About Military Disney Tips
Why get your Disney Military Discount Information from civilians?
Hi I'm Steve and welcome to Military Disney Tips! I have had a long association with both the U. S. Military and Disney Theme Parks. My goal is to offer the best advice that I can for the military community to plan for, save money on, and enjoy their Disney vacation!
What makes Military Disney Tips different than all the other Disney sites?
- I'm Retired Military (31 Years)
- I'm a former Walt Disney World Cast Member
- I'm now a DoD Civilian
- I've toured Disney Parks since 1971
- I've made too many trips to count
- I've done the research for you
- I have official and unofficial Disney contacts
Military Disney Tips' History
My fascination with Walt Disney World started at a young age. In grade school my family started taking annual spring vacations to Florida. That first year (1971) we visited the Walt Disney World Welcome Center. WDW wouldn't open untill that fall, but they had lots of info about the soon to open theme park, plus lots of souvenirs. Each year afterwards, until I graduated high school, we'd spend a day at WDW during our spring vacation.
After high school I enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years on active duty. After four years stationed in Texas some personal issues caused me to get out and relocate to Orlando, FL. Not wanting to end my relationship with the Air Force I switched to the Air Force Reserve. I was a reservist for the remainder of my career in various capacities, some part time (while I worked at WDW) but mostly full time.
During the three years I spent in Orlando (85-88) I actually worked full time at Walt Disney World! I ordered food for one of the restaurants in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park (the Tomorrowland Terrace, now called Cosmic Rays). That was a very interesting and fun time!
In 1989 I left Disney to pursue a great opportunity in the Reserves, which eventually lead to full time Reserve duty in Ohio. All through the nineties my family and I would visit relatives in Florida and we'd always make time for a one-day visit to WDW. With the knowledge I had gained while working there I was very good at making our visits fun, efficient, and memorable.
This was before the explosion of the internet (and Disney sites) and the only people who knew secrets and little known facts were cast members and those they told. These were our golden years of touring the parks!
In 2000 we decided that we'd never really had a true "family vacation" we had always visited relatives on our vacations and squeezed in a 1-day WDW day-trip. So we decided to live it up. A whole week at Disney World! I did a huge amount of research and the vacation was a great success. We had lots of special experiences that trip! Since then we've been lucky to have returned for many multi-day trips. We've stayed at many of the resorts (Disney and others) and tried many of the wonderful restaurants on property.
After the 2000 vacation, people at the squadron and around base started asking for my advice on their Disney vacations. I became the local pro. I always enjoyed helping them plan their vacations.
In 2007 we moved back to Florida (just five and a half hours from Disney) but I still had people in Ohio asking for help with their vacations. I thought that if I'm still getting calls and e-mails for advice I must have found my calling.
I decided that it was time for me to start sharing my passion for Disney on the web with the community that I've been a part of for so long, the Military/DoD community.
I started this site in early 2008 and it has been a huge success. I work on it part-time and really enjoy doing so. In the beginning of 2012 I retired from the Air Force after 31 years and continue to work on base as a civilian.
In 2016 we actually moved back to Ohio for a great new civil service job and to be near our kids and now new grand daughter.
My goal for this site is to help you!
MDT is Celebrating Over 10 Years of Assisting Military Families with Their Disney Planning!
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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
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 2019 - 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
Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store
Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit
YourFirstVisit.net The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide!
TouringPlans.com - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info
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