As former AF and current DoD civilian Ive made a few calls as well about this. My closest MWR office (Scott AFB) specifically calls out DoD civ as included as do about a half dozen other AF and Army bases I’ve looked at. I’ve seen one source that says they are not.
Patrick AFB ITT office said the wording on the tickets was directly from universal. I’m calling universal tomorrow too.
Thanks for the link. From that page, it seems like DoD civilians are not included. However clicking the link on that page http://www.universalorlando.com/military sends you to their ‘Military Ticket Deals and Specials’ page where it clearly states the following:
Eligible Service Members
- Active Duty (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reservists) and spouses
- Retired Military service members and spouses
- Department of Defense Civilians
This would seem to indicate DoD Civilians are ultimately allowed. Now, I would definitely screenshot both pages before I purchased passes and showed up at Universal’s doorstep… I personally will wait a little while before purchasing these giving myself a little more time for this to shake out. I’d love to hear a success story before committing.
…And as of 27 Jan militarydisneytips has updated his post on this:
He concurs that DoD civilians are included. I think this assuages my reticence enough to purchase…
However, I’d still love for you civilians to chime in if you have a first hand tale of how UOR welcomed your Freedom Pass with open arms.
And just like that Military Disney Tips updates their site to say DoD civilians are NOT being allowed to redeem the passes at Universal. I’m glad I didn’t purchase them yet.
Oh dear. Well I’m glad you didn’t spend the money too since they are usually non refundable
I think I still will purchase the passes. I’m going to screenshot Universal’s page which seems to indicate civilians are included. I’ll also screenshot site from where I purchase passes. Then I’ll try to redeem in a Universal resort lobby the day before going. I’ll be ready to pay the difference between tickets and passes should Universal deny their own site’s language. Military Disney Tips site indicates should be able to do that (pay the diff). Does anyone else think that’s how Universal will handle it?
That would seem reasonable. Good luck
Universal has been saying they will not be selling these at the gate and you must purchase through a military travel agency of some sort. I’m not familiar with this process so I’d research into it.
You can buy them at Shades of Green or any base ITT office. You’ll have to have a military ID to buy them.
Fingers crossed. Grabbed our Disney tix and UOR Freedom passes today.
I just started looking into a UOR trip and found these passes on the Universal Site. I am a DOD civilian…looks like a great deal! Their website still says it is for DoD civilians. When will you be testing them out?
Our trip is in mid-April. I’ll post back.
Sounds like we’ve been watching the same roller coaster of eligibility. We’re headed to buy our freedom passes today and our trip is March 14th. I’ll update you on our experience in a few weeks.
Welcome to the forum and have fun in March
Any updates? Were you able to use the freedom passes?? Thanks
Yep! No issues activating at our resort yesterday.
Awesome. And to clarify, you were using them as a civilian, correct?
Redeemed them today just fine at Hard Rock Hotel on way to USF.