Ultimate Guide Disneyland and Walt Disney World Military Discounts
[guestpost]Steve of MilitaryDisneyTips.com nicely wrote up this guide to Military discounts at Walt Disney World to explain how the discounts work to both you and me. [/guestpost]
I’m often asked, “Are there any military discounts for Disney?”
The short Answer is; Yes.
The long answer is; The discounts are many and varied and your exact military status governs your eligibility for the various offers.
The most publicized and well-known military discount is Disney’s Armed Forces Salute. Special short term offers for a specified period (usually one year), which include greatly discounted Disney World and Disneyland theme park tickets and up to 40% off Disney resorts. The Armed Forces Salute ran in 2002 and then started again in 2009 through the present.
The tickets available with the Armed Forces Salute are, for Disney World – 4-Day tickets with either the Hopper option or the Water Park and More option for $156, or both options for $184. Disneyland offers a 3-Day hopper for $125. Military members can buy these tickets at their base or at Disney ticket windows.
(Armed Forces Salute Eligibility: Active, Guard & Reserve, Coast Guard, Retired, Spouses thereof, and service connected disabled with the DAVPRM code)
There is another Disney ticket discount, which has always been available. Military base ticket offices sell slightly discounted Disney Magic Your Way tickets. These tickets are from 4% to 8% off, based upon the number of day and options purchased. These are for both Disney World and Disneyland and are only available from military base ticket offices.
(Military Magic Your Way Ticket Eligibility: Active, Guard & Reserve, Coast Guard, Retired, and Spouses thereof)
Military vacationers going to Walt Disney World in Florida have an additional way to save on their vacation. Shades of Green is a military owned and operated resort located on WDW property. The resort was purchased from Disney by Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation many years ago in order to provide a cheaper option for military members and their families who want to relax and de-stress at Disney World.
Shades of Green is a Deluxe, Magic Kingdom Area Resort with rates based upon rank that are closer to a Disney Moderate Resort price. Shades has all the amenities two pools, several restaurants, and the largest guest rooms on Disney World property. There is also a ticket office at which all the tickets mentioned above can be purchased as well as Shades all-inclusive Stars and Stripes passes.
(Shades of Green Eligibility: Active, Guard & Reserve, Coast Guard, Retired, 100% service connected disabled, Spouses thereof, DoD Civilians, and several others)
For those who don’t care if they stay on Disney World property, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels offer special military rates, as do the Downtown Disney Area Hotels.
Besides Disney, there are many other options for military discounts in the Orlando area. Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Legoland all offer discounts, as do many other venues.
So, yes there are military discounts available for Disney. We’ve hit all the high points, but some of the details can be tricky. If you are a military member and are interested in any of these discounts I encourage you to spend some time researching your options and it will really pay off!
Steve produces the MilitaryDisneyTips.com website. He’s a retired military member, former Disney Cast member, and frequent visitor at Disney World (He says it’s for research).