2017 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

2017 Disney World Blockout Dates

2017 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/

October 2017 – December 2017:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

Magic Kingdom:


MK is blocked out for using your guest passes Saturdays in November and all Christmas Week.

MK self

The self admission passes for MK are only blocked out Christmas Week, but we don’t recommend trying to use them Thanksgiving weekend!

Magic Kingdom has always been the hardest park to use guest passes at especially around the holidays.



The 2017 International Food and Wine Festival is going on right now at Epcot. Enjoy! (Only New Year’s Eve is blocked out for using Self Admission passes.)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:


August 28, 2017: Looked who arrived at DHS today!!!  We’re hearing good things about the Slink ride.


Just a few upcoming block out days in December for using your guest passes. Note that these days are also blocked out for self admission.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:


Just a few upcoming blocked out days at DAK.




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).

You can see how the blockout dates line up with this 2017 crowd forecast:

Disney World Crowd Forecast – When Should We Go?

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There are good days to visit WDW (green dots) and very BAD days to visit WDW (red dots). Don’t waste your time and money visiting Disney World on red dot days!!!


After dark fun!

Having fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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



123 thoughts on “2017 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!


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