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Disney Cruise Line Military Discounts


Disney Cruise Line Military Discounts (C) DisneyThe Disney Cruise Line continues to offer Military discounts. Unlike the Disney Armed Forces Salute, discounted Military Disney Cruise Rates are usually announced 30-60 days out from each sailing.

In the past officials with the Disney Cruise Line recommended to me that if you know your dates go ahead and make your reservations at the best rate you can find as far out as possible. Then when a military rate is announced for that particular sailing they will apply that rate to your reservations.

But recently Disney has no longer allowed you to convert a regular fare to a military discounted one, you must re-book.

For most itineraries, the full price fare must be paid no later than 70 days prior to sailing. Disney does not allow you to convert your full fare to a military rate.

So if you've already reserved and paid in full at the regular rates and you want to switch to the military rate you'll need to put the new full military fare on your credit card and then cancel the original reservation and wait for a refund. You would of course need to have enough room on your credit card to do so.

Be aware that since most military rates are offered AFTER the Paid in Full date, if you cancel a Paid in Full cruise you will only get a partial refund, usually 75% or less, depending on the time frame. It still may save you money in the long run, but it's not as simple as just cancel and rebook.

But even with the penalties you may still save some money overall but it is a rebook so you will lose everything in the transition, stateroom, dining, shore excursions. You will also have to pay for the new booking upfront without the refund yet applied for the old booking.

Disney usually sets aside fifty staterooms of all categories for the military rates (except for suites and the lowest categories).

Travel agents like Ears of Experience can make your initial reservation and then watch for and convert you to the the military rate when it is announced.

The military deals are for 3,4,5,6,7 and 8-night cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean with a few Mexican Riviera options. There are options to sail on all four of the lines ships including the new Disney Fantasy and its sister ship the Disney Dream.

This discount is really best for those who can travel on shorter notice, watching for a discount to come out and then jumping on it!



The special military rates are offered for active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their Spouses.

Active and retired members of the U.S. military or spouses must provide valid identification at time of check-in.

This offer is limited to 1 stateroom (two if needed for immediate family) per military member, per sailing.

These deals do come and go, so be sure to check Disney's Official Site, new sailings are posted on Mondays and you can also sign up there for email notices.

See: Cruising With Disney Using A Military Discount – A Trip Report

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Military Disney Tips readers can make their Disney Cruise Line reservations through Ears of Experience. Ears of Experience is a Fee Free Travel Agency they specialize in Disney Vacations only.

Owned and operated by a military family! They knows all the ins and outs of Disney Military Discounts! There is never an extra fee but always extra service.

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Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.

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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 Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Here are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your Disney planning. This is a short list since it only includes my top picks.

Ears of Experience - My recommended Travel Agent, Fee Free, Disney Only, Military Family Owned

Need a Little Extra Help Planning your Disney Vacation? Check Out Ears of Experience's Concierge Service

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Orlando Shuttle Service - $15 off basic round trip pricing to ANY Orlando resort use MDT15

Amusement Park Rentals - 10% Military Discount on Strollers and Scooters Use 10MILITARY at checkout

Other Planning Resources

My Disney Experience - The Official Disney iPhone App (Free iTunes Download)

Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store

Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide! - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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