The new Self Admission Pass for cast members.
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.
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:
Hong Kong Disneyland
And, don’t forget, you get free parking at WDW 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
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