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  • On Nov 23, 2022
    Jan from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a place at Downtown Disney to activate Military salute tickets before heading to the parks (you can do it at disney springs in Orlando).

    Welcome BACK, Jan! 

    Thank you so much for sending another wonderful Disney vacation planning question to us hEAR at planDisney! It's so great to see your name pop back up in our system. That must mean that you're getting ready for another amazing Disney adventure - hooray!! 

    I'm a military spouse and am very thankful that Disney chooses to carry on Walt's legacy of honoring U.S. Service Members through these amazing theme park ticket offers and Disney hotel special rates. I'm very happy to share that the activation process for the U.S. Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets at Disneyland Resort is almost the opposite of how it's done at Walt Disney World Resort. In Orlando, Guests with these passes need to have their tickets validated before park entry, by visiting a Guest Relations location either at the parks or in Disney Springs. However, at Walt's original theme park, all you need to do is have your Military ID out when you first go through the entrance turnstile of either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. When the Cast Member scans your ticket, they'll be prompted to double-check for a valid, eligible Military ID. Once they see that your card matches your face, you'll be all set! 

    Pro Tip: If you're sponsoring civilians with these 'Salute' tickets, make sure you're the first one in your party in line; the turnstile area is kind of narrow, and this way the Cast Member can easily validate your ID vs if you were standing a few people back.

    Note that this is currently how the military ticket validation process works; anything can happen between now and your visit to The Happiest Place on Earth next yEAR. You're more than welcome to write back to double-check if this procedure is still the same or has changed at all. We'd love to see you again! 

    I hope that this helped to clEAR your question up, Jan! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for all kinds of tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation 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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