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Old 11-01-2011, 09:05 PM   #316
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I love how this is a nutshell of our government. Just a complete example of no one knowing anything about what is going on and doing nothing unless called and passed around 10 times and waiting 6 months. I've emailed or called every one of my reps and senators and they all have no idea what I'm talking about and even are quick to claim this just doesn't exist.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:39 PM   #317
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One senator says can't do it - other says they are gone

I thought I'd try even though I knew it was really late in the game. One of our senator's (Colorado) office said they can only get tickets for launches - not Kennedy Space Center itself. The other senator said they were out of complimentary tickets (which wasn't any surprise). To be honest, I'm pleased that I got any answer at all. We're headed north, so will do some things around Daytona instead - our grand-kids are too young to appreciate the space center yet and our adult children have been there - so spending the kind of money they want now isn't worth it for us.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:12 PM   #318
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I had read about the free tickets too...I found my congressman's website..and he actually had a location on his website for tours that were offered. I completed the form..and got the auto reply. A couple weeks went by and I received an email from a gal asking me information about our trip and everyone in our party. A couple months later..I received an email stating we got the tickets.
Now...at the same time... my parents contact their congressman. Did the same thing. The interesting thing is..he also had a special area on his website to request a tour. However the gal that emailed back..had no idea what we were talking about..even though the Kennedy Center was listed on their website. We found out it was a different tour in Washington DC...not the one in Florida.
I ended up emailing the gal that helped me..and she told me that not all congressmen have access to the same tours. (?? that is just stupid) You should request them as soon as you know you are going to be in the area. Worse case..they will tell you went to re-contact them. Keep that email..and follow up with them..by replying to that old email. They say..6 months out..is a safe date.
Save yourself the heartache and don't bother calling the office. You will just get transferred all over the place..check their websites first!! Once you have a contact name..then call!!

I also found out that the tickets are good for 2 days too! We are going to be there on December 2. It will be the cheapest part of our trip!!
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:19 PM   #319
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I followed the advise here on the board and contacted my congressman Jerry McNearny six months before our trip. I received an email the next day saying they were looking into it. Then a week later they asked for the details of our trip and when we would be in Florida. Then, I didn't hear anything for a few months. Just last week (4 months) before our trip, I got an email saying that we would receive 4 complimentary tickets. I'm so excited! The added bonus is that my sons teachers are thrilled that they are going to the KSC and they can do a space project to make up for the work they will miss in school. :-)
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:23 PM   #320
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I followed the advise here on the board and contacted my congressman Jerry McNearny six months before our trip. I received an email the next day saying they were looking into it. Then a week later they asked for the details of our trip and when we would be in Florida. Then, I didn't hear anything for a few months. Just last week (4 months) before our trip, I got an email saying that we would receive 4 complimentary tickets. I'm so excited! The added bonus is that my sons teachers are thrilled that they are going to the KSC and they can do a space project to make up for the work they will miss in school. :-)

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Old 11-21-2011, 11:06 AM   #321
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On June 20, I sent our request for four passes on Dec 23 to Rep. Aaron Schock's office and got quick acknowledgements (e-mail and phone call) of our request. Still waiting to see if we get them or not. Will post whatever response we get.
On September 13, we heard back from Congressman Schock's office that we had four Complimentary Maximum Access Tickets reserved for December 23. They are actually good for two days of admission, and must be used within 7 days of first use. Other details, including a confirmation number to be used when picking up the tickets, were included as well.

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Old 12-14-2011, 06:12 PM   #322
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OR Congressman Earl Blumenauer

I have to thank my congressman and the DIS boards! We got tix!

After several dead ends, emailed from the congressman's website, got a reply no. Called back, someone transferred to someone else, got a no again from that person, or actually he said they used to, but don't do it anymore.
I left saying thank you, but if you hear of anything else, please let me know. A couple weeks later, I received an email saying he will get them, and just today got the confirmation note from him from Kennedy Space Center with a confirmation number for the 4 maximum full access tickets! We're planning to go to US/IOA/DisHollywood & Kennedy prior to our 4 day Dream cruise Jan 29th! We're so excited!!!!

Thank you to all who left notes, and good luck to those who are trying to get them!
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #323
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We got 4 tickets thanks to Senator McCains office.

Pretty painless process, but there is a limited number of tickets available from NASA and they do run out.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #324
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Just wanted to tell anyone who is hopeful for tix in 2012, that we received our confirmation e-mail today that we will received full access tix for 2 days for our upcoming trip in February. I am so excited because my son is in the Young Astronauts program at school and he is going to love this!

Good Luck to anyone who is hoping/wanting tickets!!!
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:36 AM   #325
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I wanted to thank the OP for this info and all the suggestions and recommendations from other posters! We booked the Disney Dream last April so I've been "saving" this information until my 6 month window was open to request the tickets.

WOW - it worked!! I sent an email right after New Years and w/in days I had an email response back from the representative and she advised she had contacted KSC and lined up tickets for us and would keep me posted. She wrote back again later that same day confirming the tickets for the day we needed were reserved and once she had the actual confirmation number she would forward that to me.

I'm so thrilled as we were going to do this no matter what and I was "hopeful" we'd get the tickets, but not relying on them. What a chunk to save for the three of us!! We are so excited to do this as both my son and husband love all things space related and we love learning and seeing new things. We are actually going to Port Canaveral two days ahead of the cruise departure so we can take advantage of KSC.

Good luck to others - it does happen!

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:41 AM   #326
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Well I just emailed my congressman Murphy of PA.

Made sure in email to compliment their email newsletter he puts out and that I heard the congressional Nasa lieasion has these tx available to constituients. Hoping the combo of buttering up staff and knowledge of the department that hands out the tix will increase my chances of getting tickets for early June. Now lets see if pixie dust works in DC
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #327
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2 weeks ago I contacted our Congressman, Ken Calvert about tickets, off his website. A few days later I received a call from his Washington D.C. office! But his office said they didn't have any tickets, maybe not till July... Our cruise is in May. So no Kennedy Space trip this time. My advice is ask early, way before your cruise. 4 months out wasn't enough here.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:34 PM   #328
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2 weeks ago I contacted our Congressman, Ken Calvert about tickets, off his website. A few days later I received a call from his Washington D.C. office! But his office said they didn't have any tickets, maybe not till July... Our cruise is in May. So no Kennedy Space trip this time. My advice is ask early, way before your cruise. 4 months out wasn't enough here.
It looks like at the 6 month mark right at availability is when they go. Sorry you missed out.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:51 PM   #329
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Good to know for future cruises
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #330
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Thanks dis'ers

I have to say, because of this board we heard of this. I decided to give it a shot and contacted our congressman (in NC) and they responded in about a day that they'd be happy to help. We're cruising the day after DH's b'day so thanks to their efforts, we'll now be spending my DH's b'day at KSC. She said they'd be back in touch about a few weeks before our scheduled date in May with more details.

Thanks all for the tips.
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