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