Bob Miller

Published: September 29, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Robert, don't know if you caught my other post on this subject? Posted it at 6:30AM.
Anthony Murphy

Published: September 29, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Sounds like a good idea.

I always thought the birthday one, however at WDW was to get FL residents to come.

Published: September 29, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Although I think volunteering is a very good thing for many reasons, I strongly dislike this promotion. Many of you will disagree, but it smells a little political to me.
TH Creative

Published: September 29, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Anthony, you ought to be all over this! You have promoted various worthy causes.

Mr. Niles, I think a TPI volunteer event would be a fantastic idea for 2010. And yes, I would lend a hand and help organize!

Anthony Murphy

Published: September 29, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Can't, I work for Disney ( ok, Disney Store, but it counts) so I am ineligable, but they treat me right with tickets to the parks. I am part of VoluntEARS so I am doing the service, but its already through Disney. Got a silver Mickey Hat, very cool.

Also, I do not know if they would appreciate me doing something for Six Flags and then trying to get a free ticket from them!

Still this deal, in my opinon, is excellent. Perhaps its because I am from a big city, but there are many opportunities out there. I also think this will draw more youth groups from the area to go.

I will totally come and help out with the TPI service event, but I will not get any credit (sorta!)

Published: September 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Why do people need something free in order to get something right done! Everyone is going to these places with just one goal GET MY FREE DISNEY TICKET, not I HOPE I MAKE A DIFFIRENCE IN SOMEONES LIFE TODAY! I feel like disney will give volunteer a bad rep, no?
Anthony Murphy

Published: September 29, 2009 at 12:10 PM

And if I read 600 minutes, I got a ticket to Great America.

Its just incentives for doing good things. I bet Disney has some pretty stringent rules for what is considered service.

Gareth H

Published: September 29, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Am still looking into getting some Florida based TPI readers to join me for a day of Habiltat for Humanity, but waiting for the coller weather come in.

So Send me a message, or post here if you are still interested, and Maybe a Certain Mr R Niles would be happy to send over some T-Shirts for us to wear while we do it (Ahen, photo ops, Promotions, local news, etc Mr Niles)

***AND IF I COULD FIND the original posting a I made I'd comment in it to bring it back to the front, but I can't find it. Any help would be apprechiated****

TH Creative

Published: September 29, 2009 at 5:45 PM


If we were to actually follow-through on an Orlando, TPI event where an event invloved volunteering -- and you showed up and pitched in ... I will gfet you into the park for free.


P.S. Um ... can you climb a chain linked fence?

Amy Tupper

Published: September 29, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Well, about 18 years ago, I volunteered to join the USAF (the first time, and have re-enlisted a few times since then); and in January, I'll be going to serve in Afghanistan for 6 months. This could severely jeopardize any opportunity I have to participate in this program - but it won't stop me from volunteering when I can. Hope I can still participate somehow because believe me - even if I get in for free, they're gettin' some dough from me and my family!! (Happily and willingly, I might add!)

I just hate that there has to be a war going on (continually, for the last 8 years and counting) AND a bad economy for Disney to give servicemembers what they deserve. And PLEASE no one throw the 'discount' in our face - we have young troops on food stamps!! (Psst....Busch Parks have been continually recognizing our service with free park entry for MORE than 8 years, if my memory serves.)

Not complaining - just making an observation. :)

Robert Niles

Published: September 29, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Hi Amy.

First... thanks. (Even if you've heard that before, you can't hear it enough.) Second, we're hoping for you to stay safe and file many, many fun-filled trip reports from all your theme park travels when you get back.

Third, you do know that you and your family can get in free at any Busch/SeaWorld park, right? (That deal is available to all U.S. military.) If not, e-mail me using the link on my profile page. I'll hook you up with the info. Universal Orlando is also offering free tickets to military personnel, through Dec. 18. Maybe a trip before you leave?

Amy Tupper

Published: September 30, 2009 at 7:48 AM

Thanks, Robert! Yes, I'm well aware - and take full advantage! - of the free Busch parks admission each year. I'm waiting for my parents to come down next week to decide which park they want to go to. :) And I blew my Universal freebie on the Barenaked Ladies concert back in February. WELL worth it, to me! LOL

Next year, my husband has promised me my first-ever trip to Disneyland when I get back from Afghanistan, so I will definitely have the stories! I'm really hoping for another military deal next year, though, because I think that will help impact where we stay. (Free tickets = nicer room, perhaps on property?)

Bob Miller

Published: September 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Amy, Thanks for the service to our country. This comes from one of five brothers who served. My brother Harold was in the 2 World War, James and Eugene were in the Korean and Vietnam wars, John served during the Berlin Wall crisis and I was in during the Cubian missle crisis. We all came home safely. Please come home safely to all your TPI family.
Jack Michael

Published: October 1, 2009 at 7:02 AM

By volunteer, they are referring to individuals who do charity work for free, correct?