Deck the halls with jolly spirit! The holiday season has officially begun at the Walt Disney World Resort, which can only mean one thing— it’s time to make merry magic! Children run through Main Street, U.S.A. as snow flurries over Magic Kingdom Park, and families reunite while couples are immersed in the wonder of it all. On a fall Disney Program, you are part of a Disney holiday story. No matter your role, you have the ability to make a holiday wish come true.
Being away from home during the holidays can be tough, but remembering the impact you can make on a guest is unbelievably rewarding. People come to the Walt Disney World Resort for a reason. Whether it’s to celebrate the holidays, or something even bigger. Working here, you are a part of making their magic a reality. Give yourself a pat on the back for that. It’s something truly special. We know you have it in you to go above and beyond to celebrate this season. To help, here’s a little guide to get the pixie dust flowing through your veins.
Let guests sign autographs
Trust me on this one. There is nothing more special than approaching a guest, young or old, and asking for them to sign your autograph book. If you tell a guest that Mickey Mouse himself wants you to get their autograph because he informed you that they are in fact a prince or princess, the smile on their face will be enough to warm an entire park.
Create ‘I’m celebrating the holidays’ buttons to pass out
If you have some extra time to spare, you might as well fill it with holiday cheer! Collect a few ‘I’m celebrating’ buttons and deck them out with the spirit of the season. Passing them out to guests is not only a great way to spark conversation, it also gets people excited about the merriment of the season. And remember, you don’t even need to be necessarily ‘on the clock’ to do this. You never know when having an extra button can make someone smile!
Ask guests what holiday they are celebrating and direct them to specific storytellers
During the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, each pavilion has a storyteller to explain how their country celebrates this time of year. It’s a great way to learn the different ways the world rejoices. Get familiar with the various holiday stories of the world and take a stroll through Epcot during your off time. It may even spark a new tradition!
Get your co-cast members together and sing some Christmas carols
I know it may feel a little strange at first, but during your down time, creativity is key. Besides, there is no better way to spread holiday cheer than by singing your favorite carols. Grab hold of your invisible microphone and let guests know that Santa Claus is coming to town.
Tweet out Cast Compliments
If you see someone going out of their way to create a special moment, let them know they are doing a good job. Recognizing cast members is not only encouraging, it gives cast members the most rewarding feeling to know that their hard work really does make an impact. It’s super easy to do – just head to Twitter and tweet @WDWToday using #CastCompliment to spotlight a standout cast member.
Support your fellow cast members who are part of Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
At Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Cast members, including Disney Programs participants, have the opportunity to sing in the Cast Choir. Come out and support your friends as they sing in front of celebrity narrators such as Neil Patrick Harris, Jodi Benson, Auli’iI Cravalho and many more.
If you’re going to jingle, jingle all the way. It doesn’t take much, but making a little extra magic can go a long way. Whether you’re at work, in the parks or wherever this season’s adventures lead you, if the moment is merry, might as well make it bright! We believe that you have it in you to truly create some unforgettable holiday memories. And believing is just the beginning. Happy magic making!