Many US Military Bases have a Ticket and Travel Office where you can purchase both Walt Disney World and Disneyland tickets.
These ticket offices often sell both the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets and Regular Military Discounted Disney Tickets, which are entirely different products/promotions.
Base Ticket Office prices for the Regular Military Discount Tickets are usually very comparable to those at the Shades of Green Ticket Office.
Here’s a post on why prices vary.
There can be both advantages and disadvantages with buying your tickets on base prior to your departure.
The advantages are:
- In order to make Theme Park Reservations you’ll need your tickets in hand well prior to your arrival date.
- By buying your tickets ahead of time, you can spread out the cost of your vacation by paying for tickets ahead. Or if using Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets you can buy your tickets prior to an anticipated ticket price increase.
The disadvantages are:
- Many Base Ticket Offices carry only a limited selection of tickets i.e. type or number of days. But they can most likely order what you need (it may take a week or two to do so).
- Plan on stopping by the ticket office at least 2 to 3 weeks before you’d like to have the tickets in hand in case they need to order them!
- If you don’t have enough time for them to order your tickets, you’ll have to buy them once you arrive at Disney. Disney Armed Forces Salute can be purchased there from Disney or Shades of Green. Regular Military Discounted Magic Disney tickets can only be purchased from Shades of Green. Walt Disney World will add sales tax.
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Military Discounted Ticket Prices
Base Ticket Offices have prices that are very similar to the Shades of Green Ticket Office (usually within a dollar or two). Here are links to our Shades of Green Ticket Office Price Pages:
- Shades of Green Ticket Office
- Use Your Military Star Card at Shades of Green
- Buy Long Distance Tickets from Shades of Green
- Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
- Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets
- Disney World Military Florida Resident Tickets and Annual Passes
- What's the difference between the Water Parks and Sports Option & Park Hopper Plus Option
- Walt Disney World Military Non-Theme Park Tickets
- Universal Orlando Resort Military Tickets and Passes
- SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Military Discount Tickets
- Military Discounted Tickets for Other Orlando Area Attractions
Here’s Information on Disneyland Prices:
Disneyland Tickets through your Base Ticket Office
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Katrina Long says
I know that the salute tickets have to be purchased by retired or active military. I wanted to know for the other discounted tickets is it only active and retired also or can someone who has served 4 years also buy tickets there?
If you qualify for the Equal Access Act, then yes you can buy the non-Salute tickets anytime.
If you don’t qualify, You can when staying at Shades of Green I September or January.
Ronda Boucher says
Hi! My family is from Illinois and we are planning a family vacation the end of June 2021 to Walt Disney World. My son is active military reserve and we are trying to find out where the closest military base is that sells discounted Disney park tickets.
With Disney’s new advanced park reservation due to COVID, we need to be able to purchase tickets and have them mailed prior to our trip , if there isn’t a base close to us that sells Disney tickets.
Please let us know where to call or email. Thank you
There are hundreds of ticket offices. Keeping up with what’s where and what types of tickets that they sell is well beyond the scope of this part time endeavor.
But, they are many bases that sell long distance, including Shades of Green at Disney World.
Please see: https://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disney-military-discounts/buy-military-discounted-disney-tickets-by-phone/
Hi! My husband and I are planning a trip this early October to Disneyland and want to buy tickets at the base but he’s only a reservist. Would he still qualify for the salute discount? and also how do we find out about blockout dates?
Thank you so much!
Yes he’s absolutely eligible. I was a reservist most of my career.
October you are in the clear, see our Blockout Dates Page: https://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/disneys-armed-forces-salute-blockout-dates/
Shades of Green just told me I can only buy tickets in January or September and only in person. Are there other alternatives?
So you’ve given no info on your military status, but from what you said Shades of Green told you I assume you are separated, not retired from the military and are not service connected disabled (any percent), a purple heart recipient, or a former prisoner of war.
If that is your status, then yes, you can use their ticket office in the months of September and January. They often qualify this and say that you must be staying there to do so.
Unfortunately there are no alternatives if you do not qualify for the John McCain 2018 Disabled Veteran Equal Access Act (the statuses I mentioned above).
See all my Vet Posts:
Alex Castillo says
My husband is active duty Air Force and we’re planning a Disney trip for my sons 2nd birthday but he is on a TDY. Am I able to purchase the tickets on base at Luke with my ID?
Yes absolutely you can.
See eligibility on: https://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/the-disney-armed-forces-salute-military-ticket-and-room-discounts/
What is closest base in miami that has disney and universal studio tickets
United States Southern Command, SOUTHCOM in doral doesn’t have travel and leisure office anymore I believe
Do you know if Florida resident annual passes can be purchased on base (to save tax) and still be able to use the monthly payment plan? Or perhaps at shades of green? I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere online. Thank you.
There is no military discount on passes. Shades of Green used to sell them at a discount, but it was not a military one offered through Disney. They bought them in bulk from a local ticket reseller and passed on the savings. They no longer do this though.
Oh, and the payment plan is only direct through Disney.
Amy Barkley says
Hello! My husband is 100-% disabled and we are looking to take a trip to Legoland in May and stay at the resort. Where can I find how to purchase tickets and reserve a room? Party of 3. Thanks!
As a service connected vet he is eligible for ticket purchases from Base ticket Offices via the John McCain Bill. (except the 2 highly discounted ones for WDW and Universal that require a current mil ID)
See all my vet posts:
Also just so you see it you can purchase long distance from many ticket offices:
For Legoland see: https://www.militarydisneytips.com/blog/legoland-florida-military-discounts-and-offers/
I am so confused about buying salute tickets when you need reservations to the park now. We are planning to go first week of October 2023. I know I’m early but anxiety makes me plan. My husband is active duty army but we aren’t on a base. Do I call the ticket office to purchase and then make reservations after I go in person or have them mailed? How far in advance should I get the tickets since reservations fill up? Thank you!! Truly enjoy your page. It has helped so much.
Thanks so much!
So, first, you need tickets in hand in order to make park reservations.
I certainly hope that by a little over a year from now Disney will have solved their manning shortages which they say are driving the need for park reservations and this may all be water under the bridge.
You can look at this October to see how it looks about a month out for availability. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/availability-calendar/?segments=tickets,resort,passholder&defaultSegment=tickets
A month or so back it was probably all green.
The milestones for your trip would be:
-Disney announces a 2023 Disney Armed Forces Salute (late Sept – Late Nov 2022?)
-You buy tickets sometime after they become available (early Nov or later based on announcement date)(timing also based on your comfort level for schedule changes that would prevent you from going and being unable to use the tickets)
-Make Park Res
Any time in the first half of 2023 (or even later) and you should be just fine.
Melissa Ramirez says
Hi my husband is 50% disabled veteran, are we eligible for any Disney discounts? Thank you!
One discount definitely, others maybe…
See all of the non-retired veteran posts: