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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BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY WORLD IS CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19!

March 12, 2020:  Thursday evening, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida released the following statement saying:

“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15th, through the end of the month,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotel at Walt Disney World resort will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will remain open.

Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products. We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”

Disney World resort employs more than 75,000 people, making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.

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March 12, 2020 announcement

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Opening at 7am for “extra” Extra Magic Hours this Spring.

We thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes for all four WDW theme parks for the next few months in case family and friends are planning a visit to Orlando to see you!

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

February 2020 – April 2020:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

Magic Kingdom:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at the Magic Kingdom.

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Several upcoming block-out days are scheduled for using your guest passes at MK.

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The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

Epcot:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at Epcot.

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for Guest Passes at Epcot.

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The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at DAK.

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There is currently only 1 scheduled block-out day for using your guest passes at DAK.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

NOTE:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29th and Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019!  Both main gate and guest passes are still blocked out all spring!

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DHS is totally blocked out for using any passes through Spring/Easter Break.

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019. Guests LOVE the new ride!!!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  14 acres of fun!

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Shhhh….There’s a small hidden Millennium Falcon in the wing of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!    Have you seen it???

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The Holiday Celebration – and 40% merch discount ends February 13, 2020!

The 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration ends February 13, 2020!
40% off merchandise discount is still in effect until then! Whoo-hoo!

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We love Blizzard Beach! ❤

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon:  Free Admission for Cast Members!

Update:  Typhoon Lagoon is currently closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until March 2020.

Both of Disney’s water parks are refurbished annually, typically between October to March. The refurbishment schedule is staggered so guests can enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.

Comments about the Disney Water Parks: Cast members can get into the Disney water parks for free ($69 value).  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be present with their guests.

Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 65 degrees (the water is not heated) or if thunderstorms/lightning are nearby.

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Next blockout dates coming up are April 5th – 19th, 2020 (Easter holiday weeks).

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Company D

Discounted (10% off) ticket rates: Discounted Tickets for Cast Members

Remember, CMs can buy discounted park tickets for their guests at the Company D store to use on blocked out days.

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Prices good through 12/31/2020. Note CM discount is only available for Flexible Date tickets.

7 day Fast Passes

You can book Fast Passes at least 7 days out.

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Car parking is now $25 a day.

Parking at all the theme parks is currently $25/day. 

Remember, cast members get free parking. Just show your ID badge at the gate.

They are now more consistently checking Annual Pass Holders IDs for free parking at the entrance gate.  And the guards at the resorts are questioning all guests if they have a resort or dining reservation at the resort before allowing guests to park.

Read more here:  Disney Increase Parking Fees to $25 a Day

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Cheers to the new year! #2020

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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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Magic Kingdom Wishable

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Epcot Wishable

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Tree of Life Wishable

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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