Guest Passes for Disney Cast Members

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Walt Disney World at sunset

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

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The new complimentary guest passes are called ‘Chip & Dale’ passes…you can see why! They are park hopper tickets, valued at over $100.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:   Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2020 Disney World Cast Member Blackout Dates

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This is not good news for cast members.

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Total blockout this summer IF the Disney World parks reopen as planned.

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Disney World is currently reopening mid-July 2020

June 19, 2020:  Disney World announces new health and safety rules.

The new Disney World COVID-19 health and safety protocols for guests include:

  • Reduced guest capacity in the parks
  • Required face coverings for guests 3 years old and older
  • Temperature checks for all guests prior to entering the parks
  • Physical distancing throughout the parks
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Additional handwashing and hand sanitizer locations
  • Contactless payments at shops and restaurants

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Health and safety guidelines for Disney cast members will include:

  • Required face coverings and temperature checks
  • Adjusting work practices to promote physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning in work areas
  • Encouraged to stay home when ill
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Temperature checks and masks for everyone. (This was at Hong Kong Disneyland on June 18, 2020 the first day it reopened.)

Everyone will be temperature screened before entering the parks.  No one allowed in with a temperature above 100.4 degrees.

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Limited ride loads:  This ride at Hong Kong is now limited to about 12 guests instead of the usual 36.

Everyone over the age of 3 will be required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating.

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Free standing hand washing stations.

There will be new hand washing and Purell stations deployed throughout the park.

Social distancing signs will be everywhere.

No firework shows, parades, or character meet and greets.

Crowd capacity will be limited to 30%.

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Expected daily capacity upon reopening.

No park hopping between parks anymore.

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January 2020 vs. July 2020: A whole new look for the Cinderella Castle.

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We are on the fence about this new look. We like the blue turrets and golden accents, but the pink is a little too pink.

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New official link for cast members to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

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Total blockout for CMs this summer at all 4 parks IF the parks reopen as planned.

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July 11th!!!

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♪♫♪ A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…..♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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We collected these Theme Park Wishables at both Disney World and Disneyland earlier this year. $9.99

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Magic Kingdom Wishable (this one is open stock).

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Epcot Wishable

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Tree of Life Wishable

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Tower of Terror Wishable

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Disney Water Parks 2015 Blackout Dates

UPDATED FOR 2016!!!  2016 Free Admission to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach

 

Free CP admission: August 2 - December 31, 2105!

Free CP admission: August 2 – December 31, 2105!

August 2, 2015 Update: The two Disney water parks at WDW – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach – are in free, unlimited admissions mode for cast members after being blacked out this summer.  Guests of CPs get 50% off ticket price.

CP Moment: Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

CP Moment: Going to Typhoon Lagoon on your day off!!!

The water parks are generally open 9am – 8pm every day in the summer, but temporarily close for thunderstorms/lightning in the afternoons.  Disney Water Parks Calendar

Have fun!!

Which water park do you prefer, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach?? Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!

Which water park do you prefer: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach??
Our vote: Typhoon Lagoon!  🙂

Annually, both water parks close for 10 weeks in the fall/winter for refurbishments.

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CP Moment: Celebrating Blizzard Beach

Disney Water Parks: Upcoming Closures

Blizzard Beach – closed for refurbishment 10/04/2015 – 1/2/2016

Typhoon Lagoon – closed for refurbishment 1/3/2016 – 3/19/2016

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Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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Disney Blue Main Gate Entrance Pass Blackout Dates for 2014 and 2015

Welcome!

Welcome!

The brand new link to check Blackout dates for guest passes at all the Disney Parks worldwide: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

With the busiest time of the holiday season at WDW coming up fast, we thought we would post the blackout dates for all four theme parks for the rest of the year and into January 2015.

Upcoming black out dates

Upcoming black out dates for all four parks.

These are the blackout dates for guests of CMs using the Blue Main Gate guest passes, not the blackout dates for CMs using their company blue IDs.  CMs can get in most of the time.

February 2015 - May 2015

February 2015 – May 2015

Blue Main Gate Passes for DCPs

Blue Main Entrance Pass for Cast Members, Guest Passes, and extra Family Holiday Celebration passes

Coming soon!  Main Gate passes linked to Fast Pass +!!!  :)

Main Gate passes can now be linked to Fast Pass +!!! 🙂

Have a magical day! 🙂

More on Blue Main Gate passes: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/blue-main-gate-passes-for-dcps/

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dole whip

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney Blue Main Gate Entrance Pass Blackout Dates

Welcome!

Welcome!

The brand new link to check blackout dates for guest passes at all the Disney Parks worldwide: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/

Follow our new blog at: Current Blackout Days for Cast Members

With the holiday season coming up fast, we thought we would post the blackout dates for all four theme parks for the rest of the year.

Upcoming black out dates

Upcoming blackout dates for guest passes

February 2015 - May 2015

February 2015 – May 2015

These are the blackout dates for guests of CMs using the Blue Main Gate passes, not  blackout dates for CMs.  We have very few blackout dates, and avoid the parks on heavy crowd days when Phase 2-3-4 restrictions are in place.

Blue Main Gate Passes for DCPs

Blue Main Entrance Pass for Cast Members, Guest Passes, and extra Family Holiday Celebration passes (these will be out October 20th!)

Coming soon! Main Gate passes linked to Fast Pass +!!! :)

Coming soon! Main Gate passes linked to Fast Pass +!!! 🙂

Have a magical day! 🙂

More on Blue Main Gate passes:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/blue-main-gate-passes-for-dcps/

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We 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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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