With Walt Disney World’s new FastPass Plus (FP+) advance reservation system, the pre-purchase of Disney Military Discounted Tickets has become essential.
In order to make your FP+ reservations ahead of time you need to link the temporary tickets (or vouchers) that you purchased from a military reseller (Base Ticket Office) to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account.
Once linked you can then make your FP+ 60 or 30 days prior depending on where you are staying.
- Disney Resort Guests – 60 Days Prior to check in
- Non-Disney Resort Guests (Shades of Green, other area hotels, day guests) – 30 Days Prior to each desired day of fastpasses
Getting Your Tickets
The first thing you must do is to buy your tickets and have them in hand prior to the date you need to make your FP+ reservations.
There are several ways to do this.
- Buy them from your (or a nearby) Base Ticket Office (allow 2 extra weeks for them to order tickets if necessary)
- Shades of Green Guests may Pre-Pay for their tickets
- Buy your tickets from Shades of Green, Camp Pendleton, or another base via phone/FedEx (allow 2 extra weeks for them to order tickets)
Paper Vouchers or Tickets
When buying Disney’s Armed Forces Salute tickets from a Base Ticket Office, including Camp Pendleton you will be given one of 3 different products:
- Plastic Tickets that are non-functional
- Paper Ticket Vouchers that look like the green ones depicted here
- An 8.5″ x 11″ Paper Voucher
In all cases these are what Disney calls Exchange Vouchers. They are called Exchange Vouchers because they must be exchanged once you arrive at WDW for your actual tickets during the activation Process
New this year, Shades of Green has begun selling their tickets pre-activated. If you purchased from Shades this activation procedure is not required.
Note: Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets do not normally need to be exchanged upon arrival.
Both types of the paper ticket vouchers and non-functional tickets can be linked to your MDE account! Once linked you may, on the correct, date, make your FP+.
You can link your vouchers/tickets by typing the individual number printed on each into the MDE website or by scanning the barcode with your MDE Smart Phone App.
Rest assured that your FP+ selections will carry over to your actual park tickets after activation!
Your FP+ selections are made against the names of those in your party, not their ticket numbers. The linking of the tickets merely allows FP+ selections for the number of days on the voucher/ticket. When the actual ticket is linked to the individual their FP+ selections will be usable on the ticket/magic bands linked to their name.
Ticket Linking Directions
All Salute tickets should link just fine with the directions below.
But if you experience any trouble you can always call the tech support number and they will happily link them for you. Disney Internet Help Desk at 800-848-6413, option #3
First you need to have a My Disney Experience account – Get one here
Link your Disney Resort Reservation if needed, by typing in your conformation number and last name – On the My Disney Experience menu click “My Reservations and Tickets”, then on the next page “Link Resort Reservation.”
Next add the other members of your party if needed, (On the My Disney Experience menu (right side) click “My Family and Friends”). If you’ve linked a resort reservation, everyone on the reservation will already be in your account.
Before You Link Your Tickets – Write the name of each person in your party on a ticket. This will aid in telling them apart, which you will need to do during the activation process.
The easiest way to link tickets is using your My Disney Experience smart phone app. Just scan the tickets!
If the tickets won’t scan or you want/need to use your computer follow the directions below.
Note: you can disregard any references to ages 10+ both during linking and while using MDE for these tickets afterwards. Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets have only one type of ticket for ages 3+. Everything will function properly!
Link Your Tickets – On the My Disney Experience menu click “My Reservations and Tickets”, then on the next page “Link Tickets.”
If you have plastic tickets or the paper vouchers, use the page that opens to add your tickets.
On the right side under the big picture of the back of a ticket click on the bottom right “mini ticket” this should change the large image above to an example of a Military Hopper ticket.
On the bottom of your ticket or voucher you will see a group of numbers under a bar code.
Enter all of these in the ID Number box.
Be careful with 0 (zero) and Os!
You will then be asked to associate the ticket with a person in your MDE account. Associate each ticket with the person whose name you wrote on the ticket.
If you run into any problems just call Disney’s Internet Help Desk at 800-848-6413, Option #3
Or you can use your My Disney Experience Smart Phone App to scan in your tickets!
Go to the side menu and then click on My Profile.
Click on Tickets and Passes. You may need to confirm your login here.
Click on Ticket or Pass
Then scan (you must allow MDE access to your camera in your phone settings) or manually enter the long number under the bar code.
DO NOT DISCARD YOUR TICKETS/VOUCHERS!!!
After you have linked your temporary tickets or vouchers Do Not Loose or Discard Them!!!
You will still need to bring these with you for the in person ticket activation process at Disney.
See more on activation below.
My Disney Experience Linking Issues
If you have issues linking your tickets or the number of days on the ticket does not show up in MDE (this can happen with Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets) simply call the Disney Internet Help Desk at 800-848-6413, option #3. They can assist you with getting things right.
When linking Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets to children you will sometimes get a message that you’ve linked a ticket for ages 10+ to a child. This is not an issue and affects nothing!
2016 Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets My Disney Experience sometimes lists the 2016 as 2014 Salute tickets after linking. This is not an issue and affects nothing! You can still make FastPasses and use the tickets for entry.
2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets My Disney Experience sometimes lists the 2017 as 2015 Salute tickets after linking. This is not an issue and affects nothing! You can still make FastPasses and use the tickets for entry.
Make your FastPass Plus Selections
Then on the correct date (check-in minus 60 for Disney guests and first FP+ date minus 30 for others) you can begin making your FastPass Plus Selections.
Buy Magic Bands
Walt Disney World Resort guests will receive complimentary Magic Bands with their Disney Resort stay.
If you’re staying at a non-Disney World resort (such as Shades of Green) and would still like to use Magic Bands here is what to do.
If you have Bands from a previous trip, you don’t need to do a thing. Your old bands will still work!
But if you need to get some you can buy them from the Disney Store online.
Once they arrive you’ll link them to each person in your My Disney Experience account and be ready to roll on arrival. Note: you must also link your tickets to each person.
Magic Bands come in several basic colors and a few special designs.
You can also buy Magic Bands after you arrive from most WDW merchandise shops.
Upon arrival for your vacation you must still activate your Salute tickets, linking them to My Disney Experience does not accomplish this. Disney still needs to do an ID check to ascertain eligibility (except for tickets sold by Shades of Green).
See this post on how to activate your Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets.
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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.