14.

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