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We recently returned from our WDW vacation. There was 17 of us (my family/grandkids & my brother’s family/grandkids). Needless to say…….It took some planning! I received Steve's book for Christmas of 2017, read the blogs/FB posts and asked him several questions this past year. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and insight! Your book is wonderful, and all of your tips/suggestions are very much appreciated. With all the technology and WDW constantly changing, I really don’t know how people can plan or go there without an expert’s help! So, to anyone thinking of planning a Disney vacation, especially Military……….read everything Steve puts out! - Jennifer H.

I can honestly say that learning about Military Disney Tips is the only reason I am so prepared for my family’s upcoming, once in a lifetime trip. If it wasn’t for all the wonderful advise I would not have been prepared for the 2017 Salute to the Military release nor would we have received a pretty awesome 30% discount off our room. I have so many notes and tips stored away to make our trip magical so thank you, thank you, thank you. - Lisa L.

I just discovered Military Disney Tips recently and I’m so glad I did. I had no idea how wonderful Shades of Green seems to be. I’m so exciting about our first visit. I didn’t know all the wonderful tips for Military families. I have referred to this website many times during the planning of our upcoming trip in March. Thank you for all you do. It’s truely great!! - Michelle S.

I came upon this page during our initial stages of planning our February 2017 Disney World trip and it has been so extremely helpful not only in its content, but when I have a question, I know I can count on Steve to get the answer and get it quickly. It has been my go-to website and I would not be so prepared and informed without it. This website is a staple for this vacation and for our future trips (hopefully!!!) to Disney. - Amy M.

I’ve been to WDW many, many times, but I always learn something new from different websites. This website is especially helpful, since it caters to military personnel. Since the military population is such a small part of normal website’s readership, nobody else puts much effort into military-specific information. MilitaryDisneyTips does that for us. I used to have to dig through a few different websites to finally find the information that I needed, but it’s here, front and center for us. - Jeremy Z.

Just taking a minute for a HUGE thank you for all you do. Your invaluable info gave my family (7 of us including the grandkids) the BEST 2 week Disney World vacation last Oct. - Krissy P.

Military Disney Tips is my go to site for current and correct information for the military community. As soon as Disney made their announcement for the Armed Forces Salute continuing Through 2017 it was on MDT. No speculation, just the actual facts that will help us make important decisions for our vacation budget. - SherryAnne S.

My Magic Plus Information - Or, What's With Disney's new Technology?

What is FastPass Plus? (Often called FastPass+ or just FP+)

FastPass Plus – is a new service at Walt Disney World which allows those who have valid tickets linked in to their My Disney Experience account to make FastPass+ reservations ahead of time. You are currently allowed to make three FP+ selections at one theme park per day.


How To Do It?

  1. Make your Disney resort reservation. Military Disney Tips recommends that you use our favorite Fee Free Travel Agent, Ears of Experience to do so. You’ll provide the names of everyone in the party. This step is optional but needed if you want 60 day vs 30 day advance FP+ reservations.
  2. Create a My Disney Experience Account (if you don’t have one click here).
  3. Link your Disney resort reservation to your MDE Account using the conformation number (you will then see everyone on your reservation in your account). This step N/A for non-Disney resort guests.
  4. Personalize Your Magic Bands in MDE, you may select the color and edit the name printed on each before they are mailed to you. This step N/A for non-Disney resort guests.
  5. Purchase your Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets at your local base Ticket Office or by Phone and FedEx.
  6. Link your Salute Tickets in your MDE Account to each individual person (mark each ticket with the person’s name).
  7. Make your FP+ Selections, individually (if you’ll split up) or as a group 60 or 30 days out.
  8. Upon Arrival, check in to your Disney Resort Hotel, they will activate your bands to be your room key, charging (if desired) , and resort access (pool, parking). Again only for Disney resort guess
  9. Upon arrival, activate your Salute Tickets, here is how.
  10. You are now all set. Enjoy your trip!

Expanded Linking Tickets in My Disney Experience Directions

Disney's RFID Technology

Disney has incorporated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology into their theme park tickets and new Magic Bands.



What are RFID Tickets?

Walt Disney World switched to a new type of tickets, the plastic RFID ticket. This includes all types of tickets including the Disney Armed Forces Salute military tickets. RFID tickets will be issued to all guests that are not staying at a Disney Resort or not using Disney World's new Magic Bands.

These tickets have a small RFID transmitter inside which identifies each individual ticket to the WDW ticketing and FastPass+ systems. These tickets are held up to a scanner in order to be read. The old style tickets had a strip on the back and were read just like an ATM reads a debit card.

Disney switched to this new technology to allow a smoother guest experience. Disney uses these new tickets for several functions such as, the previously mentioned new ticketing system for the parks and as your token for the FastPass Plus system. The FP+ system allows guests to reserve times for popular attractions before ever leaving home.

No identifying information is stored on the ticket, it only transmits an ID number, the computer systems that it interacts with then look up the ID to determine the ticket’s status. All personal data is stored behind Disney’s firewall on their regular secure systems, not on the ticket itself.

What are Magic Bands?

Magic Bands are WDW's new all in one RFID "Key to the World."

If you are staying at a Disney World Resort your Magic Band acts as your room key, theme park ticket, room charge device, resort access (parking, pool, etc.), and FastPass Plus ticket. Your Bands will be provided to you for free by Disney via US mail.

Disney Magic Bands for Military Tickets

After making your WDW Resort reservation and linking it to your My Disney Experience account, you'll be prompted to customize your bands in MDE.

You can select colors and have a name or short phrase printed on the back, this helps if more than one want the same color. You'll then confirm your shipping address and your bands will be mailed to you. If you make short notice reservations rather than mailing them to you, they will be at your hotel awaiting your check-in.

Those not staying with Disney can buy Magic Bands for 12.95 plus tax upon arrival at WDW at most Disney gift shops or online from the Disney Store.

You can then link them to your My Disney Experience account and use them for FastPass Plus and have you park ticket linked as well. Shades of Green guests fall in this category.

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests




What about My Disney Experience?

My Disney Experience – (MDE) is a new section of the website. It is your area to manage all of your Disney vacation reservations and planning.

You will need a free account to use My Disney Experience.

My Disney Experience - Link Military Tickets

Reservations - MDE has the ability to:
Planning – MDE has convenient links to all other parts of the Disney World site where you can:

MDE App – there is even a MDE iPhone app with which you can do many of the same functions on the go.

Finger Prints and Pictures, oh my!

Disney uses 2 methods to identify multi-day ticket holders. This is to prevent ticket sharing. All Disney tickets are non-transferable. It also prevents a stolen ticket or band from being used.

At Disney World, as you enter a park for the first time you will place your finger on a scanner. The machine will store data points from your fingerprint, which it will then use on your return visits to ensure that it is actually you trying to use your ticket.

At Disneyland, a cast member will take your picture with an iPad usually on your second entry. This image is checked on your return visits.

Disney Ticket Safety - If you are using Disney's physical tickets (not bands) see this post for great info.

Disney’s PhotoPass and Memory Maker

PhotoPass and Memory Maker are Disney’s two programs with witch you can have Disney’s professional photographers document your Disney World Vacation. Read more...

2018 Disney's Military Discount on Magic Maker and PhotoPass+


Disney Tickets and Technology Links


Disney's Armed Forces Salute Tickets The biggest military discount available on tickets

Regular Disney Military Discount Tickets The permanent Disney Military Discount

Stars and Stripes Passes From Shades of Green at Walt Disney World, are available to any Shades of Green eligible person who is staying anywhere on WDW property.

Disney Military Tickets – Your Start to Finish Guide

What’s the Right Military Discounted Disney Ticket for Me?

WDW's Park Hopper Plus Option Information


Disney World's new Fast Pass Plus (FP+) system and the Magic Bands are great new benefits that are part of the set of new technologies collectively known as Disney Next Gen or My Magic Plus.

Disney Technology Overview Page

Memory Maker and PhotoPass+ Military Discounts

My Magic Plus - What all this New Disney Technology?

Linking Disney Military Tickets And Fastpass Plus Reservations

Waiting On Your Walt Disney World FastPass Plus Window To Open (what you'll see in your account)

Disney FuelRod Stations are Available at Disney Parks for Recharging Your Devices

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests

60-Day FastPass Start to Finish How To Guide for Shades of Green Guests 

FastPass Plus for Shades of Green Guests

Memory Maker and PhotoPass

All You Need To Know About Disney World FastPass Plus For The Military Traveler

Walt Disney World’s FastPass Plus - Creating a Classed Theme Park Society

FastPass Plus – Does It Really Work For Highly Desired Attractions?

Military FastPass Plus Ticket Options for Disney World

Disney World Lines iPhone App - Current Crowds, Recommended Parks, Wait Times, & Fastpass Return Times on your iPhone (Free)

My Disney Experience - The Official Disney iPhone App (Free)

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Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:

Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.

See: Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Steve Recommends

Do you want all of your Disney Planning information in one place, organized in a step-by-step logical manner with an emphasis on Military Discounts and offers? I've written 3 Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Here are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your Disney planning. This is a short list since it only includes my top picks.

Ears of Experience - My recommended Travel Agent, Fee Free, Disney Only, Military Family Owned

Need a Little Extra Help Planning your Disney Vacation? Check Out Ears of Experience's Concierge Service

Military Disney Tips Negotiated Military Discounts

Orlando Shuttle Service - $15 off basic round trip pricing to ANY Orlando resort use MDT15

Amusement Park Rentals - 10% Military Discount on Strollers and Scooters Use 10MILITARY at checkout

EzPacking Cube Organization System, Tame Your Suitcase! - MDT Readers get 15% off with MILITARYDISNEY at checkout

Other Planning Resources

My Disney Experience - The Official Disney iPhone App (Free iTunes Download)

Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store

Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide! - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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