10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2019

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It’s that time of year again!  Disney has released their Armed Forces Salute for 2019!  Woohoo!  On behalf of all eligible people everywhere – thank you, Disney!  I’ve written blog posts on previous offers, but details change a little each year, so this is the 2019 update to those previous posts.  I need to point out that Disney has not announced an Armed Forces Salute for Disneyland as of yet, so stay tuned on that one, hopefully.  Here are answers to some questions you may have about the Walt Disney World salute.

1. Who Is Eligible? – Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guardsman is eligible.  Foreign military assigned to U.S. military bases (with a U.S. ID card) in the United States are eligible, as are 100% disabled members with an ID card that says “DAV/PRIM”.  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 unremarried 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 2019 salute begins on January 1, 2019 and ends on December 19, 2019. Tickets will expire on December 19, 2019 even if there are days left on the ticket.

3. How Many Tickets Can I Buy? – Each eligible member can buy 6 tickets at Disney World during the promotion’s time period. If a member cannot be present, their spouse with a valid ID card can purchase the tickets. 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? – There are both 4-day and 5-day tickets for Disney World, and 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 $241 and the 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $291.  The 5-day Park Hopper ticket is $257 and the 5-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $307.  These tickets are not like typical Disney tickets in that they do not expire 14 days after the first use.  The 2019 tickets will expire on December 19, 2019.  You can use 2 days in May and 2 days a month later if you like.  The prices do not include tax, which you will pay if you purchase them in person at Walt Disney World.

5. Where Can I Buy Tickets? – The first place I would suggest buying tickets is your local ITT (Information, Tickets, and Tours) on base. If you purchase them on base, you can get them early enough to book FastPass selections before you leave. As a caution, many bases do not keep the tickets in stock and they must be ordered.  I’d recommend ordering them 3 weeks or so before your FastPass window opens.  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 at Disney World, or at any ticket window at Disney World.

6. 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. Everyone needs to be there for 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.

7. Does FastPass+ Work with Military Tickets? – Absolutely! Military tickets work the same as any other tickets. As soon as you purchase your ticket, link them to your My Disney Experience account.  Like all other tickets, if you are staying at a Disney resort, you can book FastPasses at 60 days; if you are staying offsite, you can book FastPasses at 30 days.  Your tickets do not need to be activated to book FastPasses or to link them to your account.  Likewise, do not think that because you have linked your tickets and booked FastPasses that they are activated.  You must still activate your tickets in person at one of the above locations before their first use.

8. Are There Any Room Discounts Available? – Yes, there are! The Armed Forces Salute room discounts at Disney World are great.  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!  The Disney Dining Plan can be added to the room discount as well if you like, but it is not discounted beyond the normal Disney price.  Be aware that the room discounts are blocked out from April 14 through 25.

9. Are There Any Other Discounts at Walt Disney World? – Yes! From January 1, 2019 to December 19, 2019, eligible members can also purchase Memory Maker for only $98! That’s a great deal!

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 fairly regularly. Heather posts a good list of them in her weekly DCL updates. 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.

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

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46 thoughts on “10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2019

  • October 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Does this discount apply to Veterans that did not retire from the military?

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  • October 5, 2018 at 7:36 am
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    I highly recommend buying Armed Forces Salute tickets at the ticket office at Shades of Green, even if you’re not staying there. (And why aren’t you staying there? Shades of Green is awesome!) Tickets purchased at Shades of Green do not have to be activated – they are already activated when you buy them. And now you can do your Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days from your trip as if you were staying in a Disney resort. If you’re not staying there, you can order your tickets in advance and then stop by and pick them up, or you can have them mailed to you for $10. I’ve always found everyone at Shades of Green to be super helpful. I’m staying there in November to run the Wine and Dine half marathon – can’t wait!

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    • October 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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      I agree, Shades of Green is a great place to stay AND buy tickets. 🙂

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  • October 5, 2018 at 8:40 am
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    If you are a family of 4 getting just the 4-day park hopper you save at least $57.84 (6% sales tax) by buying them on base rather than at the ticket window. That’s like 9 mickey ice cream bars… 😐

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  • October 7, 2018 at 8:57 am
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    I have a question if I want to bring peopl that are not immediate fam like mom and si kings can I still do that with my military discount, everything will be under my name

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    • October 7, 2018 at 10:36 am
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      Yes! I believe each eligible member can reserve 3 rooms, and non-military family members can stay in them. I took my parents and brother. The person with the military ID needs to be present during check-in.

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    • October 7, 2018 at 12:31 pm
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      You can! The ticket limit is 6, no matter how many you bring. Disney does not care if it is friends or family. Disney left the number of rooms each member could get out of their wording this year, but three rooms is the norm!

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  • October 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm
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    Any word on Disneyland tickets yet?

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  • October 11, 2018 at 1:19 am
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    Can you add additional days? Buy a 5 day park hopper and extended it to an 6 or 7 day when you are at the park? If you can add additional days what is the difference?

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    • October 11, 2018 at 8:31 am
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      You can add days, but you won’t save any money. You’ll get the value of the price you paid on the military ticket applied to the cost of the new ticket. There’s no price bridging, meaning you will not get the value of a normal 5 day ticket applied, just the actual price you paid.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    I’m not active or retired, but I am a veteran that was honorable discharged. Do I get a discount as well.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    my dad was a retired military officer. Unfortunately he’s passed away in the last few years. my mom is his widow and she wanted to buy me and my husband and my children tickets to Disney and the 4 of us go with her. So 5 ppl all together. Would it be possible for her to get the discounts without my dad being there to purchase the tickets. she has a she has a dependent of a retired military officer ID. Or would she be able to buy the tickets and give them to us. Because honestly she really doesn’t want to go because she is disabled. And it’s hard for her to walk. But she wants the grandchildren to be able to go to Disney so if she has to go she will but really doesn’t want to. Also we are Florida residents.

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    • July 4, 2019 at 12:20 am
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      Hi Kelly! Thank you for his service! She could definitely do it with you guys! Unfortunately she can’t do it without going though. She has to be there to activate the tickets. She doesn’t have to stay with you the whole time, just for the initial activation!

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  • July 5, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    I am the spouse of a veteran who just recently pasted away, his last wish was for Mr to take his daughter and new husband and 2 children, his son with his two boys, my other grandson in his memory. Can we get one day passes to Disneyworld only?

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    • July 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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      I’m sorry for your loss, Debra! You can buy one day passes, but I’m afraid there aren’t any discounts on them.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    Hi I’m planning a trip for 4 days and have 7 people. My father in law is coming and is retired military. We’re going to purchase the tickets from shades of green and have them shipped to me. Can I get 6 of the 4-day salute promotion tickets and then buy the 7th person a separate 4-day park hopper without the promotion but the regular military discount or do I have to pay full price for them? thanks!

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    • July 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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      Shades of Green will be the final word on this, but that should be fine!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Does this apply to Disneyland also? My base doesn’t offer tickets for Disneyland, but It appears reading online that I can’t get them at the ticket office, as the website reads “Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets only by Eligible Service Members”

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    • July 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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      Much of the above info is the same, like who is eligible. Prices are different, and there’s really no need to buy them before you go unless you just want to. At Disneyland you aren’t booking Fastpasses in advance, so you don’t need them early. There’s also no tax on them, even when purchased onsite, so I always wait until I get there. The hotels can sell them to you if you are staying onsite!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    Hello, do you know if I can upgrade a regular 1 day ticket to an Armed Forces Salute ticket?

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    • July 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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      You should be able to! Disney’s official policy is that you can upgrade any type of ticket as long as the upgraded ticket costs more.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    If I take my 2 nieces that are under age dependents of military dad, can they get discounts? They have dependent ID.

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    • July 21, 2019 at 4:14 am
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      They can not unfortunately. Only the member or their spouse can purchase the tickets or get the room discount.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    If I already bought my military tickets for Disney World and used them this year can I buy tickets for Disneyland now that I am going there soon?

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    • July 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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      Hi Al! You can. The offers at Walt Disney World and Disneyland are independent of each other, so you can use both in the same year!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    My father was career army air corps. He served from 1927until his death in 1951. I was born 2 years earlier at MAC Dill. Am I eligible for Shades of Green as a dependent that passed in active duty? Of course, I am 70 yr old and no longer a dependent, but we were not sure. I also did not know where to start in asking. I have all his Military papers and my birth certificate listing him as my father. Thank you for your help.

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    • July 24, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      That’s amazing, Patricia! You would not be eligible for the Salute tickets or room discounts, but it is possible you would qualify for a stay at Shades of Green under their Survivor Family Package. The following may apply to you –

      The Survivors’ Family Program extends to eligible Family members who have suffered a loss of an Active Duty sponsor regardless of the cause. A DD Form 1173 with “AD” in the Sponsor Service/Status field in combination with “DB” (DOD Beneficiary) or CH (Child Beneficiary) in the Relationship field on identification cards is required.

      Call Shades of Green to double check if you need to! Their phone number is 1(888) 593-2242.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    Are there any discounted tickets for after December 19th, 2019? We are active duty and planning to get to Orlando on December 19th! Thank you!

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    • August 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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      There are! Not as steeply discounted, but you can save a little with the regular military discounted tickets, or Stars and Stripes tickets from Shades of Green if you are staying onsite. Here are the prices from Shades of Green, and your local ITT should have some of the regularly discounted tickets.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    Do you know when tickets might become available to purchase for 2020? Is it not until January?

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    • August 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
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      They haven’t officially released the Armed Forces Salute for 2020 yet, but I would guess they would. Probably around late September early October again. Once they do, tickets should become available pretty quickly.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:49 am
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    I know it’s late in the season now and pretty much all Salute discount rooms are sold out, but just a note that the Salute room discount is variable beyond 30%-40%, 40% is the max possible discount, but the discount can be as little as 7% depending on season/availability. Disney changed to the sliding structure last year (2018) from the 30value/35moderate/40deluxe structure they used to have. I’m guessing the same will hold true for 2020, if the Salute discount is offered.

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    • August 10, 2019 at 10:53 am
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      Thanks, Susanne! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it that low for military, but it’s definitely possible and similar to their other discount structures!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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    Anybody know if you can add one more day to the 4-day 2-park Military Salute ticket?

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    • August 15, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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      I assume you already purchased the 4 day ticket? You should be able to upgrade it onsite to the 5 day. 🙂

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      • August 16, 2019 at 7:59 am
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        I should note that I am speaking about the UNIVERSAL Military Salute ticket…there isn’t a lot of information out there about upgrading those from 4 days to 5 days so I thought I’d see if anybody had done it…and if they knew the pricing.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Can I make fast pass reservations 60 days ahead of trip if we purchase the tickets through Shades of Green?

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    • August 20, 2019 at 9:05 am
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      You can order the tickets in advance from Shades of Green, so as long as you get them 60 days out (and are staying on property), then yes!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    We went to Disney already this year. Can we go back again and my spouse buy the tickets? How do they verify that we have already been this year under the salute tickets?

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    • August 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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      You can purchase 6 tickets a year! So if you didn’t use all 6 last time, you can get more. They do record you in their system, and it is intended to be 6 a year total per eligible member.

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