2013-2014 Disney Armed Forces Salute FAQ


General Armed Forces Salute Questions

What is the Disney Armed Forces Salute?

Am I eligible to participate in the Armed Forces Salute?

What Discounts are offered during the Armed Forces Salute?

What is the time frame of the Armed Forces Salute?

At which Disney Parks is the Armed Forces Salute available?

What are Blockout Dates (sometimes called Blackout Dates)?

Can I use the Disney Armed Forces Salute at both Disney World and Disneyland?

Can Non-US Military use this offer?

 

Armed Forces Salute Hotel Discount Questions

What Hotel Discounts are available during the Armed Forces Salute?

Are these discounts always available?

What Hotels are available with the Salute?

How many rooms may I reserve using the Salute discount?

How many times can I use the Salute room discounts?

How do I make resort reservations using the Armed Forces Salute discount?

Can I add the Disney Dining Plan to my Armed Forces room reservation?


Are there any dates when the Armed Forces Salute room discount is not available?


Can my Disney Armed Forces Salute theme park tickets be linked to My Disney Experienced?

Can you help me with my reservations and planning?

 

Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Ticket Questions

What types of Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets are available?

What are the Park Hopper and Water Park & More Options

Who is allowed to purchase the Armed Forces Salute Tickets?


How many Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets can I purchase?


When do the Armed Forces Salute Tickets expire?


Are there any dates when the Armed Forces Salute theme park tickets are not valid?


Where can I buy the Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets?


How do I activate the Armed Forces Salute Tickets?

Do I the military sponsor need to be with my guests at all times?

I need more than 6 Armed Forces Salute Tickets what can I do?

Do I have to use my tickets all at once or on days in a row?

Can I use the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets Back-to-Back?

I don't live near a base, how can I get these tickets?

If I buy the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets while I'm active duty can I use them after I separate?

 

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Information

The Disney Armed Forces Salute runs through 27 September 2014

The Walt Disney Company is currently offering their Armed Forces Salute, which features highly discounted theme park tickets and resort rooms.

Disney's New 2013-2014 Armed Forces Salute - Our page with full details, learn all the ins and outs

Disney Armed Forces Salute FAQ - All of your most asked questions, answered in one place

When to expect a Disney Armed Forces Salute renewal

2014-2015 Armed Forces Salute Renewal– How Disney’s Delay Negatively Impacts Military Members

See Disney World Resorts with this great discount

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

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

 

 

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What is the Disney Armed Forces Salute?

The Disney Armed Forces Salute is a specials temporary offer which runs for a specified time period. It features deep discounts and is totally separate from the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets which are always available.

The Walt Disney Company has been offering various versions of their Armed Forces Salute since January 2009 and also previously during 2002. During these offers qualified service members or their spouse are eligible for both discounted theme park tickets and outstanding discounts on Disney Resorts.

 

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Am I eligible to participate in the Armed Forces Salute?

"Eligible Service Members" are "active" i.e. current members of the US military from the Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard, or retired members of the Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard. Current and retired members of the US Coast Guard.

100% Disabled Veterans, and Permanently Disabled Veterans are also eligible for this offer. Permanently Disabled Veterans must have a military ID with a DAVPRM status.

Spouses of eligible members are able to participate in place of the member without the member being present.

Active Military Foreign Affiliates with US issued CAC with a blue band are also eligible.

Not eligible are: unaccompanied dependents (children), prior service members who did not retire, foreign military members with out US issued CAC, DoD civilians, and other service connected disabled who are not DAVPRM or 100%.

There are other programs for various disability categories.

Service members who did not retire may be eligible for other discounts.

See the Disney ID requirements.

Still not sure? See out Military Discount Finder

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What Discounts are offered during the Armed Forces Salute?

During these offers qualified service members or their spouse are eligible for both steeply discounted theme park tickets and outstanding discounts on Disney Resorts.

 

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What is the time frame of the Armed Forces Salute?

The The Fiscal Year '14 Armed Forces Salute runs from 29 September 2013 and runs through 27 September 2014.

 

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At which Disney Parks is the Armed Forces Salute available?

The Armed Forces Salute discounts on both resort rooms and theme park tickets are available at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida and at Disneyland in California.

Disney theme parks outside of the US do not participate in this offer though there may be discounts available through local base ticket offices.

 

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What are Blockout Dates?

Blockout dates are days that Disney does not honor the Armed Forces Salute. These fall in both the ticket and resort discount categories.

On Ticket Blockout Dates you may not use your Armed Forces Salute Tickets for entry to the theme parks or use your Water Parks and More Options. If you want to go to the parks on these days' you'll need to buy a general admission ticket or a military discounted one from Shades of Green or an ITT Office.

On certain days the Blockout applies only to certain parks, such as only the Magic Kingdom on 4 July 2013.

See this detailed page on Blockout Dates

On Resort Blockout Days the Armed Forces Salute Military Resort Discounts do not apply at all. If you have a reservation that bridges these dates your room will revert from the discount rate to the regular rate on these days.

Options:

If you want to visit a Disney theme park on a day that the Disney Armed Forces Salute is blocked out there are other option:

Here are other options to the Disney resorts which offer military discounts:

 

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Can I use the Disney Armed Forces Salute at both Disney World and Disneyland?


Yes You can take advantage of the offer at both Disney Resorts.

 

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Can Non-US Military use this offer?


Yes those stationed in the US who have a US issued ID card (CAC with blue stripe) are eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute

 

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What Hotel Discounts are available during the Armed Forces Salute?

Disney is offering outstanding discounts on their resort rooms for Military Members and their families.

At Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida40% off Deluxe Resorts, 35% off Moderates and Fort Wilderness Cabins, and 30% off Value Resorts including the new Art of Animation Resort.

See Disney World Resorts with this great discount

 

 

At Disneyland in Anaheim California – Up to 40% off Resorts

 

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Are these discounts always available?


There are Blockout Days, days during which Disney does not offer the Disney Armed Forces Salute rates. Any stays during these dates would need to be either the full rate or another discount (if available).

Also, Disney only sets aside a certain number of rooms per night at each resort and of each room type. So, your desired resort or specific room request may not always be available. Note: desirable rooms (Princess or pirate) rooms sell out fast.

 

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What Hotels are available with the Salute?


Disney offers discounts at its Deluxe, Moderate (including Fort Wilderness Cabins), and value resorts.

 

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How many rooms may I reserve using the Salute discount?


You man reserve up to 3 rooms using the Disney Armed Forces Salute. All rooms must check in the same day at the same resort and the military sponsor must stay in one.

 

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How many times can I use the Salute room discounts?


As many times as you like during the offer. There is no limit.

 

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How do I make resort reservations using the Armed Forces Salute discount?

You can call the Disney central reservations numbers yourself and ask for the Armed Forces Salute room only discount. You can not make these reservations online.

Or you can work through a travel agent. Military Disney Tips recommends the military family owned and operated, Disney specializing travel agency Ears of Experience.

Disney Reservations: Disney World 1-407-934-7639, Disneyland 1-714-781-4565

 

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Can I add the Disney Dining Plan to my Armed Forces room reservation?

Absolutely, just ask to add whichever paid dining plan that you'd like to your Armed Forces Salute room only reservation.

However these military rates may not be combined with the Free Disney Dining Plan offers that Disney makes from time to time.

There is a way around this, typically Disney requires only a minimum of 2-day tickets for everyone in the room. If you are staying 6 nights you could opt for the full price room, 2-day regular ticket and the 4-day Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets.

 

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Are there any dates when the Armed Forces Salute room discount is not available?

Yes. The Armed Forces Salute room discounts are not available on the following blockout dates:

Disney World and Disneyland have the same dates during which the discount is not valid:

  • 28 - 30 November 2013
  • 23 -31 December 2013
  • 14 - 19 April 2014

There are other options which offer military discounts though:

 

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Can my Disney Armed Forces Salute theme park tickets be linkrd to My Disney Experience?

Yes, once activated they can be linked to your MDE account.

 

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Can you help me with my reservations and planning?


While Military Disney Tips does not offer vacation planning help, we do recommend Ears of Experience, a Disney only, military family owned small business. Thousands of MDT readers have used Ears of Experience over the years.

Ears of Experience MDT recommended

 

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What types of Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets are available?

At Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets or Four-Day Water Park and More Tickets for $169.00
  • Four-Day Park Water Park and More Option Tickets for $169.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water Park and More Option for $198.00.

 

 

At Disneyland in Anaheim California

  • Three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129.00

 

 

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What are the Park Hopper and Water Park & More Options?

The Park Hopper Option allows you to visit multiple Disney Theme Parks during the same day. For example: You can start your day in one theme park and then switch a different park, perhaps with a mid-day break in between.

The Water Park Fun & More Option: Allows 4 entries to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach Disney Quest, General admission into the Wide World of Sports Complex, and 9 Holes of Golf at Disney's Oak Trail 9-Hole Golf Course.

New as of 3 June 2012, there are 2 new WP&M options:

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Now includes 30 minutes of game access at The PlayStation® Pavilion.

At Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course & Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course you receive one round of golf at the Miniature Golf locations per day prior to 4pm.

For more on the WPF&M option see this page

The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets come with either one of these options or both.

  • Hopper only tickets can not use the WPF&M venues
  • WPF&M only tickets can not park hop. you may only go to one park per day. You may leave and go back to the same park though.
  • Tickets with both options can of course do booth.

 

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Who is allowed to purchase the Armed Forces Salute Tickets?

"Eligible Service Members" are "active" (current) or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Medal of Honor Recipients, 100% Disabled Veterans, and Permanently Disabled Veterans are also eligible for this offer. Permanently Disabled Veterans will have a military ID with a DAVPRM status.

Spouses of eligible members are able to participate without the member being present up to the max of 6 tickets. But spouses are not eligible for a second set of 6 tickets based on their ID, they are only eligible in place of the military member.

Active Military Foreign Affiliates with US issued CAC with a blue band are also eligible.

Not eligible are: unaccompanied dependents (children), prior service members who did not retire, foreign military members with out US issued CAC, DoD civilians, and other service connected disabled who are not DAVPRM or 100%.

Service members who did not retire may be eligible for other discounts.

 

There are other programs for various disabled military categories.

Service members who did not retire may be eligible for other discounts.

 

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How many Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets can I purchase?

"Eligible Service Members" may purchase up to 6 of the Military Salute Tickets during the entire offer period (Theirs plus 5 more).

Unaccompanied spouses may purchase up to 6 of the Military Salute Tickets during the entire offer period (Theirs plus 5 more).

It is either the member or the spouse, you can not each buy tickets to double the amount.

 

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When do the Armed Forces Salute Tickets expire?

The Oct 2012- Sept 2013 Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets expire on 28 September 2013. Any days remaining on the ticket will be lost.

 

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Are there any dates when the Armed Forces Salute theme park tickets are not valid?

Yes there are what Disney calls blockout dates, dates on which the tickets may not be used. they are

For Disney World

  • 19 - 31 December 2013 (No Theme Park or Water Park Use)
  • 13 - 20 April 2014 (No Theme Park or Water Park Use)
  • 4 July 2014 (No Magic Kingdom Use)

For Disneyland

  • 19 - 31 December 2013 (No theme Park Use)
  • 13 - 20 April 2014 (No theme Park Use)
  • 4 July 2014 (No theme Park Use)

If you want to visit a Disney park on a day that the Disney Armed Forces Salute is blocked out there are other option:

 

 

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Where can I buy the Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets?

The Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets must be purchased in person either by the eligible service member or their spouse. A military ID is required.

The tickets may be purchased at any of the following locations:

You will pay no tax at the military resellers (Base Ticket Offices (MWR.ITT) and Shades of Green) or at Disneyland ticket booths. But local sales tax is added at Disney World ticket booths.

Tickets purchased at military resellers must be activated (for no extra cost) at Disney's theme park ticket windows prior to first use.

 

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How do I activate the Armed Forces Salute Tickets?

Simply take the ticket you received either from your Base ITT office or Shades of Green to a ticket window at any of Disney's theme parks, the Downtown Disney Guest Relations office, Disney Quest, or the 2 WDW water parks.

There they will check your military ID ask you a few questions and activate your tickets.

Learn more about the activation process

All members of the party must be present for activation.

 

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Does the military sponsor need to be with my guests at all times?

No, once the tickets are activated the party can split up. For example some go to Epcot and some to MK (or Disneyland / Cailfornia Adventure), or even use the tickets on different days. The Military ID is checked only upon ticket activation.

 

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I need more than 6 Armed Forces Salute Tickets what can I do?

The policy at Disney ticket booths is that exceptions should be made for immediate families larger than six people. For example, if a family has five children, Disney will allow all members of the family to purchase the 4-Day Disney Military Promotion Tickets (for Mom, Dad, and the 5 kids).

Disney defines immediate family as: Dependent Children. Grand children, adult children, and extended family do not qualify.

Military ticket resellers may not allow you to buy more than 6 tickets.

If you do not fall under this exception, then you can still purchase the regular military discounted Magic Your Way Tickets from your base ticket office or Shades of Green. For those staying on Disney World property, Shades of Green also sells their all inclusive, length of stay Stars and Stripes Passes.

 

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Do I have to use my tickets all at once or on days in a row?


No. You can certainly use them every day until they are finished, or you can spread them out over a longer vacation while taking a day or two off, visiting Universal Studios, Sea World, or Legoland. You can even use some days on one trip and the rest on a later trip as long as it is before the offer ends.

 

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Can I use the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets Back-to-Back?


Yes, For example, a party of two using two 4-day tickets, followed by another set of 4-day tickets, for a total of 8 park days.

 

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I don't live near a base, how can I get these tickets?

Some military installations or National Guard locations don't have a ticket office. If you are in this situation there are other options.

For Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND in Orlando Florida, you can purchase tickets at both Shades of Green and the Orlando ITT Office (see below).

For Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND in California, you can use these ticket offices:

Los Angeles AFB, FSS though the ITT Office

San Diego Area ITTs

Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, CA

Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu/Port Hueneme, CA

You can also purchase your Disneyland tickets over the phone. Simply contact Commander, Navy Region, Southwest at (619) 767-6000. Your tickets will arrive via the U.S. mail within 7 business days. Overnight service is available for a nominal fee.

 

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If I buy the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets while I'm active duty can I use them after I separate?

Absolutely not, these tickets are only for current or retired members.

 

 

 

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SAVING ON YOUR DISNEY VACATION

There are two main ways to save on a Disney Vacation. Saving on your hotel/resort room and saving on Theme Park Tickets.

 

SAVING ON ROOMS DURING YOUR DISNEY VACATION

Shades of Green Resort, a military owned resort located on Disney World property. A deluxe level hotel for moderate rates. Rates based upon rank. There are currently lots of Packages available from Shades of Green.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute room discounts. 30%-40% off Disney resort rooms.

The Disney World Swan and Dolphin military discount. These deluxe resorts are owned by Starwood Resorts and located on Disney property.

The Armed Forces Vacation Club. One-week resort condo rentals for around $50 per night.

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SAVING ON PARK TICKETS FOR YOUR DISNEY VACATION

This is the third year that Disney has offered the Armed Forces Salute, which includes steeply discounted theme park tickets for Disney World or Disneyland.

Normally Disney offers slightly discounted military theme park tickets available through Shades of Green or your base's ticket sales office

 

Disney's Armed Forces Salute

You'll notice above the the Armed Forces Slaute is mentioned for both ticket and room savings. It is by far the best deal going!

Disney's Armed Forces Salute

Disneys Armed Forces Salute FAQ

Do you have the right ID?

 

Non-Disney Savings

Universal Military Packages (Room and Ticket)

SeaWorld Park's Waves of Honor (formerly Here's to the Heroes)

Legoland Florida Free Military Ticket

 

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