10 Frequently Asked Questions about Disney’s Armed Forces Salute

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Disney is, once again, saluting our Armed Forces, so to speak! Yay, Disney! Let me begin this blog post with a heartfelt thank you from me to Disney on behalf of our military personnel and their families. As a military spouse for 24 years now (and a military brat* before that), I understand the personal sacrifices that are made each and every day by Service members and their families, and it is awesome to know that Disney recognizes it, as well. So, let me give a big ol’ “SAA-LUTE!!” right back at Disney (rare “Hee Haw” reference right there for those old enough to remember).

Disney has sold slightly discounted (in the neighborhood of 5%) tickets for the Armed Forces at military bases for many years. The last several years there has been an additional discount for military, but with many more restrictions and much bigger savings. Once called the Armed Forces Salute, the last couple of years Disney hasn’t really made a point of calling it anything other than a military discount. Because those slightly discounted military tickets are still sold, I’ll call the newer/bigger discount the Armed Forces Salute to differentiate it from the older/smaller discount.

For what should be a pretty straightforward offer, the Armed Forces Salute can be a bit confusing. To be fair, the military has lots of categories of military personnel (active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired, separated, Allied military assigned to the US, etc.), so it’s no surprise there are lots of nuances to Disney’s Armed Forces Salute. It seems like every time it’s announced, there are small details and restrictions that have changed and need clarification. So let me see if I can help clear some things up!

1. Who is Eligible? – The first question you will probably ask is, “Am I (or a family member) eligible?” Eligibility has changed over the years and actually seems clearer now. Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guard is eligible (yep, Coasties may not be in the Department of Defense, but they are one of the five US Armed Forces alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines). 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,” and Medal of Honor recipients. If the eligible member is not present, his or her spouse is eligible. That’s it, though. No matter how deserving some others are, Disney did not choose to include those groups within this promotion. But, 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 current Armed Forces Salute will end on September 28, 2013. Tickets must be purchased by September 25, and those tickets will expire on the September 28 whether they have been fully used or not. Next year’s promotion has also been announced; it begins September 29, 2013, and ends on September 27, 2014. There are blackout dates for both promotions, however. Last year’s blackout dates have passed, so next year’s blackout dates are as follows: all of Walt Disney World has blackout dates on December 20-31 and April 13-20 (and, just to be confusing, July 4 is blacked out just at Magic Kingdom). Disneyland has blackout dates on December 19-31, April 13-20, and July 4.

3. Where Can I Buy Tickets? – The first place I would suggest buying tickets is your local MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) on base. The reason I suggest buying them there is two-fold. First, you will not pay sales tax (which can add up quickly). Second, some bases actually sell tickets for a few dollars less than the advertised price. We actually saved more than $25 a ticket buying them on base last year. It’s a mystery why some bases do this. If you can’t get them on base and really want to save sales tax, Shades of Green at Disney World is another option. My caution here is that the lines at Shades of Green can be insane at certain times of day. If you happen to be staying at Shades of Green, you can pre-order your tickets and avoid the line, which is awesome. 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 Downtown Disney at Disney World, and at any ticket window at Disney World or Disneyland. FYI, at Disneyland there are reports that Disney does not seem to be charging tax at the ticket windows.

4. How Many Tickets Can an Eligible Member Buy? – Each eligible member can buy 6 tickets at Disney World and 6 tickets at Disneyland during each promotion’s time period. If a member cannot be present, the member’s spouse can buy 6 tickets, but the Service member cannot return and buy a seventh ticket later. Each eligible member OR his or her spouse can get 6. The spouse must have an ID card stating he or she is a spouse. If the member’s immediate family is larger than 7, Disney will allow the member to buy more. Immediate family includes the spouse and dependent children – not nieces, nephews, grandparents, etc. Some military bases are not familiar with this exception, so this may have to be done in person at Disney.

5. What Do the Disney World Tickets Include and How Much are They? – The Disney World tickets are 4-day tickets. The discount is significant; they’re a little under half the price of a similar full-price ticket. Each ticket comes with either the Park Hopper option or the Water Park Fun & More option. The tickets that expire in September of 2013 cost $156 without tax (regular price is about $359). You can get a ticket with both the Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options for $184 without tax (as compared to $386 regularly). Next year’s tickets cost $169 without tax, and a ticket with both options is $198. These tickets are not like typical Disney tickets in that they do not expire 14 days after the first use. They expire at the end of the promotion period they were purchased for. You can use 2 days now and 2 days a month later if you like.

6. What Do the Disneyland Tickets Include and How Much are They? – At Disneyland, there are no choices regarding which ticket you want to buy using the Armed Forces Salute. There’s just one option, and it’s a 3-day park hopper ticket for $125 without tax for this year’s promotion ending in September, and $129 for next year’s tickets. Tickets purchased for the current promotion expire on September 28 of this year, not 13 days after the first use. Tickets purchased for next year’s promotion expire September 27, 2014, not 13 days after the first use. The current regular price for a 3-day Park Hopper is $260, so this is a significant discount.

7. What is Activation and How Does it Work? – If you purchase the tickets on base or at Shades of Green, they must still be activated. Being activated just means that Disney will gather information about everyone that will be using the tickets. Everyone needs to be there for activation. If you buy them at Disney, they are activated when you buy them, and everyone needs to be there for that. 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. At Disney World, once the tickets are activated everyone can split up. At Disneyland, the eligible member must enter the park with the group using the tickets every time.

8. What if I Need More Tickets or Longer Tickets? – If your trip is longer than 4 days at Disney World and 3 days at Disneyland, you have a few options. At Disney World you could add the Water Park Fun & More Option to your ticket. You will get 4 entries into one of the two Disney water parks, DisneyQuest, ESPN Wide World of Sports (with 30 minutes of gameplay at PlayStation Pavilion), a round of mini golf before 4:00 at one of the two Disney mini golf courses, or a round of golf at Oak Trail. These entries do not have to be used the same day you enter a theme park. You can essentially make your 4-day ticket an 8-day ticket by using them on different days. For instance you could go to Magic Kingdom one day, Typhoon Lagoon the next, Epcot the next, Blizzard Beach the next, and so on until 8 entries are gone. If you leave Typhoon Lagoon during the day and come back later the same day, that will only count as one entry. For clarification – if you leave Typhoon Lagoon during the day and go back to Blizzard Beach later that same day, that will count as two entries. Another option if you don’t have very many people in your group is to use two sets of the 6 tickets you are allotted. The savings are not huge on this option, though. Compare prices of the ticket you want (with all add on options and tax taken into consideration) with the cost of two military tickets. Your last option is just to go to a military base or Shades of Green and purchase the slightly discounted multi-day tickets that are always available.

9. Are There Any Room Discounts Available? – Yes there are! The Armed Forces Salute room discounts at Disney World and Disneyland are great. Each eligible member can reserve up to 3 rooms at once. Each member can do this as many times as he or she likes; there is no limit. At Disney World, the discounts range from 30-40%. At Disneyland, the discounts are up to 40%. The blackout dates for room discounts at Disney World and Disneyland are November 28-30, December 23-31, and April 14-19. A Disney Dining Plan can be added to a military discounted room, as well, but the Dining Plans are not discounted .

10. Are There Any Disney Cruise Discounts? – There are not any standard cruise discounts included with the Armed Forces Salute. Disney does offer military discounts for cruises from time to time, though they tend to be off-season and are not usually announced until 30-60 days before sail dates. The eligible group of people is expanded for these discounts to include Department of Defense civilian personnel. To learn about these, figuratively keep your ears to the ground on the Internet.

So do you have any questions about the Armed Forces Salute? Do you have any experiences with it that you’d like to share? For an excellent overview of military discounts related to Disney, don’t miss this website by Steve Bell.

*In case you didn’t know, “military brat” is a term of endearment among those of us who grew up in military families. It’s not an insult, but a badge of distinction we are proud of!


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 an Air 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.

79 thoughts on “10 Frequently Asked Questions about Disney’s Armed Forces Salute

  • August 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    As an Air Force spouse it’s always great to read a post from another Disney Lover and MilSpouse! Just an FYI, the MWR office is called ITT (Information, Tickets, and Travel) office on some bases. More acronyms to remember, yay!

    Thanks for posting about this, what a great way for Disney to support our armed forces. So glad you gave a shout out to Military Disney Tips, Steve is a saint for staying on top of the Disney information for all of us!

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Hello, fellow AF spouse! You are absolutely correct, many bases call it ITT. That’s a good reminder.
      Steve is a saint. His website is on top of it all!

  • August 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Re: why some installations will take an additional amount off (#3): At our post, civilian employees get an extra $10 off, courtesy of a subsidy from the post civilian welfare fund. Other installations may have similar organizations providing subsidies.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      That’s very interesting, Brian. That may explain the discount we received.

  • August 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Great post, T! I was a military brat growing up too 🙂 I will definitely be sharing this article 🙂

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Kristina!

  • August 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    A great deal. We’ve taken advantage of this and Shades of Green in the past thanks to retired and active military members in our family.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      It is a great deal, Trevor!

  • August 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    How are these military tickets going to work with FastPass+ and the new Magic Bands? Will we be able to link them on the My Disney Experience website so we can choose our FPs?

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      We don’t know yet, Heidi. That all remains to be seen. I linked my annual pass to My Disney Experience a couple of days ago and booked some Fastpasses. I’m guessing the military tickets will work in a similar way.

      • August 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        I was there a couple of weeks ago and able to link my ticket (through the number on the back) to a magic band through the my Disney experience app. Not everybody with me was able to (different type of tickets), so we couldn’t use FP+. I think if we’d all had the salute tickets we would have been able to use FP+.

        • August 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

          Did you have to activate your salute ticket before you could link it up to My Disney Experience? Or were you able to do it beforehand at home?

          • August 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

            Hopefully Craig will let you know his experience, but I’m guessing they will have to be activated first.

        • August 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

          Awesome! Thanks, Craig!

          • August 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

            I activated my ticket at the TTC on a previous trip with no magic band. On a later trip, staying at Pop, I was part of the test and able to link the remaining days on my salute ticket to the magic band. On a related note, it was also linked to my Key to the World as a back up in case the magic band didn’t work. I was able to use all three to enter the parks – my key to the world, salute ticket and magic band!

    • October 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      My family and I went in February 2013. We go every other year and at that time all of the new Disney rules were just coming on line. We were able to do it all with the Salute ticket. When we had them activated at MK. The staff did all of the linking then. Had no problems.

  • August 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I begrudge no one the opportunity for a discount, but it is disheartening to see they don’t extend the discount, or even a slight discount, to all who have served…a sacrifice is a sacrifice.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Caryn, if you’re interested in Sea World, they have just extended a discount to all vets. And Shades of Green opens for all vets a couple of months a year. It’s a great place to stay with prices that are hard to beat.

  • August 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Hi Tammy,

    Great post and thanks again for mentioning my site!

    I’d like to chip in on the questions so far.

    Megan, every service actually calls it something different, and even between bases within a service the name changes. I’m Air Force and we mostly do call it the ITT (information Tickets and Travel) but others call it the ITR or MWR ticket sales to name a couple.

    Brian, the contract Disney signs with MWR (as a whole) allows bases to discount tickets if they choose, but it is very rare. An extra ten dollars is awesome.

    Heidi, even Disney does not know the answer to this one yet. I’ve had this question out to WDW Media Relations for two months now and they still have no specifics. Because from what I understand the whole Next Gen/FP+ system in way behind schedule and not going that well.

    The issue for our community is pairing our Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets purchased on base with our My Disney Experience account, so that we can reserve FP+ ahead of time. But the tickets we buy on base will not be our actual tickets that we use in the parks (they are now exchanged for RFID tickets upon activation). So you’d loose any FP+ you’d reserved under the old ticket number.

    One thing Disney has assured me though is that we will not be excluded.

    Caryn, there is a discount available from Shades of Green in January and September for those who served but didn’t retire. You just need a DD-214.

    • August 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I should have read all of the comments before I started responding! Great answers of course, thank you, Steve! 🙂

  • August 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Tammy & Steve,
    Thanks for the info. I assume both of you will keep us updated as you learn more about how those that use these military tickets can use FP+ and link to our MDE accounts. My next trip to WDW is at least 18 months away but I’m trying to keep on top of all the changes. Especially since there are so many.

    • August 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

      We sure will Heidi.

      Over the last couple months this issue has been increasing in the email/comment/and fb questions that I field.

      Unfortunately we just have to wait on WDW to figure it out.

      The good thing is they are aware and based on a call I was on yesterday they seem to be proactive.

    • August 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Definitely! You know Steve’s site will update too. He’s right, everyone is wondering how this will work.

  • August 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Where do you activate your tickets that you purcahsed on base? We are flying in late to MCO, staying at POP and then going to MK the next morning. I have heard a rumor that you have to go to the TTC (you cannot activate the tickets at the MK gate, which is where our Disney transport will drop us)?

  • August 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    It is not necessary to go to the TTC. There is a Guest Relations Office just outside the Magic Kingdom gate, on the far right. They can handle any ticket activation.

    • August 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Thank you, Mark!

  • August 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I think the passes to Disneyland makes sense if you use two of them if you plan on staying for six days. There is no 6 day pass anymore. And cars land almost makes it a five-day trip at the minimum

    • August 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

      That’s a great idea, Will.


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  • October 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hi. Can we purchase these tickets more than once? Our family used Military Salute tickets for our trip last year but are planning another trip later this year.

    • October 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Kristi,

      You are allowed to buy the number of allowed tickets (6) within each individual offer period.

      The tickets you used during the last offer do not effect this current offer.

      The current offer runs from 29 Sept 2013 through 27 Sept 2014.


  • October 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    If you add the water park option, how does that work? I read somewhere you could do (for example):
    Day 1 – Magic Kingdom
    Day 2 – Typhoon Lagoon
    Day 3 – Epcot
    Day 4 – Blizzard Beach
    Day 5 – Animal Kingdom
    Even though it’s a 4 day ticket – can you extend it out like that? It it 4 to parks and 4 to water parks?

  • October 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Amanda,

    With the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets you have until 27 Sept 2014 to use the park days and with the water park option the 4 WPF&M entrances.

    The Water Park and More Entries are totally separate from the theme park days on the tickets they are added to.

    Think of them as two separate tickets in one. One with the number of theme park days purchased and a second with the number of WP&M entries purchased. 4 in the case of the AFS tickets

    Your WP&M entries can be used on the same or different days as theme park days and can be used multiple times on the same day if you wish.


  • November 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    This is probably a dumb question, but if my dad (retired) bought tickets at an ITT office, he has to be with my sister and I actually AT the park to activate them, right? He was looking at tickets for a Christmas present but can’t go. I’m no longer a dependent, but she is. Thank you for all your help!

  • November 27, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi Rachel,


    There are two kinds of military discount Disney Tickets. The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets and the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets.

    The Armed Forces Salute 4-Day tickets are a special promotion. Because of their great price Disney has imposed many rules and restrictions and he would have to go with you to activate them.

    There are also the regular military discounted Disney Magic Your Way tickets. THese are the regular tickets we have always had. These are only about 4-8% off depending on how many days and what options you purchase. They can only be purchased at Base Ticket Offices and Shades of Green at WDW. These can be used without the member, as long as they are ready for use and not an “exchange voucher.”

    Hope this helps.


  • November 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I used these tickets last week with my brother but only used two days. Here’s my question, if I go back without him, can I upgrade to the Waterpark and more option with my last two ticket days?

    • January 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      I don’t see that as a problem, Tiff. The tickets are already activated. Hopefully Steve will chime in if he knows differently. 🙂

  • January 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for helping, Steve! I didn’t realize people still had questions! You’re an excellent source of course. 🙂

  • January 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

    You bet Tammy, helping my military family is my “mission.”

    I also believe Tiff, that now that the tickets are active you won’t have any issue upgrading yours. I’f one cast member gives you a issue try another, or ask to speak to a Lead, Supervisor, or Manager.

    • January 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      And on behalf of myself and other military spouses out there, thank you. 🙂

  • January 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    My mom purchased the 3-day military passes unfortunately, she wont be attending because she got called on duty. So i was wondering if disneyland would still let me use them, i have a military ID (daughter). Do they check for military ID when they scan it at the gate? Because others have said that they just scaned it and let them through.

    • January 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Hi Kristen,

      I answered your comment on my site, but I’ll copy it here in case someone else has the same question.


      Hi Kristen

      Just to be sure, she bought the 3-Day Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for $129, not Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets (more expensive)?

      The Disney Armed Forces Salute has very strict rules because of the large discount and the intent for the military member to use these tickets to spend time with family and friends in the Disney parks. The military member must activate all of their tickets at Disneyland in person with their whole party. They must have a ticket for themselves. After activation the tickets may be used separately.

      Can you all go together to activate the tickets prior to the weekend? YOu could use them without her over the weekend without her after that.

      As to your ID it should have been turned in when he left the service, it isn’t still valid is it? Anyway child dependents are not eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute.

  • January 10, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I bought a 3-day military disneyland pass for my sister, although i wont be able to go with her and her family. Can i go to the ticket booth there & upgrade/change the ticket to the SoCal pass (2day 1 parkper day) which is the same price as the 3-day military one? I called disneyland and talked to cast member and they said that its fine as along as im the one changing the ticket? just want to make sure this is true cause I live 2 hrs away and i dont want to waste time driving

    • January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

      That should be fine John, if you get pushback when you are there, step to another window or ask to speak to a Lead, Supervisor, or Manager.

  • January 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks so much for the wonderful article. I am going the 22nd – 28th of Sept and I just wanted clarification on something. We are arriving on the 22nd, going to spend the day with Harry Potter on the 23rd and spending the 24th-27th at Disney. I’m the type of person that likes to get to the parks early to avoid all of the lines on my favorite rides, so having to activate my tickets the first morning always drove me nuts because it ate up valuable time. What you are saying is that I can go to whatever park is still open and activate my tickets on the 22nd or the 23rd, even though we are not planning on going into the parks until the 24th? That would save me valuable ride time!

    • January 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Yep, that is right Chris. YOu can activate them at any time And then use them at any time prior to 27 Sept.

      You can do it at the theme parks, Water Parks, Disney Quest, or the DTD Guest Relations counter.

  • January 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Hi,My husband is in the military & we were taking are family of 4 to Disney World in Sept. We are gonna be there for 8 days. The 4 day salute tickets are just not enough for us. Can my hisband buy 4 then his military friend buy us the other 4 ?

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Hi Tiana,

    Your husband’s friend would need to go with you and have a ticket of his own for that to work. http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Disneys-Armed-Forces-Salute-FAQ.html

    The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets must be activated in person at a Disney park by an eligible member.

    Some other options would be:

    1. Buying the Water Park Fun and More option on your Salute tickets (with or without the hopper option) Use the WPF&M on 4 non-theme park days.

    2. Using the Salute tickets Back to Back for 3 people and an 8-day child’s Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets ticket for the youngest.

    3. Buying 8-day Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets or Stars and Stripes Passes from Shades of Green.

    Compare prices for what you think the right amount of theme park days your family will want.





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  • January 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm


    In the article it states that we can get more than the 6 tickets if we are a larger family. My question is if the places that sell these tickets don’t know about this, where do we buy the extra tickets? I even called Shades of Green tickets and they told me that we could only get 6.

  • January 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    Military resellers (Base ticket offices and Shades) are governed by a contract signed w/ Disney which allows them to sell only 6 per member or spouse.

    The only place to get the large family exception is direct from Disney at the ticket window.

    So in order to save the most on tax, buy your 6 o base and get the remaining needed once there from Disney (plus tax at WDW/ no tax at DL).

  • February 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hello! We plan to take all of our children and our foster children (2 of whom we will be adopting two weeks after our trip), my question is this: Since we are paying for everyone and taking everyone and everyone lives in our home and we either have custody or guardianship, can we get discounted tickets for everyone? Our bio children are 22, 16, 14, 13, and the two we are adopting will be 2 and (just turning 3), and we aren’t sure how many other foster children we may have (up to 6). That means we will need between 8-14 tickets for our immediate family. Will they let us do this? We have to save up between now and then just to afford the tickets, but we refuse to go if we can’t take all the children–we won’t be “those” parents who leave children behind because they don’t share our DNA or last name. I know for sure that the adoption of the youngest two will be after we return from vacation (Disney and church camp). We are DVC members and staying in a 3-BR Villa and will dine in frequently. Thank you for your replies. (We are an Army retiree family, and we know we qualify or the offer.)

  • February 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Ooh, this is a tough one Nicki.

    First the only place to take advantage of the large family exception to the 6 ticket rule is at Disney. Most MWRs will not sell you more that 6. In this instance I would not attempt to get more that 6 from an ITT/ITR as you won’t know if Disney will activate more that 6 when you arrive.

    Now the exception… Disney will allow the member and spouse to buy the number of tickets needed for themselves and their dependent children.

    First, is your 22yo a dependent (live with you /going to college)? do they by chance have a dependent ID? How about the other bio kids? This will establish they are dependents and not friends, other relatives, or strangers. That brings us to 6 total tickets, hopefully counted as one family, not a member, spouse, and friends.

    Under age 3 is free at Disney, no ticket needed. The young ones are under 3!

    That brings us to the foster children, this is where it gets very gray. They are not your children and so do not fit (in my opinion) within Disney’s exception rule.

    There is no way to know ahead of time if you’ll be allowed to activate Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets for them because it will be totally up to the person activating your tickets (or their supervisor if you have to elevate your request). Calling ahead won’t help because it will just be the call center workers opinion also. The person doing the transaction has the only opinion that matters.

    On the plus side some Disney workers have been known to bend the rules. So do this:

    Bring any documentation you have that establishes your financial responsibility for the foster kids. At the ticket booth sweetly and thankfully explain the situation, show the documents, say what a great thing Disney is doing for our military, explain that you couldn’t afford to make this trip with all these kids without the AFS and ask if they can help you.

    If they say no, nicely ask to speak to a Lead, Supervisor,and then Manager (this is Disney’s “chain of command”).

    So, I’d budget for 6 AFS tickets and however many full price you need and hope for the best.

    Also, either you didn’t mention or I missed where the trip was to, WDW or DL. At WDW you will have sales tax added onto all tickets. You could save the sales tax on the 6 AFS tickets by buying them at a nearby base. NO tax at DL.

    Should you have to mix and match AFS and full price tickets ages 10 and older should use the AFS while 3-9 use the full price child’s.

    Hope this helps, some…


  • February 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Just a quick note, sorry if it’s on here already and I didn’t see it. These tickets are NOT transferrable, not at all, not ever, not even to other military people. We asked about that a few years back, since we are based in Florida and had no desire to go to Disney so many times per year–we were hoping we could break it up, each family pay half and just go twice each year. No such luck. There is also no Florida resident discount on these, which is to be expected since the discount is pretty deep already, but just in case anyone wondered. 🙂

    • March 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Hi Patti,

      Sorry I missed seeing your comment for a while.

      It is a little unclear what you are trying to say.

      Just to clear things up for everyone on part of what you said:

      Yes once activated by Disney for a specific person, the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets may not be used by anyone else. This is just the same as a Regular Magic Your Way ticket is non-transferable after first use.

      But the purchase process at a military reseller (base ticket offices/Shades of Green) is totally separate from the activation process by Disney. One member may buy tickets at a reseller and a totally different member (both of them eligible) take them to Disney and activate them.

      Not sure exactly what you were trying to do though, the split them up and go twice a year part is unclear.

  • March 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Hi! Our son is in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and will be going to Basic Training after High School graduation. He’d like to take one last family trip to WDW with us before Basic and was wondering if he’ll be allowed to purchase the Armed Forces Salute Tickets? We found information stating that he can book Shades of Green, but I couldn’t find anything about the tickets themselves. He won’t have his permanent military ID until boot camp but he has the paperwork stating that he’s in DEP and the Ready Reserves. Thanks!

  • March 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Hi Miranda,

    Unfortunately not, He is not a current member of the military. He has just committed to enlist (join) on a specific day in the future. That is why he does not have an ID. When he actually joins he will get one and then be eligible for military discounts.

    The ready reserve part just means he is on a list and if it gets really, really bad they’ll call him to join earlier.

    The Disney Armed Forces Salute requires a valid military ID and so dose Shades. Someone might have erroneously told you he could stay there, but an ID is required at check-in (really even to get on property).

    But thanks to his deciding to step up for out Nation!

    Sorry, Steve

    • March 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for your reply, Steve!

  • March 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm


    Do you know if IRR reservists (with ID card) are eligible for the 2014 promotional tickets for the military? Specifically, the 4day with park hopper for $169? Disney said that reservists have to be on active orders to qualify for the resort room discounts, but the rep I spoke with was uncertain about the promo tickets.


    • May 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      I read this post. I am IRR I have a green reserve DOD ID. I purchased the Salue to Military disney tickets on base. I called Disney customer service and I was told I was eligible to use these tickets. We are scheduled to leave in 3 days. Am I going to have a problem when I activate these tickets?


      • May 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm


        I just recently did the same thing with a green reserve ID. I purchased them from ITT on base. I was very specific with them about my status as IRR. They told me there won’t be any issues with Disney. They were right. I did not have any issues getting the tickets activated at Disney. This was last week.


    • May 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I just noticed your question as well and I will back up what Carrie just wrote. My husband is IRR and we just purchased our $169 4 day park hopper tickets today for our trip in Sept. Simply go to the nearest MWR and ask if they have any available. If they don’t you can pre pay for them and when they come in they will call you to come get them. You have a military ID card, you can buy them on base.

  • March 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi JR,

    For Reservists and Guardsmen to be eligible, while being on active duty is not necessary, they do need to be participating i.e. be part of a unit and performing drills and annual training. The required ID is a CAC.

    The inactive reserve (keep your ID and uniform in call we ever call you) are not eligible.

    There is the this one discount available for all non-retired veterans which is from Shades of Green. Here is my post with details including what documentation is required: http://www.militarydisneytips.com/Shades-of-Green/Non-Retired-Veterans.html

    Hope this helps,


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  • May 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    What will happen if we were not made aware that it was a total of 6 salute to the military tickets between me and my active duty husband, and we already purchased 6 more? What will happen when we take them to Disneyland and he tries activates them. The first 5 (already activated) were purchased by me and he bought more at a different time wanting to take more family with us not knowing it was a 6 limit.. Disney did not ask me any questions regarding my husband when we activated the 5. Our tickets say there are no refunds.. How will Disney know that we already have tickets active if they didn’t enter any information about him?

    • May 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Based on your question I’m assuming you are a dependent (spouse)?

      First, DL should have determined the name of the military member where he was stationed and your address when you activated the original 5 tickets.

      There is definitely a limit of 6 tickets during the offer period 28 Sept 2013-27 Sept 2014.

      He should only be able to activate 1 more, if the others you are talking about are from the current offer.

      These Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are non-refundable, but DL may allow you to use then towards regular price tickets.

  • May 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Yes I am a spouse and DL did not ask me or him any questions the only info they would have got was his name off of my ID because he’s my sponsor but I’m pretty positive they did not even do that. Does that mean that we aren’t linked in their system and he may be able to activate the others he bought?

  • May 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Also.. Not that it affects our current situation, but we actually purchase 4 of Salute to military 3 day park hopper tickets in October 2013 and used them, meaning we’ve purchased more then 6 during this Sept 28 2013-Sept 27 2014 period. I’m guessing that means only 6 allowed to be purchased and active at a time??

  • May 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Okay.. Thank you for your replies, guess we will see what happens!

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