For everybody else: An Operating Participant Employee is what DLR calls someone who works *at* the resort but not *for* the resort. At least, that's my understanding of the term. We get ID cards that look like the CM cards but they're green instead of the usual yellow or blue. A lot of the stores and restaurants in Downtown Disney are staffed by OPEs. We get some of the perks of CM's but not others.
For any fellow OPEs on here: Do you get as tired as I do of trying to explain that, yes, you work at Disneyland, well, sort of, but not really, and no, you don't actually work for Disney, and no, you can't get them in for free?