Regular Disney Military Discount for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Tickets

Military Discounts on Disney Theme ParksWhat did we do before Disney’s fabulous Armed Forces Salute?

Many new members of the military have never experienced a time when Disney did not offer the popular military discount, but prior to January 2009 there was no such thing (except for a similar offer in 2002).

Regular Disney Military Discounted Tickets

While the Regular Disney Military Discount Tickets may be little known by newbies and long forgotten by us old heads, they are still available. These tickets are identical to the general public Disney Magic Your Way Tickets but at a reduced military rate.

How Much Do These Tickets Save You?

The savings offered by these tickets are nowhere as good as those offered by the Armed Forces Salute tickets, which is why they are often forgotten. These tickets will save you anywhere from 4 to 8 percent off (depending on the number of days and options you desire) of what the general public pays at the Disney theme park gates for the same ticket.

Why would You Want These Tickets?

They range in length from 1 to 10 days and they come with or without options (park hopping, water park fun & more, no expiration)

There are several reasons why you might want or need to purchase these tickets.

  • A One Day Disney Trip
    • One-Day Military Discounted Disney Tickets are less than the Armed Forces Salute tickets. Two days or more the AFS tickets are cheaper.
  • Longer Disney Trips
    • For stays over 8 days some types of these Military Discounted Disney Tickets can be cheaper than using back to back Armed Forces Salute Tickets.
  • Large Parties
    • Disney allows only 6 Armed Forces Salute Tickets per military member (with exceptions for larger immediate families). If you have a large party who are not all your dependents, then you’ll need to buy these to have enough tickets.
  • Your allotment of Armed Forces Salute Tickets is used up
    • There is a maximum of 6 Armed Forces Salute tickets allowed during the 29 September 2013 – 27 September 2014 timeframe. If you’ve used yours up the regular military discount tickets are your next best option.
  • You want to go to the Disney parks on days the Armed Forces Salute tickets are Blocked Out.
    • There are days on which the AFS tickets are not valid

Where Can You Get These Tickets?

Not at Disney, These tickets are not for sale at Disney World or Disneyland ticket windows. You must buy them from a Military Reseller on a military installation.

Most Bases have a Moral Welfare and Recreation Information Ticket and Travel Office which carry a variety of military discounted tickets, both for Disney and other venues. Bases do not always carry a full complement of these Military discounted Magic Your Way Tickets. Because they might not have the type ticket you want in stock you should check at least 3 or 4 weeks prior to your vacation so they can order the kind you want if necessary. Note: Some bases may not be wiling to order tickets…

A full complement of Military Discounted Disney World Magic Your Way Tickets is available at Shades of Green, the military owned and operated resort on Disney World property. If your base can’t get what you want, Shades will have it.

Magic Your Way Tickets come in many varieties and lengths. Hopper, Non-Hopper, 14-Day Expiration, Non-Expiring, Water Park and More, from 1 to 10 days in length.

Shades of Green also has their special all-inclusive Stars and Stripes Passes for military members staying on Disney property.

Other Theme Parks

Base ITT Offices and Shades of Green also sell tickets for other theme parks like SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and many other attractions. Definitely drop by your base ITT Office to find deals like these.

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Be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter to receive the latest information and content!Military Discounts are a fantastic way to save on a Disney vacation for you and your family. Military members are eligible for Discounted Disney World Tickets plus great rates at the Shades of Green Resort (an Armed Forces Recreation Center) as well as other hotels both on and off Disney World property that offer military discounts. The Armed Forces Vacation Club also offers military discounted vacation rentals in the Orlando Florida – Disney area.

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This site offers great advice on how save money on, and enjoy your vacation at Walt Disney World! A great place to start exploring is on our page dedicated to Disney World Military Discounts, or our Shades of Green Resort page

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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 during 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

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Comments

  1. Roman Rusynko says

    We’re planning trip to Walt Disney World, Orlando FL from 9/28 – 10/4 and looking again at purchasing four-day park hopper tickets.
    With the current Armed Forces Salute Program expiring 9/28/2013 and no word yet on renewal, would a renewal date start 9/29/2013? What do you recommend?
    Thanks
    Retired USAF, MSgt

    • Steve says

      Hi Roman,

      Thanks for checking in.

      Very good question and one I don’t have an firm answer for…

      But here are some facts:

      In 2009 the Disney Armed Forces Salute ran on a calendar year basis
      In 2010 they switched to a fiscal year schedule
      Since they switched to the FY schedule the Salute has always ended on 30 Sept
      When this offer came out I queried them twice on the end date and they confirmed it
      Disney has allowed gaps in the Salute before: in Oct 2010 there were 3 days w/o a room discount and 23 days w/o a ticket discount

      And here are my thoughts: If Disney renews the AFS as I think they will I would really hope they would fill the gap. But I wouldn’t count on it.

      So the ultra conservative thing to do would be to move your dates earlier, so you had at least 4 park days in your plan before and including the 28. Or the next option would be to move your dates to after 1 Oct. The riskiest would be to leave your dates as is I’m afraid.

      Hope this helps, some…

  2. Brooke Bradshaw says

    We are going to disney on the dates of October 12-19. I can’t change the dates as we have already reserved the place we are staying.. Do you personally think though, if they do renew the Armed Forces Solute program that our dates give us a little wiggle room in possibly being included to get the discounted tickets? Thanks in advance!

    • Steve says

      Hi Brooke,

      Yes I think that if there is a renewal, it will be in place on the 1st. I really think from what I’m hearing that Disney is being proactive this time.

  3. Luz Anderson says

    I purchased Disney armed forces salute tickets. I purchased the package deal they had which was a 8 day pass. Out of the 8 days I used only 3 days. I know that this offer expires in September and i wont be able to use it before that date. If Disney decides to extent this offer will I be able to use the remaining days next year?

    • Steve says

      Hi Luz,

      I’m sorry but I’m not sure exactly what you are talking about.

      The Disney Armed Forces Salute, which expires on 28 Sept, only has 4-day tickets, there is no other length. Also there are no package deals, just a ticket discount and a separate room discount.

      The only 8-day tickets wold be the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets, which this page is about. These come in many varieties, 1-10 days, hopper, non-hopper, Water Park option, but most importantly 14 day expiration or no expiration. So if you bought the no expiration, they are good forever, if you got the 14 day expiration then they are no good already.

  4. Paul Hooftallen says

    Are there and discount tickets for former military. I served during the Viet Nam era but I am not retired.

  5. Ashlee says

    My brother is in the military and would like to purchase us these tickets for our upcoming trip. He himself cannot stay in the park all day but will be able to accompany us in the morning to get us into the park. They would be three day park hopper passes. Will he need to stay the entire day with us so we can park hop or are we able to move around after the initial entry to the park?

    • Steve says

      Hi Ashlee,

      Just to be clear or everyone, this comment is on the page about the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets, but you are asking about the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets.

      Per Disneyland Media Relations, using the Disney Armed Forces Salute, some of the party may park hop without the military member. But be sure to confirm this in person once you are there.

  6. Amy says

    Hi, I was wondering if we can buy the one day Disneyland ticket and how much would that be?

  7. giovanni da silva pereira says

    Hi, my name is Giovanni and I´m a retired colonel of brazilian army. My question is: me, my wife and my daughter are going to Orlando from nov 16 to dec 3 2013, can we get discounts too?
    thanks for attention and sorry for my english.

    • Steve says

      Hi Giovanni,

      The only discounts that I know of for non-US forces is for those stationed with the US military and who have US issued ID cards.

      But, it never hurts to ask once you are there!

      • giovanni da silva pereira says

        Steve,
        thank you so much for your information.
        Yes, i will ask when i get there in november, even you say it never hurts!
        It was very nice to meet you.
        Giovanni.

  8. Kristina says

    Hello,
    I’m interested in buying the regular military discount tickets for my family but I can’t make it all 3 days (the 1st day). Do I have to be there for them to get in?

    • Steve says

      Hi Kristina,

      The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets can be used in any way you want. They are really just regular tickets at a slight discount. No restrictions or requirements for the member at all.

      Have fun!

  9. Jennifer Jeffers says

    Hi,
    I’m sure this has been asked before, but I haven’t seen it, so here goes: We are planning on visiting Disneyland in January with a party of 3, and then Disney World in February with a party of 6. Can we buy the Military Salute tickets for both visits or does the limit of 6 tickets include both parks?

    • Steve says

      Hi, Jennifer,

      The two offers are actually separate, so you can get a total of 6 tickets per park during this offer. :-)

  10. alexis says

    Hi there!

    My 20th birthday is coming up, and my single mom who is currently deployed surprised me and my younger brother with these Armed Forces Tickets, however, I am reading all the restrictions and I am afraid Disneyland in California won’t let me in!
    I have my own military ID but it’s dependent. I know these tickets are non-refundable but what do you think the chances are that they’ll reject our entrance?
    My mom brother and I bought these tickets about a little over a year ago and they didn’t ask us for all of that information, they just took a picture of us that matched our ticket.
    What do you recommend I do?
    Thank you so much!
    Alexis

    • Steve says

      Hi Alexis,

      I’m a little confused about one part. When you say “My mom brother and I bought these tickets about a little over a year ago and they didn’t ask us for all of that information, they just took a picture of us that matched our ticket.” are you talking about the last time you went and used the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets (prior to the start of this offer 29 Sept 2013)?

      Dependent children are not eligible for this benefit so yes, if just the two of you go with un-activated tickets you will not be able to activate them and use them.

      Do you have your Mom’s receipt? you may be able to take them to your base ticket office and exchange them for tickets you can use, the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets. Tell them she bought them without realizing the restrictions.

      See: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disney-military-discounts/regular-disney-military-discount-for-walt-disney-world-and-disneyland-tickets/

  11. Andrew Phillips says

    Hello,

    Quick question on regular discounted tickets – do these need to be activated at the park, like the Armed Forces Salute Tickets?

    Thanks,
    Andy

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