military park passes

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Registered: 10-21-2009
military park passes
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Tue, 01-19-2010 - 6:01pm

My BF and I will be taking his grandkids and my son to DW this June. The grandkids' mother is in the military. We plan on getting military park passes at the discount price that are offered for friends and family. I was reading on the military website that when activating the passes, military id's are required.
When they refer to activating them, do they just mean as we are entering the park or do we need to go to a special window and show military ids for those that have them and activate them that way?

Any other help with military passes would be welcome!

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Registered: 04-03-2007
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 8:06pm

You can activate them at any ticket window.

Is your daughter going to be with you? I only ask because it seems as if your daughter isn't intending to come along.(?)I ask only because they will require that either the active duty military family member or their spouse, who should also have a military id, to be there. The kids alone will not be authorized to activate the passes, even though they may have a military ID. I only bring this up because that's how they laid it out to us when we purchased our tickets last year.

What I would do is call your closest military's base leisure center and double check. Better yet, I'd call WDW or Shades of Green, they are a a military owned resort and they'd know the ins and out when it comes to the tickets.

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Registered: 10-21-2009
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 9:13pm

Thanks for the input. No, the active military person, my BF's daughter-in-law, will not be there. Her four children will be there. So, what you are saying is that even if the kids have their military id's they need the active or retired military person there as well? It also states on the web-site that friends of the military "person" can get tickets. I guess these are all questions I need to ask at the two places you suggested I contact. Oh, and by ticket window, are you referring to the turn styles we slide our passes into as we enter the park or the purchase windows?

Thanks for the help.

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Registered: 04-03-2007
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 5:11pm

The windows in which you purchase tickets at the parks. When we bought our tickets, which we purchased on post prior to the trip, they gave us a type of receipt. When we got to DW, we then took the receipts to the purchase window where they were redeemed for tickets. From there, you use them like any other tickets.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/discounts-military.htm#tickets

Okay, I don't know if you've seen this website, but when you click the link about the military tickets, they give some detail.

This is the part I was talking about, which I think they do a better job of explaining.

"If active US military members are unable to come to Walt Disney World their spouses may purchase the tickets for up to 5 family members or friends. They will need to provide valid military id to purchase the tickets."

So if your BF's son is going to be there, he should be able to purchase them and activate them. If he isn't, I'd double check to make sure that you are going to be able to activate them without his presence. From the wording, it's really hard to say for sure. HTH!

HTH!

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Registered: 10-21-2009
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 6:12pm

I did read the information from the link. It doesn't answer the question that I have. I'll just call and find out the information. THANK YOU for your help!!

Laura

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-20-2010 - 11:07pm

The military person or spouse HAS to be at the ticket window. We ran into this last year shortly after the promotion began.