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Many Disney Military Discounts are available
Imagine waking up in the middle of the Magic that is a Disney vacation!
The life of a military family contains many challenges that their civilian counterparts never have to deal with. Challenges like long or multiple deployments, remote tours, and constant PCSing and the issues that causes every few years are just a few.
In order to ease these stresses, it is so important for military families to make special times for themselves to bond, make special memories, and reconnect.
One of the best ways to do this is to take a Disney vacation.
There is no other place on earth that has the ability to make you forget the cares of the outside world the way Disney parks can. Disney’s resorts are the perfect places for military families to forget for a time, the unique issues they have to deal with. To spend quality fun times together and make memories that will last a lifetime.
There are many Special Military Offers for Disney!
There are many programs, which can make a Disney Vacation much more affordable for military families. There are options for every budget!
There are offers available through several different Disney and the Department of Defense sources. Plus there are offers by many companies in the Orlando, FL and Anaheim, CA areas.
From Disney and the DoD:
The Disney Armed Forces Salute - A temporary offer (renewed year to year) with fantastic discounts. (Currently ends 27 Sept 2014, blockout dates apply).
The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets - The permanent slight discount we have always had on Disney tickets.
Shades of Green Resort - the Military Owned and Operated Resort on Walt Disney World property. This is an Armed Forces Recreation Center.
- The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers 50% off Disney theme park tickets and 30-40% off Disney resorts.
Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets and Prices
Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $169.00
Four-Day Water Park Fun and More Tickets for $169.00
Four-Day Tickets with both options for $198.00
Disneyland Armed Forces Salute Tickets and Prices
Three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $129.00
These tickets can be purchased direct from Disney theme park ticket windows (plus tax in Florida), from your base recreation ticket office, or Shades of Green. Six ticket maximum per military member during the offer (exceptions for large immediate families) many rules and restrictions.
Disney military discounted Resort Room Reservations may be made via phone with Disney (407) 939-7429 WDW/ (714) 956-6425 DL, or through your travel agent.
- The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets are the exact same tickets as those that can be purchased by the general public, but at a discount. They come in one to ten day ticket lengths with all of the various options that can be added, i.e. no expire, hopper, and Water Park Fun and More.
These are sold at only a slight discount though, 4-8% based on length and options and can be purchased only at on base ticket offices and Shades of Green.
- Shades of Green offers lower cost deluxe resort rooms on Disney World property for military members and their supporters, with rates based upon rank. Lower ranking members do not pay as much as more senior members.
One of my family’s most memorable vacations was the week we spent at Shades of Green. It was our very first multi-day Disney World trip and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without Shades’ low rates!
Orlando, Florida Area Discounts
Many businesses in Disney World’s dining, shopping, and entertainment area known as Downtown Disney offer military discounts. Just a few of the discounts are: 25% off at House of Blues, 20% off at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant (My family’s favorite), and 10% off at Orlando Harley Davidson.
The hotels known collectively as the Downtown Disney Area Hotels offer a 20% off discount for military members. These are national chains such as Hilton and Holiday Inn. Here’s a tip: Use your hotel points in conjunction to reduce your cost even further!
Many other local attractions and dinner shows offer military discounts as well. Tickets can be obtained from the Shades of Green ticket office or the Orlando ITT.
The Armed Forces Vacation Club – The AFVC rents resort and timeshare properties to military members at very cheap weekly rates. There is a huge assortment offered in the Orlando area.
Anaheim California Area Discounts
There are many hotels located near Disneyland (within walking distance), which are designated as Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels. Eight of these offer military discounts. These discounts are obtained by purchasing a voucher from your Base Travel Office. Many West Coast bases carry these, or they can be obtained via mail from the Beale AFB ITT.
There have never been more offers for military families to make a Magical Disney Vacation a possibility. Check with your Local base Travel Office, Travel Agent, or give Disney a call direct.
Please visit me at MilitaryDisneyTips.com if you’d like much more detailed information on the various discounts discussed in this post.
-- Steve Bell is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He is the owner of MilitaryDisneyTips.com, a website dedicated to helping military families save on their Disney vacations. The Military Disney Tips website began over 6 years ago and quickly became the internet's number one resource for Disney Military Discounts. See this page for links to all the info Steve mentioned in this post.