I’m often asked about using this great discount after separation or during terminal leave.
The Disney Armed Forces Salute is a discount program for current and retired military members.
One is a big NO and the other is a Maybe. Let me explain.
As I said above the Disney Armed Forces Salute is for current (active, guard, and reserve) and retired members of the same.
A current valid military ID is required to activate the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets in person upon arrival at Disney.
Here is a link to the forms of ID Disney accepts.
Inactive Reserve IDs, Tricare TA-180 cards, VA cards, DD-214s are not acceptable!
Note: eligibility is set by the DoD, not Disney and restricted to those with base access/receiving compensation (from the DoD). These are the people with the IDs on the link above.
Whether you decided to get out of the military or they have decided for you, when outprocessing you will surrender your CAC (military ID).
A current valid ID is required to use the Disney Armed Forces Salute discount.
Many think that if they buy these highly discounted tickets prior to separation at their base ticket office, they will be good to go and use them later.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The tickets will not be valid for park entry until activated in person with the correct ID.
For people in this situation there is another option, see below for info.
The other time lack of a valid ID can come into play is during terminal leave.
If you totally outprocess and surrender your CAC (military ID) prior to going on terminal you will not be able to use the Disney Armed Forces Salute discount.
As I said a couple times above you need your ID to activate the tickets prior to use.
If you really can’t schedule your Disney trip prior to starting terminal leave you’ll need to see if you can outprocess at the end of your leave to keep possession of that ID during your trip rather than prior to leave. Policies vary and may entail a return to your base or mailing the ID back. Check with your personnelist!
If you must surrender your ID see just below for an option.
Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets
While the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets require activation in person, the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets do not.
These can be purchased at your base ticket office prior to separation/terminal leave and used later.
The drawback is that they offer much less savings for shorter stays (around 4 days) than the Salute tickets.
See this page for information about the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets and this page for Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets prices.
Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:
- Disney Veteran Discount and Disney Military Discount Eligibility Guide
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.