Disney Military Discounts – A Confusing Topic For Disabled Veterans

Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket

The Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket

 

There are lots of different Disney Discounts available for Disabled Vets.

But trying to figure out which, if any apply to your situation can be not only confusing but sometimes impossible, if you don’t know where to look. As I said in my recent Birthday Post, I get lots of questions from my great readers via email. Many are from disabled veterans who are asking if they are eligible for any Disney Discounts. So I decided to do a post to clear the topic up. Here is my Guide to Disney Discounts for Disabled Veterans.

What’s Your Status?

Many who write me say “I’m a disabled Vet. Am I eligible for a discount at Disney?” unfortunately for a question as vague as that the answer has to be maybe… There is a lot more information required in order to make a determination. The important questions that need to be answered in order to determine which offers you are eligible for are: • Were you Medically Retired for your disability? • Are you classified as Permanently Disabled? • Are you 100% Disabled? • Or a lower percentage?

Different Disney Discount Offers For Veterans

There are two totally different ways for military members, including disabled veterans to obtain a discount at Disney theme parks.

  1. The Disney Armed Forces Salute
    • temporary offer
    • With very attractive discounts on both park tickets and resort rooms
  2. The Shades of Green Resort
    • A military owned and operated resort on Disney World property
    • A benefit which has always been available but which does not offer as great discounts
    • Discounted both rooms and tickets

Eligibility

Medically Retired

If you were medically retired then you are eligible for both Disney’s Armed Forces Salute and Shades of Green as a retiree. The disability doesn’t play into the equation. Link to the Armed Forces Salute Info Link to Shades of Green Info

Permanently Disabled

If you have an military ID with the DAVPRM code (Disabled Veteran Permanent) on it, then you are only eligible for Disney’s Armed Forces Salute. Unless you are 100% disabled (see below). Link to the Armed Forces Salute Info

100% Disabled

If you are 100% disabled then you are only for Shades of Green. Unless you are DAVPRM (see above). Link to Shades of Green Info

Less Than 100% Disabled

If you are less than 100% disabled and not DAVPRM then you are not eligible for any regular military discount. But you are eligible for stays and ticket purchasing ability at Shades of Green in the months of September and January only. Anyone who has served honorably is eligible for this benefit with their DD-214. Link to this Special Shades of Green Program

How to obtain a military ID

 

I hope this clears up a little of the confusion! If not leave a question in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Tina says

    My son in law bought afs tickets and we have reservations for January, his current I.d expires in December. He is trying to reinlist but they don’t have anything in his current field, so he is trying to get an extension. If he does not get approved are we going to be able to use these tickets due to his military I.d. Expirering?

    • Steve says

      Tina, unfortunately a current valid military ID is required to activate the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets once you arrive at a Disney theme park. Could you go earlier?

  2. adam says

    I am a 100% p&t service connected veteran. My new ID card says DAVPRM. Does this mean I am eligible to stay at shades of green anytime?

  3. tiffany says

    I don’t understand how disney won’t discount a disabled veteran unless they are 100% or permanently disabled . They will discount civilian workers but not someone who has served our country regardless of how disabled they are . My husband is supposedley only 80% disabled according to the ARMY . But little does anyone know that it is very difficult to recieve 100% disability through our government that doesn’t want to pay our disable vets anything let alone give them the treatment they need and have well deserved. I think someone from all of these theme parks should completely change these discounts. How does a civilian worker recieve a discount but not a disabled vet regardless of percentages. Most of the civilian workers barely work as it is and very rarely help our soldiers while they are still active .
    Sorry to sound so negative but we are a military family that has been treated so wrong by the ARMY and I know we are not the only ones. They make the world think that they take care of their soldiers but in reality they don’t. Especially our wounded warriors.

  4. Barbara says

    It is very difficult to get 100% P&T. I was medically retired from the Army with 30% disability (I incurred a physical problem that precluded me from performing my military duties and a “nervous” or “mental” breakdown resulting in PTSD related to extreme stress. The two disabilities were unrelated). The next 10 years of trying to get 100% P&T would take pages to relate, so I’ll cut to the chase. I was stuck on 80%. At one of my annual interviews, the Interviewer told me that I would have to prove that I was unable to hold down gainful employment in order to be considered for 100% (that did not include the P&T). I gave them the proof they needed, but still no 100%. At my last interview, the Interviewer (a different one) who had worked at the main VA office in St. Petersburg, Florida, said that it all depends on how the Interviewer writes up his report. The Board looks for certain “tag” words. If those “tags” aren’t there, then the 100% is not awarded. Unfortunately, he did not give me any clues as to what those “tag” words were. Through him, I got the 100% but not the P&T. When I turned age 63 i received a letter from the VA awarding me P&T because of my age. Through this whole ordeal, I was receiving Social Security Disability and VA Disability. The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) guided me through the process and handled my claims. To go from 30% to 100% was approximately 15 years of claims and interviews. Mental disabilities are a lot harder to prove than physical disabilities.

  5. Yesenia says

    Hello. I’m sure this is asked a million times but I’m very confused by the wording on the shades of green website that says only career retired (20 years or more) are eligible for this and yet you say if we were medically retired we are eligible for the special. I was just medically retired at 18.5 years…. Am I not eligible for this special? I have the same retiree ID card as anyone would get at 20 I believe. I don’t see anything mentioned above written on it.

    • Steve says

      Hi Yesenia,

      As long as you have a regular DD Form 2, blue retired ID card you are good to go. If it looks just like any other one that a 20 year retiree has they have no way to know how many years you served.

      You mentioned both Shades and the “special.” The Armed Forces Salute eligibility is totally separate from and more restrictive than Shades eligibility. But a retired ID is a retired ID.

      But if you have a different card we’ll have to talk some more specifics though.

      http://www.cac.mil/uniformed-services-id-card/

      • Yesenia says

        I sure do have a DD Form 2 (blue card). I only mentioned the Shades of Green page because it is where I saw the Armed Forces Salute originally. I thought it seemed odd that I would not be eligible as a retiree. It was very confusing that the special is more strict on the SoG site than as listed on the Disney site itself (where there is not mention of a 20 year requirement… just retired with ID card). I also called my local MWR today and was assured that I am indeed eligible.

        • Steve says

          Great!

          The main reason I started the site is to try to help with the confusion. I don’t know why it has to be so hard…

          One issue is non-military people trying to speak military, that’s where some of the inconsistencies creep in.

  6. Kerri says

    Does being 60% connected (disabled), medically discharged, considerd for a military discharge? A VA ID card is available.

    • Steve says

      Hi Kerri,

      Non-retired veterans need to be 100% disabled to qualify for Shades of Green and additionally need to be permanently disabled veterans (DAVPRM) for Disney’s Armed Forces Salute. VA ID cards are not accepted, the only valid identification for eligibility are DoD issued military IDs.

  7. Sharon says

    Ok, my husband is an honorably discharged veteran. He is now 100% disabled because he cannot work because of his service connected disability & he has a commissary/mwr/exchange card that says davprm. We live in northeastern Pa and would like to purchase Sea World tickets before we leave for Florida. Do you know of a place where we can go? Thanks in advance for all your help, Sharon

  8. Tammy James says

    Hi, Steve — first thanks so much for this great info. My husband is 100% disabled vet and thanks to the info posted here we both got military id’s and were able to get military salute tickets at our local MWR office. However, my husband is now in a program at a VA hospital in Ohio, and won’t be able to go. I’ve read and re-read the FAQ’s but there doesn’t seem to be much about the spouse of a disabled veteran activating the tickets at the park. As far as you know, does that work the same way as it would if he were an active service member? Can I as his spouse activate the tickets in his absence? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Steve says

      Hi Tammy,

      Oh Great! You just made my day!!!

      I’m so glad you were able to find the site and get your IDs.

      You know that is a grey area in Disney’s rules. I will reach out to my ticket expert to ask. In the mean time, what is the form number of your ID? A DD Form 1173 or 2765 and what does it have in the relationship box?

  9. Mandy says

    Hi,
    My husband separated from the military with honorable discharge after 15 years of service, does this qualify us for any discounts?

    Thank you,
    Mandy

  10. Janie says

    I’m confused. My husband is 30% disabled, permanently (separated, not retired). We would like to get an ID with DAVPRM status. Reading this page, that ID would grant us the armed Forces Salute, as well as the Sept./Jan privileges we already have at Shades of Green. But, on the link above it states:

    ” In order to qualify for Disney’s Armed Forces Salute and Shades of Green, the military owned and operated resort on Walt Disney World property you need to be a 100% service connected disabled veteran AND have the required ID.
    In order to obtain a new military ID you may request a form, DD-1172, which is a letter signed by the Director of your nearest Veterans Affairs Regional Office, that shows you are 100% total and permanently service connected disabled.”

    So do you need to be 100% disabled to get a card with DAVPRM on it? Thanks for clearing this up for me!

  11. lawrence DeLarme says

    Hey Steve,

    This may help you clear up how to get a DVAPRM ID. First of all you must be 100%.
    You have to go to a DEERS/rapid ID facility. They are listed on line for each state.
    You do not need any forms or paperwork but you will need two forms of ID . If you are 100% your records are in their computer and all they need is your social security number to access your records. They will take your picture,print your ID card and you will be on your way. It took me 10 minuets. Good luck to all.

    • Naomi says

      Hi Lawrence,
      That was great that you got your ID so quickly and easily, but not the case for each Deers/rapid ID facility. My daughter and I had to wait 4 hours and our paper work was NOT in the system, that’s why it took so long for us. We actually had to go back the next day to finish as they were closing by the end of those 4 hours. Oh, and we live 2 hours one way from this nearest facility. Just wanted to let others know that they may not get the great experience that you did and to definitely bring their paperwork. We did and it still made no difference, wish this one was like yours. Btw, thanks for all this info Steve!!

  12. Sandy Tshudy says

    I am a 72 year old unmarried widow of a 100% disabled vet and I do have a USN/DAVDEC military card. I would love to come to Disneyworld with my sister and stay overnight 3-5 days, visit the park (and waterpark), and buy a meal plan (if available). Do you offer any discount tickets I could consider buying? The website is not clear referring to a DV widow.
    Sandy Tshudy ph. 717-821-8205

    • Steve says

      Hello Sandy,

      As long as you have your military dependent ID card you are eligible for all the discounts offered by Disney and Shades of Green.

      I don’t offer any discounts as I’m just a retired military member who tries to get the word out about the discounts to my brethren.

      If you need help navigating the discounts I recommend you call my friend Amy at the Ears of Experience Travel Agency, she’ll fix you up at no extra cost. Tell he Steve said to call 1-877-80MOUSE

  13. Ashley says

    Hello, I am still confused how this works. I talked to someone at Disney and they were trying to help but still did not make sense. My fiancé is 100% disabled (not permanently). When I called they said he will be able to get the discount with his valid military id card. He has a Department of Veteran Affairs service connected id card. Does that not work? I know Disney has to be strict on this because sadly enough people abuse this wonderful offer they give but I just do not want to book everything and then get there and they tell us it is not the right form of id.

    • Steve says

      Hi Ashley,

      Unfortunately there is a difference between 100% disabled and 100% permanently disabled.

      A VA card will not work. Only those with a military ID are eligible. In the case of 100% permanently service connected disabled they would have a military ID with DAVPRM in the rank box.

      There is the this one discount available for non-retired (all) veterans which is from Shades of Green. Here is my post with details including what documentation is required: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html

      Hope this helps,

      Steve

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