Updated 10/21/18. 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.
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.
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 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).
Current 2018 Disneyland Military Discount Promotions
Here is the current discount ticket offer that is good through the end of 2018 for the Disneyland Resort:
Disneyland Resort is saluting active and retired U.S. military personnel by offering Military Promotional 3-Day and 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets. You can visit both theme parks each day of your ticket!
Here is the current discount ticket offer that is good through the end of 2018 for Walt Disney World:
Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering promotional theme park tickets.
Military Discount Hotel Rates at Disney World
At Walt Disney World, military can expect to receive discounts (up to) this percentage based on the hotel selected:
- 40% off Deluxe Resorts
- 35% off Moderate Resorts
- 30% off Value Resorts
The room discount runs through December 19, 2019. Military room discounts are not available for stays between April 14, 2019 to April 25, 2019.
And of course, don't forget Shades of Green that Steve mentioned above.
- 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.
Over at Disneyland, military members also receive a discount on their hotel stay at Disney owned resort hotels. Enjoy great rates on select rooms at the Disneyland Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights from January 1 through March 22, 2018 and April 9 through December 19, 2018.
Military Discount on Special Events
Disney typically offers discounted tickets on select dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.
Tickets can be purchased at ticket booths or the Shades of Green resort.
Unfortunately, there's not a military discount offered for Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland at this time.
Military Discount on PhotoPass and Memory Maker
At Disneyland, eligible military are offered discount purchases of the Disney PhotoPass Collection:
Plus, you can purchase the Disney PhotoPass Collection product for a discounted price—$49 plus tax from January 1 through December 19, 2018.
The Disney PhotoPass Collection product includes:
- Digital downloads of all Disney PhotoPass photos in your account at time of redemption
- A voucher for a Dining Print Package (Voucher may not be redeemed online. See voucher for restrictions.)
- A Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc, featuring more than 350 high-resolution professional photos from around Disneyland Resort
Walt Disney World offers Memory Maker at a discount:
You can purchase the Memory Maker product for a special price—$98 from January 1, 2018 through December 19, 2018.
To be eligible for these discounts, these are the criteria set forth by Disney:
- Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and only family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
- “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active or retired Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.
- The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
- Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
- Subject to certain exceptions, Disney 4-Day/5-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Services Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.
- Tickets and options expire and may not be used after December 19, 2018. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
- No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person's spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
- Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.
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