Disney’s Theme Park Reservation System requires linked tickets in order fo you to make reservations.
(Updated August 2021)
Theme Park Reservations
You need a linked ticket in your My Disney Experience account in order to make your Theme Park Reservations.
If you wait to purchase your tickets after arrival, you may miss out on your desired theme parks on the day you want to do them or even getting into some of them at all! And only the less desirable rides will be available after arrival. Or The Theme Park you want to go to on a certain day might be full!
Ideally you should buy your tickets ahead of time from your Base Ticket Office or one that ships, so that you’ll have them well ahead of time.
But what if you are not stationed on or live near a base with a ticket office or it’s closed?
You can pre-purchase your tickets from Shades of Green or another Ticket Office that ships!
Shades of Green
Shades of Green has a great option to waiting till arrival to buy your tickets.
Just email the Shades of Green’s Ticket Office to purchase your tickets and have them sent to you via FedEx (for a fee, $15).
To purchase your tickets ahead just send an email to [email protected] They will then email you the required forms and directions for completing the transaction as well as their current price list.
Kudos to Shades of Green
This is a great solution to a problem that has plagued Shades’ guests for a long time.
Other Base Ticket Offices
Many have noted slow response time by Shades of Green (I have not experienced it, but others have). Other bases have been praised for their fast service!
Many other ticket offices have similar procedures. See our Long Distance Purchase Page or the Base Ticket Office Page for more info.
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Joel Rush says
Howdy, looking to pre-purchase 4 day mil hopper passes to Disney World, can you help?
If you are staying at Shades of Green you can take advantage of this offer. If not you can go to your base’s (or the nearest Base) ITT office to buy the Armed Forces Salute 4-day tickets.
Henry McMillan says
I am coming with my family over thanksgiving. Can I get my tickets before that date?
Yes but you’ll have to hurry.
Lauren Booth says
We just used this new service at Shades of Green last week. We preordered our 4-day park hopper passes. I wish this could have been done totally online instead of printing out a form, handwrirting the information including credit card, and faxing or scanning it back. But, it was relatively easy. They confirmed they received my request. The tickets, however, were not waiting for us at check-in! We checked in at 11PM. The poor girl at the counter had to go “hunt down” our tickets, but she did it. It just took some time. Overall, much better than waiting in the morning line for tickets, but the process still could be smoother.
Hi Lauren, thanks so much for the update! A little bummer that the tickets weren’t at the desk, but sounds like the wait wasn’t too bad.
I do hate that long line at the ticket office in the morning! It’s nice Shades is trying to improve.
Ron Nottage says
I’m in Nevada are the military ticket for the family good for Anaheim Disneyland or only Disney World.
Since I’m 100% service connected how or where is the link to help me to understand all this and purchase the package ?
on on by calling to do it ?
There is a huge amount of information about Disney’s Armed Forces Salute on this site. Here are just a couple of pages for you to check out:
Disney’s Armed Forces Salute
Disney’s Armed Forces Salute FAQ
You’ll see reading these pages that there are separate offers for Disney World and Disneyland.
One important point is that being 100% disabled does not make you eligible for this offer. Rather Disney’s terms state that you have to have the DAVPRM code on an ID. DAVPRM stands for disabled veteran, permanent.
We are coming to Disney world Florida December 19 th need 5 adult tickets and 1 children age 3 my husband was in the service how do pre order tickets and what is the final cost
So you are asking how to order tickets long distance on a post about how to order tickets long distance. Please re-read the post.
As for as price, you’ll need to decide what tickets you want to purchase, see:
Ron Nottage says
Yes on my DoD military ID, it has this printed on it an states just what you said my Dod ID is form 2765 it say on the back. and has the DAVPRM code on the ID card also.
Thanks, but how do I obtain tickets for July dates in 2012 and hotel reservations also ?
DO you buy the Disneyland tickets and hotel accomodations at the same time to get a package deal. 2 adults and 2 kids 8 & 10 and a 1 year old baby.
what are my choices for Anaheim California location for this time frame please.
That’s Great. You buy the 3-Day $99 tickets once you arrive at Disneyland, at their ticket windows.
As far as the discounted hotel reservations, I recommend you contact my recommended Disney Travel Agent – Ears of Experience, they can check prices, make your discounted reservations and give you lots of great information. There is no fee for their service and they are a veteran owned small business.
You can click on the link in this answer, their ad in the site sidebar, or give them a call at 1-877-80MOUSE. Please tell hem I referred you!
Cindy B says
What website do you go to, to preorder the military tickets from Shades of Green? I clicked on the sites you had listed on the website but it kept bringing me back to the same page that I was on. We are going to WDW August 5- 10 and want to get our tickets taken care of. Thanks and really have found lots of great info on your website.
The pre-ordering of tickets is for those staying at Shades, and they’ll send you an e-mail with directions to fax in your order. Your tickets will be waiting for you at check in. If you haven’t heard from them yet you could give them a call.
Shades Attraction Ticket Hotline
Shades Guest Services
I am a member of the army reserve, i will be going to disney on sept 14 , i understand that there is a limit of 6 to buy the 4 days hopper in 1 day , My wife has an military ID can she also buy 4 days ticket for the other members of the group??
The limit for the 4-Day Armed Forces Salute Tickets is no more than 6 active at one time. That means that until you’ve used up all days on the six tickets you can’t activate any more. It doesn’t matter you have purchased, the tickets have to be activated prior to use.
Is your wife active duty, reserve/guard, or retired? Then she is eligible to activate 6 as well. If she is just a dependent then she is not. She can activate in you place (only 5) if you don’t go but not in addition to you.
Hope this makes sense, please read my Disney Armed Forces Salute FAQ!
Steve Winter says
I will be staying at the Shades of Green in September. I am bringing my eight grandchildren. Over the phone I was told by a Disney person that the interpretation of immediate family member depended on Shades of Green’s interpretation and then by a Shades of Green person that it depended on Disney’s interpretation. The legal definition of immediate family includes grandchildren. Do they qualify as immediate family members?
Are there other discounted military tickets that are not limited to six if my grandchildren are not considered immediate family?
Short answer, it’s Disney…
Disney allows military members with an immediate family larger that six to activate more than six tickets at the same time. Here is the Disney Ticket Department’s definition with their example “Exceptions should be made for immediate families larger than five people. For example, if a family has six children, please allow all members of the family to purchase 4-Day Disney Military Promotion Tickets.” As you can see they are talking about a member’s children.
These tickets have to be activated at a Disney ticket booth before use, so even if Shades sold you 10 non-refundable tickets you’d still have to get them activated. I have heard of ticket workers activating more than 6 in other than immediate family situations, but it is not guaranteed, it depends on the individual worker.
Shades does sell slightly discounted military Disney tickets. 4-8% off the gate price where the Armed Forces Salute tickets are about 50% off. (check the link for prices)
So here is what I’d do. buy your 6 AFS tickets at Shades, you’ll pay no tax there. Then the next depends on if you are going to the theme parks on the day you arrive or not.
If you are arriving late and not going into one of the parks: You’ll need to go to one of the theme park ticket booths or the Downtown Disney Guest Relations Office. explain your situation and ask if you may activate the number you need vs. just 6. If they say yes buy the rest right then and there. You’ll have to pay tax there, but you will then have saved quite a lot. Activate all your tickets and they will be ready for use. If they say no, just activate the 6 and head back to Shades to buy the number of slightly discounted tickets that you need.
If you are going into one of the parks: Go to the theme park ticket booths at the park you want to go to. explain your situation and ask if you may activate the number you need vs. just 6. If they say yes buy/activate them and head on in. If they say no, activate the 6 and buy the number of full price tickets that you need. You wont get the slight discount, but you’ll save a round trip to Shades.
Hope it all works out!
Going in September and staying at Pop Century. I was planning on making a trip to Shades the day we arrive to purchase tickets to save on tax. I can buy tickets at shades even if I’m not staying there correct? Your response to the first post makes it sound like that isn’t an option.
You absolutely can go by Shades to buy tickets, just show your ID at the gate and head to the ticket sales office.
The response to the first comment was talking about PRE-Ordering tickets. Which is just for those staying at Shades, they are handed their tickets at check in if they opt for this.
Have a great time!
Lisa N. says
I am going to Disneyworld in January 2013. Can I buy the discounted 4 day pass for 2 friends and myself? Or is it only limited to immediate family?
As a military member or spouse you can buy and activate up to 6 Armed Forces Salute tickets during the offer, which runs through 28 Sept 2013. One must be for yourself, the other 5 can be for anyone you want to share them with.
George Gutierrez says
We are going to Disney in May 2013 . I am a Navy veteran who served 4 years and was honorably discharged . I am not staying at the Shades of Green . Am I eligible for the military discount for the 4 day hopper pass ? Thanks for any help you could offer !
Unfortunately Disney using DoD ID eligibility does not extend their Armed Forces Salute to those who served but didn’t retire.
Shades of Green does allow not retired to stay and buy regular military discounted tickets during certain months.
Gaylord H. Warblow says
I would like to know how to get tickets for Diseny. Before i get there in April 13.
Are you staying at Shades of Green? then the procedure in this post applies. If you don’t hear from Shades give them a call to pre-pay.
If you are not staying at Shades the only way to get your tickets ahead of time is to go to your nearest military base and purchase them at their Ticket Office.
Can you advise if Canadian millitary are able to pick up discounted Disney World tickets from Shades of Green or from millitary bases in the US as well? I heard somewhere that while there is no discount available at Walt Disney World gates, bases would sell the discounted tickets to allies, including Canada. Can you confirm and if so, where is the closest base to Orlando?
I’m not aware of any program under which non-US forces are eligible for discounts unless they have a US issued CAC or DD Form 1173 (ID cards). Shades does mention “Military personnel of foreign nations and their family members when assigned or attached to a U.S. military unit or installation or on U.S. Travel Orders.” in their eligibility guide. The previous mentioned ID cards would be the attached, but I’ve no idea what they’d accept for travel orders.
Bob W says
Bought 4 of the 4 day promotional tickets at our local ITT office and have not activated. Staying at Shades in May and think the Stars and Stripes would work better for us based on length of stay. Can the promotional tickets be “upgraded” to the longer Stars and Stripes?
Thanks – Bob
The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are non-refundable and the only upgrades available are (all through Disney directly) adding the hopper or water park options to tickets with the opposite option for $28, or upgrading to any type of full price annual pass.
My only suggestion is to try to get your ITT to take them back…
A Disney ticket window “might” let you use the purchase price towards a full price Magic Your Way ticket, but they don’t have to.
I’m sure Shades (the only place to buy the S&S) will do nothing for you in this situation.
Have you thought of using 6 back to back Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets plus however many regular mil disc MYW tickets you’ll need?
Bob W says
Steve – thanks for the prompt response. I think perhaps doing 3 people back to back (6 tickets) and one 8 day ticket would work as you suggest, so I think that is the easiest way to go if ITT says no. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Great Bob, glad to help!
Hi – thanks for a great source of information. I do have one question; I am understanding that I cannot buy my military pass AT SOG if I am not a guest there . . . is that correct? My husband is USAF and we will be staying at a WDW resort in June and we thought we could buy our military passes at guest relations at Disney or at SOG.
Nope, you are more than welcome to drop by Shades to buy your tickets, even if you aren’t staying with them. I do it all the time.
Remember, no tax at Shades and yes tax at DTD 😉
If you buy them at Shades you will still have to activate them at a park or DTD.
If staying at a wdw property (Wilderness Lodge in Oct), must we check in at WL before going to Shades to purchase Stars & Stripes tickets? We ant to go there in the morning to save time later. We will have our reservation number as proof, but it will be too early to check in before going to Shades. Then, as soon as our son and family arrive we can go activate them that evening without the tired travelers having to wait in an extra line. They will be flying in from the west coast w. two little children. For ourselves, we will be buying annual passes at local base before we go. I just learned we can’t get S&S tickets that way.
So much planning for all these upcoming WDW trips!
I’m not sure I understand which tickets you are talking about, so I’ll answer for both types you referred to.
The Stars and Stripes Passes ate a special pass sold by Shades of Green which only those staying at Shades or on property can buy. They can only be purchased for the length of stay and are more expensive. Shades usually requires a valid room key for purchase, I don’t know if they’ll accept you reservation conformation that you got in the mail. These tickets do not need to be activated. You can check in at your disney resort at any time of day (you just can’t have your room till it is ready in the afternoon) so you could do that then go to Shades.
The Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets are special 4-day tickets and are much cheaper (over half off). These do have to be activated and are sold to anyone qualified. You do not have to be staying on property.
When you say the hopper tickets still need to be activated, what does that mean? Thanks.
The 4-day Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets purchased from non-Disney sources i.e. base ticket offices or Shades of Green are non functional. You have to take them to a Disney ticket window to activate them
See this post and this and this
While this is not the case with the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets 1-10 day tickets
first I would like to thank you for the usefull informations.
so; I am a foreign military on duty in Tyndall AFB panama city; I have a CAC card with the blue band; I went to the ITT office of the base and one lady there said that I am not eligible for the salute tickets; I tried to explain to her but she said she can not do anything for me. now I am really confused because I saw in the FAQ that I have all the conditions to be qualified for the offer and also I have a reservation for tree days in the sheraton orlando form this thursday.
so please can you tell me what should I do?
The there could be several reasons why the Tyndall ITT won’t sell you the tickets. First the info about non-US military may not be in the contract between Disney and the DoD MWR (I’ve not seen it). They can only do what their contract says. Or if it is in the contract it could be bad communication within MWR/ITT. Also I know there is only one ticket person who works at the Tyndall ITT, so no point trying back.
You can buy the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets direct from Disney and the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets from Shades of Green.
Take a look at this copy of the ID Guide that WDW ticket sellers use (this is a Disney document): http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Disney-World-Military-Discount-ID-Guide.html
See this post on the DIsBoards, the poster (who I know) works in WDW tickets this is the info he has posted for the new offer (the current one is the same): http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3147362
So sounds like your only option is to get your tickets once there.
Have fun, Steve
thank you steve for your answer it was really helpful. but I understood that I can not get the salut tickets from SOG, also I am afraid to have a bad surprise in front of WDW gate.
thank you steve.
Hi Steve. We have a room at Disney Animation resort. We now want to add two more days at Shades of Green because Animation is sold out. So how do we get our Military Salute passes at Shades of Green if we check in to Shades two days after we need them?
Also, how do we get tickets for the Halloween party in October? How much are they since there is no discount in October? If sold out, can we still buy them at WDW without the discount? Will they let us buy tickets the morning of the event at regular price even if sold out? Or is that only for September? Should we order them now?
Hi there Patti,
You can go by Shades on the day you arrive to purchase your tickets, you do not need to be staying there to do so.
Full price prices vary based on the date in Oct, see the bottom of this post: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/military-discounts/2013-military-discount-prices-on-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/
Yes they will sell you full price tickets for the sold out full price dates. You can only do that at the MK Guest Relations window (not the TTC), through bag check to the right.
Jon Ann Holland says
We are arriving at SOS 10/1 and staying till 10/16 . We would like to purchase Park Hopper tickets foe about 10 days of or 11 days of our stay. Could you tell me the beast deal for us. It is for my husband and myself. Thanks.
Hi Jon Ann,
Here are the prices for the two different types of tickets that Shades sells in that length.
Another option would be for the 2 of you to each use 2 of the Disney Armed Forces Salute 4-day tickets. Perhaps one hopper and one water park fun and more to give you some options on the 9th and 10th days.
Valarie Delgado says
My question is in regards to activating tickets. I plan to preorder our Stars and Stripes 6 day tickets for my family of six. Do the Stars and Stripes tickets need to be activated before heading to the parks? Where can I activate them the night before? Can I link these tickets to My Disney Experience? Thanks!
The Stars and Stripes passes are ready for use when you buy them, there is no activation required.
Once you have them in hand you can link them in MDE and make FP+ selections.
Are the Stars & Stripes tickets eligible for linking to Magic Bands?
Is there a way to preorder the S&S tickets and recieve them in advance in order to link them to the appropriate My Disney Experience website for me and my family?
Will these be eligible for the FastPass+ system of pre-booking fastpasses a week or two in advance?
Shades of Green has a pre-purchase program, but they do not send you the tickets, you pick them up at checkin. This is for ID verification.
Stars and Stripes passes will be able to be linked to MDE, but due to the above only once you arrive.
Also WDW is still testing the whole system and the service might or might not be available during your dates.
Do you know if members of the National Guard that are in the traditional drilling status are eligible to purchase the 4 day military salute tickets for disneyworld. Or is it only active members of the National Guard?
DSGs are eligible Brandon! Not just AGRs. I was a traditional reservist (same as a DSG) for many years and I always used the discounts.
Jennifer Begin says
We are going to Disney (Orlando) in June 2014. We are not staying at Shades of Green. I saw that if you are staying there you can get ticket info so that you can utilize the 30 day out Fast Pass option. If i purchase Armed Forces Salute tickets at a local base, will those be eligible to register and then utilize the Fast Pass?
Yes absolutely Jennifer, 60 days out for Disney resort guests, 30 days out for non Disney resort guests.
Here’s a neat little detail I got from Disney directly: If you’re staying 6 days in the parks with 1 other person you only have to buy 3, 4- day passes. Cast members just count the days you’ve bought and will allow you to break them up however you like with magic band service.
Does that shades of green link also let you buy things like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party? Or only the 4 day passes?
Yes Shades will email you 45 days prior to your arrival with the info on how to buy and they include all their tickets in the offer.
With the new FP system i want to buy MYW stars and stripes tickets and activate right away. Im staying at a disney property. Are they selling in advance to us with confirmation? I really need that 60 day FP window the kids want to see anna and elsa:)
The Stars and Stripes passes are only available from Shades of Green. To pre-purchase those from them you will have to be staying at Shades and because of that you are limited to the 30 day out FP+.
If you want to have the 60 day FP+ you’ll need to be in a Disney property (which you are) and have your tickets in hand 60 plus days out.
Your options are the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets (back to back? IDK your party #) or the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets. You can get these from base ticket offices. See this link for the by phone option:
Minda Brackman says
My husband is a Veteran (not Retired military but has the DD214 Honorable Discharge.) We are staying in SOG 1/2/15 – 1/6/15 under the Salute to Our Veterans offer. Will I be able to purchase the 4 day park hopper WDW tickets for this stay?
You will be able to purchase all of the tickets that Shades sells, except the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets. These have eligibility which is controlled by WDW. If you bought them from Shades you would not be able to activate them unfortunately.
See this page for all the other ticket options: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green-Tickets.html
Robert Ackermann says
Coming to Disneyworld in Nov 2015 and will have 4 other family members with me. I am retired military and wondering about the 4 day salute passes. We will be staying at Shades for a total of 9 nights and would like to visit the parks on 8 of those days. The salute passes would be cheaper than the stars and stripes but I am not sure if I can get that many 4 day tickets (10 total over 8 days)over the course of my stay. Also, whether I buy them here at the base or at shades how far out can I use the FP option. How far out can I use the FP if staying at shades of green and purchasing 4 day salute tickets from the base.
The Disney Armed Forces Salute has not yet been continued past 3 Oct 2015.
The current (and traditional) limit on Salute tickets is 6.
Non-Disney guests make their FP+ 30 days out.
Please take some time to review the following info:
I am retired U.S. Army . I was told that I can buy the four day Disney Military Sauté tickets at Shades of Green and three days for the price of one day at Shades of Green for Universal Studios under the Military Sauté . My family and I will be in Florida next week for a 7 day vacation .is all of this true?
Yes it is, please see:
Patti Thorpe says
I emailed SOG this morning about purchasing 4day hopper plus WPM tickets. They told me they do not take orders over the phone. How am I suppose to order the tickets? All they asked me was where I was staying and when I am coming in. We are staying at Art of Animation resort arriving on June 18. They say you can purchase tickets and will be sent via Fed Ex for 10.00 fee, so how do I go about getting them? I just emailed them back thought maybe you would have some insight
This is the first that I’ve heard they don’t sell over the phone. It might be new or a unknowledgeable employee.
But they should reply to your email with a form to fill out and send back to get your tickets.
Hope this helps, please see: Support Military Disney Tips
Patti Thorpe says
Thanks I have emailed them again hopefully they will get back with me as fast as they did today
Barbara Hughes says
This is the first time I heard about Shades of Green. My husband and I are coming Oct 20th but not staying on the Disney grounds. My husband is 100% Permanently Disabled Veteran of Vietnam. Where can we purchase tickets? He does have a VA card with his picture on it that states he his 100% Permanently Disabled. I also have a letter from the VA stating the same. Is this enough ID that would be needed to purchase them. Please let me know. Thank you
No the VA has nothing got do with Disney discounts. The items you mention are not what is needed. He needs a military ID issues by the military (at a base) that proves he is 100% DAVPRM (Disabled Military Permanent). It would look lime the IDs on this page: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Special/Disney-World-Military-Discount-ID-Guide-For-Veterans.html It would be the tan one the second from the bottom on the right.
It might be that he is not DAVPRM as not all 100% are because he should have this ID already.
With that ID ha can purchase tickets from Base Ticket Offices, Shades of Green or directly from Disney and to stay at Shades of Green od use the Disney room discounts.
Miguel Ruiz says
I will be staying at the Shades of Green from June 5-10 but check-in isn’t until 1500pm. My flight arrives at 0500 June 5 and I am planning on visiting WDW upon arrival and check-in in the evening of June 5. My question is there any way I can get my tickets before I arrive at the Hotel.
Thank you very much
You can arrive in the morning and have the bellhops store your luggage, check in and then head to the park. Your room will be ready when you return and you can have the bags delivered then.
As far as tickets, you can buy then upon arrival or ahead of time, see the info above or: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disney-military-discounts/buy-military-discounted-disney-tickets-by-phone/
I purchased my 4 day hopper passes from ITT on base and we got these exchange certificates that we are to redeem for actual tickets at the park. Along with the tickets came free Fast Pass + for each ticket purchased. My question is since these are vouchers and not tickets is there a way to link them and still set up Fast Pass or do we have to wait till we get there and actually redeem the exchange certificates for tickets?
Here sure is Jason. There should be ticket numbers on the exchange certificates. Just use them and the directions on this page to link them: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/my-magic-plus/linking-disney-military-tickets-and-fastpass-plus-reservations/
Bryana Wagner says
I already emailed SOG, but figured I would ask here in case I get a quicker response 🙂
I am looking to order 5 day salute tickets and have the SOG forms printed out to email (thanks for having those linked here!). On the “Credit Card Authorization” form the top part is to fill out the sponsor’s information and sign. My husband is deployed and I will be purchasing tickets with my dependent ID. So my question is, where it asks to fill in the Military/CAC expiration date and number do I use mine or my husband’s? Is my signature acceptable as well? The statement above the signature line is making me nervous (don’t want to be committing a federal offense!) and I want to make sure they know I am the person ordering and paying. Thanks in advance for you reply 🙂
Yes that statement is a little over the top, isn’t it?
Your ID expiration and signature will be just fine as you are eligible to purchase Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets in place of your member.
SInce the form ask for the name and age of everyone thats going. Does it pre-link the names to the tickets
No is doesn’t. My Disney Experience (where you link your tickets) is a totally separate system.
Hi, I am UK military and will be holidaying in Orlando. I am not serving with US forces. Can I purchase discounted tickets through you? Thanks
No, sorry I do not sell tickets.
On the Shades of Green Stars & Stripes tickets, what exactly do they mean by length of stay? Do they include arrival & departure days? For instance, we will be staying 6 nights/7 days, but only plan to have 5 park days. Would we be able to purchase the 5 day tickets or would we have to purchase 7day tickets?
Shades says “The number of days on your ticket must match your length of stay and must be used consecutively.” You can easily make the case that you will not have time for the parks on your arrival and departure days, and so buy a 5-day.
Shades of Green has updated their process — much easier now! They have a fillable form that you email to them, then they email you images of your tickets so you can make Fastpass reservations, and the physical tickets will be ready for you when you check-in at the front desk.
They sent me an email with forms shortly after I made my deposit.
Thanks so much for the update Leigh!!!
Dave Adam says
Need 5 tickets to Disneyland in California on June 21, 2018. I’m retired US Navy Seabee. Want to purchase 4 adults and one child. Also need parking pas.
Great, Shades of Green sells Florida tickets…
See this post: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disney-military-discounts/buy-military-discounted-disney-tickets-by-phone/ Pay attention to the section on Camp Pendleton, or just wait till arrival.
Renee Siecinski says
Hello, We are staying off-Disney and Shade’s of Green, April 8-14, 2018. I’m not sure, do I pre-order my Disney theme park tickets now? Or is it pick up only?
Can I pre-order and pre pay and have them fedX to me (for a fee) even though I’m not staying at SoG?
Thank you so much for your help in this matter.
Yes absolutely Renee, you can purchase and have them shipped now even if not staying at Shades of Green.
Crystal Culp says
Okay so now that Shades of Green is allowed to book fast passes 60 days in advance, I’m wondering if you can help me with a hack I’m considering. Mostly if you think it will work.
I know some people have booked a campsite at Fort Wilderness for the first night of their visit but stayed off site so they could get the option to book fast passes 60 days in advance instead of 30 days. Do you think it would work to book one night at Shades of Green, purchase our military salute tickets through them so we won’t have to activate them at the parks in the morning, and be able to book our fast passes out 60 days in advance to have a better chance at getting hard to get FPs like Flight of Passage?
The way the system is supposed to work is that you will get a 60-day window that includes the days of your Disney Resort (or campsite) stay including check in and check out days. A 1-night stay will get you 2 days to make fastPasses. For the rest of your trip you will have to use the 30-day window.
My only experience so far with making FastPasses for Flight of Passage (last fall) is that when making FPs 60 days out from check in for my 4-night stay, FoP was not even available till the 4th and 5th days. This is because those with longer stays and earlier check ins had already been making FPs on the first 3 days of my stay for up to 9 days before I could even start.
See this post with charts: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/My-Magic-Plus/FastPass-Plus-Creates-a-Classed-Theme-Park-Society.html
But, you might have luck… There is just no telling ahead of time.
My family and I will be visiting Disney at the end of December! I was honorably discharged from the Navy. Do I qualify for military discount tickets to the parks?
Thanks for checking out the site!
There are no discounts available directly from Disney for your situation.
There is the this one discount available for non-retired veterans which is from Shades of Green. But it is only for the months of January and September. Perhaps you could delay your vacation a bit.
Here is my post with details including what documentation is required: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html
Is this email order form still valid? I see some of the comments on here from 2012 so just making sure before I submit it, since its a 72 hour turn around. Thanks!
The form linked from this post is the 2018 version
kenneth tesky says
Just send me Military Discount Price List on all theme Parks and Parks in Florida Thank You Ken Tesky!
LOL Kenneth, Just send me 20 bucks first.
Seriously I don’t do that.
You could however find them yourself. See this page and check the links in the 3rd box with the blue header:
This looks good and I may purchase our tickets this way rather than going through the base ticketing office for vouchers except for one thought, well besides paying a FEDEX fee. We live close to an installation so I can easily get to a ticketing office. Here’s what I’m wondering: I plan to also purchase the military Photopass, so I would still have to stop at the Guest Relations in front of the park to purchase and activate Photopass on the first day at the parks, right? Do you know if the photopass can be activated the day before going to the parks? If so that would be great, since our first park day would be the following day after arrival to Orlando. Just wondering how to avoid going to Guest Relations first day, which is why I’d like to buy tickets direct from SOG, but if I still need to get Photopass done,
Yes you can purchase you photopass the day or evening before your first park day.
Anita Richardson says
In the case that WDW does not renew the Salute to Service discount for 2020, do the Shades of Green park tickets work the same as far as family members are concerned? In our case, we will be purchasing 2 tickets for our daughter under the Salute to Service discount, if available, as we are taking a whole family trip (our kids are all grown), in May, 2020.
We will be staying at Pop Century.
The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets work the same in that you may purchase them for anyone, which is what you are asking.
They work different in that they do not have to be activated and you do not have to go with those you purchase for.
Hope this clears it up! Check the link too.
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Thanks for all the great information! We are trying to avoid long ticket lines like you suggested so we are considering purchasing our salute tickets through Shades of Green and having them sent via FedEx for the $12 fee. Do these tickets still require activation? If so, can our military members go to Shades of Green the day before to activate the tickets and the rest of the group (many little ones) stay at our hotel or does the entire party have to be present? Thank you!
The Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets sold by Shades of Green do not need to be activated, they are ready to go!
Patti F says
So, if my nephew who purchased our tickets before Disney shut down is unable to go with us when we reschedule, will we to use them without him? We were supposed to go March 25th through April 5th and he was going with us. We are looking at going in November now if all is good then. He did purchase them at Shades of Green. I had discussed some of this with you awhile ago on two different pages and have been waiting for updates.
Because they were purchased at Shades of Green the tickets are ready for use and do not require him to activate them in person.
Having said that, be aware that the intended use these highly discounted tickets is for him to enjoy time in the parks and to be the host of a party of family or friends. They are not intended for use without him.
You can check out my Shades of Green Ticket Refund/Upgrade post for more info: https://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/shades-of-green/shades-of-greens-official-2020-disney-armed-forces-salute-ticket-policy-for-cancelled-trips/
Are they still selling tickets at Shades of Green even though they don’t open until August?
Hi Becky ,
Yes they are telecommuting…
They were before the ticket sales pause started.
Julie Ann Pepper says
Hello, I know that tickets bought in person at Shades of Green are automatically activated but is that also the case with tickets ordered long distance from Shades of Green?
Hi Julie Ann,
Yes the ones they sell long distance are pre-activated as well. They do the same transaction (same ticket machine) as if you were standing in the office and then send them to you.
I have 2 I bought long distance recently from them for my upcoming trip.
My MIL, who lives in Orlando, is planning to get get Magic Your Way tickets for our family trip to Disney in April. She only has a DD214 so is planning to go to Shades of Green in January to get tickets for the group. Since these tickets are already activated, does she need to go to the parks on the first day with the rest of the family, or could she wait till day 2 to join us? (She works and isn’t fully available the entire time.) Also, does she need to purchase a ticket for the same length of time? For instance, could she get a 2-day ticket for herself and 5-day tickets for the rest of us?
Activation only applies to the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets.
It’s not even a step in the MYW purchase. They are sold “ready to use” so you’ll be all set using them without her, even if she never joins you (for future reference)
p.s. Have her call the Shades ticket office so that she has all her ducks in a row!
Attraction Ticket Hotline
So in that case if she decides she just wants to hang with us at the resort, does she even NEED to get a ticket for herself? Could she just get tickets for those of us that want to do parks?
Forgive me if this is a duplicate reply, I thought I had send this but now I don’t see it.
In that case (per your reply,) does she even need to get a ticket for herself? Or can she just hang back at the resort as the rest of us do the parks?
Yes, absolutely, the MYW can be given to others to ues without th emember.
Not required for the MYW.
Only the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets have such strict rules, due to their huge savings and potential to scalp.