Disney once again honors US Military service members and their families with its 2021 Armed Forces Salute offer. With strict rules, navigating the ins and outs of this special Disney military discount can be difficult. But I’ve got all the answers!
All Your Questions Answered About the Disney Armed Forces Salute
We’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to take advantage of the various Disney military discounts since 2009. Since then, the discount has transformed and changed with each passing year. It can be overwhelming to stay up on each and every rule, but I have made it my business to stay up to date. So, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute.
What is the Disney’s Armed Forces Salute?
The simple answer is it’s a military discount for US Disney Parks.
However, the long answer is that the Armed Forces Salute offer includes deeply discounted Disney tickets and rooms and other various discounts available to US military service members and their families.
Who is eligible for the discount?
The eligibility rules have morphed over time and are subject to change at any point. Currently, those eligible for the 2021 Armed Forces Salute are:
- Active Duty Service Members
- National Guard
- Coast Guard
- Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS)
- Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Retirees of the military services mentioned above
- 100% Service Connected Disabled
How much are the Disney World military tickets?
2021 Disney World Ticket Prices (Jan. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021:
- 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $296.00 (plus tax)
- 4-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $326.00 (plus tax)
- 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $315.00 (plus tax)
- 5-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $345.00 (plus tax)
2021 tickets are available for purchase through December 17, 2021.
The park hopper tickets allow ticket holders to hop from park to park and adding the “plus option” gives each ticket holder a set amount of entries to the minor attractions including the water parks and mini-golf.
2020 Disney World Ticket Covid Update (Jan. 1 – September 26, 2021):
With Disney World being closed for an extended period of time during 2020 and with Covid travel restrictions across the country Disney has extended the period in which 2020 tickets can be used. All 2020 tickets purchased by December 18th, 2020 or during the extended period of December 19th, 2020 through February 14th, 2021, can be used through September 26th, 2021.
If you purchased tickets during the extended period of December 19th, 2020 through February 14th, 2021, you cannot purchase the 2021 Armed Forces Salute Tickets.
New for 2020 and 2021
All guests ages 3 and up MUST have a park reservation along with a valid admission ticket before entry. Theme park reservations can be made via the Disney Parks Pass System. Currently, you can make theme park reservations through January 14th, 2023. You can also check park reservation availability using the park reservation availability calendar.
If you are not staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel, check the availability for “theme park guests” for accurate availability.
What are the Disney World room military discounts?
- Up to 30% for Value Resorts
- Up to 35% for Moderate Resorts including Fort Wilderness Cabins
- Up to 40% for Deluxe Resorts
There are some room types that are excluded including 3-bedroom villas, suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
The Armed Forces Salute room discount also excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Room discounts are limited and can be booked through December 17th, 2021.
How can I book the military discounted rooms?
You can book the Armed Forces Salute rooms by calling Disney directly or through a travel agent. This discount can NOT be used online!
Where can the discounted tickets be purchased?
Tickets can be purchased in person at most base ticket offices, Shades of Green Resort or at Disney World ticket gates. When purchasing from your local base I suggest contacting them to see if they have them in stock or if they have to order them, so you can plan in
You can purchase Disney World tickets over the phone from Shades of Green Resort by calling (407) 824-1403 8 am – 7 pm ET. There is a small shipping fee to mail the tickets to your home.
need to activate the military discount tickets?
Yes, the Armed Forces Salute tickets need to be activated at Disney World Guest Relations or a ticket booth at the parks before they can be used for entry.
Geeky Tip: Tickets purchases directly from Shades of Green Resort are already activated and ready to use.
Who can activate the Salute tickets?
The service member or spouse must activate the military tickets at the Disney World ticket gates with a valid military ID. When activating tickets all guests must be present with the service member or spouse.
Can I upgrade the Armed Forces Salute tickets?
Yes and no. There are a couple of ways the discounted military Disney tickets CAN be upgraded and one way they can NOT be upgraded.
Disney military tickets with just the park hopper option can be upgraded to include the “plus option” (water parks, mini-golf) at a guest relations window where you’d just pay the difference between the two types of tickets.
The Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are also eligible to be upgraded to a Disney annual pass. You will be required to pay the difference between what you paid for the discounted military ticket and the current gate price of the annual pass.
*Disney World annual passes are not on sale, so tickets can not be upgraded to an annual pass for the time being*
When upgrading tickets purchased through Shades of Green, it is beneficial to also upgrade them there, since you do not pay tax.
So, how can they NOT be upgraded? Armed Forces Salute tickets are available in 4-day or 5-day tickets and if you purchase the 4-day ticket you can upgrade to the 5-day, but you can NOT add
How many military discounted tickets can I buy?
When using the Armed Forces Salute ticket deal, service members are only able to purchase up to 6 tickets. And one of those tickets MUST BE for the service member. Spouses are able to purchase tickets in place of the service member, but not in addition to.
Do I have to use the tickets on consecutive days?
No! This is one of my favorite bonuses to the Armed Forces Salute tickets. The tickets can be used any day(s) during the offer period they were purchased in. Tickets purchased during the 2021 offer period can be used until December 17, 2021. 2020 tickets must be used by September 26, 2021.
Example: you can use 2 days of a 5-day salute ticket in March and use the last 3 days in November.
Can I link my Salute tickets to My Disney Experience?
Yes, you can! If you purchase your tickets through your local military base, you will receive a voucher and that number can be linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE). No changes will need to be made when you turn in the voucher to activate and receive your tickets.
When getting your tickets through Shades of Green or directly from Disney, you can add your ticket number to MDE like you would any other ticket.
Can I link my Salute tickets to a Magic Band?
Once you link your tickets in My Disney Experience they will automatically be linked to any active Magic Band. Disney discontinued free Magic Bands as of 2021, but they are still available for purchase.
Can I schedule FastPass+ with the Armed Forces Salute tickets?
Yes, once they are linked in your My Disney Experience.
If you are staying on Disney property, at Shades of Green or other select Disney Springs area hotels, you will be able to start scheduling your Fastpasses 60 days in advance as long as your tickets are linked in MDE.
Staying off property, you will be able to book Fastpasses 30 days in advance as long as your tickets are linked.
*Note: FastPass+ is unavailable in 2021*
Is the Disney Armed Force Salute the best deal?
Without a doubt, the Armed Forces Salute ticket offer is hands down the best ticket discount available with savings over $200 on regular ticket prices.
The hotel discount is usually the better deal when combined with the tickets savings. But off property rooms or rental homes can be cheaper depending on how many guests and travel dates.
If you have any questions or comments about the Disney’s Armed Forces Salute, please share them with me in the comments below.
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