2020 Disney Cast Member Guest Passes


CMs can use their self admission and guests pass to make reservations at all the parks on some upcoming days except at DHS. DHS is still totally blocked out for the next 3 months.


Disney Cast Member Self Admission Pass


Earning Guest Passes has changed for DCP cast members!  

For more info: The HUB>>Quick Links>>Complimentary Admission.

You must complete a certain number of service hours to earn guest passes:

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’ i.e., fire the cast member!

Trouble with your passes:  Talk to your manager or call Global Human Resources Operations at  (321) 939-7000 if you need to update your address.

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 US-Based Disney Parks:
Disney World  (FL)
Disneyland  (CA)

But not:

Disneyland Paris
Hong Kong Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland
Shanghai Disneyland

self admission
Cast members in the DCP program are considered Temporary Employees.

And, don’t forget, you get free parking at WDW and DLR by showing your company ID (currently at $25/day).

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

2020 Disney World Blockout Dates

2020 Disneyland Blockout Dates


CMs can use their self admission and guests pass to make reservations at all the parks on some days except at DHS.
Park Hours July 2020
All the parks are open 10 hours a day now, except for the water parks which are still closed. Park hours are being reduced 2 hours at each park on Sept. 8th.

Official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks and make reservations: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

park hours Nov 2020
Park hours for November 2020.
November 27th: Shorter hours. Take a look at Epcot’s hours! 12pm -8pm!

Park Hours starting September 8th:

Magic Kingdom: 9am – 6pm

EPCOT: 11am – 7pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9am – 5pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  10am – 7pm


health and safety
Disney Health and Safety notice

Disney World’s new health and safety rules.

The new Disney World COVID-19 health and safety protocols for guests include:

  • Reduced guest capacity in the parks through Fall 2020
  • Required face coverings for guests 2 years old and older
  • Temperature checks for all guests prior to entering the parks
  • Physical distancing throughout the parks
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Additional handwashing and hand sanitizer locations
  • Contactless payments at shops and restaurants


Health and safety guidelines for Disney cast members include:

  • Required face coverings and temperature checks
  • Adjusting work practices to promote physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning in work areas
  • Encouraged to stay home when ill

Everyone will be temperature screened before entering the parks.  No one allowed in with a temperature above 100.4 degrees.

Limited ride loads – now limited to about 12 guests instead of the usual 36.
Constant ride disinfecting.  It’s a Small World
splash mountain
Splash Mountain log being sanitized between guests.

Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating.

face masks1
No eating or drinking while walking around. You must be seated.
New cast member role: Enforcing mask policy and social distancing.
hand washing
Free standing hand washing stations.

There are new hand washing and Purell stations deployed throughout the park.

Social distancing signs will be everywhere.

No firework shows, parades, or character meet and greets.

Mary Poppims
Mary Poppins practicing social distancing at her meet and greet place with a cheery hello and wave at guests.
temperature screening
Temperature Screening stations at park entrances and in front of restaurants.

Crowd capacity will be limited to 30% through the summer, increasing to 50% in the fall.

park capacity
July 2020: 25% Daily park capacity limits. Was increased to 30% capacity in August.

No park hopping between parks anymore!

Cinderella Castle
January 2020 vs. July 2020: A whole new look for the Cinderella Castle.
Cinderella Castle
August 1, 2020
We are on the fence about this new look. We like the blue turrets and golden accents, but the pink is a little too pink.

golden Cinderella Castle


Cinderella castle
Main Street USA at sunset.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
book Two Girls
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!


wishables Two girls
Our Kingdom of Cuties Wishables.


We collected these Theme Park Wishables at both Disney World and Disneyland earlier this year. $9.99 each.  The castles are open stock.

castle two girls MK
Magic Kingdom Wishable (this one is open stock).
epcot wishable
Epcot Wishable
Tree of Life Wishable
Tot wishable
Tower of Terror Wishable



194 replies to “2020 Disney Cast Member Guest Passes

  1. 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!


    1. 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.


      1. 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.


  2. 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?


  3. 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!


    1. 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!


  4. 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?


  5. Hello! So i have a question…. I am no longer a cast member as of late 2017 but i am going back on vacation in April to visit a current cast member. I was on the my disney experience app making reservations etc when i noticed under my tickets these 3 were listed; New Hire Glue Ticket (no admit), DISNEY FAMILY HOLIDAY, and 1-Day Park Hopper® Hybrid One. I am wondering because I don’t remember, if you could tell me what these are and also does this mean I am able to get into the parks still using one of these? It doesn’t allow me to click on them, it just says non transferable next to it but it also doesn’t say anywhere an expiration… Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!!


    1. Yes, those are the complimentary tickets you earned as a cast member in 2017.
      Unfortunately, as you’re no longer a cast member, they are inactive.
      (Remember, you had to go through the turnstile first, then your guest.)
      They are non-transferable.
      They won’t expire until 12/31/2018.
      If you were to return to Disney this year (say doing the Summer DCP Alumni Program),
      the tickets would be active and available to you to use.
      Hope this helps.


  6. So just to clarify, if you work part time at the Disney Store, you can enter the parks for free 16 times per year along with 3 guests for those 16 times as long as you are present. Am I correct?


    1. NO!
      You – the cast member – can enter the park for free 16x/year. That’s linked to you self admission pass.
      You will earn complimentary guest passes based on the number of hours worked per year and also at special times you’ll be given additional guest passes (holiday celebration, etc.)


  7. Excluding the 6 family and friend passes earned as they work the hours, do individuals in the CP get a “silver pass” (I think that is what they are called) given to them for their spouse (dependent) to enter the park with them whenever they go? Or is this just for full-time/part-time employees of Disney?


  8. Great post, thank you! If I’m a cast member at WDW, but want to visit DL with my family. I know my eligible to use my main gate for myself, but am I eligible to use my guest passes (3) too? Thanks!


    1. I don’t think so. The computer systems aren’t linked and they have no way of knowing how many complimentary guest passes you have available.
      Just show your ID at DLR Guest Services and they’ll print you a day pass.


  9. The cast members sold their passes to their friends, friends of friends $160/3 people.
    $80/complementary pass.
    They are working at Nacoossee location


    1. No, the guest passes wouldn’t work.
      The cast member has to go in first, then their guests using the complimentary pass.
      Without the cast member (the passes are linked to the CM), the printed guest passes wouldn’t work.


  10. Question, can I obtain a spouse card at the park if I’m going to Disneyland? I only have mine but I don’t know where to get my spouse pass and we are going in a few more days! I’m just worried because if I have to charge everything on my card I might max out but my husband is with me.. but disney policies are scary because I don’t want to lose my job just because I am asking my husband to pay for me. I work in Canada and he works in the US and my limit for international purchases is low.. but if we’re married, all our expenses are together.. right? Thanks in advance for the help!


  11. Hello,
    Just one question. Is there a limit to how many times a cast member can take guests to Disneyland?
    I have a main gate pass with 5 guests. I’m not working for Disney but my husband does.


    1. Yes, there is a limit.

      It all depends on what your status is with the company (full time, part time, seasonal), that will determine the number of guest passes you’re given annually.
      You can not take your 5 guests to Disneyland an unlimited number of times, if that was your question.
      It sounds like you have 5 park hopper guest passes to admit 5 guests with you in 2018.


  12. Hello!

    My husband just was hired at the Coronado spring resort as a part time. What are the benefits it suppose he is going to receive? Self admission 16x/year (Just for him)? additional tickets (3) after 150 hours? (those tickets are single pass, or has multiple pass). I know we should wait till he has the firs meeting where they are going to explain everything. He just sign yesterday, but We are so exited!

    Best Regards


    1. Congratulations to your husband on his new position with Disney!

      He will get 16 passes annually to bring 3 guests with him each time.
      As a regular part time cast member, he doesn’t have to work 150 hours first as seasonal cast members do, to get his passes.

      He will also get the 2018 Holiday Celebration book in October filled with additional complimentary passes and discount coupons.
      Have a magical day!


      1. Hello!
        Me again! Today I had my phone Interview and I’m In! I’m so excited!!! Tomorrow they will call me to set up the traditions and fingerprints appointment.. but I’m wondering what’s going to happen with the tickets.. I mean, if my husband is already in, and we already have our entrances card (main entrance for him and me and 3 guests), Am I going to receive my 3 guests tickets? What about my main entrance? will I be able to go to the parks without affect my husband tickets?



  13. I am nearly through the final assessment to work with Disney Cruise Lines. I am curious as we are given a main entrance pass but never really any opportunity to use it. There is a mandatory six weeks break between contracts. Are Crew allowed to use their entry during this six week period????


    1. Yes, you’ll be able to use your Main Gate anytime during employment!
      And you never know where your travels will take you in the future….maybe near one of the Disney Parks worldwide.
      Disney offers cast members such great discounts on hotels; a lot of cast members take advantage of that during their break.

      Congratulations on joining the Disney family and welcome aboard!


  14. Hi, I’m a regular part time lifeguard CM at Blizzard Beach and I have a question about my guest passes. I’ve read through all of your posts here and you have mentioned several times that once I let my guest into one of the main parks by entering with my main gate pass first, if they decide to Park Hop to another park later on the same day, they are able to enter without me entering first. Is this still correct?

    I called CM ticketing at 407-934-6077 and the CM I spoke with told me that I DO need to be there if my guest Park hops to another park on the same day. I know that the information can change depending on which CM you speak with. Would you be able to offer any insight into this policy?

    Thank you so much!


    1. They told you wrong!
      You only need to be with them the 1st park and you go in first.
      Then they follow. Their pass is now activated for all 4 parks for the day.
      To park hop without you, if you don’t have a hard ticket like a Chip & Dale, just go over to Guest Services.
      (They need a hard ticket for their FastPasses anyway.)
      I don’t know why CMs give out misinformation, especially ones who should know better!
      Poor training!
      Have a magical day!


  15. hi, my brother is in the DCP and will be receiving his 3 free passes for us after he works his required 150 hours, after that, we will come visit him and stay at the animal kingdom lodge and use those passes for part of the stay, and purchase the rest. how do those work with the extra magic hour you get when staying on property? thanks


    1. I’m assuming that your brother is in the 2018 Fall Advantage DCP Program and just arrived?
      You might not be aware of the 2018 Family Holiday Celebration that starts in October.

      You can save significantly on your hotel (50%) and the merchandise discount for CPs goes up from 20% to 40%! There are also extra dining discount coupons in the booklet. He will get the booklet filled with coupons in mid-October.

      Your park hopper passes and Extra Magic Hour admission will be linked to your free Magic Band that you’ll get when you check in at your hotel.

      Have a magical day.


  16. Hello!
    Me again! Today I had my phone Interview and I’m In! I’m so excited!!! Tomorrow they will call me to set up the traditions and fingerprints appointment.. but I’m wondering what’s going to happen with the tickets.. I mean, if my husband is already in, and we already have our entrances card (main entrance for him and me and 3 guests), Am I going to receive my 3 guests tickets? What about my main entrance? will I be able to go to the parks without affect my husband tickets?



    1. Congratulations on your new job!

      Your Main Gate Pass and Company ID are not linked to your husband’s.
      As you’re a cast member too, you have unlimited park entrance like him.
      You will get guest passes after you work a certain number of hours.
      They will show up on the Hub under Complimentary Passes about a week after you reach the hours.

      Have a magical day!


  17. Hi, my sister is cast member at Disney World and she has her main entrance pass so when she enters the park alone with her main gate pass (without bringing a guest along), does it take out a day of the 16 guest passes that she has?


  18. Could you tell me the blockout dates for the 40% off for CMs at some restaurants (lunch)? There is no info on the retired CMs’ hub. Thanks!


  19. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blog is really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later on.


  20. Hello! I have a couple of questions. 1) When will the April 2020 black out dates come out? (I’m mostly wondering if DHS will still be blacked out. It seems likely that it will). 2) I have a very good friend that is a Full-Time Cast member (Creative Director for marketing the parks). This friend is married and has one child. So my understanding is that he can three friends in to a WDW park per day (because he has a family of 3). I’ll be visiting WDW Fla on March 31, April 1, April 2, April 3 and April 4. There will be 5 in our party, my parents, my two kids (7 and 9 yrs) and my parents. Our plan is to purchase two ‘4 Park Magic tickets’ for the kids, and presume that my friend can get the three adults into Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, and (if not blacked out) DHS with his maingate pass, one park each day for 4 days. Does that sound feasible,or like the best way to do it and save the most money?


    1. Lots of questions!

      1. The Blockout days for April have been posted. Both CM self admission and using guests passes at DHS are totally blocked out in April.
      Blockout Days

      2. If he is with you, he can get you 1/2 price tickets into Blizzard Beach. But, he must be with you and can’t buy them ahead of time.

      3. He can buy discounted park tickets, including the 4 Park Magic tickets for you to use at any Company D location. He doesn’t have to be with you to enter the park with these tickets. Company D Discounts

      4. Be aware that for him to use his limited guest passes to get your family into a park, he must be with you and swipe first, then swipe you in. After first entrance, you can park hop to any park and he doesn’t have to be with you. I can tell you that when we were cast members, we ONLY used our guest passes for immediate family ONLY. We didn’t get that many guest passes and we didn’t have that many days off that we wanted to be at any park at 8am gate opening when we could go anytime.

      Have a magical day!


      1. Thank you very much for the updates. In #4, you mention that the guest passes were so valuable that you would only use them for immediate family, Follow up question on that, now that the Cast Members must arrive themselves at the main gate of any WDW park in order to utilize either a Guest Pass, OR to swipe folks in with their Maingate pass, what’s the difference between the Guest Passes and getting firends/family in with the Maingate pass? This change seem to make them an equal level of pain the neck for the Cast Menber.


  21. Hello Love your blog!!
    My husband is a full time CM and “WE” have the Blue Main entrance pass. Can I get two people in magic and then a few hours later touch in that third person at a different park?


  22. As a future CM, so on days that are blacked out I can still just buy a normal admission ticket and get in? And am I still able to buy the MaxPass on the app if I use my blueID to get in? Great article!


    1. Yes, of course.

      You can go up to ticketing and purchase a 10% discounted ticket for that day.

      And remember, all 4 parks are never blocked out at once.
      If the Magic Kingdom is blocked out, just go over to Epcot instead for the day!
      If a park is blocked out, it’s because they are expecting a very heavy guest load.
      When the Magic Kingdom is packed (the park with the most blockout days), it’s just no fun.
      You can’t do anything, the attraction lines and food lines are just too long! And guests get very bitchy!


      1. So good news and bad news.

        They are active because they are good until Dec 31, 2021.
        Should you return to Disney before then, they’ll be waiting for you to use.

        The bad news: As you are not an active cast member, they are dormant and if you tried to use them to enter the park, they would be invalid.
        As you know, they’re linked to your PERNER and can’t be transferred to another cast member.
        In January 2022, they should disappear.


  23. So if a WDW cast member is blocked from Hollywood Studios but uses their own annual pass for admission , can they use their blue id for discounts?


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