10 Updated Things to Know About Disney’s Military Salute for 2021

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Disney announced their military tickets for the rest of 2021 today!  They released tickets for part of 2021 and  room rates for 2021 earlier, but this announcement brings tickets through the end of 2021: December 17 to be exact!  Here are some things you should know.

1. Who is Eligible? – Any active duty or retired Service Member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guardsman is eligible. Foreign military assigned to US military bases (with a US ID card) in the United States are eligible, as are 100% disabled members with an ID card that says “DAV/PRIM”. Retired and active members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also eligible.  If the eligible member is not present, their spouse (or un-remarried widow) is eligible.  Even within these rules there are complicated situations, so call Disney (or ask in the comments section below) if you still have questions.

2. What are the Dates? – The 2021 promotion runs through December 17, 2021. All tickets that were purchased in 2020, will not expire until September 26, 2021!  The 2021 tickets that will expire on December 17, will be available for purchase on February 15.  It’s important to know that these tickets are not like typical Disney tickets in that they do not expire 14 days after the first use.  You can use 2 days in May and 2 days a month later if you like.

3. How Many Tickets Can I Buy? – Each eligible member can buy 6 tickets at Disney World during the entire promotion’s time period, including the short extension that began in December of 2020. In other words, any tickets purchased after December 19,2020, count towards the total.  If the member’s immediate family is larger than 6, Disney will allow them to buy more.  Immediate family includes the spouse and dependent children.  Not nieces, nephews, grandparents, etc.  The tickets for the extra family members must be purchased in person at Disney.

4. How Much are the Disney World Tickets? – Beginning on February 15, 2021, there are 4-day and 5-day tickets available. You can choose Park Hopper, or Park Hopper Plus tickets. Park Hopper tickets allow guests to visit different theme parks on the same day without using another day of admission.  Park Hopper Plus tickets allow guests to both Park Hop and visit Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Wide World of Sports, play nine holes at Disney’s Oak Trail, or play miniature golf before 4 p.m. at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.  The discount is significant; they’re a little under half price of a similar full-price ticket.  The 4-day Park Hopper ticket is $296 and the 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $326.  The 5-day Park Hopper ticket is $315 and the 5-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $345.  The prices do not include tax, which you will pay if you purchase them in person at Walt Disney World.

5. Is Disneyland Participating in 2021? – No information has been released on extending the promotion for Disneyland yet!

6. Where Can I Buy Tickets? – The first place I would suggest buying tickets is your local ITT (Information, Tickets and Tours) on base. As a caution, many bases do not keep the tickets in stock, and they must be ordered. I’d recommend ordering them a month before you need them.  If you aren’t able to get to a base to purchase them and really want to save sales tax, Shades of Green at Disney World is another option.  Shades of Green will let you order the tickets by phone, fax or email.  A third option is to find a base that will let you order them online or by phone.  There are a few, like Camp Pendleton, that have allowed this in the past.  If you don’t buy your tickets on base, the most convenient option is to buy the tickets at Disney.  You can get them at Guest Services in Disney Springs, or at any ticket window at Disney World.

7. How Do I Activate the Tickets? – If you purchase the tickets on base, they must still be activated once you arrive at the parks. Disney will gather information about everyone that will be using the tickets, and a valid ID card must be shown at time of activation. If you buy them at Disney, they are activated at time of purchase.  You do not have to use them the day they are activated.  To save yourself long lines in the morning, you may want to activate them the night before you use them.  You can activate tickets at any park ticket window, the TTC, or Guest Services at any park or Disney Springs. If you purchase them from Shades of Green, they are activated at time of purchase.

8. Do Park Reservation Systems Work with Military Tickets? – Absolutely! Military tickets will link the same as any other tickets. As soon as you purchase your ticket, link them to your My Disney Experience account.  They will still need activating if you purchased them on base, but they will work for making park reservations.

9. Are There Any Room Discounts Available? – Yes, there are! The 2021 military room discounts at Disney World go through December 17, 2021.  There must be an eligible member in one of the rooms, and the number of rooms that are offered is limited.  The discounts range from 30-40%.  Availability goes quickly at popular times, so I’d recommend booking as soon as possible!  There are a few blocked out resorts and room types, but most Disney resorts are included.  When and if the Disney Dining Plan returns, it can be added to the room discount as well if you like.  It is not discounted beyond the normal Disney price.

10. Are There Any Disney Cruise Discounts? – There are not any standard cruise discounts included with the Armed Forces Salute, but Disney does offer military discounts for cruises regularly. Scott Sanders posts a good list of them, weekly on The Disney Cruise Line Blog. They are offered on sailings that aren’t filling up and are usually announced around 60 days before sail dates, although they can be announced much earlier.  The eligible group for these discounts is expanded to include Department of Defense civilian personnel.  The offers are valid for one stateroom per military member (or spouse) per sailing

*Bonus – The Memory Maker discount for military has also been extended through December!  It’s $98, which is a great price!  Memory Maker must be purchased in person at Walt Disney World, at one of the Guest Relations windows.

Do you have any questions about the Armed Forces Salute?  Ask them here!

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Tammy Whiting

Tammy has been a lover of all things Disney for most of her life. There’s nowhere on this Earth she’d rather be than on a Disney cruise with her family. She’s a Space Force wife and proud mom of two wonderful children and one beautiful daughter-in-law . She fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2008 and became a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. She now owns her own travel agency - Storybook Destinations. You can reach Tammy at Tammy@StorybookDestinations.com.

50 thoughts on “10 Updated Things to Know About Disney’s Military Salute for 2021

  • February 9, 2021 at 8:13 pm
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    Does “retired” mean a full 20 year retirement from service, or, leaving the service after any amount of time served? For example, my son has an honorable discharge after 6 1/2 years of service from the army after 2 deployments.

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  • February 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm
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    It means retired after twenty. My husband was honorably discharged after ten and is not eligible. His father retired after twenty and is.

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:42 am
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      If anyone has a military ID it’s acceptable! Go enjoy

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  • February 28, 2021 at 8:33 pm
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    How do you actually get the discount? Do you need to call to book?

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    • February 28, 2021 at 8:45 pm
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      I assume you mean the room discount? Yes, those can only be booked on the phone! Call, or have your travel agent call.

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    • May 30, 2021 at 4:43 am
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      Any base, px exchange, discount gov site, or Shades of Green Resort in Disney.

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  • March 13, 2021 at 10:56 am
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    If I bought a 5-day Park Hopper, do you know if Disney is permitting an upgrade to the Park Hopper Plus option? They used to allow you to upgrade when you stopped at Guest Relations to activate the tickets.

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    • March 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
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      I haven’t tried recently, but yes you should still be able to at Guest Relations!

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  • March 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm
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    Can we still park hop? As in visit one park in the morning and another in the afternoon? I can’t tell from the reservation system if that is still allowed. I have some serious pin traders in my family and they love to visit Epcot in the afternoons to set up shop, but still want to visit the other parks as well.

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    • March 25, 2021 at 2:04 pm
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      You can! You will make a reservation for the park you want to visit first in the morning. Then after 2 o’clock you can park hop, based on park availability. 🙂

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      • May 13, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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        Can a military person purchase military discount tickets for parents if it doesn’t exceed the 6 allowed? Also how long can 4 day passes be used between visits? If we use 2 days one time can we use two days a month later?

      • May 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm
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        They can! And the days can be spread out for as long as you like, you just need to use them before they expire at the end of September.

  • April 1, 2021 at 5:09 am
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    Hi-I hope you can help me. We had to cancel our WDW trip last year due to covid but we finally rebooked for October 2021. The problem is our tickets we bought last Oct (Military Salute 6 day park hoppers) expire in Sept.2021. I called the MWR that I bought the tickets from but they referred my to WDW app to extend my tickets (and pay the difference I assume). For the life of me, I cannot find anything about extending those tickets on the Disney go site. Can you point me in the right direction?

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    • April 1, 2021 at 11:07 am
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      Hi Paoa! Well shoot! If MWR can’t help, I would call Disney and plead your case. You would probably have better luck in person, but then you wouldn’t be able to make park passes. Call (407) 566-4985, and see if they can help!

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      • April 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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        I have a 4 day pass for 2021. I used 2 days in March. My husband stayed home. Can I transfer my other 2 days to him?

      • April 28, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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        You can not! Once a ticket has been used even once, it is non-transferrable.

  • April 7, 2021 at 9:21 pm
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    When the tickets are activated at Guest Relations, do all the people using the tickets have to be there in person at that time?

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    • April 7, 2021 at 9:51 pm
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      They are supposed to be there, however, I have had cast members let me activate without everyone being there. So your mileage may vary!

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  • April 16, 2021 at 5:30 pm
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    Hi! I purchased some 5-day hopper plus tickets last year that I was finally able to use last month. We visited the 5 parks we wanted to and did a day at Blizzard Beach. Can you tell me if we still have 4 ‘plus’ options that can be used by 26 September? Thank you!

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  • April 26, 2021 at 10:30 am
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    Are there any block out dates on these?

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  • May 16, 2021 at 9:15 am
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    Hi, can you tell me if I am correct in my understanding of the 5 day Park Hopper Plus tickets. Do these tickets mean that I can go to the parks for 5 days and do the Plus options on another 5 days, giving me 10 separate days total of Disney magic? Thanks so much for any help.

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    • May 16, 2021 at 9:17 am
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      Hey Danielle,

      Yes, that’s correct. The ‘Plus’ entitlements can be used on either the same, or different days than the parks.

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      • May 16, 2021 at 9:18 am
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        That is incredible! Thanks Len!

      • May 28, 2021 at 9:29 am
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        I’m sorry, but I’m confused. The plus option for a normal Disney ticket I thought just means you can go to the water parks as well as the 4 main parks (not additional days). But you’re saying if you get a park Hopper plus you can go to the parks for 5 days and then you can go to the water parks for 5 another days, essentially have a 10 day ticket? That’s not how I understood the park Hopper plus to work, I’ve understood it as you can hop to other parks AND the water parks during the 5 days you are using the ticket. This is wrong however?? I just wanted to clarify that I’m understanding it correctly, thanks so much!

    • May 28, 2021 at 9:35 am
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      Disregard my comment Len, I didn’t understand this type of pass! After doing more homework (which I admit I should have done first) I see that you get plus ‘credits’ for the additional parks to allow entrance and can use those credits within 14 days of activating your ticket. So that’s how you do as you said. Thank you for all the valuable information you and your site have always provided!

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  • May 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm
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    Hi! We purchased the 5 day park hopper for 6 people. We finally figured out how to register them with the app and went on-line to make park reservations and there are none available. Not sure what to do. We’ve already got our plane tickets and rooms. It’s not like we’re doing last minute either. Is there any chance that they will open the parks up to higher occupancy numbers soon? Any advice is much appreciated!

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    • May 25, 2021 at 4:41 pm
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      Hi Nancy! I am definitely hopeful that they will add more availability soon! And definitely keep checking. People cancel them all the time.

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      • May 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm
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        Also check for day-of reservations, which seem to be happening every day lately. So wake up on Tuesday, for example, and see what’s available that day. Good luck!

  • May 29, 2021 at 7:38 am
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    Any news on whether Disneyland will start offering the Salute to Service tickets since they are opening to out of State Visitors starting June 15th? Heading to Arizona from Guam in Mid July and are really hoping we can go.

    Thank you.

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    • May 29, 2021 at 5:43 pm
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      Not yet! Hopefully soon, Tim! I would certainly think by July they should be out!

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      • May 30, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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        I sure hope so. Just worried about the park reservation thing. My thoughts right now is they will offer it around that same June 15th date. Thank you!

  • July 8, 2021 at 1:44 pm
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    I have activated Disney military tickets that haven’t been used yet. Do I have to be with my family the first time they use the tickets? Thanks.

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    • July 9, 2021 at 7:58 pm
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      Following…. on the information packet from MWR, it states that the active duty member, retiree or spouse must accompany dependent children or non-military on the first day. But to piggy back on this question… Can a dependent child attend with another military family on their first visit?

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      • July 9, 2021 at 10:42 pm
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        They could! But be aware, if the ticket hasn’t been activated, the ticket will count against the allotment of the eligible member accompanying them at time of activation.

    • July 9, 2021 at 10:38 pm
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      Technically, the eligible member is supposed to be there the first time. In reality, once the tickets are activated, they are activated.

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  • July 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm
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    We have purchased Disneyland Salute the Military Tickets for our trip planned for September, 2021. I know these tickets need to be activated at the Disneyland window before use, but are we able to make park reservations now prior to activating on arrival?

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  • July 17, 2021 at 11:51 am
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    Can you buy military salute tickets for your parents and siblings? I’ve only read info about dependents and spouse as immediate family. How does military salute ticket work for non-married and have younger siblings?

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      • July 17, 2021 at 12:23 pm
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        Can I get a 1 or 2 day ticket and get them the 4-5days tickets? Or do I need to buy the same number of days ticket? I’m only able to do the weekend, but hoping they can stay longer.

      • July 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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        Technically you are supposed to get the same kind of ticket, but they usually don’t care as long as you accompany them on the first day. Definitely compare prices though, once you get to two days, you aren’t that far off from the Salute ticket price. If you think you will go back before they expire, do that!

  • July 18, 2021 at 9:33 am
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    My SIL was so kind to get my family military discounted tickets to Disneyland. We are going at the same time and can’t wait! But now what? I want to use my Disney account to make dinner reservations, etc. – how do I connect the ticket to my account? Please help?

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    • July 19, 2021 at 12:54 pm
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      Great! You should be able to link it on Disneyland.com and under My Disneyland.

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  • August 28, 2021 at 2:55 pm
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    My son was able to get the military discount for myself and his siblings to have a family trip in September. Now, due to Covid, military is on a travel restriction again, and he isn’t able to make it home. I know we can’t use the tickets without him present, but do you know if we’re allowed to pay the difference to “normal” prices and still use the tickets?

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  • October 14, 2021 at 7:48 pm
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    Hi there, we bought Disney World armed forces tickets, and received the plastic tickets. Added them to our MyDisney account and made our reservations. The next week we lost the envelope with the tickets. Since we have not used the tickets and did not go to the park yet to activate them, will we be able to get a replacement? Or are we out of luck?

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    • October 14, 2021 at 9:14 pm
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      Hi Virginia! If you linked them already, you are probably fine! Disney wants you to save the physical copies, but never actually asks to see them. And if they needed to, they could send you to guest services to look them up and get them reprinted.

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