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Courtesy photo The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, just 56 miles from Munich and 34 miles from Innsbruck, Austria. The resort provides vacation opportunities exclusively for service members.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Leisure Travel Services staff members want to help you plan your escape during winter block leave with tips and discounts available on places around the state, country and the world.

The travel service has two locations on JBLM and provides service members and their families advice about trips and discounts service members have access to. This includes Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios. The office also has information regarding military hotels, which provide an affordable option for people interested in traveling around the country.

“You aren’t going to find a cheaper price than speaking with us,” said Leisure Travel Services manager Mickey Peebles. “You go to some resorts, and they’ll cost you an arm and a leg. Most places have military discounts, but they can be hard to find and there is often a catch. If people come to us, then we can help them get the most out of their trip at an affordable price.”

Prices for staying at the Armed Forces Recreation Center’s full-service resort hotels are based on pay grade, with junior ranks having to pay less. These resorts are located all around the world, including a tropical location in Hawaii, one on the Pacific Rim in Seoul, Korea, and a European getaway in Germany. For more information about these resorts, visit


One of the most popular options that Leisure Travel Services offers is Disneyland and Walt Disney World packages. They are offered year-round and can save service members substantial amounts of money. Although prices for this upcoming year aren’t final yet, Peebles is optimistic on how much people will be able to save.

Currently, a three-day park hopper ticket can be purchased with the military discount for around $150, compared to nearly $300 for a similar ticket, according to the Disney website.

“If you come to us, we will get you the voucher beforehand,” Peebles said. “You will save money and be able to avoid the lines and hassle of getting a ticket (at Disney). Plus there is a military resort, which you can find by Googling Shades of Green, that offers you fantastic prices. Some of the other resorts can cost around $500 a night. You’ll pay a fraction of that with the military resort.”

Beyond some of the amusement parks, Leisure Travel Services also offers vacation options around the country. Whether you’re looking for a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida or the San Diego Zoo in California, the JBLM travel offices will find you the best deal. People interested in planning their vacations should also visit This website will help eligible service members plan a vacation that capitalizes on all available military discounts.

People looking for local trips shouldn’t fret, because their are adventures to be found all around the state. There is the Seattle CityPass at a military discount, which allows people to customize a trip around the Emerald City. This includes a visit to the Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo, the Pacific Science Center and much more. Service members also can escape a couple hours away to Leavenworth, Wash., by purchasing a ticket at the discounted price of $45. The small Bavarian-themed town is always a nice escape and is known around the world for its commitment to the holiday spirit.

Leisure Travel Services prides itself on its diverse range of travel options but knows there might be things staff haven’t found yet.

“We also take requests about what people want,” Peebles said. “When someone asks about something, we make a note of it and start to look and see what is available. You should want to go through us because we are one of the many benefits you have access to. We are here to try and help you save money.”

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