Disney has revealed that its "Give a Day, Get a Day" program, which gives guests free tickets in exchange for volunteer work, is close to reaching its limit of one million participants.
The HandsOn network, which operates the program on behalf of Disney, has sent an e-mail to participating volunteer organizations advising them that the scheme is "forecasted to come to a close very shortly". It specifies steps that will be taken by Disney to begin winding down the program ahead of its closure.
The Give a Day, Get a Disney Day program allows any US, Canadian or Puerto Rican resident to receive a free ticket for any US Disney theme park in exchange for volunteering for a day at a participating charitable organization. It is still possible to register for the program through Disney's website (in the US or Canada). A wide range of opportunities are still listed for the next 60 days, although Disney intends to remove flexible schedule opportunities from today (March 5) and to limit future volunteering opportunities to specific times and dates.
Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Susi Brown, speaking to the Orange County Register, said "We are close to our goal of inspiring one-million people to make a difference by volunteering. This spirit of volunteerism is making a significant impact in communities across the country."
The "Give a Day, Get a Day" program launched on January 1, 2010 and was immediately swamped by applicants. Demand was so great that Disney's website collapsed under the strain. By February 18, some 600,000 people had signed up for the free ticket offer.
Full terms and conditions for the offer can be found in Disney's FAQ.