I Am An Individual Ready Reservist (IRR), Am I Eligible For The Disney Armed Forces Salute?
Unfortunately the answer is no.
The IRR, which is a non-pay, non-drill status, is not eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute room or ticket offers.
Disney uses this incorrect confusing phrasing (because they are not military and do not really understand terminology) on their site ” “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard…” What they really mean instead of “active” is “current, participating” and for reservists that means drilling, paid members who have a CAC not a green DD Form 2.
If you live near a base, you can access the base with your ID. So you could buy the Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets, which will save your some, if they will sell to you. Or you could contact a ticket office that ships and see if they will sell to you. These do not require activation.
But do not buy the special Salute tickets! While someone at a base may sell you Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets, you are right to worry. It might be that you could slip through and activate them, again with unknowledgeable Disney personnel, but you probably wouldn’t and would then have to try to get them to let you use the Salute tickets that you purchased towards full price ones.
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.