The happiest place on earth just got a little happier for those who served in our U.S. military and armed forces. Walt Disney World now offers possibly one of the best military discount travel deals around with their military promotion ticket rates and reduced resort room prices. You can now go spend time with Mickey Mouse and Cinderella and not have to worry about lightening up your wallet. In this Disney Ultimate Guide post, you’ll also learn a little more about the Disney resorts that qualify for the Disney military discount, as well as some extra information about the best rides and modes of transportation. I’ll even let you in to a little secret hidden Disney World gem.
The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers Disney theme park tickets at over half off the regular price and Disney resort rooms at a 30% to 40% discount! Here’s some more information about this awesome Disney World military discount below.
Choose between a Disney 4-Day Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Ticket. The Park Hopper Option is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket!
Purchase now through December 16, 2017 and receive admission for 5 days for just $224 plus tax or 4 days for $209 plus tax, from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017. And if you’re looking for a little extra magic, add the Water Park Fun & More Option for just $37 more plus tax.
Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for just $196 each. Plus for just $34 more, you can add both the Park Hopper** and Water Parks, Fun & More options.
**In case you didn’t know, the park hopper option allows you to visit all the parks in one day. A normal ticket with only allow you to visit just one park a day, but the park hopper options gives you the opportunity to visit all 4 in one day if you wanted to. It’s a fantastic option!
Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016, except that the tickets may not be used March 20, 2016 – April 1, 2016. You will noticed an increase in tickets prices from last year ($19) but this is still a fantastic deal for active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists) or their spouses. You can purchase:
- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $196 each, plus tax
- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $196 each, plus tax
- Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $230 each, plus tax.
- The Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket limit for all eligible members has been increased to a total of six (6) for this offer’s time frame.
For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.
Disney Resort Military Discount Rates – Save 40% off or more on Select Disney Resorts
Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016, except for:
- March 20, 2016 – April 1, 2016
For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to Walt Disney World Resort, or to make room reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, military personnel may call 407-939-7830 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. For information regarding Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort, or to make room reservations at the Disneyland Resort, military personnel may call 714-520-7088 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices. Information is also available at disneymilitaryoffers.com.
The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Below, you’ll learn a little more information about all the Disney owned properties.
Deluxe (The priciest of resorts but they offer the most amenities, such as shopping, spa services, fine dining, and huge rooms.)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: A hotel placed right in the center a 43 acre safari ground with live roaming animals? Yep, that’s right!
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: A New England style lake house hotel.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: An elegant lakeside hotel influenced by the 1940’s Atlantic City boardwalk.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: A modern lakeside hotel just footsteps away from Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa: Disney’s flagship resort based on the elegant Victorian era
Disney’s Polynesian Resort: A taste of the Hawaiian and Polynesian islands (…or South Pacific) is brought to life in Orlando
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A resort that captures the adventure of the National Parks
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: A Martha’s Vineyard themed resort
Moderate (A good choice for those looking to not be too cheap but also not splurge. Some even have some great pools).
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort: American frontier themed resort with log cabins
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: A tropical beachside paradise
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: An American-Southwest themed resort surrounding a beautiful 22 acre lake
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarters: A resort inspired by the historic French Quarters of New Orleans, LA
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside: A resort inspired by a rural Louisiana alongside a picturesque river
Value Resorts (If you’re traveling with young kids and are on a budget, then these value resorts are just for you. Cheap room rates, interactive hotels, and unique themes make this a great place for families with young kids.)
Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort: A resort that features great icons of Disney films
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort: A resort that celebrates the love of music
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort: A resort that features great icons of fun sports
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: A resort that allows guest to become part of their favorite Disney animation films such as Finding Nemo, Cars, Little Mermaid, and the Lion King
Disney’s Pop Century Resort: A huge resort that celebrates pop culture of the 20th century
The 4 Main Parks and 2 Water Parks
I’ll just go ahead and let Disney do all the talking. Just check out each park’s video below (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon).
The Hidden Gem of Walt Disney World
As late winter and spring vacation months start to roll around, families all around the world flock to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World is a fantastic destination that enables adults, families, and friends to relax, forget about work, build lasting memories, and just let loose their inner child. Planning for this trip, however, can be both exciting and hectic. There is always one big factor that goes into every Disney World trip, the budget. For those of you who already know, your Disney World vacation can be quite pricey. Food is expensive, tickets are costly, and most importantly, room prices can range from somewhat budget conscious to sky high. But for a select few, there is one hidden gem when it comes to selecting a resort, The Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World.
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located on Walt Disney World’s property, right next to Magic Kingdom. Unlike some popularly themed Disney World resorts, The Shades of Green has an unusual peaceful setting, featuring a peaceful wooded setting surrounding 586 oversized guest rooms, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, spectacular views from private patios and two world class golf courses diffused throughout the resort. They also have a bus service to all parks and those who stay at this resort qualify for the Disney’s magical hours. The biggest wow factor is the prices. Room rates run from $95 to $131 for a standard room, and these prices don’t increase during the holidays.
So what’s the catch? Shades of Green is only for Armed Forces members and Families (active duty, retired, reserves, and separated), Department of Defense employees and civilians, and Public Health and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps employees. However, if you know someone who is eligible to stay at this resort, they can sponsor up to three rooms for you. Ultimately staying at the The Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World will allow you to save a fortune on your Walt Disney World trip, thus allowing you and your family to enjoy more amenities from shopping and show tickets, to a memorable dinner inside Cinderella’s Castle. This hidden gem should not be forgotten!
From October 12, 2015 through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:
- Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143 each
- Disneyland tickets may be used January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016, except that the tickets may not be used March 20, 2016– April 1, 2016.
Getting to Walt Disney World
If you’re not driving to the Happiest Place on Earth, then be sure to take advantage of these modes of transportation that offers a military discount.
Rental Cars and Shuttles
If you didn’t already know, when you book your stay at any Disney Resort, you receive complimentary transportation to WDW via Disney’s Magical Express charter buses. Disney will even handle you baggage and make sure that it’s in your room straight from the airport. Now if you aren’t staying at a Disney Resort, such as Shades of Green, then here are a few rental car agencies that offer military discounts.
- Alamo: Government / Military Program
- Avis: Government Military Program
- Budget: Government and Military Rates – Use offer code U08880
- Dollar: Government Rates– For military on leisure, please enter DR0061 in the Corporate # box on Dollar.com. If available, the discount will be included with the Base Rate on the RATES page.
- Enterprise: US Government Rental Program
- Hertz: Government and Military Travelers
- National: Government & Military Program
- Thrifty: Government Programs
- Sixt Rent a Car: Government leisure discount of 5% of rentals.
Here are all the airlines that fly to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and offer a military discount or special perks and privileges reserved only for military personnel:
Well that’s it!
Thanks for reading our Disney World Military Guide. I truly hope that you found it to be extremely helpful. Once again, thank you so much for your support and have a fantastic time to possibly the greatest place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort.
Stay tuned in the near future for more Disney information. (Hint: Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and the Disney Cruise Line)!!