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  • On Aug 16, 2022
    Valerie from CA 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! My husband and I are planning to visit Disneyland on and he is military. We wanted to purchase the military passes offered at the park. Do we have to create a reservation without the tickets beforehand to enter the park same day?

    Hiya, Valerie!

    Thank you for sending this question to us hEAR at planDisney! On behalf of all of my panel pals, please thank your Husband for his service to our country!

    I'm a military spouse too, and my family has enjoyed these special 3 and 4-day Disney Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets for yEARs. Sometimes known as the 'Disney Salute' tickets, I am so thankful that Walt's love of service and country continues today. Another tradition that is alive and well is the daily flag retreat ceremony in Disneyland Park. It's 15 minutes of patriotic songs featuring the Disneyland Band and the Dapper Dans that turns a simple chore into a magical moment for sure!

    I'm so sorry to report that you'll need to purchase your military tickets ahead of your arrival. One of the pandemic procedures upon the reopening from the historic closure of The Happiest Place on Earth was that Theme Park Admission Ticket sales were highly encouraged as online or in-app only. This was partly because of the need for Park Pass Reservations which might not be available same-day, but also to limit in-person interactions for the Cast Members in the Ticket Booths. Sadly it meant that the Disney Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets could only be purchased from a Military Ticket Office on a base/post for the foreseeable future, of which we still don't have an end time frame. I sadly don't have the proper magic mirror to peek inside your My Disneyland Account to see where you're currently stationed, Valerie, but your best bet will be to call around installations in your area to see if they carry Disneyland tickets before you drive over there. If you can't find a location near you that sells these tickets, there are several bases in the SoCal area that carry them, including LA AFB, March ARB, and Navy Base San Diego. Camp Pendleton not only sells these tickets in person, it's rumored that if you call their ITT office, they might be able to complete your sale and issue your tickets over the phone. Once you've acquired your tickets, you'll be able to upload them to your account where you can then make your Park Pass Reservations. 

    I'm so sorry this wasn't the answer you were looking for, Valerie. I too miss the "old days" of three yEARs ago when everyone could impulsively show up at the parks. But hopefully this answer will help you plan some upcoming Disney Days! Be sure to check out the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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