This 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.
Does the Disney’s Armed Forces Salute military sponsor need to be with their guests at all times?
No! (with one exception)
Once the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are activated the party may split up. For example some go to Epcot and some to the Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland/California Adventure), or even use the tickets on entirely different days through the end date of the Salute offer period.
The Military Sponsor’s ID is checked only upon ticket activation.
This used to not be the case at the Disneyland Resort, where until 2012 they required the military member to enter the theme parks with their guests each time.
Disney World however has never required the member to accompany their guests after Salute ticket activation.
What’s the one exception? At Disneyland the Salute tickets are activated during the first theme park entrance, not at a separate ticket window prior. So your whole party must enter the same park the first time. You can then immediately split up if desired (some going to the other park).
Don’t know about activation? See this Post!
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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YourFirstVisit.net The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!
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