January 2016 Blockout Dates for WDW

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Here are the newly released blockout days for Winter 2016:

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The Magic Kingdom always has the most blocked out days, especially the weekend!

 

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Only Christmas Week is blocked out at Epcot.

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DAK’s blockout schedule

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DHS has a lot of blockout days because of all the construction going on and so many attractions are closed.  It’s only a 1/2 day park now.

On January 1, 2016, the distribution of guests passes for seasonal or temporary cast members (like CPs) changed.

CPs used to get 6 park hopper passes loaded with 3 passes each (18 total) about two weeks after Traditions.

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The new Chip & Dale guest passes.

Now, CPs must work a certain number of hours in a calendar year to earn guest passes:

150 hours worked = 3 x 1 day park hopper passes      (3 total)

300 hours worked = 3 more 1 day park hopper passes  (6 total)

600 hours worked = 3 more 1 day park hopper passes   (9 total)

Basically, the number of guest passes dropped in half from 18 park hopper passes down to 9 park hopper passes.

If CPs don’t maintain at least a 30 hour workweek, they will never earn the final 3 guests passes.

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All CPs were mailed this letter explaining the new pass system.

Always check if there are any blockouts in effective for self-admission/guests passes before trying to use them, especially at the Magic Kingdom!

Blockout Dates for Guest Passes

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January 1, 2016:  The new Self Admission Pass which replaced the old blue Main Gate Pass.

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 new Self Admission 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 them (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 fire the cast member.

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NEW!!!  As of January 1, 2016:  There are 8 types of Block-outs in effect now!

Remember, for CPs your Blue Main Gate Pass is now only good at US Disney Theme Park locations:

Disney World:  All 4 theme Parks
Disneyland:  Both theme parks

CPs also have opportunities to receive additional free Park guest passes through volunteering with Disney VoluntEARS and at other company events.  The Family Holiday Celebration passes given out in the fall (usually third Monday October) are for 1 day/1 guest entrance.

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

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More info on passes from the Disney Programs Blog.

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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