Disney Attendance Policy: Points and Reprimands Explained

program guide

The DCP Program Guide has all the program info and guidelines that you need to know!

Remeber reading this during Traditions? This is the Program Guide page that expalins the points system.

Remember reading this from during Traditions? This is the Program Guide page that explains the points system.

The Points and Reprimand System for Disney World CP cast members*

3 points within 30 days of each other = 1 Reprimand

6 points within 90 days of each other = 2 Reprimands

9 points within 180 days of each other = 3 Reprimands, CPs TERMED

12 points within 365 days of each other = 4 Reprimands = CMs TERMED

*At Disneyland, it’s the above point/reprimand system x 3.

Note:  Points and Reprimands do NOT “disappear” from your employment record!  If you’ve heard otherwise from a fellow cast member, it’s not true!  But, they won’t be carried forward if you convert from a CP to a CM after your program has ended.

As stated above, CPs who extend in their role will carry forward any points and reprimands from their first program into their extension!

program guide

The DCP Program Guide

Points for Clocking in Late to Work (mainly due to riding Transtar buses to work!)

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Do not let those 1/2 points add up!!

1 minute to 2 hours late = 1/2 point*

Over 2 hours late to work = 1 point

*If your shift starts at 9:00am, you must clock in between 8:45am – 9:00am.  Clocking in at 9:01am is 1/2 point!


From Page 50 of your Program Guide:  NEVER, EVER call out and then go play in the parks!  Your manager will get a notification and it’s grounds for immediate dismissal from the DCP program!  CPs do this every semester and are surprised to be termed the next day!!

Calling Out

CPs get no (0, zero) sick days or personal days during their program.

Calling out or no show = 1 point

Taking Time Off During Your Program


The 10 Day Rule

Requesting time off – called ADO, for Approved Day Off – may or may not be approved by your manager depending on scheduling.

You can’t take more than 10 consecutive days off in a 14 day period.

Spring CPs are more likely to get ADOs than Fall CPs.

Self Terming

And, finally, are you seriously thinking about self terming?

The DCP Program isn’t for everyone!  IT IS HARD WORK!!!

Some people don’t get along with their roommates, some CPs don’t like their role or their leaders, some people get sick during their program…there’s lots of reasons to stay, but there’s also a lot of valid reasons to leave.

How To Self Term From the DCP Program

Restricted Rehire

Sometimes things don’t work out and you have to leave the program early.

You’ll be placed on Restricted Rehire status for at least 6 months after you separate from the company.

Read more here:  Restricted Rehire Status – What Does It Mean?

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Clocking out…time to hit the parks and have some fun on your scheduled days off!!

On the very last day of our DCP program.

On the very last day of our second DCP program.  Thanks for everything Mickey!!!


working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


22 thoughts on “Disney Attendance Policy: Points and Reprimands Explained

  1. kat says:

    Is the rumor about calling out your final week and getting automatically termed true? I am currently ill from a bug or food poisoning and it is my last week. So I am really terrified that I am going to get termed. But they only term upon reprimands right?


    • This rumor comes up at the end of every single DCP program!
      A point is a point. Period.
      Doesn’t matter if it’s your last week or a holiday like Christmas Day.
      It’s just a point!
      Hope you feel better soon!
      And, we hope that you enjoyed your DCP program! 🙂


    • Tanya L says:

      I was termed for missing my very last shift of the college program. I had started a new job (as the CP program was coming to an end) and I worked for almost 2 weeks at both my CP Disney job and the other resort job, but the very last shift scheduled at Disney overlapped with the new job and I had to miss the Disney shift. I later found out I am not considered a CP alumni and was termed for the missed shift. I only had one other half of a shift I missed when I was super sick and permitted to leave by my leader, although I did not go through the proper ER request that is usually done to leave early. I was really sick, I didn’t have time to wait.


  2. S says:

    Hi! I have the same question as Kat. So is it ok to call out or call sick for the last week without being termed? I am so worried about it. Is it just cost me a point to call out or call sick in the last week as usual? I am so worried about it. Thank you so much!


  3. KJ says:

    Nice website. Continue the very good work. Many thanks!


  4. Brandon says:

    What is the 90 day probation period? I’m not a CP I’m part time so I’m worried about racking up too many points in the future so I’m looking for a better understanding of how it works. Will Disney term you if you get more than a certain amount of points in that 90 day period or something?


    • Disney has a union representing the workers at the Disney Parks and Resorts. But not at the Disney Stores.

      Within the first 90 days of employment, you can be fired without cause. Your manager can call you in, take away your Disney ID and Main Gate Pass and block your Hub access. All without any reason.

      After 90 days, there are HR procedures to follow.

      Do not get any points (for being late, missing work, etc.) or have any bad interactions with guests within your first 90 day probation period!

      Have a magical day!


  5. Nick says:

    Will points and reprimands ever disappear? I have 2 reprimands from when I worked there in Fall 2016 and was wondering if that will negatively affect me if I want to apply for Spring 2018?


  6. Arletha says:

    Really good blog.


  7. Tom says:

    Greetings from Ohio! I love the info you present here and can’t wait to take a further look when I get home. Superb site!


  8. Dania Gil says:

    Hi I’m a former ICP and I’m trying to reapply for the CRP at the Mexican pavilion but I’m a little worried about my points.
    I got 3 points in a period of 60 days. Already called the casting number you posted and they told me I’m clear.
    Still im worried cause my program ended just 10 days ago and I dont know if they already collected all of my info.
    Thanks, Sabía

    ps loved ur book I carried it my whole program


  9. […] To explain it in more detail, we’ve written a whole blog about it:  Disney Attendance Policy and Points Explained! […]


  10. Parrinello says:

    Fantastic website. I very much enjoyed reading it.


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