My dad is a retired Navy veteran. 22 years of active duty service. It made for an interesting childhood to say the least. I am a speech language pathologist. I kid people who ask why I chose this profession that I like to talk so much I made it into a profession...lol In actuality I don't think I ever had a chance to be shy. I constantly had new friends, experiences, and experienced new cultures growing up. Disney has a promotion going for retired and active duty service members for 4 day PH tickets for $156 each. If you buy them at Shades of Green or a base's ITT office (travel agency on base) there is no tax added to that amount. Each service member and their spouse are limited to 6 total (that's per family, not per person). Since mom and dad needed two of those tickets we were eligible for the other four. My son didn't need a ticket as he was still carrying his Blue Maingate pass. My daughter and I had left over tickets from a previous trip. My son also had a few days left to be able to get family or friends into the park on his maingate pass too. For two days my daughter and I took advantage of this. His pass was under a blockout at MK so on the MK day we ended up using our own passes. All in all, our tickets for WDW cost $624. Mom and dad spent $312 Universal Studios (btw) has a promotion going for active and retired military members for a two day, park to park for free. Free is good..lol Mom's ticket was like $150. I had bought four Universal tickets a long time ago that were no expiration. I think I paid around $60 a piece for them. They've been sitting in my body fanny pack thing that I bought when I went to Europe for a while collecting dust more or less. (In some tourist areas of Europe there are Gypsies who like to pick pocket. I bought a garment that wraps around your waist under your clothing. It has pockets to hold your cash, credit cards, passport, etc. This makes it harder for people to steal from you. I figured I was being overcautious but when we went to the Eiffel Tower we were approached numerous times by Gypsies and a few times I actually felt "stealthy" hands on me. Sorry I digress- back to WDW or rather US). When my husband, son and I went in July I bought season passes to US. So other than Mom's ticket we didn't have a ticket expense to US/IoA. Dad's military WDW hoppers were blocked out until Jan 1 so we needed something to do on the 31st. We ended up at IoA. I wasn't thrilled with starting the girls off at US instead of WDW but I didn't really have a choice. In the end I think they appreciated WDW all the more. That's not to say we didn't enjoy US, but we have Six Flags at home so it just wasn't as unique to them as some of the rides at MK. Food...check room...check tickets...check ECV's or rather "dad gets a Nascar mobile" and "mom moves to the speed of hungry turtles"!