Thursday, November 11, 2010

Disneyland and the Armed Services

In honor of Veterans Days, please enjoy this re-broadcast from April 2008, "Disneyland and the Armed Services"

First up, graciously donated scan from Gorilla’s Don’t Blog, from May 1970Welcome Home To All Returning Viet Nam Service Men”. $1.00 for admission and 10 tickets, way to go Disneyland! It sure is neat the way Disneyland honored the service men this way, they could have just offered the discount, but they made up special tickets too. Notice the serial number begins with “V

Inside the May 1970 book are 10 special tickets, very similar to “magic key” tickets of the time, with the exception of these getting that special cyan print color on the key and “Admit One”. Also, Major reports the actual tickets in his book are 10¢ thru 85¢, so my “loose” ticket example below must be slightly older than 1970.

Next up, “Armed Forces Weekends” these examples are from the “ticket binder” scan collection. I think it says "1968". Nice touch with the each branch of the service getting there own logo/shield. Serial number begins with “AF”.

Two admissions and 12 tickets, still a great deal at $5.25.

From my collection, dated September 1977, it’s “Military Weekends”. This book has never been used. It has a “Second Day” ticket under the “First Day” ticket, then 12 green "good on any attraction" key tickets, with standard red print. Serial number begins with “MW”. You may have noticed that neither Major or myself have folded back these mint tickets, we are dedicated fans, but not that dedicated!

Still a great value at $6.50.

Last up it’s “Military Night at Disneyland” Friday, April 8, 1988. Star Tours was only a year old so it’s still getting plenty of promotion, can’t you just hear R2D2’s cute little sound in your head?

On a personal note; Whenever I see a member of the armed services, I make it a point to shake their hand and thank them for their service; we all owe our freedoms to them.


Major Pepperidge said...

My dad recently checked to see what kind of discount he would get by buying Disneyland tickets at the Navy base. They only save 10 percent! Better than nothing I guess, but still...

The only trouble with having unused books is that you can't scan the insides for folks who want to see 'em!

Disney On Parole said...

Great Collection!!! Thanks for sharing!

outsidetheberm said...

Nice post, Tim. Thank you.

Really like that unused 'Military Weekends' ticket book!