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    This page lists special offerings for Active Duty Military Service Personnel
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    "Operation Salute" will give free admission at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay;
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg; SeaWorld Orlando; SeaWorld San Diego; SeaWorld
    San Antonio; and Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa to active duty military,
    active reservists, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guardsmen and as many as four
    of their direct dependents.

    "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" theme park tickets can be obtained only at Main Entrance ticket windows. Active military personnel (or, if they are not present, their spouses) must present proper military identification. To purchase the tickets for family members or friends, the service member must show the complimentary ticket issued to them. Activated members of the National Guard or Reservists (or, if they are not present, their spouses) must also show active duty orders.

    e Tickets for family members or friends may be purchased only by the active service member or spouse, not both. A valid ID may be required for admission. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts ticket information is available
    at military base ticket offices.

    DISNEY - Disneyland/California Adventure
    "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" - May 12-December 19, 2003 FREE 3-Day Ticket good for admission to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure(tm) parks. active U.S. military personnel may make a one-time purchase of 3-day Disney's Armed Forces Salute Companion
    Tickets during the offer period for up to five family members (including spouse) or friends for $39 each. For complete details, go to

    DISNEY - Disney World, Florida
    "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" FREE 5-Day Ticket good for admission into the Walt Disney World theme parks, two Disney water parks, Pleasure Island and more. Each active member of the U.S. military may obtain one complimentary 5-day "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" ticket during the offer period. During the offer period, active military personnel may also make a one-time purchase of this same ticket for $99, plus tax, for up to five family members (including spouse) or friends. For complete details, go to

    WALT DISNEY World Salutes the U.S. Armed Forces
    The "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" offers special admission prices to active-duty military. Universal Studios Florida is offering a 4-day pass to include Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Wet 'n Wild complimentary to all active duty personnel. Up to 5 family members may purchase this pass for $71.50 plus tax. Active duty personnel may choose a 1, 2, or a 3 day pass for free. Up to 5 family members may purchase the same ticket at a 50% discount. Shades of Green is the military resort housing available near Disney World. Besides the free amusement options, the resort is a great deal as well.

    Universal Orlando
    "Military Appreciation Program - Bonus Pass"
    Free 5-Day Bonus Pass for active duty military, Reservists, and National Guard. The Bonus Pass is valid for Universal Studios(r) and Islands of Adventure(r) for a 5-day period from the first day of visit. This pass also includes the CityWalk Party Pass. Military ID must be presented to the front gate admissions to obtain this special pass. Additional Family and Friends: Up to 5 people can purchase the Bonus Pass at a 50% discount of $49.95 plus tax. Dependent spouses with a military ID may purchase this pass if the active member is still overseas. For more information, call 407-363-800 or visit

    US AIRWAYS "Salute Savings"
    April 21-December 31, 2003 (travel completed by Feb. 12, 2004) Special fares for U.S. military personnel as low as $79 each way, based on roundtrip purchase. Under the "Salute Savings" program, fares must be purchased roundtrip and are available for travel originating in
    the U.S. to destinations across the US Airways system, including Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For information on these fares, military personnel or their military I.D.-carrying family members should contact their commercial travel office. Tickets are nonrefundable and must be purchased at least three days in advance of departure. One Saturday night stay is required, and a maximum 30-day stay is allowed. Seats are limited, and other restrictions apply. Fares are available to the immediate families of members of the Armed Forces when the member is part of the traveling party. An immediate family member is defined as a parent/guardian, spouse/partner, or child.

    HARD ROCK CAFE "Military discount program"
    15% off everything except alcohol. This includes their retail store merchandise. Good at all U.S. cafes and several overseas cafes.

    This is a generic website for anyone, but it has great deals worth checking out if you are interested in the Disney thing. They have housing deals that include very inexpensive flights and car rentals.


    MAC Flights
    Military Space A is not impossible, but takes alot of advance planning. Space A travel is dependent on first of all whether there are seats, and also whether military mission requirements dictate a certain route. You might consider flying space available to your destination and getting a cheap return ticket on a standard aircarrier so you're back in time and not listed AWOL if you can't get home in time. If you plan to go space available both ways, you need to have several days leeway on either end of the trip. It really works better if you have a month or so and want to backpack across Europe or liesurely see Japan or Korea. In any event here some links that are pretty comprehensive about all the in's and outs.
    Space A Travel

    Air Mobility Command - Their primary mission is rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of the Air Mobility Command -- active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians -- provide tactical and strategic airlift and aerial refueling for all of America's armed forces. Many special duty and operational support aircraft and stateside aeromedical evacuation missions are also assigned to AMC. If they have space, Mids can fly AMC for personal travel.

    Hotel Deals

    Never forget that almost all hotels have special military rates for service personnel. Remember to ask. You are entitled to receive military rates! The following hotels are special military facilities.

    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Club in NYC 283 Lexington Ave. (at 37th St.)
    New York, NY 10016-3540, caters exclusively to the military. The hotel in New York City that is exclusively for members of the armed forces, including mids. (Active Duty, Cadets, Reserves, Retirees, Veterans) The Club provides convenient, safe, inexpensive accommodations in mid-town Manhattan, walking distance from Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Penn Station, and Port Authority Bus Terminal. It is located about a 15 minute walk from Grand Central Station. Rooms are very reasonable($25 per night), but those using it may end up with roommates they don't know. Call Tel: (212) 683-4353 Fax: (212) 683-4374 Reservations: 1-800- 678-8443 or check out their web site:

    The Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu, owned and operated by the Armed Forces Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Association. Mids and their families are allowed to stay here--very inexpensive and very nice. There are military run hotels like this in Tokyo, Korea, and Germany, etc, as well as many others run by other countries that we have international agreements with. In Bancroft Hall near the Main Office, mids can find brochures with more info about these hotels and the wonderful benefits they offer to military members.
    Photos of Hale Koas Hotel

    Germany - the Armed Forces Recreation Center's Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany is nestled in the valley at the foot of the Zugspitz, Germany's highest peak. Garmisch is famous for hosting the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. Bavarian tradition and old world charm make this a picturesque vacation destination. AFRC Garmisch operates two hotels as well as a fully-equipped campground and recreation lodge. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing.

    S. Korea - Dragon Hill Lodge
    Dragon Hill Lodge is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in Korea operated by the US Army Community and Family Support Center. This facility is located in Yongsan Garrsion, Seoul, South Korea.

    Navy Lodges
    Perhaps you know about the Navy Lodge in Annapolis, but there are Navy Lodges all over the place - even as far away as Japan, Italy, Spain or Cuba. If you are looking closer to home, you can stay at a Navy Lodge in Corpus Christi, Texas or Monterey, CA. The prices are great so consider staying at a Navy Lodge.

    Army Lodges
    Even though the sound of "Beat Army" is in your bloodstream we are part of the same military force. Take advantage of your fellow serviceman's lodging facilities from Alabama to Wisconsin and Belgium to Italy.

    Campgrounds - Paths Across America
    Welcome to the Army (Think Brother in uniform) Outdoor Recreation “Guide to Army Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds.” The Army provides these to promote recreational travel and provide outdoor recreational opportunities to authorized users. We offer various levels of amenities, from gravel pads to paved pads with water, electric, sewage disposal, cable TV and telephone access. We also offer professional staffs or hosts to take care of your needs. Many RV Parks and Campgrounds offer programs to help you take advantage other installation MWR activities, and local area attractions. Hawaii has cottages and tenting. Florida has tent sites and cabins.

    The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) is a "Space Available" program that offers condominium vacations at resorts around the world for only $234 per unit per week. If you enjoy off-season activities in popular locations without the hassle of high-season prices, crowd, and lines or if you can travel on 10 days notice or less, the AFVC offers an incredible vacation value!

    LAS VEGAS - various hotels
    "Operation Welcome Home: Vegas Salutes the Military" - May 17-July 4, 2003 20% off rack room rates at over 70 Vegas properties. All active military and their spouses and children are eligible for the discount. Those eligible must present valid active military ID at check-in. Restrictions based on availability and blackout dates. For more information call 1-877-VISITLV or go to

    DISNEY - Disneyland Resort Hotels, California
    "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" - May 12-December 19, 2003 Disneyland Resort Hotels are offering room rates for active military personnel at a 40 percent savings per night, based on the non-discounted price of the same room. This offer is available most nights during the offer period, and the number of rooms available at this savings is limited. For complete details, go to For reservations call 714- 956-6424

    DISNEY - Disney Resort Hotels, Florida
    "Disney's Armed Forces Salute" - May 12-December 19, 2003 Disneyland Resort Hotels are offering room rates for active military personnel at a 40 percent savings per night, based on the non-discounted price of the same room. This offer is available most nights during the offer period, and the number of rooms available at this savings is limited. For complete details, go to For reservations call 714-956-6424

    UNIVERSAL - Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, Florida
    "Military Appreciation Program" - May 13-December 19, 2003 Universal On-Site Hotel, Portofino Bay Hotel offers a 40% discount with military ID from 5/13/03 - 12/19/03. Reservations, 800-292-7827.

    UNIVERSAL - Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando, Florida
    "Military Appreciation Program" - August 17-December 19, 2003 Universal On-Site Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort offer a 40% discount. For reservations call 800-292-7827.

    UNIVERSAL - Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Florida
    "Military Appreciation Program" - August 17-December 19, 2003 Universal On-Site Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort offer a 40% discount from 8/17/03 - 12/19/03. For reservations call 800-292-7827.

    DAYS INN/TAMPA NORTH - Busch Gardens/Adventure Island
    "Military Appreciation Package" - August 17-December 19, 2003 40% Off Regular Prices At Our Newly Renovated Hotel. Ask For SRP Code LPMA - $29.95 (1-2 Adults/rm.)+tax. Includes free, hot breakfast, Free Busch Gardens Tickets. Under 12 stay free. Call Toll
    Free 866-895-6584 or\tampa05280

    RAMADA - Orlando
    "Military Rate" - Military rate of $45 (+ tax and based on availability). Visit or call 800-327-1363.

    HOLIDAY INN - Orlando

    "Military Summer Getaway Special" - April 28-August 30, 2003 $55 plus 12% tax per night for 2 Adults. Ask for the MIL 55 rate. To make reservations call 1-800-366-5437.


    Locations of all USO's
    (Check out all the US sites and also the USO's abroad!)

    Boston USO -
    Hawaii USO
    Logan Airport USO-
    Newport USO -
    NYC USO -
    San Diego USO

    Airport Centers
    These centers work day and night to assist American military members and their families on the move. Travelers can receive assistance with language translators, currency conversions, and transportation options. These centers offers the first stop for support as you begin your travels. It's definitely worth stopping into USO centers located in most major airports! They will greet you warmly, offer you food and beverages and generally provide you with a friendly face and helpful information. When you are in an airport, check to see if they have a USO center. It's much more pleasant than waiting in the general seating areas!

    Fleet Centers
    Even when ships arrive unannounced, our fleet centers are ready to assist service personnel with information about the community as well as currency conversions. After long periods of sea duty, the centers are a needed respite for U.S. Navy and Marine personnel. The centers also offer language assistance, local orientation and information about recreational alternatives. When you visit a port city, check to see if they have a fleet center and stop by. Lots of resources for Mids!