The Disney Armed Forces Salute is a unique discount offer. Other offers are marketing tools, used by Disney to attract guests to particular resorts or ticket packages during specific periods of time. They’re just part of the overall economic calculus of running Disney Parks & Resorts. In contrast, the Disney Armed Forces Salute is negotiated between Disney and the Department of Defense. The discounts are substantial, and their availability is determined by the agreement between Disney and the DoD. However, availability of rooms at particular resorts and for particular dates is limited – the sooner you book, the better your chances of finding an available room under the offer.
Eligibility for this discount program is determined by the agreement between Disney and the Department of Defense. While there are some “edge” areas that may require a closer look, as a general matter those eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute discount are:
Current members of the military: Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps
Retired members of the military: from one of the services mentioned above. Note that this does NOT include everyone with a service record. Retired refers to official military retirement.
100% Service-connected disabled: a small subset of non-military-retired disabled veterans are also eligible. Eligible disabled vets will have the code DAVPRM on their military issued ID.
Spouse: A spouse may use this discount only by “standing in the shoes” of their eligible service member spouse. Non-spouse dependents may not use the eligible service member’s discount.
If you have a question about whether you are eligible for this discount, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you figure it out.
Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are different from the regular discounted Disney theme park tickets that are often available from military base ticket offices. Salute tickets are more heavily discounted and come with their own special rules and restrictions.
Key rules and restrictions to be aware of:
1) Each eligible service member may purchase up to six (6) Walt Disney World Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets AND up to six (6) Disneyland Armed Forces Salute Tickets. (If you have more than six people in your immediate family, Disney’s policy is to permit additional tickets to be purchased, but ONLY for immediate family. (E.g. Mom can buy eight AFS tickets so that her husband and their six children can all travel together with discounted tickets. But Mom will probably not be permitted to buy eight AFS tickets to that her husband, two children, and four grandparents can all travel together with discounted tickets). That maximum number of tickets is for the full time period of the offer (a couple could use their benefit for three separate trips each to Walt Disney World and Disneyland).
2) Armed Forces Salute ticket expiration works differently – Once a ticket is purchased and activated, it can be used until the offer period ends on December 19, 2018. These tickets do not expire 14 days after first use, like regular Magic Your Way tickets. The tickets are also not divided into Adult/Child tickets – all tickets are priced the same, regardless of age.
3) Armed Forces Salute tickets must be activated before first use – The eligible service member MUST be present and must present ID establishing eligibility when the tickets are first going to be used. Once activated by Guest Relations, military ID will not need to be re-verified with each use of the ticket.
4) Even before they are activated, the Armed Forces Salute tickets can be linked to a My Disney Experience account, and the regular rules for FastPass+ booking eligibility apply (i.e. you can book FastPasses 60 days in advance if you also have a Disney Resort Hotel reservation linked to your account for the dates you’re trying to book; 30 days in advance if you do not have a Disney Resort Hotel reservation).
Note that, while the offer was officially renewed on Thursday, September 28, it can take a while for these special tickets to make their way through the military procurements and distribution systems to the various military base ticket offices – it’s been known to take a month or more.
Walt Disney World
- Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $226.00
- Four-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $266.00
- Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $246.00
- Five-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $286.00
Disney Armed Forces Salute Walt Disney World tickets are blocked out between March 25 and April 5, 2018.
- Three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $168.00
- Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $188.00
Disney Armed Forces Salute Disneyland tickets are blocked out between March 23 and April 8, 2018
Walt Disney World
Resort room discounts range from 30% – 40%. Usually, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas receive a 40% discount, Moderate resorts a 35% discount, and Value resorts a 30% discount. However, we are hearing some mixed reports from first-day bookings that suggest that the specific discount amount may vary.
Availability of discounted rooms at a particular resort and/or in a particular category are limited. A few specific room categories are completely excluded from the offer: Fort Wilderness Campsites; 3-Bedroom Villas; Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge; The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort; and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
Eligible individuals may book up to a maximum of three rooms under the discount. All three rooms must be at the same resort and have the same check-in dates. The eligible individual MUST occupy one of the rooms. This restriction applies per trip, but an eligible individual can book additional discounted rooms for additional trips during the program period.
Resort room discounts range from 30% – 40%. Usually, it’s a 40% discount at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 35% at the Disneyland Hotel, and 30% at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. However, we are hearing some mixed reports from first-day bookings that suggest that the specific discount amount may vary. At Disneyland, these discounts can only be applied to Standard rooms, and can only be applied to a newly-booked room.
Eligible individuals may book up to a maximum of two rooms under the discount. Both rooms must be at the same hotel and have the same check-in dates. The eligible individual MUST occupy one of the rooms. This restriction applies per trip, but an eligible individual can book additional discounted rooms for additional trips during the program period.
Discounted photo packages are also available.
At Walt Disney World, an eligible person can purchase Memory Maker for $98 (about $70 off the regular price). This discounted Memory Maker entitlement can ONLY be purchased in person, by the eligible person, at a Guest Relations window. (Note that, unlike the advance purchase discount offered to the general public, there is no “waiting period” before the use of the Memory Maker kicks in).
At Disneyland, an eligible person can purchase the PhotoPass Collection for $49. The PhotoPass Collection can only be purchased in two locations – either Main Street Photo Supply Co. at Disneyland Park or Kingswell Camera Shop at Disney California Adventure Park.