10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2020

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Good news readers, Disney has released their Armed Forces Salute for 2020!  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 (like a new 6-day ticket for 2020), so this is the 2020 update to those previous posts!

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”.  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 2020 salute begins on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 18, 2020.  Tickets will expire on December 18, 2020 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 and 6 tickets at Disneyland during the promotion’s time period.  Buying your tickets for Disney World does not exclude you from the Disneyland promotion; they are independent offers.  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 4-day and 5-day tickets for Disney World, and brand new for 2020, a 6-day ticket!  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 pm 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 $265 and the 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $315.  The 5-day Park Hopper ticket is $283 and the 5-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $333.  The 6-day Park Hopper ticket is $301 and the 6-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $351.  These tickets are not like typical Disney tickets in that they do not expire 14 days after the first use.  The 2020 tickets will expire on December 18, 2020.  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. How Much Are the Disneyland Tickets? – At Disneyland, there also two lengths of tickets.  There is a 3-day ticket for $184 or a 4-day ticket for $204.  Both tickets include Park Hoppers.  Unlike regular Disneyland tickets, these tickets also do not expire within 13 days of first use. Disneyland tickets are blocked out from April 5-12.  These will be available to purchase on November 5, 2019!

6. 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 or Disneyland. 

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.  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.

8. 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.

9. Are There Any Room Discounts Available?  – Yes, there are!  The Armed Forces Salute room discounts at Disney World and Disneyland are great.  There must be an eligible member in one of the rooms, and the number of rooms that are offered is limited.  At both Disney World and Disneyland, the discounts are up to 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 at Walt Disney World, the room discounts are blocked out from April 5-18, 2020.  At Disneyland, room discounts can be booked starting October 3, 2019.  Disneyland room discounts run from January 1, 2020 to December 18, 2020.  Disney World room discounts can be used January 1, 2020 through December 19, 2020.

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.

Bonus – There is also a Memory Maker discount for only $98 at Walt Disney World, and $49 at Disneyland!

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

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40 thoughts on “10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2020

  • September 27, 2019 at 7:41 am
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    Good morning,

    Are there any blackout dates for Disneyland this year?

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    • September 27, 2019 at 9:59 am
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      Hi Christopher! The tickets are blocked out from April 5-12th at Disneyland.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    Are there any blockout dates for Walt Disney World for the 2020 tickets?

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    • October 6, 2019 at 10:37 am
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      There are not at Walt Disney World! Room discounts have blackout dates there, tickets do not.

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  • October 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    Disney should make this active for all military personal as my husband is Canadian armed forces in the airforce and spends a lot of time in the us on their bases.

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    • October 8, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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      Thank you for his service, Katie! While there are some good Canadian discounts (like the ticket discount, and cruise discounts), this one will only work if he ever gets assigned to a U.S. base, and gets a U.S. military issued ID.

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  • October 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    Do you know if Disney is going to allow DoD Army Corps employees to purchase the discounted tickets? I know Universal allowed us to this year. We have CAC cards but are not active duty military.

    Thanks for all the updated information. The 6-day ticket sounds pretty appealing 🙂

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  • December 3, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Please explain the park hoppers. Am I correct on saying only up to six people? And after six people they pay regular price?

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  • December 5, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    I understand DOD is making changes for veterans with service related disabilities and what they have access to in 2020. Is Disney making this change as well or is it only 100% disabled for the discount tickets?

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  • December 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I was wondering the same thing. I called one local base and was told I could by the military ticket and I heard back from a different base that I could not. I contacted Disney and they don’t have updated information regarding the change taking effect on January 1, 2020 so I was going to check back early January. I am 10% disabled and we are going in October 2020.

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  • December 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    I called shades of green today and they said check back in January when the change goes into effect because they aren’t sure if it will change for tickets or reservations for disney yet. My husband is 80%.

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  • January 1, 2020 at 1:08 am
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    My husband is a disabled veteran from the navy and I would like to know if he can qualify for the military discount.

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    • January 1, 2020 at 12:08 pm
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      If he isn’t retired, he currently only qualifies if he is 100% disabled. We will see if this changes this year!

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  • January 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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    Can you get military discount park tickets for April 5-12, 2020 at Disney World in Florida? If so can I get them through the mail? How do I do that?

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    • January 8, 2020 at 5:48 pm
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      You can! You can get them from Shades of Green. Call (407) 824-1403.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 6:07 pm
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    Hi! Is there a single day ticket discount? I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks!!

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    • January 19, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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      There is not! But if you will go back this year, it may be worth your while to get a Salute ticket and use the rest of the days then!

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  • January 22, 2020 at 11:40 am
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    Are DOD retirees eligible for discounts on rooms or park tickets?

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    • January 22, 2020 at 12:12 pm
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      Hi Pat! Currently no. Only retired service members (active and guard) plus retired commission corps of of Public Health Services and NOAA.

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  • February 1, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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    I have a Florida annual pass. I am a retired Army nurse. Can I purchase the 4-day military tickets for my 2 nephew without purchasing one for myself?

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    • February 1, 2020 at 3:12 pm
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      Officially, Disney says this – “… one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.” In practice, I have not had a problem purchasing them for family members and not myself when I have an annual pass. Your mileage my vary!

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  • February 4, 2020 at 8:39 am
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    We are visiting Southern CA. Thinking of a trip to Disneyland. My Husband’s Oregon Driver’s License shows “Veteran”. Does this qualify for the Military discount? Thanks for any info.

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    • February 4, 2020 at 9:07 am
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      Hi Sue! Not unless he also has a retired or active military ID card. Thank you for his service!

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  • February 16, 2020 at 5:02 pm
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    For the 2020 3-day park hopper deal do I have to use all 3 days within a certain period of time or can I use for example; 1 day in February, another day in March and another day in April?

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    • February 16, 2020 at 6:03 pm
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      They have to be used by December 18, but otherwise you can spread them out as much as you like!

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  • February 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    If we want to go one park each day will we need a park hopper ticket or buy the tickets separately?

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    • February 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm
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      Hi Tya! You don’t need a park hopper if you are only going to one park per day, but you can’t buy the military tickets without the park hoppers, and it should be cheaper to get the military ticket with park hopper, than regular tickets without.

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  • February 23, 2020 at 11:02 am
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    Thank you for this post, it clears up a lot of misleading information I’ve found elsewhere. I am planning to purchase through Shades of Green so I can have them activated ahead of time and not deal with the extra hassle our first day at the parks. Can you please clarify, can I purchase tickets now (2/23/20) for our trip beginning Sept 19? One site says that SOG doesn’t sell tickets more than 6 months in advance. However I haven’t found this on the SOG site.

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    • February 25, 2020 at 10:46 am
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      I’m glad it helped, Cheryl! You should be able to purchase now! You may not want to, just because of the non-refundable part, but you should be able to.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm
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    Can we use the six day tickets at Disney World AND Disneyland? (4 days in Orlando, for example, and 2 days at Disneyland later in the year.)

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    • February 27, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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      Hi Tom! You can! You can buy up to 6 tickets at Disney World AND up to 6 tickets at Disneyland.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 7:58 pm
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    Can an active duty military person buy 6 tickets to Disneyworld and also the spouse purchase 6 tickets?

    I was also wondering if an adult child of a retired military person purchase 6 tickets for Disneyworld?

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    • February 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm
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      They cannot! It is 6 per military person, OR 5 for the spouse if the military person does not go. Dependents can not purchase on their own.

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  • March 31, 2020 at 12:00 am
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    Any word if these tickets will be able to get a refund? Our school was going there in April for a week so we purchased the tickets the day before everything shut down. Unfortunately, due to layoffs my wife and I had to use our vacation time to cover loss of work to make ends meet. Coming later in the year is not an option unfortunately. Thank you for any response. I know it says non-refundable but hoping, due to the circumstances something can be worked out. Stay safe and God bless

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    • March 31, 2020 at 11:38 am
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      Hi Ted! Because of the circumstances, many bases have been refunding the tickets. Check with MWR when they reopen. I’ve seen some call Disney to verify you were going to be there during the closure and then they process the refund. Others are just doing it without question. Good luck!

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  • April 1, 2020 at 12:00 am
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    Please tell MWR at Ft. Campbell that! They have stated they won’t give refunds. And Disney says they can’t do anything about it because even military tickets are considered purchased from a third party.
    Doesn’t seem fair considering the circumstances.

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    • April 1, 2020 at 10:02 am
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      Shoot, Kevin, I’m sorry! Maybe Ft. Campbell will reconsider at some point.

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