The Perks of Being a DCP Cast Member

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The perks of being a DCP cast member are pretty good for an internship program. They can save you thousands of dollars while you are working at Disney.

1. The first day you are at the Traditions class, you’ll get your company ID. Your ID allows you unlimited entrance to all Disney theme parks worldwide (except Disneyland Tokyo) and the Disney water parks. There are some black-out dates throughout the year, mainly effecting the Magic Kingdom on holiday weekends. As those times are when the Parks are at peak capacity, you don’t want to go then anyway. Why go to a Park when it’s mobbed with people when you can enjoy the Parks anytime?

2. You get a company discount of 20% off all merchandise. During the Holiday Celebration period (Nov. – Feb.), the CP merchandise discount goes up to 40%. The discount is good at all Parks, Disney hotels, Disney Stores, Disney online, on Disney cruise ships, and at Disney Ports.

3. A few weeks after you complete the Traditions class and start working, you’ll be mailed a Blue Main Gate Pass for yourself and then 3 Guest Passes to use to get friends and family into the Parks for free. It will come loaded with 6 day park hopper passes. (3 x 6 = 18 free Park Hopper passes, a perk worth over $1,000!) You’ll also have opportunities to receive additional free passes through volunteering with Disney VoluntEARS and at other company events.  Read more about it here.

4. At some Disney table service restaurants, you can get 20% off your meal. The catch is that there isn’t a published list of exactly which restaurants are currently giving the CM discount and sometimes, even if a restaurant gives the discount, they may only honor it at non-peak hours, i.e., dinner after 9pm. Again, the only way to know is to always ASK!

5. Your company ID gives you free parking at any Park or waterpark, currently $17/day at Disney World.

6. If you work during the Fall internship, you’ll be mailed a Family Holiday Celebration coupons booklet filled with 60% off coupons for Disney hotel stays, 50% off Disney table service dining, and 6 free soda coupons or free popcorn coupons. If you take advantage of all of these coupons, especially if you have family members visiting you during your program, you could save thousands of dollars.  You will also receive another 3 Guest Passes for friends any family!  You can use those with your original guest passes (letting in 4 people) or you can use it individually (letting in 1 person) and save your original guest passes for later!

7. Disney CP housing is a bargain. For about $100/week, taken directly out of your paycheck, you will get a fully furnished apartment with all utilities (A/C, heat, water, cable, internet, phone, sewer and trash/recycling) included. You won’t have to pay any deposits to turn on the electricity, etc. like you would renting a regular apartment. At Disney World, free bus transportation to and from work is also included. All apartment complexes have 24 hour gated security and roaming security guards (important if you’re getting off a 2am shift or going to a 6am shift!) All apartment complexes also have a large pool, hot tubs, tennis courts, and other recreational opportunities like billiards.

8. If you chose not to stay in Disney housing, many nearby apartment complexes offer 10% rent discounts to cast members. If you’re not sure, ASK!

9. Disney CP housing hosts monthly themed character parties with free food, great DJs, and character meet & greets. They are a blast! Go to all of them!!!

10. Many local area businesses give cast members discounts of 10% off. Both our favorite Chinese restaurant and our nail salon give us 10% off our bills. Many businesses advertise the CM discount on their doors or menus, but, if not, ASK! You might be surprised at how many businesses say yes.

11. One of the best perks are last-minute discounts for cruises from any of the ports (Cape Canaveral is the closest.) As a cast member, you can get 40-60% discount off of Disney cruises. The available cruise dates, ships, and ports are listed about 3-4 weeks out on the company Hub page.  Your CM discount (20%) works at all the Disney ports and onboard ship!  🙂  [Note:  Must be employed by Disney for 90 days prior to booking cruise.]

12. Cast members get to shop at Disney’s private Company D store where overstocked or slightly damaged clothing and merchandise is sold for 50-75% off retail, plus then you can use your 20-40% cast member discount on top of that. The first ten days of the month, the Company D store also does pin trading, limited to 2 pin trades per day per cast member. They usually have several unusual or unique pins on their pin board. Always worth a look!

13. If you need extra Park passes for visiting family and friends, CMs can purchase discounted tickets for them at the Company D store.

14. The AMC Theater at Downtown Disney gives CMs a 10% discount on movie tickets.

15. You’ll be invited to special cast member only previews (we got to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Hollywood Studios premier before it opened nationwide). The next special preview we hope to attend is for the opening of the Snow White and Seven Dwarfs mine ride.

16. You’ll be invited to private, after hours cast member only parties at the Parks, with unlimited rides with no lines and free food! 🙂

17. And, finally, something that we think is a pretty good perk:  flexible scheduling with the ability to trade or giveaway your shifts if you need time off or would like to see what working at other WDW locations is like.  We work merchandising at Downtown Disney (Elly) and the Animal Kingdom (Caroline).  But, we can trade or pick up open shifts at any of the four Parks, the two water parks, or any of the hotel gift shops at Disney World.  If you’re into costumes, each work location has a different costume to wear!  How cool is that!

  • I work for Disney!

    I work for Disney!

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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23 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a DCP Cast Member

  1. sandykarpie says:

    Wow, it’s probably going to be hard to leave the CP with all those perks.

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  2. Kady says:

    I thought the free passes we get were for a max of 3 people for 6 days?

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    • Yes, that is correct! This was written when we were still figuring it all out. You get 3 Guest Pass cards and those can be used for 6 days. If you are working in the Fall, you will receive more passes with the Holiday Celebration packet and also if you sign up for any of the events off the Hub.

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      • Liz says:

        So are you saying that one card can be used six times? I’m just trying to get this straight, I’m gonna be working in the fall.

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      • So you will receive your Main Gate plus 3 guest passes. Those passes can be used 6 days. And you can use them to swipe in 1-3 guests. If you only swipe in 1 guest one day, then you “lose” the other two passes for that day.

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  3. Lei Jiang says:

    Hi, I’m very interested in guest tickets. I’m a medical doctor from Beijing China. My husband, 7 y/o daughter and I are going to play in Disney. If anyone could help us with discounted theme park tickets, we would appreciate it very much.

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    • Hello, and welcome to America! No, we don’t have any discounted tickets (we get ours through work). The parks are very crowded Christmas week (now), but still worth going to see. Have fun with your family!!! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Jill N. says:

    Thanks so much for including this! My program is Fall Advantage 2015!! Only 56 more days! I read on another blog that cast members get 20% off merch but then only 10% on dvds. Is that true?

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  5. It’s 20% most of the time and then bumps to 40% during the Holiday Celebration, which starts in October. I wasn’t aware that DVDs were any different because it’s 20% off your total, not off individual items.
    More on the upcoming Holiday Celebration (this is from last year):https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/disney-2014-holiday-celebration-discount/

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  6. Emily O says:

    Hi! Do CMs get discounts on party tickets? So Mickeys Not So Scary or Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party?

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  7. Stella says:

    How much is the discount when purchasing park passes such as Magic Kingdom for friends and family?

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  8. It’s a 10% discount off of park tickets. You have to buy them at the Company D store, you can’t get the discounted tickets at Guest Services.
    https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/discounted-cast-member-tickets-at-the-company-d-store/

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  9. dan says:

    Once she’s in the DCP can my daughter book resort rooms at a discount?

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  10. Yes, she can…at least a 40% discount and if she waits until October to book and uses her Holiday coupons, it bumps to 50%.
    This is the 2014 Holiday Booklet (2015 will be the same):
    https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/disney-2014-holiday-celebration-discount/

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    • Brian says:

      Will the discounted rooms & free admission passes be available during the week after Christmas or are those days usually blacked out? Also, if her program is scheduled to end in Dec but we are going in Feb, can the room be booked in advance for us by her? Thanks!

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      • The week between Christmas and New Years is the busiest week of the year at WDW. No discounted rooms will be available. The Magic Kingdom will definitely be blocked out the entire week for cast members (called self admission) and their guest passes. The other parks will be blocked for guest passes at least a few days, if not the whole week too.

        The day her program ends is the last day she is an employee of Disney. Her passes stop working as do her employee discounts.
        You must be an active employee with a valid perner at check-in to get the discounts.

        We hope she has FUN on her program (we assume she is fall advantage or fall 2016?)!!!
        Have a magical day!!!

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  11. Alyssa Durbin says:

    I’m doing Spring. Will I also get a hotel discount for my family? If so, how much?

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  12. Disney Fan says:

    I really like it when people get together and share ideas.
    Great website, keep it up!

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  13. emily says:

    hey there! For the cruise discount, if for example i booked a cruise in advance during my program for when my program is done (ex. a cruise for september that I book in July) can I get the discount even if i’m no longer an employee, as long as I pay for it while I still am a CM? (not sure if this makes sense haha) thanks!

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    • Yes!
      You can book a cruise after you’ve worked for Disney for 90 days.
      Book it on the Hub, pay for it, and you are good to sail!

      BUT, here’s the problem: The Hub has the unsold rooms available for upcoming cruises, but it’s only like 4-6 weeks out!
      So, you have to keeping checking the Hub so you know what cruise you want to do and on which Disney ship, and book it at almost the end of your program.

      You won’t be able to get the shipboard discount (20%) if you cruise after your program. If you like to shop like we do, or plan on doing excursions (like we did), that could save you a ton of $$$.

      And, you won’t know what cabin or deck you’re on until you arrive at the ship. But, we found out we were wayyy ungraded and were thrilled with how we were treated on our cruise!

      Happy sailing!!!

      https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/planning-a-disney-dream-cruise/

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