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Military Discounts

Transportation/Airport Limo

Orlando Shuttle Service Military Discounts

Scooters/ECVs

Disney World Military Discounts on Scooters and Wheelchairs

Strollers

Disney World Stroller Military Discount

 


 



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We recently returned from our WDW vacation. There was 17 of us (my family/grandkids & my brother’s family/grandkids). Needless to say…….It took some planning! I received Steve's book for Christmas of 2017, read the blogs/FB posts and asked him several questions this past year. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and insight! Your book is wonderful, and all of your tips/suggestions are very much appreciated. With all the technology and WDW constantly changing, I really don’t know how people can plan or go there without an expert’s help! So, to anyone thinking of planning a Disney vacation, especially Military……….read everything Steve puts out! - Jennifer H.

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.

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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.

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Disney World Military Discounts on Strollers

Use the code THANKS at checkout for your Military Discount


Military Disney Tips Walt Disney World Information


This page is the organization spot for links that branch throughout the site and blog to all topics Walt Disney World.

There is a huge amount of information on this site and a lot for you to read through to understand what's available. These "By Location" Pages are an effort to consolidate all links that you may want to read when learning about one vacation destination, in this case Walt Disney World and the military traveler.

Below in each box you'll find links to all of the various Disney World information that we have organized by sub-topic. i.e. tickets, lodging, etc.

 


 

Planning and Packing

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

Military Disney Tips Disney Packing Checklist 

 

Walt Disney World Books By Military Disney Tips

Would you like to have all of your Walt Disney World information all in one spot, organized in a logical step-by-step manner?

Then consider buying one of our WDW Books:

Walt Disney World for Military Families - Everything WDW from planning to execution. Tickets, Rooms, Dining, Transpo, Tech, Theme Parks What else to do.

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green Our comprehensive book about WDW's Military Only Resort

 


 

Walt Disney World Tickets

Information

Our Tickets Overview Page (not WDW Specific)

There are more than one kind of Disney Military Tickets!

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Tickets - A Special Limited Time Offer

Disney Armed Forces Salute FAQ The questions that I'm asked most often on these highly discounted tickets.

FAQ Friday Posts - Many deal with the Disney Armed Forces Salute

How to Activate Your Disney Armed Forces Salute Theme Park Tickets

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Blockout Dates


Regular Disney Military Discount Tickets - The permanent Disney Military Discount

These tickets are only slightly discounted!

Why you might need Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets

Shades of Green's prices for Walt Disney World, Base ITT/ITR's are similar.


Stars and Stripes Passes From Shades of Green at Walt Disney World, are available to any Shades of Green eligible person who is staying anywhere on WDW property.


Helpful information for your ticket decision

Disney Military Tickets – Your Start to Finish Guide

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

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

Top 3 Disney Military Tickets! These are all available to the military for Disney vacations

WDW's Park Hopper Plus Option Information

Buying Tickets

Buy Military Discounted Disney Tickets Long Distance

Disney World Military Discount ID Guide

Shades of Green Attraction Ticket Sales Office 

WDW Ticket Options available through Shades of Green 

The Orlando ITT Office and Navy Exchange

How to Get Deep Military Discounts at Disney

How Disney Price Increases Affect Military Ticket Discounts 

How Disney World’s 2018 Ticket Price Increase Affects The Military

Ticket Prices

Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets (Not the Salute Tickets)

Stars and Stripes Passes (Shades of Greens on property Length of Stay Pass)

Disney's Armed Forces Salute

Florida Resident Discount Magic Your Way Tickets

Florida Resident Seasonal Pass

Annual Passes and Florida Resident Annual Passes

Disney Non-Theme Park Tickets

 


 

Walt Disney World Lodging

Our Lodging Overview Page (not WDW Specific)

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts

The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers up to 40% off Disney Resorts

  • Up to 40% off Deluxe Resorts
  • Up to 35% off Moderates and Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Up to 30% off Value Resorts

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts

Changes to 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts 

Walt Disney World Owned Hotels

Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts – Figuring Your Actual Cost

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

Shipping items to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

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! Support Military Disney Tips by mentioning you heard about them here!

Airline Check In at Your Walt Disney Resort 

Shipping items to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel


Shades of Green is the Military owned and operated hotel on WDW property

Shades of Green Overview Page

10 Best Things About Shades of Green

The History of Shades of Green at Walt Disney World 

Shades of Green Guests Eligible for 60-Day FastPass+ 

Shades of Green Eligibility

Shades of Green Rates

Shades of Green Discounts

Shades of Greens Shifting Military Discounts Get Your Discount Early

Shades of Green's Traditional Discounts (When are they usually offered?)

Shades of Green Discount Packages Review – Your Total Cost 

Shades of Green’s Year-Round Packages – Are They A Good Deal?

Military Members Review and Rate Shades of Green 

How Does Shades of Green compare to the Disney Resorts in Price?

Shades of Green Compared to a Disney Value Resort

Shades of Green Compared to a Disney Moderate Resort

Shades of Green Compared to a Disney Deluxe Resort

Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green 

Shades of Green Rooms

Shades of Green Poolside Rooms

Shades of Green Suites

Shades of Green Junior Suite Video Tour 

Shades of Green Pools

Dining Options at Shades of Green 

Shades of Green Dining

Shades of Green AAFES Store

Shades of Green Ticket Sales Office

Shades of Green Transportation

Catch the Shady Shuttle at Shades of Green 

How do I get to Shades of Green?

Shades of Green Gym

Non-Retired Veterans eligible to stay at Shades of Green Resort on Disney Property


Disney Swan and Dolphin Independent hotels on WDW property.


Disney Springs Area Resort Hotels offer Military Discounts (National Chains)

The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) - Low cost, weekly condo rentals


2018 Extended Stay America Military Discount

 

 


 

Walt Disney World Transportation

Our Transportation Overview Page (not WDW Specific)

Airport Transportation

Disney's Magical Express

Airline Check In at Your Walt Disney Resort (for the return trip)

How do I get to Shades of Green?

Walt Disney World’s Minnie Van Service 

Those NOT staying at the Disney World owned resorts are NOT eligible for the Magical Express so must find their own way to Shades of Green or other Non-Disney Resorts. Military Disney Tips has negotiated a Military Discount with Orlando Shuttle Service. This special offer is exclusive to MDT Readers, you’ll get $15 off the basic round trip pricing of private transportation to ANY Orlando hotel or resort when you book at Orlando Shuttle Service. Just enter the promo code MDT15. This code is valid online or via phone.

Uber - Free ride up to $15 by signing up via this link for Uber (or use the promo code steveb14703ue if the link doesn’t work). This promo is for your first ride only, any value not used expires so this is not good for a quick hop across WDW property, but it is perfect for a ride from Orlando International to WDW.

Orlando International Airport’s New USO Welcome Center


Getting Around Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has a huge fleet of buses, monorails, boats, and trams to help their guests get around property. Both WDW guests and Shades of Green Guests are eligible to use the WDW Transport System free of charge.

Uber - Free ride up to $15 by signing up via this link for Uber (or use the promo code steveb14703ue if the link doesn’t work). This promo is for your first ride only, any value not used expires so this is not good for a quick hop across WDW property, but it is perfect for a ride from Orlando International to WDW.

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

Shades of Green has its own very small fleet of buses, with only 4 bus routes.

See this page to find out the best ways to get from Shades to various WDW destinations.

Walking from Shades of Green to the Polynesian Village Resort

Shades of Green Transportation Overview Page

Shades of Green's bus loading area and bus lines

Shades of Green's bus stops at the theme parks

Getting back to Shades of Green from the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot. Don't go miles out of your way when driving a car!

The fastest way back to Shades of Green from Epcot this will save you miles too!


Disney World strollers are expensive, uncomfortable, and only for in park use. Consider using our recommended Orlando Stroller Rental Company, Amusement Park Rentals. They offer delivery and Military Discounts.

Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans, and those who may have trouble walking around in the theme parks all day may wish to consider a Scooter Rental. Disney rents park only, expensive scooters too.

Alamo Car Rental has a Rental Counter at Shades of Green and a large facility on property.


Walt Disney World Parking

Walt Disney World Resort Guests:

Park free at Disney theme parks but pay to park at their Resort

Disney Springs' High Tech Parking Garage

Shades of Green Guests:

Shades of Green has a large parking garage and there is a $7.00 fee per day for it's use.

Shades of Green Guests pay $25 per day if they choose to drive their cars to the Disney parks.

Magic Kingdom Parking for Shades of Green Guests

Epcot Parking for Shades of Green Guests


Other Theme Parks

Orlando Shuttle Service will transport you between any two destinations! You can check the price and book online plus get a $15 military discount. This special offer is exclusive to MDT Readers, you’ll get $15 off the basic round trip pricing of private transportation to ANY Orlando hotel or resort when you book at Orlando Shuttle Service. Just enter the promo code MDT15. This code is valid online or via phone.

If you are interested in going to Universal or Sea World from Shades of Green you have a few of options.

There is a shuttle bus available at Shades. You need to make a reservation 24 hours in advance with the Shades of Green Ticket Sales Office. The round trip cost is $ 10.00 per adult and $ 5.00 per child. Under 4 is free.

Uber - Free ride up to $15 by signing up via this link for Uber (or use the promo code steveb14703ue if the link doesn’t work). This promo is for your first ride only, any value not used expires so this is not good for a quick hop across WDW property, but it is perfect for a ride from Orlando International to WDW.

There is an Alamo kiosk just off the Shades of Green lobby and you could rent a car for the day or longer if you have other excursions planned.

If your destination is not Universal or Sea World you'll need to rent a car.

Taxi's to the Orlando destinations can be very pricey!

 

 

Walt Disney World Dining

Our Dining Overview Page (not WDW Specific)

The range of dining options at Disney World is absolutely fantastic! There is everything available from grab and go locations, Starbucks, counter service, sit down dining, and signature dining. Something for every taste and budget.

Unfortunately, while Disney offers great discounts on resort rooms and park tickets, they offer no discounts at all on dining!

But there are several non-Disney locations at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs that do offer military discounts.

There are Restaurants, Entertainment, and Merchandise locations at Disney Springs that honor our military community with anywhere from 10% to 25% off of your bill! See the Full List Here

How to Save on Disney World Dining for the Military Traveler 


Shades of Green Dining

You'll find a good variety of restaurants at Shades of Green, they have a full service Italian restaurant, a Buffet Restaurant, a Sports Pub and several grab and go locations including a Starbucks.

Shades is a U.S. Military installation so there is no sales tax on meals, or anything else.

Shades of Green Dining Overview Page

Shades of Green's Restaurants:

Shades of Green’s New Garden Gallery Breakfast Meal Plans


Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining plan is offered to Disney Resort Guests (not Shades of Green or off-site guests) who can add this option on to their room reservation.

The Disney Dining Plan essentially allows you to pre-pay for your meals while at Disney. There are several different levels of the plan from the basic to the Cadillac version.

Disney occasionally offers "Free Dining" usually in the fall. The Free Dining Plan offer requires you to pay full price for the room (no military discounts) and there is a minimum full price ticket buy required (usually 1 or 2 day tickets). Deciding if this offer is better that the Disney Armed Forces Salute room and ticket offer requires some calculation.

For some great information on the Disney Dining Plan from some of my friends see:

Your First Visit - The Walt Disney World Instruction Manual

The Disney Tourist Blog


Other Dining Discounts

Discounts of up to 20% are available for other membership programs at select Walt Disney World Locations


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

 

 

Walt Disney World Technology

Our Disney Technology Overview Page (not WDW Specific)

Disney’s-PhotoPass-and-Memory-Maker

Memory Maker and PhotoPass+ Military Discounts

Military FastPass Plus Ticket Options for Disney World

Linking Disney Military Tickets And Fastpass Plus Reservations

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

Waiting For Your 60-Day FastPass Plus Window To Open

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

Privacy and Identity Concerns for Military Families at Disney

Download the free My Disney Experience app from the Apple Store

 

Walt Disney World Outside the Parks

Our Outside the Parks Overview (not WDW Specific)

Disney Springs Military Discounts

Walt Disney World Golf with Military Discounts

Disney Cruise Line Military Discounts

Military Family Disney Cruise Line Trip Report

 

Other Information

Disney World Military Discount ID Guide For Veterans

Free Low Cost Ideas for your first, last, or any WDW day

Magic Kingdom's Daily Retreat Ceremony

The Magic Kingdom Tunnel

Hurricanes and Storms at Disney World and Shades of Green

Disney-World-The-Best-Time-To-Go

Disney's Call Center is Very Often Wrong on Military Discounts

What is the Best Time to Go to Walt Disney World?

 

Military Discounts for Walt Disney World

Amusement Park Rentals: Military Discounts on Stroller Rentals with 10MILITARY code at checkout

Amusement Park Rentals: Military Discounts on Scooter Rentals with 10MILITARY code at checkout

Orlando Shuttle Service: $15 Military Discount with the MDT15 promo code applied

 


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Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:

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.

See: Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Steve Recommends

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 2019 - 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

Military Disney Tips Negotiated Military Discounts

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

EzPacking Cube Organization System, Tame Your Suitcase! - MDT Readers get 15% off with MILITARYDISNEY at checkout

Other Planning Resources

Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store

Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit

YourFirstVisit.net The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide!

TouringPlans.com - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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