Can I Give My Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets to Someone Else to Use?

Military-Disney-Tips-FAQ-Friday-IThis post is part of our Frequently Asked Question Series in the Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket FAQ section.

The Disney’s Armed Forces Salute offers huge savings on theme park tickets and resort rooms to those Service Members who are eligible to participate.

Can I Give My Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets to Someone Else to Use?

No I’m so sorry that is not possible.

These highly discounted tickets are only for the member to use with family and friends, not for letting those who are not eligible use them without the member.

The member for spouse must be present at Disney with their whole party to activate the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets.

The only tickets that you can buy for someone else (friends, family, dependent children going without you) are the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets.

See our Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets Page for more info.

See Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets prices.

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  1. Does the Veteran have to be present for the discount tickets or can the spouse be the one with other family to adivate tickets? Example. I am a spouse to a military retired veteran and I have a ID can I take our children without the vet with my I’d.

  2. we are taking our family to Disneyland and my husbands parents are coming with. There are 7 of us total and we were wondering if we could have one of my husband’s buddies buy us one of his tickets with my husband’s mother’s name on it. We will be there with a military ID so I know our 6 tickets will be fine, but will that work with her ticket if the military member who bought it isn’t there? I hope this made sense!

  3. Hi Steve,

    Do you know if the Armed Forces Salute tickets for WDW need to be purchased in the same day allotment for the entire party? Example: the military member can only stay for 4 days, but other members of their family can stay for 5. Is the military member able to purchase a 4 day pass for themselves or must it be the 5 day?


  4. Hello, I am looking for some clarification/advice on the Salute tickets. We are going on a large family trip in January, with everyone staying at SOG. I am both retired military and a current civilian military employee. My father-in-law is also retired military. My wife and I both have FL annual passes. We are looking to purchase enough Salute tickets to cover our children, other parents, and siblings. In the past, we have had no issues with doing so with Salute program. However, in reading various info around the web, is this no longer the case? Our base ticket office doesn’t anticipate having the 2018 tickets on hand for several more weeks, and we want them as early as possible to be able to book FPs. Our plan is to go ahead and order them in advance through SOG and have them shipped out to us. Is this a feasible plan?

    • Hi there Bill,

      There has been no change to this particular area of the rules (except an increase in the number during the 2 extensions in the past) since the Salutes started.

      Each member, yourself and your FIL are eligible for 6 Salute tickets during the offer period.

      Being a pass holder you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself, however Disney requires that one of your 6 be held in reserve for you. This means that between the 2 of you it is possible to purchase 11 Salute tickets. So that is 11 besides you and the wife. This is if your were buying them direct from Disney.

      Is that enough? You didn’t mention your party size.

      Shades will happily sell you each 6 if you don’t go into details…

  5. My grandfather is retired military, but due to health he isn’t able to go. Would myself, my mother (his daughter) and sister be able to use this with out him if he purchased them for us?

    • Hi Cameron,

      The purpose of the Disney Armed Forces Salute is for the military member to spend time with family and or friends in Disney’s theme parks, not to give or sell the tickets to those not eligible to use without them.

      As stated in the third sentence of this FAQ: “The member for spouse must be present at Disney with their whole party to activate the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets.”

      Then the fourth sentence says: “The only tickets that you can buy for someone else (friends, family, dependent children going without you) are the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets.”

      Links then follow to more information.

  6. I am a veteran and purchased tickets in February 2018 for a trip planned in May 2018. We had a life changing event occur in the first week of May and had to cancel all of our reservations, I still have$900 worth of 4 day 2 Park Universal Orlando passes they expire December 2018.

    Are there any options for me to extend these tickets into 2019 or sale them to another military member. Or do I just have to accept that they will expire and I will be out $900 if I don’t use them this year

    • Hi Shaun,

      Typically I’d say no. But I would definitely contact Universal to see if they will work with you.

      The voucher/tickets have your name on it, correct? This would be an issue trying to sell them.

  7. Hi Steve,
    I’m a veteran and purchased the following tickets:

    6x 3-day Salute Hopper
    5x Adult 3-Day Hopper, Standard Military Rate
    6x Children 3-Day Hopper, Standard Military Rate

    We are all part of the same family. I wanted to know if I can switch names on one of the Salute Hopper tickets, as I put down the wrong person for one of them (should have been one of the other adults in our group, instead of a child).

    If not, can I upgrade one of the Standard Children tickets to a Standard Adult ticket at the gate?

    Thanks for your help,

    • Hi Drew, you can do either.

      Some base ticket offices feel the need to write names on Salute tickets. They Do Not Have To Do This! I’ve never had this happen in 10 years of buying Salute tickets (probably 16 or more different transactions) .

      The only thing that matters is who the salute ticket is linked to at activation by Disney.

      You can change the name, cross it off, or leave it, doesn’t matter. All the tickets but yours can be for whomever you choose to let use them at the moment of activation. What it the people in your party changed? Base ticket offices mean well but have little knowledge.

  8. Steve – Sorry I’m sure this question has been asked a thousand times. I am DoD Civilian, my 21 year old daughter was heading to Disney World, we live in Colorado. Do I need to be with her to activate the Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket? I’m so confused on whether we can take advantage of this awesome opportunity.