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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.

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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.

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Waiting On Your Walt Disney World 60-Day FastPass Plus Window To Open

So you‘ve linked your Disney Armed Forces Salute or Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets to your My Disney Account. What’s next?

Disney Magic Bands for Military Tickets

As soon as you link a valid ticket or annual pass to your account you will open up your 30 day FastPass Plus window. You are now eligible to make FastPass Plus reservations for the upcoming 30 days up to the number of days on your ticket.

This of course won’t do you any good if you are not or won’t be at Disney World during the next 30 days.

Each day that passes will move the 30 day window 1 day forward.


You can view your 30-day window by:

  1. Hovering over My Disney Experience
  2. Clicking FastPass+ (from the dropdown)
  3. New Fastpass+
  4. Select a member of your party and click Next at the bottom of the page

You’ll then be on a page with a calendar. Each day of your 30-day window will be highlighted in light blue. These days are now selectable.

What You will see in your My DIsney Experience account when waiting on your FastPass+ Window to open

What happens next and what you’ll see in your account depends on where you will be staying for your Walt Disney World Vacation. Will you be staying at a Disney owned resort or somewhere else?

Non-Disney Guests

Non-Disney Guests will see no change to the 30 day window, just the day-by-day creep of the 30th day of your window as it moves forward slowly towards the day that you want to make your first FastPasses for.

While you are waiting, you can familiarize yourself with what attractions and experiences are available 30 days out by browsing what is available. Remember Disney Resort Guests have been making their FastPasses for 30 days prior to your FastPass window opening.

When that incredible day finally arrives go ahead and make those FastPasses!

The following day you’ll make the next day’s FastPasses and so on, up to the number of days on your ticket.



Disney Resort Guests

Disney Resort Guests (all Disney resorts plus Shades of Green, the Swan & Dolphin, & Disney Springs Resorts) will also open the 30-day FastPass Plus window as described above when they link their tickets.

Linking your Resort Reservation is what will eventually open up your 60-Day FastPass Plus window.

You can link your resort reservation before or after linking your tickets.

If you are more than 60 days from your check in date all you will see is the 30-Day Window as described above. This is normal!

You will not see any change until the 60th day prior to your check in date. On that day your FastPass Plus window will open. Your window will be the shorter of: the number of days of your trip including check in and out days or 10 days (this only affects those on 11+ day vacations).

You will then be allowed to make FastPass reservations at that time for any of the days within your 60-Day Window, up to the number of days on your ticket.

There will be a gap of non-selectable days between your 30-day window and your 60-day window.

Note: Blockout Days any on your Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket or annual pass will never be selectable.

Conventional wisdom is to start at the end of your trip and work forward day by day trying to lock in the most sought-after items. Working from the end of your trip forward gives you less competition as those with shorter stays cannot compete for those latter days yet and those ahead of you have already been working on the earliest days of your trip.

Wrapping It Up

I hope this clears up just what you should see in your account while you are waiting for your vacation. I’ve received many worried communications from Disney Guests who only saw the initial 30 Day Window after linking their tickets.


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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

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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

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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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