My Trip Must-Haves: Cast Member Thank You Cards

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Days in the Park and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. First, I would like to say how thrilled I am to join the Magical Blogorail and, especially, the blue line. I am very happy you are taking the time to join me here today.

When I was told about this month’s topic, I was torn between writing from a practical or emotional perspective. With me, emotion always seems to win out, so when thinking about our topic, “A trip to Disney isn’t complete without…” I didn’t write about how we always visit the Magic Kingdom first or how we always watch Illuminations on our last night. I wanted to talk about something closer to my heart – our way of sharing the Disney love with the cast members. The personal connection at Disney is exactly the thing a trip to Disney would not be complete without.

Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” It has been said that Walt always encouraged the cast members to “take five minutes a day to make a magical memory for one of our guests.” Walt called it “plussing,” and friends of Walt Disney have said that if you understand the “plus factor” then you have the key to Walt’s heart. Well, as a Disney lover I understand, and very much appreciate, the plus factor. That is why cast member thank you cards are on every trip’s To-Do and To-Pack list.

To me, the magic of Disney is in the people. I have repeatedly been amazed by the level of service we have received from cast members, whether at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or on a Disney cruise. It is unparalleled in my opinion and I am happy to share that sentiment with everyone who asks why I do what I do or why “I’m going to Walt Disney World AGAIN?”

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We hand out cast member thank you cards (like this one) to special cast members who go above and beyond to make our trip more special. This is not something I thought of on my own, but I read long ago about the idea and fell in love with it. My cards have Disney characters on them and generally say things that convey how they made our trip extra special. I carry these cards in my bag and whenever a cast member does something extraordinary, which has been quite often, I give them one and thank them for their help. These are also great for the Disney bus drivers who take us to and from the fun each day. They are not allowed to accept tips, but I do give them cast member thank you cards.

There have been many deserving cast members over the years who have received one of our thank yous. Disney is better than anyone at maintaining staff who go above and beyond to “plus” the experience of each guest. The cast members truly care about making the guests happy and, to me, they really deserve recognition. If you joined Magical Blogorail Yellow last week you undoubtedly read some great stories about magical moments with the cast members.

Sharing the Disney magic with the cast members means a lot to us. My kids always remind me, “did you give her a thank you card, mom?” The joy we get from handing out these little gestures is the extra magic that makes our trip extra special. In my opinion, a trip to Disney would definitely not be complete without the human interaction and emotional connection. After all, this is what Walt’s dream was all about.

NOTE: You can download these cards for free here and edit them to fit your family. Just print them out on business card sheets fed into your printer and then separate them and they are ready to go. It is a lot of fun to pass them out to cast members who have made your trip special in some way.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A Disney Mom’s Thoughts.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

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Mary at Capturing Magical Memories
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Mary at Capturing Magical Memories

I love this idea. It is always nice to know you are apprciated. And Cast Members do a lot for us.

Disney Babies Jenn
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Disney Babies Jenn

What a great idea!! I try to remember to do cast member thank you’s through guest relations – so that their service goes in their file for promotions, full time jobs, etc… but I love this!

Lisa @home is where the mouse is
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I love this idea! What a great way to spread some pixie dust to those who work so hard to make our trips so magical. I will have to remember this for our next trip!

Beth Green
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Awesome! I’ll definitely be stealing this idea!! great post!

Heidi Strawser
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I totally agree with this post! For our trip last January, I made up 2-sided “thank you” cards. On the front they had a nice sentiment and on the back they had 5 of the Disney stick figures with our names under them. Fortunately, I had some left over for our September trip too. The kids and I had so much fun giving them out to CM’s who were simply “doing their job” but made our day! One man told me he has a drawer at home full of thank you notes that he has received over the many, many… Read more »

Upon A Star Concierge Jenn
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What a beautiful post! I LOVE this idea. What a special thing to do for those who make Disney special for us!

Tom
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Tom

I like the What Would Walt Do pins, myself. The cast members always cry when we give them one.

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Amy

That’s awesome! My in-laws work for Disney, and I’m sure they’d love to receive one (or more!) of these 🙂

Or how about a little postcard that you can fill in someone’s name and hand to management, or send off to an address for castmember services, perhaps? I work in the service industry and I can tell you, a written “kudos” works wonders!

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