Missed birthdays and holidays combined with long deployments make vacations priceless for military families. Disney understands time is valuable and offers fabulous discounts to help make family vacations more attainable. Read on to learn where to find the best military discounts at Disney World.
8 Military Discounts at Disney
1. Disney World Tickets
2. Disney Resort Hotels
3. Disney’s Memory Maker
4. Disney Special Event Parties
5. Shades of Green Resort
6. Entertainment Outside of the Parks
7. Dining at Disney Springs
8. Shopping at Disney Springs
Being a military wife for more than 10 years, I know how precious family time can be. Many times I’ve dreamed of taking a vacation once the current deployment was over only to be dropped back into “it’s not in the budget” reality. But with all the discounts available at Disney World in Florida, this military mom has been able to make it happen many times!
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Disney Military Promotional Ticket
Formerly known as the Armed Forces Salute, Disney military promotional tickets are available in 2019. Enjoy hopping from park to park with park hopper tickets or expand the fun with the park hopper plus option and check out the water parks or mini golf!
- 4-day park hopper for $241 plus tax
- 4-day park hopper plus for $291 plus tax
- 5-day park hopper for $257 plus tax
- 5-day park hopper plus for $307 plus tax
This amazing ticket deal is available January 1, 2019 through December 19, 2019, to eligible service members, whom Disney defines as “active or retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of 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).”
The 2019 discounted tickets are NOT available to Department of Defense Civil Service workers and contractors. Those last two groups were added as eligible service members in the fall of 2018 on a temporary basis only.
Tickets are valid in the year they are purchased, so don’t plan to buy tickets at the end of 2019 and use them in 2020.
In addition to the ticket discount, Disney’s Armed Forces Salute offer includes special savings on resort hotel rooms. This allows military families to surround themselves in the Disney magic along with taking advantage of all Disney has to offer including resort transportation, Extra Magic Hours and the Disney dining plan.
The discount varies based on the category of resort selected (Deluxe, Moderate and Value) and the actual property. For the most reliable information, contact the Disney Resort Team at (407)-939-4249.
The room discount runs through December 19, 2019. Military room discounts are not available for stays between April 14, 2019 to April 25, 2019.
My absolute favorite souvenir! Imagine getting that perfect photo in front of Cinderella Castle or capturing Johnny’s first time on Splash Mountain. Memory Maker allows guests to download ALL photos taken by Photopass photographers throughout the parks and those expensive ride photos.
Memory Maker is normally $199, but military members can purchase it for $98 plus tax at any ticket booth. That is more than 50% off!
Each year to go along with the Armed Forces Salute deal, Disney has offered deeply discounted tickets on select dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I’ve listed the cheapest dates and ticket prices here; additional information is available through Shades of Green.
2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, eligible dates: August 20 and 27; September 2, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22
- $64.00 plus tax per adult
- $59.00 plus tax per child (3-9)
2019 Disney H20 Glow Nights, 25 eligible dates from May 30 to August 24, 2019
- $58.00 plus tax per adult
- $53.00 plus tax per child (3-9)
2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, eligible dates to be announced in the fall of 2019. 2018 ticket prices:
- $71.50 plus tax per adult
- $66.40 plus tax per child (3-9)
Party tickets can be purchased at Disney ticket windows or the Shades of Green Resort. Some dates may sell out so advance purchase is recommended. Contact Shades of Green for additional information at (407) 824-1403.
This deluxe resort calls Disney property home and is exclusively for military service members. Room prices are based on military rate and date of stay.
I love Shades of Green for the simple fact that the rooms are HUGE, and all rooms sleep up to five or more. This is most noteworthy for our family of five because it saves us from having to bump up to a suite.
The resort also features a fully operational ticket office and an Exchange filled with Disney souvenirs. And did I mention those souvenirs are tax-free?! That bonus alone can save families tons while still getting official Disney merchandise. A recent change allows guests staying at Shades of Green Resort to take advantage of the 60-day Fastpass+ booking window!
From hot air balloon rides to lush golf courses, your Disney World vacation in Orlando, Florida, is so much more than theme parks. Many of these extras offer military discounts if asked. Here are just a few that have been known to give discounts recently:
- Aerophile (formally Characters in Flight)
- AMC Dine-In Theater
- Disney Golf Courses
Our family loves eating at Walt Disney World – maybe more than riding rides. We enjoy soaking in the unique atmosphere while shoveling the delish food in our mouths. Again, best bet to finding military discounts at Disney is by asking; the restaurants in Disney Springs are no different. Here are some of my favorites.
- House of Blues – 25% off
- Raglan Road – 10% off
- Cookes of Dublin – 10% off
- Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop – 20% off
- T-Rex Cafe – 10% off
- Rainforest Cafe – 10% off
Disney Springs has been undergoing a major transformation for years and it just continues to grow. Your best strategy is to inquire at checkout if the store offers a military discount. Promotions are constantly changing, so my motto is “it never hurts to ask.” I also make sure both my husband and I have our military IDs handy, so we’re ready when they say “yes!”