Our military allows us to have our freedom that we enjoy today which includes being able to visit and have things like Disney World in our lives. Because of their dedication and service to our country Disney offers special discounts to our active and retired military personnel – from tickets, hotels to special events. What a better way to honor our service men and women than giving them a great discount at the happiest place on earth!
In this post today I’ll outline most of Disney Military Discounts that military personnel can enjoy on their trips to Disney World. For most of these discounts be sure to double check with Disney on your eligibility as there are special rules around these discounts for military members.
Discount Park Tickets for Military Members
The current promotion running for military personnel is the Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes discount tickets. With this ticket promotion, military members can get a 4-Day park hopper ticket for $169+plus tax. The normal going rate for a 4 day park hopper pass is $300+tax, that means that military members will be getting a $131 discount (56%) on the 4 day park hopper pass – great deal!
- Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $169.00
- Four-Day Water Park and More – $169.00
- Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water Park and More Option – $198.00
- 13 – 20 April 2014
Note that the Four-Day Water park and more ticket will get you access into Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, DisneyQuest, Minature Golf and Downtown Disney. The best use of this ticket will be the water parks because of their higher price.
This special offer will be valid until September 24th, 2014 with the tickets expiring on September 27th, 2014. What’s also nice about these tickets is that they can be used on any 4 days, they don’t have to be consecutive and the days never expire.
To purchase the discounted 4 day park hopper passes you will need to present your valid Military ID at the ticket booth or at the Shades of Green resort. “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Disney Military Hotel Discounts
Many options for hotels exist for military members from the exclusive Shades of Green resort to special military discounts being offered by the Swan and Dolphin. No matter where you stay on your Disney vacation, always be sure to ask when booking if any discounts are avaiable to military members as many may not be published or publicly available.
Shades of Green Resort
The Shades of Green resort is US Department of Defense owned and operated resort which is located on Disney property right across from the Polynesian resort. The resort is for active and retired military personnel only & their families, no other civilian guest can book rooms at the resort.
Along with being a military exclusive resort it offers excellent rates & deep discounts compared to many of the other Disney resorts while maintaining most of the amenities.
- Shades of Green guests can take part in extra magic hours.
- Resort guests are not eligible for the Magical Express airport shuttle – you’ll have to rent a car or find other transportation to and from the resort.
In order to book a room at the Shades of Green resort you must be an active or retired member of the armed sources, see the full list of eligibility requirements.
Below is the table of room rates for different categories 1 through 3 depending on your military grade
Shades of Green Room Rates
|Room Type||Category 1||Category 2||Category 3|
|Junior Family Suite||$250.00||$250.00||$250.00|
Category 1 – E-1 thru E-5 and Cadets ( E-1 thru E-5 and Cadet Sponsor and dependents will receive the rate that applies to Category #1. Any additional sponsored rooms will receive the rate that applies to Category #2.)
Category 2 – E-6 thru E-9, O-1 thru O-3, WO-1 to CW-3, Widows, Medal of Honor Recipients, 100% Disabled Veterans and Category #1 sponsored rooms ( see above).
Category 3 – O-4 thru O-10, CW-4, CW-5, Active and Retired DoD Civilians, Foreign Military assigned to a U.S. Military installation only, DoD Contractors assigned to a U.S. Military installation only.
Disney Resort Discounts
Disney is offering special rates to military personnel for dates until September 27th, 2014. The discount has been around the 40% mark for rooms only but can vary depending on the date or resort.
Enjoy great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when you book by September 27, 2014 for stays most nights September 29, 2013 to September 27, 2014. The following blockout dates apply to this special offer (other rates may be available):
- November 28 to November 30, 2013
- December 23 to December 31, 2013
- April 14 to April 19, 2014
Swan & Dolphin
The Swan and Dolphin right in between Hollywood Studios and Epcot has special military rates starting as low as $139.00, second guest room for $129.00. Normal room rates go anywhere from $159 to $199 so this could be a good deal for military members. Be sure to check out other promotions or AAA rates as these discounts can be sometimes cheaper.
- 50% off food and beverage** (non-alcoholic) in the Swan and Dolphin’s world-class restaurants and lounges or
- 10% off food and beverage (non-alcoholic) in Todd English’s bluezoo, Shula’s Steak House or Il Mulino New York Trattoria.
- Call (888) 828-8850 and ask for rate code: TROOPS.
Downtown Disney Hotels
The hotels of Downtown Disney are jointly offering room discounts for military members of up to 20% for select dates. Both active and retired U.S. military personnel, including United States Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists, can enjoy this discount.
The Downtown Disney hotels are fairly generous with their discount offers and promotions throughout the year, be sure to check all other current promotions before going with the military discount.
More information can be found here: http://www.downtowndisneyhotels.com/deals/promotions
Special Event Ticket Discounts
Disney offers discounts for both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for military members and up to 5 of their family members/friends. To purchase the discount event tickets you must present your valid military ID at the Magic Kingdom ticket windows, you can’t purchase these tickets online unfortunately.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
- Adult: $43.40 + tax
- Child: $39.90 + tax
Available Dates: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, & 28th
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Adult: $46.90 + tax
- Child: $43.40 + tax
Available Dates: November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 20th
Additional Military Discount Resources
To find out even more about military discounts at Disney check out some of the sites below: