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  • On Mar 17, 2023
    Robert from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I am a civilian employee with the US Air Force. I wanted to book my resort reservation online and then purchase my park tickets through the Air Force. Is there a way to link the park tickets to my account after purchasing?

    Welcome to planDisney, Robert!

    Thanks for bringing your great question our way. My husband is a Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian for the U.S. Army, and we do exactly as you ask for most of our Disney trips – I'm happy to help you understand how to put these components of your vacation together. How exciting to be planning a trip for June to the Walt Disney World Resort, it’s a perfect way to kick off the summer!

    While the Walt Disney World website enables you to make a resort reservation and purchase theme park tickets in one transaction, you may customize your vacation based on what else may be available to you for ticket options. To make a resort-only reservation at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, simply select “no ticket” on the second page of the process and continue to finalize the resort room only. There is a Special Offer available now for spring-summer for up to 25 percent off room-only reservations, so hopefully that discount applies to your resort choice for great savings.

    We frequently purchase our theme park tickets through the U.S. Army recreation office, as you may also do through the U.S. Air Force services office. These are legitimate tickets with special savings for our military and DoD Civilian families. If you purchase those, the physical or emailed tickets will have a barcode with a unique number affiliated with each. To link these to your room reservation, log into your My Disney Experience account (on a computer or the mobile app). You then select “Link Tickets” and can enter the full numbers on each ticket and assign them to someone in your family for use. Once linked you will see everything together and seamlessly access them using your MagicBand, MagicMobile Pass, or the physical tickets to enter a theme park.  

    Another option for your theme park tickets is to purchase them through Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) on the Walt Disney World Resort property. Even if you are not staying there (though this is another great resort option for you to investigate) you may purchase specially priced tickets for DoD Civilians and have them mailed to you. The rates are usually comparable to the U.S. Army recreation office so be sure to check the prices and number of park days available to find the best deal for your family. No matter how you secure your theme park tickets, you will then link them to your My Disney Experience account and make theme park reservations as soon as you’re ready.

    Whether you stay at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel or Shades of Green, you can make your dining reservations 60 days in advance of your stay for the full length of your vacation. You will also be eligible for Early Theme Park Entry, having a head start into the parks before Guests staying off property.

    Please send me a question directly if you have questions on any of this or would like to continue our conversation to plan your special trip, Robert! 

    To infinity, and beyond! 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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