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Orlando Shuttle Service Military Discounts


Disney World Military Discounts on Scooters and Wheelchairs


Disney World Stroller Military Discount

Disney World Military Discounts on Strollers

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Blockout Dates For Disney's Armed Forces Salute:

No Blockout Dates Remain for 2017

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What if you still want to visit Disney on these Blockout Dates?

Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat

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What Readers Say about MDT:

I can honestly say that learning about Military Disney Tips is the only reason I am so prepared for my family’s upcoming, once in a lifetime trip. If it wasn’t for all the wonderful advise I would not have been prepared for the 2017 Salute to the Military release nor would we have received a pretty awesome 30% discount off our room. I have so many notes and tips stored away to make our trip magical so thank you, thank you, thank you. - Lisa L.

I just discovered Military Disney Tips recently and I’m so glad I did. I had no idea how wonderful Shades of Green seems to be. I’m so exciting about our first visit. I didn’t know all the wonderful tips for Military families. I have referred to this website many times during the planning of our upcoming trip in March. Thank you for all you do. It’s truely great!! - Michelle S.

I came upon this page during our initial stages of planning our February 2017 Disney World trip and it has been so extremely helpful not only in its content, but when I have a question, I know I can count on Steve to get the answer and get it quickly. It has been my go-to website and I would not be so prepared and informed without it. This website is a staple for this vacation and for our future trips (hopefully!!!) to Disney. - Amy M.

I’ve been to WDW many, many times, but I always learn something new from different websites. This website is especially helpful, since it caters to military personnel. Since the military population is such a small part of normal website’s readership, nobody else puts much effort into military-specific information. MilitaryDisneyTips does that for us. I used to have to dig through a few different websites to finally find the information that I needed, but it’s here, front and center for us. - Jeremy Z.

Just taking a minute for a HUGE thank you for all you do. Your invaluable info gave my family (7 of us including the grandkids) the BEST 2 week Disney World vacation last Oct. - Krissy P.

Military Disney Tips is my go to site for current and correct information for the military community. As soon as Disney made their announcement for the Armed Forces Salute continuing Through 2017 it was on MDT. No speculation, just the actual facts that will help us make important decisions for our vacation budget. - SherryAnne S.


Welcome to Military Disney Tips!

Disney Vacation Information By Military - For Military

You've found the number one site on the Internet for Disney Military Discount Information.

We are military and fully understand all the ins and outs of these sometimes complicated and confusing discounts.

We've been there, done that, and got the Mickey tee shirt!

Well actually very many tee shirts... Really, they're all I wear.


DIsney Military Discounts


There are a lot of other great (general public) Disney sites out there and they should play an important part in your Disney vacation planning! (I recommend some here)

But you Should Not get your Disney Military Discount Information second hand from civilians!

Here you will find all the information and rules on Disney's Military Discounts, even the rules that Disney doesn't tell you about or that Disney call center cast members are confused about.


The Disney Vacation Experience - Relaxation

A Disney vacation is a very unique experience, in that it is so immersive that it is very easy to leave behind the everyday cares, worries, and stress of the outside world.

Disney Parks are the perfect place for a military family to spend time together and think of nothing else. They are the ideal location for a pre-deployment getaway, for reconnecting after a deployment, or for a special treat for the kids while mom or dad is away.

Planning a Disney Vacation however can be a little daunting! Especially with the all the complexities of the various military discounts involved.

Relax, this site is here to help!


Meet Steve

Hi I'm Steve Bell and I have had a very long association with both the U. S. Military and Walt Disney World. My mission is to offer the best advice that I can for the military community to plan for, save money on, and enjoy their Disney vacation!

Steve - Military Disney Tips


The short version is: I'm retired Air Force, a current AF Civil Servant, and former Walt Disney World Cast Member (what Disney calls employees). I have spent over 45 years touring Disney's Theme Parks and I communicate regularly with Disney regarding their Military Discounts.

You can read the full story on my About Page.


All About Military Disney Tips

Military Disney Tips' Mission:

Our Mission is to help military members and their families find out about the sometimes confusing military discounts for Disney's theme parks, to help them save money, and to have a fantastic vacation.


Military Disney Tips Has Been Featured In (Click the image for the full Roll Call): Military Disney Tips is Featured In

Military Disney Tips was voted the Best Travel Blog in the 2015 Brighthouse Networks Sunshine Blog Awards - See our Post


Site Overview and how to find info:

Military Disney Tips will give you all the information that you'll need to know about Disney's Military Discounts. Unfortunately Disney is not very good at getting all the info out, so that's what we're here for. Disney even spreads incorrect information from time to time.

We also cover Shades of Green, the military only resort on Walt Disney World property. You'll find extensive info on this great option for your Walt Disney World vacation.

You can use the links below on this page or the menus at the top of every page to find category main pages and the most important info. On every page you will find links to more related information and special FAQ links.

Check out the The Military Family’s Walt Disney World Comprehensive Vacation Planning and Preparation Guide or our Military Discount Overview Page to get started.

There is a lot of information on this site and it can be a lot to take in. If you are new here you should start by reading our Page for New Readers.

Or Find Discounts By Your Military Category

Military Disney Tips Discount Finder - Disney, Universal, Shades of Green, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, find out what you qualify for

Information By Topic

Disney Military Discounts


Disney's Armed Forces Salute is a fantastic temporary discount which has been offered since 2009 on a year-by-year basis.

The 2018 Salute offer started on 1 January 2018 and runs through 19 December 2018

There are many rules associated with the Salute, so be sure to read these links throughly!

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Full Details and Rules

Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discount Availability

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Frequently Asked Questions

Disney's Military Discount on Magic Maker and PhotoPass+


Disney Military Discounts


Military Ticket Overview Page

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Ticket Discounts

Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discount Tickets.

MDT's How To Guide for Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Activation

Disney's Regular Military Discounted Tickets (Not the Salute)

Buy Disney Tickets via Phone and FedEx

Disney's Military ID Guide for Tickets

What’s the Right Military Discounted Disney Ticket for Me?


Military Disney Tips is Featured In


Military Hotel and Resort Overview Page

Walt Disney World's Resorts

Disneyland's Hotels

Top Ten Things You Should Know About The Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts

Check out my recommended Disney Travel Agent for your Disney Resort Stays!

Save in your Disney Vacation With Military Discounts in 2012

Ears of Experience is a Fee Free Travel Agency they specialize only in Disney Vacations. Owned and operated by a military family! Amy knows all the ins and outs of Disney military discounts!

Extended Stay America Review – Staying Near Disneyland with a Military Discount


Military Disney Tips is Featured In


Military Dining Overview Page

Shades of Green Dining Overview Page

Foodie Dreams Come True at Disney World’s Food & Wine Fest



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Military Discounts at Disney Springs (Walt Disney World)

Military Discounts at Downtown Disney (Disneyland)

Disney Spring’s High Tech Parking Garages at Walt Disney World

Military Discounted Golf at Walt Disney World

Disney Cruise Line Military Discounts


Military Disney Tips is Featured In


Military Transportation Overview Page

Disney World's Magical Express

Airline Check In at Your Walt Disney Resort 

How to Get to Shades of Green?

Parking at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for Shades of Green Guests

Parking at Disney World’s Epcot for Shades of Green Guests


Military Disney Tips is Featured In


FastPass Plus, Magic Bands, & My Disney Experience are all part of what Disney calls My Magic Plus.

Disney Technology Overview Page

My Magic Plus - What all this New Disney Technology?

Linking Disney Military Tickets And Fastpass Plus Reservations

Waiting On Your Walt Disney World FastPass Plus Window To Open (what you'll see online in your account)

Military FastPass Plus Ticket Options for Disney World

All You Need To Know About Disney World FastPass Plus For The Military Traveler

Disney FuelRod Stations are Available at Disney Parks for Recharging Your Devices

Memory Maker and PhotoPass

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests

My Disney Experience App Now Gives Directions

FastPass Plus – Does It Really Work For Highly Desired Attractions?

Walt Disney World’s FastPass Plus - Creating a Classed Theme Park Society

Magic Bands and FastPass Plus for Shades of Green Guests


Disney Military Discounts


The Military Family’s Walt Disney World Comprehensive Vacation Planning and Preparation Guide

Military Disney Tips Disney Packing Checklist

Disney Resorts and Parks Are for Adults Too

Walt Disney World's Daily Retreat

Links and Resources

Disney World and Disneyland access info for Wounded Warriors

Disney Military Discounts – A Confusing Topic For Disabled Veterans

The Best Time To Go To Disney World


Military Disney Tips is Featured In


Disneyland for Military Families - The first ever Guide Book for the Military dedicated to Disneyland. It's called Disneyland for Military Families.

Disneyland’s New Year

Coming Soon To A Disney California Adventure Park Near You… 

Disneyland Hotels with the Disney Armed Forces Salute

Disneyland’s Good Neighbor Hotels: A Comprehensive List

Disneyland Resort Downtown Disney Military Discounts

Military Discounted Transportation to Disneyland

Military Discounts at Downtown Disney

Disneyland Uses Pictures for Ticket Security

Buy Your Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets at Disneyland Resort Hotels

Buy Disneyland Tickets by Phone and FedEx

Disneyland Military Family Trip Report

Disneyland Regular Military Discounted Tickets

What’s the Right Military Discounted Disney Ticket for Me?

See all Blog Posts for Disneyland


Shades of Green Resort

Military Disney Tips is Featured In

There is a ton of information on Shades of Green this site! See the Overview and the few linked pages below. On every page about Shades of Green you will see a links section at the bottom, which leads to many more pages of information.

Shades of Green Overview

10 Best Things About Shades of Green

Shades of Green Guest Rooms

Shades of Green Poolside Rooms

Shades of Green Eligibility

Shades of Green Room Rates

Shades of Green Room Discounts

How Do Disney World Resorts Compare To Shades of Green In Price?

Shades of Green Attraction Ticket Sales Office

Shades of Green AAFES Store

How Do I Get to Shades of Green?


The Military Disney Tips Blog

Military Disney Tips consists of both a Main Website and a Blog. The Main Site is where I post basic information and things that don't change much. The Blog is for news type items, announcements, and things that only last for a while, plus some reader FAQs.

Recent Blog Posts:

Shipping items to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

Military Disney Tips Surveys

Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discount Tickets

Top Ten Things You Should Know About The Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts

Military Disney Tips was started before the popularity of blogging software. The main site (pages with a Military Disney Tips Logo at the top, like this page) were created with old school coding (thanks to the GI Bill). Later on I added the Blog which has a Military Disney Tips Blog Logo at the top left.

Why do I still keep both? So that you can find all our content in the search engines. Switching pages between the two would drop their listing down in the Google rankings where you might not see them.


Books by Military Disney Tips

Do you want all of your Disney Planning information in one place, organized in a step-by-step logical manner with an emphasis on Military Discounts and offers? I've written 3 DIsney Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download
Walt Disney World for Military Families is my full length guidebook that covers everything Walt Disney World has for the Military and covers all the general planning topice too!

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download
The Essential Guide to Shades of Green will let you know exactly what to expect during your Shades of Green stay, Guaranteed! Learn what to expect from a trusted source.

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download
Disneyland for Military Families is my newest full length guidebook that covers everything the Disneyland Resorthas for the Military and covers all the general planning topice too!

While there is lots of "free" information here on Military Disney Tips, the nature of a website is that it is all on individual pages that you have to find. I do my best to help you do that but if you'd like your information all together in a nifty package, organized in a logical manner, or you just like to hold a book (or ebook reader) in your hand, these are for you!


Military Discounts for Your Vacation

Check out these Military Discount Savings Negotiated for You by Military Disney Tips:

Military Discounts On Disney World Stroller Rentals

Military Discounts on Disney World Scooter Rentals

Military Discounts on Orlando Airport Transportation


Need Help?

Since Military Disney Tips started in 2008, it has grown in popularity and now receives over a million visitors each year!

Individually answering the volume of one-on-one questions that were rolling in became imposible for this part-time endevour. So I request that you do the following.

If you are having problems finding what you are looking for here are some steps to take:

If you still haven't found what you need leave a comment yourself. This is the best way to get a responce as I see every comment that is left. I approve comments manually and answer as I approve them.

If all else fails, then go to the contact page to see how to contact me.


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MDT Newsletter

To keep on top of what is going on you can sign up for the Monthly Newsletter. Near the end of each month I'll send out the Newsletter to let you know what has been going on over the last month on the site and blog. The usual items are news on Disney discounts, Shades of Green, and anything else going on.

Occasionally I will also send out special notices to let you know of special of time sensitive items (like the renewal of the Disney Armed Forces Salute). If you are waiting to hear about a renewal announcement of the Disney Armed Forces Salute, you need to get the Newsletter, you will be emailed as soon as the offer comes out!

When you sign up you will get an initial series of intro Newsletters with introductory Information on Disney Vacations grouped by a different topic each day for a week.



Other Orlando & Centeral Florida Theme Parks

Here is some information on the Military Discounts that are available for the other Orlando Area Theme Parks if you want to branch out from Walt Disney World.

Be sure to check your Base Ticket Office for all ongoing deals!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Parks' Waves of Honor Program Offers Active Duty free admission to Sea World Orlando, Tampa's Bush Gardens, or other Bush Parks for the Military Member and up to 3 dependents.

Regular SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Military Tickets - At Shades of Green. Base Ticket Office's also offer these tickets at similar prices.

SeaWorld Parks has offers for all Veterans at some of their parks.

Universal Orlando

2018 4-Day, 2 or 3 Park Universal Orlando Military Tickets

2018 Universal Orlando Military Room and Ticket Packages

Universal Orlando City Walk Military Discounts

Jen Novak is Military Disney Tips' Recommended Universal Studios Travel Agent! Just click this link to get your Quote

Regular Universal Orlando Military Tickets - At Shades of Green. Base Ticket Office's also offer these tickets at similar prices.

Universal Studios Orlando offers Military Vacation Room and Ticket Packages

Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida Offers Free Military Ticket


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