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

Military Disney Tips Thanks YouWhat’s the Right Military Discounted Disney Ticket for me?

I am often asked some version of this question.

Updated for 2017 

A Very Complex Issue

“I’d like to go to Disney World for 6 days, what’s the cheapest ticket to buy?”

This question is typical of those that I receive and while this is a seemingly simple question, there are way too many variables to give a simple answer!

The Variables, which were left out of the question above that affect the answer are:

  • Number of adults in the party (ages 10+)
  • Number of children in the party (ages 3-9)
  • Dates of the Trip
  • Desire to Park-Hop
  • Desire for Water Park Fun and More Options
  • Where are you staying?
  • Will you be using FastPass Plus?
  • Are there any Must Have FastPass Plus attractions?
  • Have any Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets been used previously during the current offer period?

When answering a question like this I have to shotgun lots of information, which might or might not apply.

Deciding the right ticket for your party is a very complex decision, one which will be influenced heavily by your vacation decisions and touring preferences.

The right Military Ticket option of one family might not be the right option for another!

This is going to be a long complex post, in which I’ll try to lay things out in a logical manner with the intention of guiding you through your decision making process.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Renewed for October 2013 - September 2014

Disney Military Ticket Types

Many people are surprised to find out that there are actually several totally different types of military discounted Disney tickets!

These ticket types are

  1. Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
  2. Regular Military Discounted, Magic Your Way Tickets at WDW or Theme Park Tickets at Disneyland
  3. Shades of Green’s Stars and Stripes Passes

These different ticket types have price increases on different schedules

Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets – These are special, highly discounted tickets which are offered for a specific time period and have exclusion dates. They are often, but not always the right choice.


Facts:

  • These are available for purchase at Base Ticket Offices, including Shades of Green or directly from Disney.
  • There is a single ticket price for all guests 3 years old and up.
  • A limited number of these special tickets are allowed to be used during the offer in which they are sold. During the 2016 and 2017 Salute offer periods the limit is 6 during each offer
  • These tickets come in 3 varieties: Park-Hopper (WDW & DL), Water Park Fun and More (WDW), or both options (WDW).
  • These tickets come in 4-day and 5-day versions at Walt Disney World (WDW) and 3-day and 4-day at the Disneyland Resort (DLR).
  • These tickets are usable for the life of the offer.
  • They do not need to be used all at once or consecutively.
  • These tickets have a set price for the length of the offer and are based upon the general public ticket prices at the time the offer is announced. Their price does not increase if general public prices increase later.

Disney Armed Forces Salute Info

Regular Military Discounted, Magic Your Way Tickets or Theme Park Tickets – These are the slightly discounted tickets that have always been offered to the military community by Disney through Base Ticket Offices.

Facts:

  • These are identical to the 1 to 10-day tickets, with various options, which are available to the general public, at a slight military discount.
  • There are 2 ticket age groups: child ages 3-9 and adult ages 10 and up. Under 3 is free.
  • These tickets come in 4 varieties: 1-Park per day (WDW & DLR), Park-Hopper (WDW & DLR), Water Park Fun and More (WDW 2017 only), or both options (WDW)(Called Park Hopper Plus in 2018).
  • These are only available for purchase at Base Ticket Offices and Shades of Green.
  • These tickets expire 14 days after first use at WDW and 13 days after first use at DLR.
  • The price for these tickets is based upon the current general public ticket prices. When Disney increases their regular ticket prices, these go up as well.
  • The last 3 year’s price increases have been in February, the 8 prior years it was during the summer and twice during this timeframe there were 2 increases per year.
  • These tickets do not need to be used on consecutive days, you can take a down day in the middle to relax.

Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets

Shades of Green’s Stars and Stripes Passes – These are special, all-inclusive 1 to 10-day passes offered by Disney World and Shades of Green. These are “Length of Stay” passes available for purchase by any military member staying at any resort on Walt Disney World Property (Shades of Green, WDW Resorts, and the Disney Swan and Dolphin).

Facts:

  • These passes include: Theme Park Admission, Park-Hopping, and Water Park Fun (Park Hopper Plus in 2018) and More admission.
  • There are 2 pass age groups: child ages 3-9 and adult ages 10 and up.
  • These can only be purchased from Shades of Green.
  • These tickets are valid one day longer than their allotted number of days after purchase, i.e. a 5-day pass expires 6 days after first use.
  • The prices for these passes are also based upon the current general public ticket prices. When Disney increases their regular ticket prices, these go up as well.
  • These tickets are a viable option for those who want an all-inclusive pass and are okay with the 30-day FastPass Plus window.
  • These Passes are length of Stay. You must use them within the allotted number of days allowing only 1 non-theme park day. If you want to take more than 1 down day to lie around the pool, or go to Universal or SeaWorld you will waste some of the pass.

See our Water Park Fun and More information

Stars and Stripes Passes


Disney’s Ticket Pricing

The first few days of tickets for a Disney vacation cost you the most money!

Disney heavily frontloads the price on their multi-day tickets. Your first day costs the most money, followed decreasingly by the second through fourth days. After that extra days cost much less to add.

Here is the cost for each day of a Walt Disney World military discounted Magic Your Way, non-Hopper ticket *:

  • Day 1 – $100/108**
  • Day 2 – $109/101**
  • Day 3 – $75.50
  • Day 4 – $34.50
  • Day 5 – $14.75
  • Day 6 – $14.75
  • Day 7 – $14.50
  • Day 8 – $10.00
  • Day 9 – $9.75
  • Day 10 – $9.75

*Note – In 2016 WDW instituted tiered by date 1-day tickets, where busier times cost more. But Shades of Green continues to sell the old year-round single price tickets.

**Note – a one-day Magic Kingdom ticket is $108, while the other three parks are $100 for one day. This affects the day 2 price difference as there is just one price for the 2-day ticket.

The situation is very similar at Disneyland, the multi-day non-hopper per day cost:

  • Day 1 – $95.00
  • Day 2 – $96.00
  • Day 3 – $59.00
  • Day 4 – $24.00
  • Day 5 – $15.00

This makes combining multiple tickets cost prohibitive in most cases.

This is because when you buy 2 tickets you are paying for the expensive days twice. Only on very limited, mid-length vacations is it cost effective to combine a Regular Military ticket with a Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket.

Disney World Ticket Increase For Military

Determining Your Requirement

So, now to the process of making your decision…

Timeframe – Does your trip fall within the 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute timeframe?

1 January 2017 through 19 December 2017 or 1 January 2018 through 19 December 2018.

– Are your dates within Blockout Dates?

9 April – 23 April 2017 (Disney World and Disneyland)

23 March – 8 April 2018 (Disneyland)

Eligibility – How many Salute tickets are you eligible for?

A total of 6 during the 2017 Salute period and 6 during the 2018 Salute period.

Note, there is an exception to this rule for large families.

Length of vacation – How many park days?

How many days do you want to spend in the Disney Theme Parks?

What type of touring do you want?

Do you want to do one park per day, park-hop, go to the Water Parks or park hop and water parks? Do you need to park-hop or go to the water parks for your whole vacation?

Where are you Staying?

It matters at WDW for FastPass Plus.

Are you at a Disney Resort (with 60-day FastPass), Shades of Green (30-day FastPass) , or somewhere else (30-day FastPass)?

One way to economize and make your ticket stretch is to get a ticket with just the Water Park Fun and More option (2017) or perhaps both WPF&M / Plus Option and the hopper and use the WPF&M visits to fill non-park days on your vacation. A 4-day ticket with WPF&M / Plus Option can keep you busy for up to 8 days!

Note, when you have only the Water Park Fun and More option on a ticket (2017 only), you will only get non-park hopping theme park admittance for the number of days on the ticket, plus the same number of Water Park Fun and More entrances.


Water Park Fun and More options

Once you’ve answered these questions you can begin to price your tickets.

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Ticket Price Resources

Here are links to our ticket pricing and info resources

Disney Armed Forces Salute – The 2017 tickets are valid for use through 19 December 2017. The 2018 tickets start on 1 January 2017 and are valid through 19 December 2018. If continued for 2018 You can not use one offer’s tickets in the other!!!

Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets – These ticket prices should increase in February 2018.

Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes – The price of these passes should increase in February 2018.

Disneyland Theme Park Tickets – These ticket prices should increase in February 2018.

General Guidelines

Below are some general guidelines on what your ticket selection might be.

But I encourage you to run the numbers yourself for every ticket combo you can think of to be sure for your specific circumstance.

If you do not have the ticket availability to do 2 back-to-back Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for some or all of your party you may need to mix in or switch to Regular Military Discounted, Magic Your Way Tickets.

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1 Park Day – The one-day Regular Military Discounted, Magic Your Way Ticket is always the right choice, whether for the Magic Kingdom or the other theme parks.

2 Park Days – The two-day Regular Military Discounted, Magic Your Way Ticket is currently the right choice. Until the 2016 general public price increase the Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket cost less than a two-day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket.

3 through 4 Park Days – One 4-day Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket per person is always the right choice. Even though there are 3 day regular tickets, the Salute ticket is cheaper and remains valid through the end of the offer (in case you return).

5 Park Days in 2017 – One 5-day Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket per person is always the right choice.

5 (2016)/6 (2017) to 10 Park Days – Here is where it starts to get complicated. To find the lowest price you need to compare:

  • Back-to-back Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets
  • Combining a Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket with a Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket
  • A single Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket
  • And for Shades of Green guests the Stars and Stripes Pass

These are the ticket types you’ll need to compare:

Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets

  • 4-day Hopper Tickets
  • 4-day Water Park Fun and More Tickets
  • 4-day with Hopper and Water Park Fun and More
  • 5-day Hopper Tickets
  • 5-day Water Park Fun and More Tickets
  • 5-day with Hopper and Water Park Fun and More

Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets

  • 1 – 10 day Base Tickets (only one park per day)
  • 1 – 10 day Hopper Tickets
  • 1 – 10 day Water Park Fun and More Tickets
  • 1 – 10 day with Hopper and Water Park Fun and More

Shades of Green’s Stars and Stripes Passes

  • 1 – 10 day Passes

What to compare for 5-10 days (do your own math):

Try every option that you can think of:

  • Everyone in the party might not use the same type of tickets to come up with the cheapest cost!
  • Some of your park days could be non-hopping to save.
  • Children’s Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets are cheaper, if just someone in your party is using these then it should be the kids.
  • Back to back use of Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for all or some of your party, depending on how many people you have. Mix 4 and 5 day in 2017 for 9 days.
  • Combining Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets with regular tickets, sometimes this works out as the cheapest route. Try both lengths of Salute ticket in 2017 and all types of regular military ticket: Base, Hopper, Water Park, both Options depending on your touring desires.
  • Regular Military Discounted Tickets for the full length

Important note when mixing tickets: When using Magic Bands for park entry, the last ticket linked to each person in My Disney Experience will be the first ticket automatically used for entry by the system. If you will be using your tickets in a different order i.e. for a non-hopping day in the middle you have 2 options. You can go to guest relations prior to entering the park to coordinate which ticket you want used that day or use the physical ticket versus your magic band for entry.

Military Discounted Disneyland Hotels (C) Disney

Disneyland

At Disneyland there are just the Base and Hopper tickets.

1 Park Day – The one-day Regular Military Discounted, Theme Park Ticket is always the right choice.

2 through 3 Park Days – One 3-day Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket per person is always the right choice. Even though there are 2-day regular tickets, the Salute ticket is cheaper and remains valid through the end of the offer (in case you return).

4 Park Days in 2017 – One 4-day Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket per person is always the right choice.

For 5 to 8 park days we’ll be comparing:

Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets

  • 3-day Hopper Tickets

Regular Military Discounted Tickets

  • 1 – 5 day Base Tickets (only one park per day)
  • 1 – 5 day Hopper Tickets

What to compare for 5-8 days (do your own math):

Try every option that you can think of:

  • Everyone in the party might not use the same type of tickets to come up with the cheapest cost!
  • Some of your park days could be non-hopping to save.
  • Children’s Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets are cheaper, if just someone in your party is using these then it should be the kids.
  • Back to back use of Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for all or some of your party, depending on how many people you have. Mix 3 and 4 day in 2017 for 9 days.
  • Combining Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets with regular tickets, sometimes this works out as the cheapest route. Try both lengths of Salute ticket in 2017 and all types of regular military ticket: Base, Hopper, both Options depending on your touring desires.
  • Regular Military Discounted Tickets for the full length

Do Your Homework

As you can see it isn’t as straightforward as you might think!

The important points for you to remember are:

  1. Decide how you’d like to tour and how many park/water park days you’ll need
  2. Come up with every possible combo of tickets that you can imagine
  3. Check the prices and do the math

Link Disney Armed Forces Salute Paper Vouchers to your My Disney Experience Account

Disney Tickets and Technology Links

Tickets

Disney's Armed Forces Salute Tickets The biggest military discount available on tickets

Regular Disney Military Discount Tickets The permanent Disney Military Discount

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.

Disney Military Tickets – Your Start to Finish Guide

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

WDW's Park Hopper Plus Option Information

Technology

Disney World's new Fast Pass Plus (FP+) system and the Magic Bands are great new benefits that are part of the set of new technologies collectively known as Disney Next Gen or My Magic Plus.

Disney Technology Overview Page

New for 2017 Memory Maker and PhotoPass+ Military Discounts

My Magic Plus - What all this New Disney Technology?

Linking Disney Military Tickets And Fastpass Plus Reservations

Waiting On Your Walt Disney World FastPass Plus Window To Open (what you'll see in your account)

Disney FuelRod Stations are Available at Disney Parks for Recharging Your Devices

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests

FastPass Plus for Shades of Green Guests

Memory Maker and PhotoPass

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

Walt Disney World’s FastPass Plus - Creating a Classed Theme Park Society

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

Military FastPass Plus Ticket Options for Disney World

Disney World Lines iPhone App - Current Crowds, Recommended Parks, Wait Times, & Fastpass Return Times on your iPhone (Free)

My Disney Experience - The Official Disney iPhone App (Free)



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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  1. You really have done a lot of homework to put this site together. I am in the Canadian Military and wondering if you know of any discounts that may be accessible to us? We are planning a 3 day disneyland trip in October. Thanks

    • Hi there Katie,

      Unless you are stationed in the US and have a US ID, I’m not aware of anything.

      Having said that, it never hurts to ask in person at the ticket window. I have heard from non-US service members who have had some luck doing so.

  2. If you purchase a 4-5 day hopper ticket for DL, use 1 day now, can you use the rest of the day’s say next May? In the hopes Disney extends into 2016…

    • Hi Shannon,

      Each Disney Armed Forces Salute is a totally separate offer.

      The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets which are part of the current offer will quit working at midnight on 20 Dec and loose all monitory value.

  3. Planning on going to Disneyland early in 2016 and to Disney World in the Fall of 2016. Is my immediate family eligible for six Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for Disneyland and six Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for Disney World?

  4. We are going in May 2016 to WDW, family of 6 (one child under 3), 5 days at the park (hopper all days but one) with one day at the water park. Our best option is the Armed Forces Salute – with water park and hopper option. Then for the 5th park day (really are first day) we plan to buy a one day Magic your Way ticket for Epcot. We are staying at a Walt Disney Resort Hotel. Would we need to go to guest relations every day to make sure the correct ticket is used, or just the first day at Epcot. Also could we wait until the evening when we leave Epcot to activate are Armed Forces Salute ticket, so it would not be an issue.

    • Hey Melissa,

      Great question.

      Yes on both counts.

      The first day ensure the 1-day MYW tickets will be used. Last linked in MDE is first used. But always check first (though they can fix it after, they did for me).

      Or as you said not activating the Salute tickets will prevent them from being used for that first entry.

      Sounds like an awesome vacation, have fun!

  5. Hi i just want to go to disneyland for 1 day in this next week
    1 day 1 person military.
    what is the best choice for me
    thanks debby

  6. His I thought you had to be staying at shades of green to get the stars and stops ticket. From what I read above you don’t have to be staying there. Is that right?

  7. My father is a 94 yr old WWII DAV. A few times in the past, we have used the Military Discount ticketing for WDW. Over the years, they had “changed” the requirements to be eligible for these discounts. He is not 100% disabled, but he is disabled from WWII. I tried calling so many people to see WHY one year he was allowed to use the Military discounts, and now he can’t! It seems unfair to me. We go to Disney, every year since 1960! The first time my Father used the discount, was in 2005 I think. And a few other times afterward. Before going to WDW this past Dec. I looked into it once again. The Military discount RULES seem to be changing each yr. He has forms of ID from the VA, the DAV, photo, etc… Just can’t figure out “why” he is turned away for someone who fought for this country of his generation. There’s not many of them left from that war. Disney needs to consider changing the rules for WWII Vets…. Shame on you Disney!

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for your comment. I totally understand your point of view. My father was a World War 2 vet also and it was nice to get what perks some companies decided to offer.

      First it is very important for you to understand that the Department of Defense sets the eligibility for the Disney Armed Forces Salute not Disney.

      Second the Salute was only offered during a short period in 2002 and then again since 2009.

      Since 2009 the rules have not changed at all. Current military, retired military, or 100% DAVPRM are and have always been the only eligible individuals.

      If your dad was allowed to use this offer in the past it was either by error or a cast member intentionally breaking the rules to be kind.

      But please see this offer 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: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html

  8. We purchased 3, 4 day park military passes at DW ticket office on January 23 2016, After the first day of visit to magic kingdom, two of us got sick with pneumonia. Are the 3 days left on the passes still valid until December 16 2016. We would like to return in the fall. Thank you

    • Yes Lawrence, the remaining days on your Disney 2016 Armed Forces Salute Tickets are valid through 19 December 2016.

  9. HI, so I’d like to visit WDW for 4 days, but unfortunately it’s during the blackout dates for Armed Forces Salute. I’d like at least one or two days with parkhopper.

    What are my options?

    Thank you for your time. I feel like you’re underappreciated from some of these other comments.

    • Hi Erik,

      As mentioned in the post above, at $196 the Disney Armed Forces Salute is the best ticket for 2 park days. A 2-day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket non-hopper is currently $198 and a hopper is currently $250. These prices could go up any day based upon the recent general public price increase.

      Thanks so much!!!

    • reread your question after posting Erik.

      Strike my other comment. I see you need 4 days.

      Right now if you can get the pre-Feb ticket increase prices (on this page http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Tickets/Magic-Your-Way-Tickets.html) a 4-day non hopper or hopper Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way ticket is cheaper than a combo of tickets.

      Disney increased prices on the general public Magic Your Way tickets last week and this had not trickled down to Shades (and I assume base ticket offices) as of last Thurs. But this could change any day…

  10. Hi Steve ,

    We’re planning a quick little trip before my husband deploys next week and I was wondering , if I currently purchase a one day ticket would I be able to upgrade it to a salute later on before the expiration ? We would only be going for one day this time but I’ll probably be going through your the year with the kids while he’s deployed .

    • Hi Kathy,

      No that will not work as for as I know as the 1-day would be used up.

      The options as I see them is to buy the 1-day now or to buy the Salute now for just you (it costs less than an Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way 2-day ticket) and get the kids later (you’d be off a day from theirs this way).

  11. WHAT ARE THE PRICES FOR DISABLED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY?THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

  12. Hi I am the wife of a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the gulf war. I am going to Disney World in Orlando on June 20-24 we are wanting to buy if possible Disney
    tickets for our family we have two small children with autism but not sure because it’s a bit expensive, apparently my husband is not retired but I don’t know where
    to look. I was able to do SeaWorld fun pass but I would gladly love any information my kids would love to go there. Any information would be grately appreciated.
    Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Gina Rivadeneira

    • Hi Gina,

      Thanks for checking out the site!

      There are no discounts available directly from Disney for your situation.

      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: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html perhaps you can reschedule your trip or plan another when you can use this.

  13. I am planing a trip to Disney World in March 2017. I was in the service in 1970 to 1972 during the Vetnam era I got out honorable medical discharge I have a military ID. Am I eligible for discount park tickets Thank you.

  14. Steve,
    Can you please give me some help on discounted prices for rooms at the Polynesian. I will be using my 100% disabled DAVPRM spouse card. I will need 2 rooms, 1 for 2 adults, 1 for 1 adult and 2 children ages 3 and 5. Our travel dates are Jan.18, 2017 – January 23, 2017.

    TY

    • Hi Diane,

      The only help I can provide (as someone not associated with Disney) is to tell you to keep trying (openings do occur) or have a professional like Ears of Experience do it for you (at no extra charge).

  15. Hi Steve. My family will be going to Orlando the 1st week of February. My husband is a veteran & we were wondering what tickets would be best for us. We plan to go to Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios(both parks) & Epcot 1day each. There are 6 adults & 1 child. Thank you.

    • Hi Margaret,

      Veteran is a very confusing term, I believe you mean he served for some period of time and got out. If so there are no discounts available directly from Disney for his situation.

      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: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html

      If however he is retired military (served 20 or more years and retired or medically retired (with benefits and pay)), then he is eligible for all the discounts mentioned on my site. And we can discuss the best tickets…

  16. Steve, I’m at Disney World now on the Military Salute tickets/4 day park hopper. Great deal/savings!! Thanks for the advice on your site!

  17. We have a child we need to get a ticket for during our 4-day stay. I know Salute only has the one price for ages 3 and up, but I don’t see any price differences listed with child versus adult with the ‘shades of green’ or the ‘regular discounted park ticket’ you mentioned. Do these have child tickets available? If so, is the best deal to just stick with a Salute for the 4-year old? Thanks!

  18. Hi Steve for my bf birthday his friend (who is in the military) wants to buy us the regular military discount tickets not the salute tickets

    Two 4 day park hoppers but he doesn’t want to come .will he be able to get us the tickets ?

  19. My father in law (who is retired military) wants to buy us tickets for disneyworld, but he does not want to go. We have 3 children. If he buys them, can he do it ahead of time and will we able to use them?