Non-Retired Veterans – Shades of Green continues their Salute to Our Veterans

Last January Shades of Green, the Military Resort on Walt Disney World property opened it’s doors to those who severed but didn’t stay in the military and retire.

Shades allowed these Vets to stay in the exclusive military only resort during January 2011.

Now the “Salute to Our Veterans” Program continues and Shades of Green is again accepting reservations from non-retired US military veterans for stays in September and January.

Vets are eligible for the same discounted room rates that current and retired military members pay, as well as buying most* military discounted theme park tickets when staying at Shades of Green.

Eligibility Requirements are: Those who served in the military for less than 20 years and received an honorable discharge are eligible to stay at Shades of Green during the months of January and September only. Proof of honorable discharge (DD-214) is required.

You may obtain a copy of your DD-214 by clicking here.

You can view Shades of Green’s page for this program by clicking here.

*The Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets are a special highly discounted tickets which are only for current and retired military as well as 100% DAVPRM disabled.




Information on Shades of Green the Military Hotel on Disney World property


See all the current Shades of Green Discounts and Packages

A Special Note on Shades of Green Discounts: Something to be aware of is that Shades constantly changes the dates and discounts offered of their specials and packages.

Shades of Green Links



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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  1. What type of discount would my father (a Vietnam veteran who served in Germany as well and was honorably discharged) be elligible for? I am so confused about what it means to be a “retired” military person…my travel agent seems to think he qualifies for hotel discounts on our rooms at the Polynesian (club room only I guess) and will get discounts on park tickets….Is this true? I just do not want to bring them down for their first ever visit and have him end up not being the “right” kind of veteran and end up with a huge bill…also does he only need to bring his proof of honorable discharge to check in and then we can walk to Shades of green to get tickets??? sorry I really have read everything a few times and I am still baffled 🙂 THANK YOU!!!

  2. Is this really a discount? For non-retired military veterans, magic-your-way tickets are about $5 cheaper than if purchased directly at a WDW ticket booth. Or, is the benefit non-taxed, which would make it somewhat of a better bargain? Thanks for your reply!

  3. I’m confused about shades of green. It says you can get a non retired discount if you are disabled for life even not at 100%. My husband and I are going to Disneyland and he is 50% disabled for life. Did not retire as he had to get out from one of the disabilities. It just states you need a DD-214 and disability papers to be eligible. We have that. So we are good to go? Is this correct?

    • Hi Sara,

      First, are you doing to Disneyland (in California) or Disney World (in Florida)?

  4. Hi, My question is regarding non-retired veteran and his family coming to WDW in early December ’17. We were told (by phone) that we had to stay at Shades in order to buy tickets, (We are staying in a WDW resort-Bay Lake) and that he is not able to purchase tickets also because he’s not active duty or retired,
    According to your website, this doesn’t appear to be true. Has your policy changed in the last 2 years? We did purchase tickets through Shades on our last WDW vacation in October for our family then.

    • Hi Vicky,

      First you are a little confused, this is an informational website run by a retired military member for military members to get info on these discounts.

      I’m not associated with Shades of Green.

      Just see the About Page for this site, there is a link on every page top and bottom.

      As stated in the post above non-retired vets are only allowed to stay at Shades of Green are only allowed to stay at Shades of Green in the months of January and September (when there is excess capacity).

      As for the ticket office the only time non-retired vets are allowed to use it is in the months of January and September and only when they are staying at Shades of Green.

      There are several types of military discounted Disney tickets 2 types are slightly discounted and he could buy those when staying there, the Disney Armed Forces Salute are a special highly discounted ticket which is only for current and retired military as well as 100% DAVPRM disabled He cannot buy these even when staying at Shades.

      So for this trip, you are not eligible, try to plan the next trip in the months of January and September.

  5. I served in the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in May of 1995. I did not retire from the service.

    I have already booked my Orlando vacation for the Fourth of July weekend (7/1/17 to 7/3/17) through Expedia, therefore I will not need to book a hotel.

    My basic question is what type of veteran discount is available to me for a multi day (2 day) ticket for Epcot and Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World? My son is 8. My other question is where do I go to obtain discount when I get to the theme park(s)?

    Thank you,

    Arnab