Disney’s Theme Park Reservation Systems causes quite a bit of concern for Military Travelers!
With the advent of Disney World and Disneyland’s new, hopefully temporary Theme Park Reservation System it is very important to have your Disney Military Tickets well prior to arrival.
(Updated January 2023)
In order to make your Theme Park Reservations, you need to link your theme park tickets to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account via the MDE app or Disney Word’s website / or your Disneyland app or Disneyland website. You do this by taking the number off the back of the ticket and entering it into the website, or by scanning the ticket number barcode with your smart phone app.
Note you can do this with Exchange vouchers too, both the cardboard ticket shaped ones (like the pic below) and the full sheets of printer paper.
Without the ticket, you can’t do this and you’ll miss out on getting the most popular experiences like the Star Wars: Millennium Falcon or Avatar: Flight of Passage.
This is a big issue for those who do not live reasonably close to a military base!
Waiting until you arrive at Disney to buy your tickets could keep you from getting reservations for some of the parks that you’d like to visit!
Note the first two locations listed (Patrick and Pendleton) are my preferred go-to Ticket Offices. They are friendly, fast, and efficient! I just bought a Disneyland Salute ticket from Camp Pendleton and had it in my hand here in Ohio in less than 24 hours! Patrick is also very fast, they provide you the ticket numbers via email within minutes of making your purchase and physical tickets within 2 days. Shades of Green can sometimes take a long time with the back and forth communication process, so only use them for ticket’s that others don’t sell.
Patrick SFB ITT
Just go to the Patrick SFB ITT Page, then click on “Order By Phone.” Fast service and $10 FedEx Fee.
I love using the Patrick ITT! This is where I get my tickets, I use them over driving the half hour to my local base! Instead of waiting the 2-3 days for FedEx from other Ticket Offices that sell long distance (like Shades of Green), the Patrick ITT office enters your online order into WDW’s ticketing system and WDW directly emails you with the ticket numbers within minutes of your paying over the phone. Therefore, you can link your tickets the same day as your order instead of waiting for the FedEx. You still get the hard card tickets by FedEx a couple of days later.
The Camp Pendleton ITT can take your order over the phone and then send them to you.
There is a $10.oo fee for them to send your tickets to you via FedEx. You can pay for your tickets and fee with your credit card.
Disney World tickets require a 2 week lead time! This is because they may need to order the specific tickets that you want.
To order your tickets, contact the Camp Pendleton ITT Pacific Plaza at (760) 725-5805. Please note Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket eligibility is for those who are career retired, as in 20+ years of service or 100% medically retired (DAVPRM).
Their hours of operation are: Mon-Sat: 8:30am-6:30pm (Pacific Time)
Shades of Green
Shades of Green’s Ticket Office sells all of their available tickets long distance.
You should allow ample time for the transaction and and shipping to take place. Depending on volume it can take from a few days to 3 weeks!
They have a $15 FedEx Fee.
Note: Shades of Green refuses to sell tickets to you unless you are within 30 days of your vacation dates. This horribly misguided policy can cause havoc with Theme Park Reservations for busy time periods. Feel free to tell them any date that you want (within the next 30 days), they have no way to know your trave dates (unless you are staying with them, but why would you with the great Disney Resorts?)
The Orlando ITT has been praised for fast service lately!
See out full info page on this little known location
NAS Corpus Christi MWR
Order via email. Email them ([email protected]) and they will email you the needed forms. They have a $12 FedEx Fee.
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only from 0830-1630, closed from 1300-1400.
Please Note: Some bases sell paper exchange vouchers when you purchase Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets. Some bases sell these paper versions, some sell plastic tickets (which Disney still calls Exchange Vouchers). In either case you can link or scan them into MDE.
Other Base Ticket Office Options
Deciding Where to Buy
For Walt Disney World, your primary options are:
- Shades of Green
- Patrick Space Force Base ITT
- The Orlando ITT
Shades of Green sells Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets that are pre-activated. This means that you do not have to take the time to get in line at Guest Services to activate them before they will work for entry. This can be a big time saver on your trip. However, Shades of Green’s Ticket office is VERY SLOW in completing your long distance ticket transaction. Days can go by after you have submitted your ticket purchase form before they call you to get your payment information and start the actual process of getting the tickets to you. So if you’ve planned ahead and have plenty of time before you need the tickets Shades of Green is the way to go. Report: Mar 2023 – I recently ordered a Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket through Shades of Green long distance. It took them 9 days to call me back for my credit card number. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to answer and had to call them back the following day, when I did they took my number and said someone might call me back the same day! I asked why it took 9 days to get the first call and got the excuse that it was spring break and they had also had “computer trouble.”
All other Ticket Offices sell unactivated Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets! Some may tell you they are activated but that you still need to do an ID check on arrival, this means that they are actually unactivated. What they are trying to tell you is that the tickets are linkable in My Disney Experience (because this is a point of confusion for many guests). Buying unactivated tickets will cause to to spend that time activating them upon arrival before you can enter your first park. So, if you are behind the curve on ordering your tickets or need them ASAP Shades of Green is not the way to go!!!
I often use the Patrick ITT, they are super fast! Within hours of sending in my form they are calling me for payment. Then because they are tied into Disney’s ticketing system I receive an email from Disney with my ticket numbers minutes later, which I can then link to My Disney Experience. That’s just a couple hours from when I initiated the process, not the days it would take for Shades of Green.
I’ve also heard very good things about the Orlando ITT, though I have not used their long distance service. I’ve only purchased tickets in person there.
So, if you are in a rush or don’t care about having to activate tickets on arrival, definitely use another office besides Shades of Green!!!
For Disneyland I always use Camp Pendleton. They are also very fast and efficient!
Make Your Reservations
Once you have your tickets, go ahead and link them in My Disney Experience or the Disneyland app/site and then you can make you Theme Park Reservations.
We have instructions on making Theme Park Reservations.
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. 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!
Will this info help you? Have you done this? Let us know in the comment section below!
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