Many people say there is nothing sure in life but Death and Taxes.
I’d like to add another sure thing to the list, Disney Price Increases.
Since the Magic Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World in 1971 with an General Admission price of $3.50 (ride tickets were extra at the time, $4.50 for the entry level set of tickets), prices have steadily increased yearly (sometimes more than one increase per year).
In 1981 WDW switched from General Admission plus attraction fees to a daily all inclusive ticket. This started at $8, but by mid decade was over $20. We now find single day tickets going at over $130.
Disney Military Tickets
The reason for this post is to let you know when to hopefully expect ticket increases for the different types of Military Disney tickets so that you can get the best deal for your vacation.
Disney Military Tickets fall into 2 main types:
- Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
- Non-Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
The Disney Armed Forces Salute is a special highly discounted temporary offer that runs for a specific timeframe. Usually renewed annually, the prices on these tickets are increased for each new offer and remain the same for the life of the offer period.
- The current 2017 offer runs through 19 December 2017
- The 2017 prices are set and remain in effect through 19 December.
- Full Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Information
- There is currently no follow for 2018, but if offered will have increased prices
Non-Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets are the same or very similar to those purchased by the general public, but at a slight military discount. Prices on these tickets follow most general public price increases. The two types of these are:
- Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets are available for both for Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort
- Shades of Green sells all inclusive, length of stay Stars and Stripes tickets for WDW
Disney Ticket Price Increase Timing
All Disney Military Discounted Ticket Prices (including the Disney Armed Forces Salute) are affected by Disney’s general public ticket price increases, just at different times.
Disney usually increases their general public ticket prices annually, sometimes more often.
Historical Disney General Public Ticket Price Increases:
- February 2017
- February 2016
- February 2015
- February 2014
- June 2013
- June 2012
- June 2011
- August 2010
- May & August 2009
- August 2008
- August 2007
- January & August 2006
- January 2005
- February, March, & October 2004
When Disney increases prices on their regular tickets it will cause an increase in both Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets and Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes. This does not happen immediately, but usually within a month or so.
What is key here is that the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for the offer that is going on at the time of a general public price increase DO NOT change price for the length of the ongoing offer.
If a new Salute is offered for the following year these tickets will then increase based upon the last general public price increase, just as they did for the new 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute based upon the February 2016 price increase.
Disney Armed Forces Salute Historical Price Increase Dates:
- January 2017 (12 month offer)
- January 2016 (12 month offer)
- October 2015 (12 month offer with 2.5 month extension)
- September 2014 (12 month offer)
- September 2013 (12 month offer)
- September 2012 (12 month offer)
- September 2010 (12 month offer with 12 month extension)
- January 2010 (9 month offer with a 3 month extension)
Note Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets often go on sale months early so that you can buy them prior to the start date of the new offer.
Ticket Expiration Dates
Unused tickets will remain valid:
- The 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute – 19 December 2017
- Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets – at WDW 31 December 2018. At Disneyland the end of the current year until close to the end of the year when they switch to the end of the next year.
Once you start using your ticket:
- Unused days on Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets remain valid through the length of the offer.
- Regular (non-solute) Disney tickets have a 14-day (WDW) or 13-day (DL) expiration period.
At Disney World from 1981 through the 2017 price increase, an unused Regular (non-solute) Disney ticket remained valid for use forever, so you could have bought a ticket in 1981 (or any year), not use it at that time and then use it many years later when it would have been a huge discount off of the then current price. But in 2017 Disney ended this policy for good, the 2017 tickets expire at the end of 2018.
Disney World also used to offer a No Expiration Option for their regular tickets, the ticket remained valid for use forever, even after you started using it. You could buy a 10-day ticket with its lower cost per day and use it for two or more trips over the years. We did this a couple times. Disney ended this option a couple years ago.
Timing is Everything…
When you should buy your tickets depends on when you will be going to Disney, for how long and when it is in the year compared to ticket price increases.
We have a long post on how to decide what’s is the right Disney military ticket so please check it out. This will guide you on your decision to either use the Disney Armed Forces Salute or regular tickets.
If you will be using Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets there is no pressure, you can buy your tickets at any time. Once offered the price for each year will not go up.
If you will be using Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets or Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes, these prices should remain the same through the next February increase. Current prices should remain in effect until then unless there is a surprise summer price increase. 2009 was the last time there were 2 price increases in a single year.
For shorter trips the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are sometimes a better value that shorter Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets!
This depends on the time of year and if that is before or after a general public price increase.
Compare all ticket options closely when deciding what and when to buy!
For example buying the 4-day WDW Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket is cheaper than buying a 2-day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket.
I hope this helps! Do you have any ticket price increase questions?
Let us know in the comments below
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.