2018 Disney Cast Member Guest Passes



Self Admission Pass

The new Self Admission Pass for cast members info:

Earning Guest Passes changed on January 1, 2016!  Many managers are still quoting the old pass system which has been updated!

Previously, CMs got three park hopper guest passes loaded with six passes each (3×6=18 passes total) a few weeks after completing Traditions to use for family and friends during their program.

But, no more!

Now, you must complete a certain number of service hours to earn a guest pass:

150 Hours Worked = 3 One Day Park Hopper Passes  (3)

300 Hours Worked = 3 More One Day Park Hopper Passes (3+3=6)

600 Hours Worked = 3 More One Day Park Hopper Passes (3+3+3=9)

CPs can now only earn up to 9 One Day Park Hopper Passes in a calendar year.


The new One Day Park Hopper guest passes are referred to as the ‘Chip & Dale’ passes…you can see why!

Note that most CPs will work about 30 hours per week in a normal, non-holiday week.

This means that for most CPs, they will have to work 5 weeks to receive the first 3 guest passes.  Unless you extend your program, you probably will not work 600 hours during your program, especially the Spring Program CPs.  The passes are mailed to you about 10 days after completing each 150 hour work period.

But, CPs will still have opportunities to receive additional free Park guest passes through volunteering with Disney VoluntEARS and at other company-sponsored events. The Family Holiday Celebration passes that are issued during the Fall DCP Program are for 1 day/1 guest entrance.

You can not just give the Guest Passes to family/friends and have them use them. When visiting a WDW theme park with a guest(s), you must touch your Blue Main Gate Pass to the Mickey touch point first, then immediately your guest(s) must touch their Guest Pass to the touch point.

After that first use, you don’t have to stay with your guests (i.e., you can go to work) and they can use their Guest Pass to park hop without you being there. But, you are responsible for their behavior – and any misbehavior – so use your Guest Passes wisely!

There have definitely been stories of family members freaking out and expecting special treatment in the parks and this bad behavior can even be enough to ‘term’ fire) the cast member.


The new complimentary ‘Chip & Dale’ passes.  These are park hopper tickets, valued at over $100 each.

Remember, your Self Entrance Pass is good for you and your guests at:Disney World

But not:

Disneyland Paris
Hong Kong Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
Shanghai Disneyland

And, don’t forget, you get free parking at WDW and DLR by showing your company ID (currently at $20/day at WDW).

For more info and current black-out dates: The HUB>>Quick Links>>Complimentary Admission

2018 Disney World Blockout Dates

2018 Disneyland Blockout Dates


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Main gate pass

If you lose your pass, this is how to replace it!

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Directions of how to get to WDW Ticketing to replace lost passes.

We thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes for all four WDW theme parks for the next few months in case family and friends are planning a visit to Orlando to see you!

New official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

January 2018 – March 2018:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

Magic Kingdom:


We expect blockout days might be added in March because Easter in April 1st.



Looking good! Festival of the Arts is going on January 12 – Feb 19, 2018.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:


Looking good at DHS! Warning: Still lots and lots of construction with a lot of attractions closed!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:


Now, this calendar we believe is correct. Palm Sunday is March 25th, so Easter Week is March 24th – April 1, 2018. Expect heavy crowds at Pandora!


Always check for current updates at: Updated Blockout Dates. Sometimes Disney will add or release blockout days depending on revised park crowd forecasts (based on pre-ticket sales and resort/dining reservation loads).

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Welcome to Disney World!


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Two Disney Sisters

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 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



130 thoughts on “2018 Disney Cast Member Guest Passes

  1. Winnie Boulton says:

    Wonderful stuff, just excellent writing!


  2. Dahae says:

    Hi! So one of my co-workers told me that each of the guest hopper passes can hold up to 3 guests. Meaning that 3 people can use one hopper pass for one day. Is that true? Or for example, if I have 2 family members coming, do they each have to use one hopper pass instead of using just one for both of them. Thank you!


  3. Nick says:

    Is this for CP only? My friend is a CM and he’s never heard of this? Or do they not tell you so you won’t ever claim them?


    • Guest Passes are a Disney cast member benefit available to all employees.

      It’s possible that your friend isn’t an actual Disney employee but rather is a contractor and actually works for another company at Disney.
      Then he wouldn’t get Guest Passes for family and friends.


      • Nick says:

        I believe he’s a CM since he has the card and he’s able to sign me in with MEP. He’s an engineer that works for the Disney resorts in Anaheim. I’ll have to ask him about it then.


  4. Jenny says:

    Hi! So my friend got hired about a month ago at the disneyland CA, and he received his guest card in the mail. We were planning on going this week. Will he be able to get us in (only one more person besides myself) with a hopper ticket?


  5. Ash Morris says:

    Hi, I have a question! I have the blue 16 admit MEP. Does the 16x passes start over in January or on my seniority hire date? Thanks!


  6. Jennifer says:

    I love you blog! It’s very informative.
    I was wondering if you could answer a question about tickets for me. My son is in the college program and we are going to visit him in December. We are staying on Disney property and he is going to give us tickets for a few days. With his tickets, will we be able to go to extra magic hours for the days we’re in the parks? He doesn’t think his free tickets can be used for EMH, but I thought that perk came with staying on property. Thanks for your help!


    • You are merging 2 separate ticket benefits into 1.

      As a guest staying on property, if you buy tickets, yes you can get into certain parks early for EMH.
      And, you can also set up your fast passes early before you arrive, and link them to your hotel Magic Bands.
      And if you are staying in deluxe Disney resorts, you’ll get extra Fast Passes every day.

      BUT, you’ll be using your CP complimentary passes.
      They have restrictions and blockout days.
      You can’t use them for EMH.
      You can get Fast Passes at the park, but not as many.
      MOST OF ALL, he must go in immediately before you at the turnstile to get your tickets activated for the day.
      As he won’t know his schedule until the Sunday before you arrive, this could be a problem, especially if he can’t get ADO (approved Days Off).
      Once he gets you into any park, the tickets become Park Hopper tickets and you can go to any of the 4 parks (as long as it’s not a Main Gate Block Out Day), and he doesn’t need to be with you after the first entrance.

      Hope this helps.

      Have a magical day!

      P.S. Make sure he uses his Disney Holiday Celebration Coupon to book your room!


  7. Quinn N Le says:

    As a Disney store seasonal cast member, how many people can you take with the self admission pass?


  8. Danny says:

    My mother is a retired CM and gets the annual Disney Cast Member Guest Passes packet (1 self admission/3 guest passes). She also gets 2 of the white complementary “Do Not Sell” passes. She recently received her CM guest passes, but doesn’t remember when the complementary are sent out. I believe it’s after the 1st of the year. Do you know when those are typically mailed?


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