Guest Passes for Disney Cast Members

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Welcome to Walt Disney World!

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.


Two weeks after working 150 hours, three One Day Park Hopper Passes will be mailed to you.

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.


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


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.


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

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NEW! As of January 1, 2016, CPs can no longer use their passes for free Disney Park admission abroad.


The subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Company.  They all get different park pass benefits!

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Regular cast members can still use their company IDs for free entrance into Disney Theme Parks worldwide.

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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More info from the Disney Programs Blog.


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Working together at DAK.

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We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on   Two Girls and a Mouse Tale



54 thoughts on “Guest Passes for Disney Cast Members

  1. Ashley Allen says:

    Do you know if this has changed the way that WDW cast members are able to get guests into Disneyland?


  2. Matt says:

    Let me just make sure I don’t have corn in my eyes… as a cast member (or is it just as a CP), I would get admission to Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris AND Hong Kong Disneyland?


    • I have updated this blog. As of January 1, 2016, CPs and other temporary cast members no longer get free entrance into Disney Parks worldwide. Their ID is only good at US-based Disney parks.

      Regular cast members can still get into international Disney theme parks (except Disneyland Tokyo) for free, along with their guests.


  3. Nancy says:

    So, if you receive your first three guest passes, and there are three family members visiting, does that mean they only get one day and all three are used up in that one day entrance? Or, do you get so many people in per pass? And, am I reading it correctly, that there will not be many block out dates with these passes? Thanks!


  4. Dusti says:

    When does the usage reset? Is it a rolling year, on your anniversary date, etc?


  5. snholland says:

    What happens if you lose your passes? Can they be reissued/replaced?


    • Yes, they are easily replaced.

      Replacing Lost Self Admission or Guest Passes

      You’ll need to go over to the corporate offices in Celebration to get them replaced. It can’t be done by Housing or at any of the parks.
      There is no charge (free) for replacement passes.
      Disney Corporate Offices
      1120 Celebration Blvd.
      Celebration, FL 34747


  6. snholland says:

    I mean the guest passes, not the self admission one.


  7. Ferrol says:

    I´m going to be in de CRP program starting july. I a bit confused about how the guest passes would work. Would I only get the 3 park hopper every 150 hours I work or I´ll be getting the 16 day 3 person passes?
    Thanks 🙂


  8. Belen says:

    Do you know how to link fast passes to your one day hopper guest passes>


    • When you get your ticket, just link it through my Disney Experience app and then you’ll be able to link FPs.


      • disneymom says:

        But can we do that ahead? Reason I’m asking is that we have our MDE all set with a room and ticket package for my husband and I. We purchased tickets for two days that she can’t get us in. She is linked on our account and I see that she has something on there assigned to her that are park hoppers. I am assuming that’s her guest passes. So, can I link those now, or do I have to wait until we actually enter the park?


      • For the two hard tickets, you can link FPs as soon as they’re linked to your MDE account. The guest passes linked through the CM account can be done 7 days out.

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  9. Kiki says:

    what happens if your wallet got stolen along with your your blue card. how do you get a new one


  10. Angel says:

    Great info! Would you guys happen to know how does the CM get the comp pass? Because my friend said she’ll be eligible for them on the 13th and I’m going to Disney on the 15th. Is the comp pass something she pick up at the corporate location at Disney ? Or is it shipped out to her home address? Thanks!


  11. Leo says:

    I need to be sure about guest passes.
    I’m part timer got my main entrance and my wife got hers +3 guests passes
    So she can only visit the park 16times? If we invite 3 guests that counts as a just 1 visit?
    thank you for your time


    • As a part-timer, you can visit the parks with your Self Admission entrance pass whenever you want. Very few days are blocked out for cast members, mainly at MK during holidays.

      Your wife will be restricted on blockout days when Guest Passes aren’t accepted.

      You got 3 guest passes, the ‘Chip and Dale’ passes for guests. They are park hopper passes, good for 1 guest for 1 day each.
      As you work more hours, you will get more guest passes throughout the year.

      Have a magical day!


  12. David says:

    My sister got the hopper passes for me. So is that when I enter the park, she must be present and swipe her self admit pass to let me in? And can I use that pass to get FP through my MDE account and connect to a magic band? OR else how can I get FP? Thanks


    • Yes, she must be with you the very first time that you use the hopper pass and she must go in immediately before you. But, after that first swipe, she doesn’t need to be with you when you park hop for the rest of the day.
      Yes, you can get Fast Passes with it.
      Yes, it can be connected to your Magic Band via MyDisneyExperience link.

      Have a magical time!!! 🙂


      • James Burgos says:

        Is there’s any way possible to find out how many passes are left? I took 3 others to epcot one day and it appears as mine and one guest pass was used. I am trying to find how many I have left.


      • Yes, check on the Hub under Complimentary Passes.
        For more info: The HUB>>Quick Links>>Complimentary Admission


  13. Shae says:

    My CM Main Entrance Pass has a Cast member photo pass ID #. Is this useful for anything? I.e. do I get complementary photo pass pictures if they scan that ID card?


  14. Blaze says:

    I received my main entrance pass plus three guest passes about two weeks after traditions. Now I have worked 189 hours already will I get my additional passes threw the mail or on hub cause when looked on Hub says my recent complimentary tickets I have none . How do I know if I earned them because based off what I said 150 hours I should of got them


  15. Blaze says:

    I’ve worked over my 150 hours as a part time cast member but on the hub it shows I don’t have enough passes why?


  16. Emily Thompson says:

    Do you know how many fast passes that each guest card should be able to get per day? We were able to begin making ours today as we are 60 days out but it would only let us make 1 fastpass per day with the guest cards??


  17. Tammy says:

    If I accept the CP and want to visit DLR will that visit use up the 3 Chip and Dale tickets? Or is it separate?


    • You will have unlimited entrance into the US Disney Parks as a Disney cast member.

      Your three Chip & Dale 1-day park hopper passes are for your guests to use to go with you!

      Have a magical day!


  18. Mariana says:

    I did the DICP 2 years ago and I remember getting the 16 days 3 people passes which used up all 3 in one day even if I only had 1 guest with me… are these the same? or do they work individually?


  19. Stephanie says:

    My husband’s brother will be giving us his guest passes in March. Can we link those to our MyDisneyExperience link now directly, or does his brother have to do it for us? Thanks!


  20. LisaVenz says:

    My neighbor is a retired cast member, he states he can get my family into Magic Kingdom. How many people can get in? There are 5 of us plus my neighbor. This would be on Jan. 3rd. Thank you!


  21. Jacob says:

    I was CP Cast Member in 2008, Can I get free passes for me and my family?


  22. victoria says:

    I am finishing my professional internship in May. My last day to work is Friday because my office is not opened on weekends, but my internship program paper work states that my last day/move out day is Saturday. Do you think I will be able to enter the park and bring guests with my chip n dale passes or will they take my badge on Friday when I am done with my work day?


    • Yes, your last official day will be Saturday and your last work day will be either Wednesday or Thursday.

      No one will be taking your work badge at end of program! You can turn it in or keep it. (Note that if you keep it, don’t lose it! If you work for the company again even years down the road, you’ll need your badge or they will charge you for a new one!)

      Good news: Yes, your badge will work that weekend and the Chip and Dale passes too!
      It takes anywhere from a week to a month or two to remove CPs from the active system.
      Just depends on how fast your manager submits the paperwork.

      So have fun – you’ve earned it!
      Don’t forget to request your end-of-program evaluation! It’s a great way to document your time at Disney.
      AND, don’t forget to print off your last pay stub while you still have access to the Hub. Again, it’s great documentation!
      A lot of schools accept both for general ed credit, especially if you took a class at Disney University!


  23. Zuly says:

    Hi Caroline and Elly, would my child count for the main gate pass ? Or would I need to give her a guest pass every time we go to the parks ? She’s my only dependent.


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