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Old 10-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #781
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Hello to my fellow military peeps!

For those of you who have stayed at SoG recently (say, within the past 6 months or so):

How long did you wait to buy tickets?

We've stayed at SoG several times over the years and purchased tickets, but I have heard that the ticket lines are now often quite long and time consuming due to the current Disney military salute tickets.

This trip we are staying at the Animal Kingdom Villas (on DVC points), and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to go over to SoG for our tickets when we arrive. We are going Magical Express and will not have a car, so we would either take a bus to the TTC or MK/transfer to SoG, or take a cab.

I would probably be less likely to do this, though, if the lines are now quite long at the SoG ticket office. Not to sound like a diva . . . a few minutes is no big deal . . . but if we're likely to wait a full hour or something, we might figure something else out since it will already be a bit of a challenge to get to SoG from Animal Kingdom Villas.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:16 PM   #782
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Hello to my fellow military peeps!

For those of you who have stayed at SoG recently (say, within the past 6 months or so):

How long did you wait to buy tickets?

We've stayed at SoG several times over the years and purchased tickets, but I have heard that the ticket lines are now often quite long and time consuming due to the current Disney military salute tickets.

This trip we are staying at the Animal Kingdom Villas (on DVC points), and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to go over to SoG for our tickets when we arrive. We are going Magical Express and will not have a car, so we would either take a bus to the TTC or MK/transfer to SoG, or take a cab.

I would probably be less likely to do this, though, if the lines are now quite long at the SoG ticket office. Not to sound like a diva . . . a few minutes is no big deal . . . but if we're likely to wait a full hour or something, we might figure something else out since it will already be a bit of a challenge to get to SoG from Animal Kingdom Villas.

Thanks in advance!!
well, for those staying AT shades of green they now offer an option to preorder tickets so we all no longer have to wait in the ticket line. I don't know if it makes the actual ticket line shorter, but in the past, we've waited various from no wait to 1 hour, just to buy tickets. So maybe call ahead and see what the wait time is? Or ask when the slowest time is?

also, there is no SOG bus from Mk or Epcot. Only a bus from TTC. You best choice is to take a cab. Otherwise you can take a ALK bus to AK and then get a bus to TTC from there and from there a SOG bus. (if timing is right you can get the SOG bus directly at AK, but I think that's at 10 of the hour in the far parking lot).
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #783
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Another bus option is take the AK bus to DTD and the SOG bus from there. That's how we went to AK to eat at Boma.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:17 AM   #784
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Another bus option is take the AK bus to DTD and the SOG bus from there. That's how we went to AK to eat at Boma.
We were just there a couple of weeks ago and the bus drivers were not allowing any non-shades of green guests on the buses. So, I would suggest going to the Poly and walking over or driving and letting them know you are there to purchase tickets. As for ticket lines, we have never encountered any lines on our stays.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #785
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We were just there a couple of weeks ago and the bus drivers were not allowing any non-shades of green guests on the buses. So, I would suggest going to the Poly and walking over or driving and letting them know you are there to purchase tickets. As for ticket lines, we have never encountered any lines on our stays.
oh that's funny - we were never asked for an ID not even once (end of August).
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #786
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Wow! We've never had a Shades bus driver turn anyone away. Ever.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:44 AM   #787
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New Ticket Question

http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/

This says that you can't use tickets back to back like before. I haven't been able to confirm this new info. It appears that if we are going to a week we'll have to pass on the salute tickets.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #788
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I would take a bus to MK - get on monorail that goes to resorts. get off the Poly and just walk to SOG. It is an easy walk.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:54 AM   #789
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Thanks everybody. I truly appreciate the input!

I unexpectedly solved my problem yesterday by getting WDW tickets at the MWR office here in Hawaii. I stopped in there on a whim last night, expecting to be told they did NOT have WDW tickets. Surprisingly, they can order them . . . and the prices (at least for park hoppers) were nearly identical to the Shades of Green prices. The only downside is that it is expected to take 2-3 weeks for the tickets to arrive. Fortunately, I do have that amount of time before our trip.

Just posting in case it helps anybody else. Maybe it's at least worth asking at your local MWR to see if they can order the WDW tickets for you - just give yourself enough time.
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Thanks everybody. I truly appreciate the input!

I unexpectedly solved my problem yesterday by getting WDW tickets at the MWR office here in Hawaii. I stopped in there on a whim last night, expecting to be told they did NOT have WDW tickets. Surprisingly, they can order them . . . and the prices (at least for park hoppers) were nearly identical to the Shades of Green prices. The only downside is that it is expected to take 2-3 weeks for the tickets to arrive. Fortunately, I do have that amount of time before our trip.

Just posting in case it helps anybody else. Maybe it's at least worth asking at your local MWR to see if they can order the WDW tickets for you - just give yourself enough time.

Ours can do that, too. I think it might only be for AP's, but not sure. They always have the 4 Day Salute tickets available in the office, though.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #791
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Has anyone stayed there recently? My family and I will be there the 6-13 and I just wanted to know what you thought about it?
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:33 PM   #792
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Hi I am starting to plan my trip to shades of green and Disney. We are staying in palm suite with our family all 11 of us... Anyone stay in plan suite? Or have any tips about the resort
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:06 PM   #793
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http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/

This says that you can't use tickets back to back like before. I haven't been able to confirm this new info. It appears that if we are going to a week we'll have to pass on the salute tickets.
Us too... Our Spring Break trip does not allow us to use any of the Salute tickets this year.. (Last year it was only MK, This year it is everything.) I am so thankful that when we were able to use them that this does not bother me..9 Days at the Shades price of Magic your Way is still $ 200.00 cheaper than the regular way and for this I am grateful.. Less than 6 months...
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:16 AM   #794
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We JUST got back like 2 weeks ago. We used Disney transportation including buses ( yes we stayed at Shades) and there was NO wait to get our tickets, I unpacked, DH went down and got our tickets and we were all set! Also our friends who stayed at the Poly could take our buses too....in fact when we pulled up for the first time our friends brought us back to the resort, after a late night at one of the parks, the guard didn't even ask for any Shades ID from any of us. He saw their Disney tag on their review mirror and let them in!

ALL the years we have been going we have never been asked for ID anywhere except for being able to stay for EMH's and to buy the MNSSHP tixs of course! We come and go wherever we want when we want with no problems or having to prove anything.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:20 AM   #795
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Has anyone stayed there recently? My family and I will be there the 6-13 and I just wanted to know what you thought about it?
We have been to it MANY times and have also stayed at Mod and Deluxe Disney resorts.....Shades can't be beat! The rooms are the largest on property, you can easily fit 5 adults in one room (even 6 if you need a cot, we have done it before with our 4 sons when they were in their teens). Love having a private balcony, love being able to have interior corridors, the only think lacking, in many opinions, is the food! But, we mainly only eat breakfast there and that's not everyday, we don't spend a ton of time at the resort, but enough to know, at the price and what you get, even Disney says, it is to their Deluxe resort standards.
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