Earning Guest Passes has changed for DCP cast members!
For more info: The HUB>>Quick Links>>Complimentary Admission.
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.
Remember, your Self Entrance Pass is good for you and your guests at US-Based Disney Parks:
Disney World (FL)
Hong Kong Disneyland
And, don’t forget, you get free parking at WDW and DLR by showing your company ID (currently at $25/day at WDW).
For more info and current black-out dates: The HUB>>Quick Links>>Complimentary Admission
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/
December 2018 – March 2019: The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon: Free Admission for Cast Members!
Comments about the Disney Water Parks: Cast members can get into the two WDW Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – for free – until December 31st! No additional blockout days are planned for this year. You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($28.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be present with their guests.
Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 65 degrees (the water is not heated) or if thunderstorms/lightning are nearby.
The water parks are scheduled to close for an extended periods for their annual refurbishments:
Blizzard Beach will be closed for its annual refurbishment October 28, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
Typhoon Lagoon will close for its annual refurbishment on January 6, 2019. The refurbishment is planned to continue through to March 17th, reopening to guests on March 18, 2019.
DISNEY WORLD PARK NEWS:
WDW Park ticket prices went up on 02/11/2018.
At the gate, a one-day regular Magic Kingdom ticket will cost $119, a $4 increase. A value ticket will cost $109, a $2 increase, while a peak ticket will now cost $129, a $5 increase.
For the other three parks — Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom — prices are also increasing.
A one-day regular ticket is $114, a $7 increase. A value ticket will cost $102, a $3 increase, while a peak ticket is $122, a $3 increase.
Parking per car will also increase from $22 a day, up from $20, and preferred parking $45, up from $40. [OCTOBER UPDATE: Now $25/day!]
Remember, CMs can buy discounted park tickets for their guests at the Company D store to use on blocked out days.
Discounted (10% off) ticket rates: Discounted Tickets for Cast Members.
October 2018: Parking at all the theme parks went up to $25/day. Second fee increase this year! They are now more consistently checking Annual Pass Holders IDs for free parking at the entrance gate.
Read more here: Disney Increase Parking Fees to $25 a Day
You can see how the blockout dates line up with this 2018-2019 crowd forecast:
*CM Tip: Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off – $70/ticket – to MVMCP for nights in November and December at the Company D Store and at MK Vacation Planning kiosks.
Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!
This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier. Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life. On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.
Now that she’s back, things get wild.
Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental. While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.
While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.
Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.
Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
About the Author:
Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney. Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.
She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.
Daily blog link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/