Regular Disney Military Discount for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Tickets

What 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 Disney Armed Forces Salute, but prior to January 2009 there was no such thing (except for one similar offer during part of 2002).

Before the fairly new Salute Offers we had the Regularly Discounted Disney Tickets and we still do today.

There are many reasons why you might want or need to use these good old standbys. Read on to see why.

(Updated Jan. 2019)

Regular Disney Military Discount for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Tickets

Regular Disney Military Discounted Tickets

While the Regular Disney Military Discount Tickets may be little known by newbies and long forgotten by many old heads, they are still available. These tickets are identical to the general public Disney Magic Your Way Tickets at Walt Disney World and Theme Park Admission Tickets at Disneyland Resort 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 only save you anywhere from 4 to 8 percent off of what the general public pays at the Disney theme park gates for the same ticket. Your savings will vary depending on the number of days and options you select.


Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets

Why would You Want These Tickets?

They range in length from 1 to 10 days at Disney World and 1 to 5 days at Disneyland and they come with or without options (Park Hopping or Park Hopper Plus).

There are 2 types at Walt Disney World and 1 at Disneyland:

  • Walt Disney World has the military priced Magic Your Way Tickets and the Shades of Green Star and Stripes Passes.
  • Disneyland has the military priced admission tickets

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

Note In November 2018 Disney switched general public tickets to a date based pricing. This has not trickled down to Military tickets yet.

Where Can You Get These Tickets?

Not at Disney!

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

Your Base Ticket Office – 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 Regular Military discounted Tickets. Because they might not have the type ticket you want in stock you should check at least 3 or 4 weeks prior to the date you want to have your tickets in hand so they can have time to order the kind you want if necessary. Note: Some bases may not be willing to order tickets…

Shades of Green – 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 Walt Disney World property. If your base can’t get what you want, Shades will have it.

Shades of Green also has their special all-inclusive Stars and Stripes Passes for military members staying on Disney property. These are very similar to a WDW ticket with the Park Hopper Option. Shades of Green will sell you tickets long distance.

Camp Pendleton will sell you these tickets via phone and FedEx, they require 2 weeks advance notice to order!

Regular Disney Military Discount for Disneyland Tickets

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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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.

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Be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter to receive the latest information and content! 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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-Saving on rooms during your Disney vacation

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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


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  1. 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?
    Retired USAF, MSgt

    • 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. 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!

    • 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. 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?

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

  5. 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?

    • 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. 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.

    • 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!

      • 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

          My question was the same, we are British Army

          Did you get discounted tickets if you don’t mind me asking

  7. 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?

    • 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!

  8. 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?

    • Hi, Jennifer,

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

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  10. 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!

    • 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.


  11. Hello,

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


  12. Hi,
    I’m AD military currently stationed OS. I will be visiting family in California & was hoping to get the 3 Day Disneyland Park Hopper tickets. I’m just trying to verify if they sale it at the Park ticket booth or would I have to go to an actual installation. I’ve read somewhere that if our ITT didn’t sale these tickets that we could purchase from LA AFB or request from Beale & they would mail it to us. I just wasn’t sure if that was the only options or if they offered it at the park. I don’t know how much a taxi back & forth from my hotel to LA AFB is so I’m just trying to confirm before leaving for my trip. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hi Nikki,

      They do sell the 3-day Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets at Disneyland (plus tax). If you want Disneyland Theme Park Tickets for other lengths you’ll ned to get them at a base ticket office base.

      You can try Beale or Camp Pendleton to buy them vis mail.

  13. I am ex Canadian Forces and going to Disney World this June. Would I be entitled to these same discounts. I am a member of CF Appreciation but all they have are for Universal tickets..

  14. My friend bought me tickets for Disney world. She’s married to her husband who’s in the ARMY, but they are not going with me. Can the tickets still be used by me without them being present?

  15. Does this offer apply to all military members who have served? Does length of service apply to the requirements.

    • Hi Keith,

      These tickets are sold at military installations to those with current IDs (those serving and retired).

      There are no discounts available for those who separated directly from Disney or the military.

      There is the this one discount available for non-retired veterans which is from Shades of Green. It is only for the months of January and September. Here is my post with details including what documentation is required:

      Hope this helps,


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  17. Steve

    We are British army family visiting family in Orlando, who is married to a US military
    There is 6 of us, so can she buy the 6 Salute tickets and can she just come to the Disney gate to verify the ticket but not come in as she can only buy 6

    Sorry to confuse you


    • Hi Liz,

      Sorry she’ll have to have a ticket for herself. The point of these tickets is for the member or spouse to spend time with friends and family in the Disney parks, not to allow others to use them.

      So she’ll also have to buy you one (child’s if you have a 3-9 yr old) Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets for the 6th ticket, see:

        • Steve

          Can you just confirm can British Army buy the magic your way military discounted tickets on their own with a US military member. And they do not need verified at Disney gate

          Can they just be bought at SOG

          Thanks for your help Steve

          • Hi,

            If your US military friend goes with you, you should be allowed to pay. Shades allows eligible guests to sponsor others.

            The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets are identical to tickets you buy at the gate, no ID check.

        • Steve
          I have another question

          How does ordering the Sauté tickets through ITT office in camp Pendleton work. If the US member buys them from another base, how are the activated in Orlando or does that member who buys them need to be in a Orlando. Do you have to get the real tickets from SOG or at Disney gate. There will be 8 of us going into Disney and my sister can only buy 6 tickets. It says you maybe can buy extra tickets and my kids are all adult ages, do you think they will sell us 2 extra salute tickets at Disney

          Sorry for the hassle, just trying to get this straight in my head.
          Many thanks

          • No problem,

            All Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are activated by Disney in person (at the gate or guest services), it is not done at the ITT (including Shades). An eligible member or spouse in their place must activate the tickets in person at Disney with all of their guests present.

            The large family exception is only for a single family (mom, dad, and their dependent kids).

  18. I have a question about splitting the 4 day tickets between different people. I have a family of 4 visiting WDW for 6 days. If I have to buy each family member 2 4day passes I’m basically spending the same price as buys 6days worth of passes for each family member a the full price. Can I buy one 4day pass for each family member and two additional 4days passes to be split between the family of 4 for the remaining two days? It sounds less confusing in my head then typed out…

    Basically I need 24 passes for the week and buying the 4day passes would give me 32 passes….

    • Hi Mike,

      First, sharing tickets is expressly forbidden, all Disney tickets are non-transferable. They use fingerprints (at WDW) and photos (at DL) to prevent this.

      Rather than buying two tickets per person, check the 6 day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets prices from Shades or the Orlando ITT.

      Disney’s tickets cost more for the initial days, adding more days gets cheaper the longer the ticket. So buying 2 you are paying for expensive days twice.

  19. We have a group of 14 going to Walt Disney world in December. My husband is the active duty solider and we have 3 children. Can he buy 6 of the armed forces salute tickets and I buy 6 of the armed forces salute tickets?

  20. I was wondering..we are doing 8 days with 5 of us…so the 4 day pass won’t work. I was reading that you can save about 4-8% with the regular military discount..undercover tourist saves me 30 over what the disney website is showing…will 4% really make it worth the trouble of going through the base? Has anyone done it to know the actual cost savings? Also, if we purchased all 6 military hoppers they will allow us on the 4 day hopper offer…could 3 of us use 2 each and only pay full price for 2 of us?

  21. My Father in law is going with us to disney and is not retired. – he was honorable discharged and has his DD-214

    Does he qualify for the Regular Disney Military Discounted Tickets because I know he does not qualify for the armed forces salute tickets

    • No unfortunately Jennifer he does not, he’d have to go onto a base to buy the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets and as a non retiree he can’t go on base.

  22. I’ll be going to disney in early dec 2015. I am already planning on doing the military salute 4 day hopper but i want one more day at Epcot Park. I dont want to buy another military salute so how do i buy the one day passes?

  23. Hello good night , I wonder if Brazilian military police have discount tickets in disney if so where can I buy ‘m going next week.
    thank you

  24. To verify, if my father-in-law who is retired military purchases regular discounted military Magic Your Way Tickets via Camp Pendleton, will the tickets come ready to use by my family without my father-in-law having to go with us to Disney World? Neither my husband or I are military.

      • My father-in-law called Camp Pendleton, and they told him that you have to have a military ID to activate the tickets. They said that is why they will sell to anyone because you can’t use the tickets unless you have a military ID. Did the rules change, or did my father-in-law ask for the wrong thing? I told him to ask for the military discounted regular magic your way tickets.

        I don’t think they were talking about the Armed Forces Salute Ticket packets because he said they don’t sell those over the phone that he would have to go to the nearest base to get those.

        • Hi Roxanne,

          Definitely some confusion going on I think.

          The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets don’t require activation. I just used some from my base ticket office recently. The only thing I can think is that perhaps Camp Pendleton sells vouchers for the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets rather than the physical ticket, these would need to be exchanged for actual tickets on arrival.

  25. I am very confused about the different military tickets. I would like to stay for 7-10 days. I want to have the tickets before we go so I can take advantage of the fast pass program. How would I go about this the cheapest way? Can I have two sets of the ‘salute’ tickets for each person in our family of five and do 8 days total? Or do I have to go with the regular military discount tickets? How do I find out the prices to see if it really is a good deal compared to other options? Why is it so hard to find this info? Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Three people in your party can use back-to-back Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets (your limit is 6) the other 2 (preferably kids 3-9) will need the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets.

      You should compare this option’s total price to using Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets for everyone based on the options you want.

      For prices you could have clicked on the link in the post above that says “Magic Your Way Tickets.”

      I’m sorry you had a hard time and I’ve added a new link under How Much Do These Tickets Save You? that says “Walt Disney World Magic Your Way Ticket Prices at Shades of Green (Base Ticket Office prices are similar)” to make it easier.

  26. Hi Steve. You emailed me a reply regarding discounted military tickets to Disneyland. I clicked on reply to asked you a questions but it took me to the information page – here’s my question.
    My husband is a military non-retiree. Here is the last paragraph of your reply to me:

    “The Disney Armed Forces Salute hugely discounted tickets are excluded, but you can buy the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets which are about 4-8% off.”

    Where can I buy the Regular Military Discounted tickets. Is that by calling Camp Pendleton? Is so do they give you a voucher that you take to the Disney ticket booth or do you buy thru them. Also do you know a phone # we’d call.
    Thank you for all your help

    (I was confused with your 1st paragraph in your reply: “The only time non-retired vets with a DD-214 can buy discounted Disney tickets is during the months of January and September from Shades of Green at Walt Disney World.” and your last paragraph, it seems contradictory but it’s probably my confusion

    • Hi Kathleen,

      So sorry for the confusion. I just looked back to your original comment (this is your 3rd) and I see you are talking about Disneyland not Walt Disney World.

      And my original answer is correct, unfortunately there are no non-retired veteran discounts at all for Disneyland.

      When I replied to your second comment I was thinking you were talking about Disney World in FL. Sorry for the mix up.

      The only discount Disney tickets that non-retired veterans are eligible for are the Walt Disney World Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets only during the months of January and September if they stay at Shades of Green on WDW property.

      You would buy them only from the Shades of Green Ticket Office in person while staying there.

  27. I am having a hard time figuring out discounts for disabled military wife. Husband unable to go. Do I still get discount. Thank you for your help.

  28. I called Disney today to book a Bay lake Room with our military discount and was told they are now blocking the discount from specific resorts and rooms. We have stayed at Bay lake many times as a military family because my daughter is disabled and we use the monorail system (not to mention the fireworks from the room). We always stay in villas because we travel for two weeks at a time, and need a washer and dryer. I’m slightly disappointed in their new block outs for military rates at specific resorts. Have you possibly heard of this or are the many Guest Services Reps giving me incorrect information. If this is the case we may be second guessing our annual December Disney trip because it’s becoming so much more inconvenient.

    • Hi Kristopher,

      This is the first I’ve heard that.

      I’ve queried my Disney contact and they will check. Could take a while, Disney is SLOW.

  29. I am a former spouse, so I know that I am not eligible because I have no dependent Id, but my 20 year old son who has a Navy-retired dependent card wants to take his sister to WDW for her 16th birthday. Is he able to purchase the regular military discount tickets? We do not live near a base to purchase them at MWR. Thank you for all of the info on your site.

  30. Hi, just curious we bought the 4 day passes a month ago and I’m about to seperate active duty. Will I still be able to use these passes at Disney World since I’m no longer active duty and won’t have an active duty id? Thanks

  31. Hey, I was wondering if you buy the Armed Forces Salute tickets, do you buy them at the ticket booth at Disney or must get it somewhere? Same thing goes for the Regular Disney military discounts. Do you also need to buy them prior or can you just buy them by walking in? And as far as the Armed Forces Salute tickets goes, is it 4 days at just one park or can you go to different parks each of those 4 days? Thanks!

  32. We’re doing a longer WDW stay, and the regular military discounted tickets are a better deal than AFS (or Stars & Stripes), assuming AFS stays the same for 2017.

    Are 2017 tickets available for purchase yet?It looks like your pricing is for 2016. Also, no major base near us, so we’d have to go through Pendleton or Shades to order.

    • Hey Amanda,

      The 2017 Salute has not been offered yet as I think you know, the prices will go up on the Salute tickets as there was a general public increase since the 2016 Salute started.

      The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket prices on the site are the current prices at Shades of Green, base ticket offices can vary slightly (some charge fees, some use MWR funds to reduce the cost). They will go up the next time Disney raises general public prices. The last three increases were in February (2014, 2015, & 2016).

      But for longer stays the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets are generally the cheapest. Did you see this novel length post?

  33. Hi Steve, my family purchased the Armed Forces Salute ticket of 3 days for Disneyland, CA. We will be using our last day this week. We use doir fist two days in May with my husband who is active duty. My question is, my daughter will be unable to make it with us this week and wanted to use her third day next week without my husband being present. Since we’ve already activated our tickets the first day, can my daughter still utilize her third day alone?

    • Yes she will be able to Patty. Years ago DIsneyland did require the sponsor to accompany their guests for all entries.But that ended at least 3 or 4 years ago.

  34. Hi Steve!

    I have been reading a lot of your blog, but I am a little overwhelmed and want to make sure I fully understand what option is best for me. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to WDW this spring. He is a veteran with 90% disability. He has completed two tours to Afghanistan. If I understand correctly, he would not qualify for the Armed Forces Salute, but could we still receive discounted park passes? Would he only be able to purchase a discounted ticket for himself or for both of us? Are there any hotel discounts?

    I’m very versed in Disney, however, I have never looked into military discount. Thank you for your help!


    • Hi there Lauren, it can be overwhelming.

      So, for those who are no longer in the military but did not retire (20+ years or medical retirement), or who are not 100% DAVPRM (service connected permanently disabled) there are no discounts available directly from Disney.

      There is the this one discount available for non-retired veterans which is from Shades of Green. But it is only for the months of January and September. Here is my post with details including what documentation is required:

      If the price of Shades of Green rooms is attractive enough to move your vacation dates this would be for you. While staying at Shades of Green you could also buy the slightly discounted Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets, as mentioned above.

  35. I have seen commercials on TV for a 4 park ticket for like $70 a day. Our family is planning a trip to Orlando in December. My husband is retired military. Would the military salute tickets be less than the tickets on the TV? Thank you, Miriam

    • Hi Miriam,

      The tickets you are seeing ads for are $70 a day for 4 days… They are $279 per adult and $259 per child, plus tax. the Disney Armed Forces Salute 4-day hopper is only $209 adult and child, that’s $52.25 for a better ticket. And the 5-day Salute is $224, 5 days for less than the advertised one and it comes in at $44.80 per day. See: With the Salute tickets you have the ability to park hop where you do not with the others you mentioned.

      “The 4-Park Magic Ticket grants you one day of admission to Magic Kingdom park, one day of admission to Epcot, one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on 4 separate days”

  36. Hi there. I am a spouse of a former marine. My husband will not be going to Disneyworld but I saw that there was still a discount on regular military tickets. I do not have an ID. Is there a way I can still buy these tickets at the Shades of Green with discharge paperwork and marriage license? Thank you.

  37. A friend of mine is in the Army. Can she buy Disneyland tickets from the base in Lemoore CA for me or does she have to go to Disneyland too at the same time in order for me to be able to use the tickets?

    • Hi Heather,

      She can buy you these slightly discounted tickets mentioned on this page if she can’t go herself with her own ticket. The highly discounted Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets require that she go.

      • Ok. Ty for replying. I just didn’t want to pay her for the tickets, get down there, get to the front gate to go in and not be able to use them because she’s not there at all.

  38. I’m so confused! Ive called these bases and they do not answer and the phone keeps ringing with no message option. We want to go to Disneyland and I cant get in contact with any base ticket office.

    • Hi Hayley,

      No there isn’t a Disneyland military discount for those who are no longer in the military or retired from the military.

      If you are interested in Disney World there is the this one discount available for non-retired veterans which is from Shades of Green. It is only for the months of January and September. Here is my post with details including what documentation is required:

  39. Looking to you for help, Disney couldn’t answer. I purchased a 4 day 1 Park per day pass from our MWR office. They said you can upgrade to a hopper option at the park for $16. I am trying to find out if it’s $16 per day or $16 total. Do you know?? They said they don’t have access to the military discount prices. Thank you!

    • Hi Virginia,

      When upgrading the Regular Military Discounted Disneyland Tickets with Disney you will upgrade to the full gate price ticket. A full price 4-day hopper is $335, so you’d pay the difference between your ticket price ($282.50 at Camp Pendleton ITT) and the full priced one. In this case $52.50 per adult ticket.

      There is a chance that they would assign the full price value to your non-hopper ticket which would be $290. If so you’d then pay the $45 difference.

  40. I contacted the Shades of Green ticket office regarding Regular Military Discounted WDW tickets for veterans (served and honorably discharged). I was told “A VA ID or DD 214 is NOT eligible”
    Can you please confirm the requirements for Regular Disney Military Discounted Tickets.
    Thank you

    • Hi Michelle,

      Shades of Green was correct. A current valid military ID is required (i.e. currently serving or retired from the military).

      During the months of Sept and Jan when they allow vets to stay there with a DD-214, you can purchase these if staying there.

  41. I’ll be visiting WDW with family of 6 in Feb 2019. Staying at BLT for 7 nights. I am a bit confused after reading some of your military ticket/fast pass comments. We will be buying 6 days worth of tix.The plan is a 5 day Park Hopper Salute ticket for everyone (assuming WDW renews this particular discount) and then get single day Magic Your Way tickets for the 6th and 7th days. Is there a strategy concerning making Fast Pass reservations (we’ll be staying in the park) at 60 days out versus which days will be active for which type tickets? I believe we would be able to make Fast Pass reservations up to 65 days in advance if our Park Hopper Salute tickets were used for the 1st 5 days of our 7 day trip. Hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance for your guidance. JD

    • Hi John,

      First FastPass reservations are 60 days prior to check in for Disney On Property guests, no earlier. Was the 65 a typo?

      Now Tickets:

      Buying 2 single day tickets on top of a 5-day Salute one would be the most expensive option. Buying a 2-day non-hopper would be cheaper depending on parks and time of year. Will 2 days of non-hopping work for you? You should carefully compare all ticket combinations at the current prices (when released for 2019) for your dates to determine what is cheapest, a 7-day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Ticket could well be (and would eliminate any which ticket issues as described below).’

      Did you see this post?

      Per Disney the last ticket linked is the first used by the system when entering.

      When I have more than one ticket/pass type linked to me I always make a stop at Guest Relations prior to the first entrance each day to ensure that the ticket I want used that day will be the one used. (for this discussion mixing hopper and non-hopper is the issue, if both tickets are hoppers it does not matter which is used on what day) This process can take a couple minutes to quite a long time based upon the wait line and staff at Guest Relations You don’t want to unknowingly use a non-hopper on a day you plan to hop, as when you do hop and enter the second park you’ll use another ticket for that day, then you’ll be short for the trip! If an issue does arise, they can fix it after the fact though and get your day(s) back.

      Finally FastPasses:

      With 7 days of tickets linked (no matter the types) you will be able to make 7 days of FastPasses.

      You’ll need to link the 2 tickets (if using 2) to each person in your My Disney Experience account in order to make all 7 days of FastPasses each.

      I hope this answers your questions. Let me know!

      • Steve,
        The 65 days prior Fast Pass reservation start was not a typo. I was assuming a 60 day prior Fast Pass reservation start date (as we’re staying at a Disney Resort) coupled with the LONGER of my ticket packages…ie, the 5 day Salute package for a total of 65 days. I was figuring that 65 days prior to the last day of our stay, I could make all of my Fast Pass reservations for the first 5 days of our trip. I see now, that as long as I link all of these tix with my Disney App, I should be able to make Fast Pass Reservations 67 days prior to the last day of my trip, regardless of the type of military tickets we get.
        Military Salute Tickets for 2019 (assuming WDW renews the discount) would go on sale when? I see where it is speculated that a decision concerning the program renewal SHOULD come sometime in the Aug-Oct 2018 timeframe.
        Thanks for the help and advice, and yes, I know……when you assume……I am sure you know the rest!

        • Hey John,

          You bet!

          Yes, we are saying the same thing 2 different ways.

          But the official spiel is: 60 days prior to check in you may begin making FastPasses for the dates of your WDW On Property Resort stay including check in and check out days, up to the number of days on linked tickets (not to exceed 10 days for 11+ day stays).

          Should Disney renew for 2019 I’d expect tickets to become available by 1 November for 1 January FastPasses.

  42. Any indication for whether civilians being able to use military salute tickets might extend to 2019? We are hoping the test was successful and we can buy for our March trip!

    • Hi there Logan,

      It was a “test” in that Disney did it to see how this particular offer to a limited community could drive traffic, versus increasing a discount to a larger audience or offering a new one to a bigger group.

      They know how many took advantage of this and will now keep this info in their hip pocket. If at some point in the future they need to boost projected attendance for a time frame, they’ll know whether or not to make this offer again.

      So we have no way of knowing when if ever they will do this again, but it would never be during the busier times of the year.