Disney Admission Options for Military Families: Military Family Series - PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Message Boards PassPorter's Club Help!
  About Us  |  Customs Office   |   Register Your Book   |   Book Updates   |  Newsletter  |  Articles  |  Photos  |   Follow Us on
WDW Planning Articles

WDW Traveling Articles

WDW Lodging Articles

WDW Touring Articles
2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
A Journey Into The Past
Agent P's World Showcase Adventure
Around the World on a Segway
Beach Club
Becoming Disney Parents
Blizzard Beach Water Park
Boats at Walt Disney World
Boats at Walt Disney World - Part 2
Bringing Along Baby
Characters in Flight
Comparing Cars Land and New Fantasyland
Confessions of a Recovering Park Commando
Coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Disappointing Disney
Disney Admission Options for Military Families
Disney Alone Time
Disney's Single Rider Lines
Doing Disney Without Ever Riding a Ride!
Don't Let it Rain on Your Parade
Enjoying the Japan Pavilion at Epcot
Enjoying Walt Disney World Without Thrill Rides
Enjoying While Expecting
Epcot - Not Just for Grown Ups
Epcot's 30th Anniversary
Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot's Mission Possible
Epcot's World Showcase
Exploring Morocco in Florida
Extra Magic Hours - Yes or No?
Finding Your Favorite Characters
First Time Parents in the Magic Kingdom
Four Generations, Four Parks, One World
From Commando-Touring to Crawling
I Can Dig It: Dinoland, U.S.A.
Jedi Training Academy
Keeping Toddlers Entertained at Walt Disney World
Lessons Learned Part 1
Lights, Cameras, Education!
Lions and Tigers and Learning, Oh My!
Making the Most of Disney's Animal Kingdom
Mini-Golf at Walt Disney World
My Disney Mistakes - Part 1
My Disney Mistakes - Part 2
My Experience with Disney's Disability Access Card
Nature-Inspired Design Segway Tour
Navigating Naps While Touring the Parks
New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom
Our Experience With My Disney Experience
Overlooked Attractions at Animal Kingdom
Overlooked Attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Overlooked Attractions at Epcot
Overlooked Attractions at the Magic Kingdom
Planning a Girls-Only Vacation
Planning Your Disney Vacation with FASTPASS +
Pleasure Island Today
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Ride or Drive
Scooting Around the World
SeaWorld Orlando
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Spending Easter at Walt Disney World
The End of the Toontown Era
The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia by R.A. Pedersen
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
The Parades of the Magic Kingdom
The Seas With Nemo And Friends
The Sum of All Thrills
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal
The World is Your Classroom
There's an App for That - Part 2
Tips For Traveling With Your Bestie
Tom Sawyer Island
Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party
Transportation at Walt Disney World (Part 1)
Transportation at Walt Disney World (Part 2)
Typhoon Lagoon
Undiscovered Future World
Using Technology to Plan Your Disney Trips
Walt Disney World for Dudes
Whatever the Weather
Where to Find the Best Views in Walt Disney World - Part 1
Where to Find the Best Views in Walt Disney World - Part 2
Why Epcot Is My Favorite Walt Disney World Theme Park
Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom

WDW Dining Articles
'Lounge'-ing Around Walt Disney World
'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort
1900 Park Fare Dinner -- The "Other" Cinderella Meal
A New Look at Disney's California Grill
Advanced Dining Reservations
Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Lounge
Be Our Guest in New Fantasyland
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Budget Breakfast
California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Choosing Your Disney Dining Reservations
Cinderella's Royal Table Breakfast
Coral Reef
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
Dine with An Imagineer
Dining at Walt Disney World
Dining Review
Dining Review: Victoria & Albert's
Disney Character Dining Around the Globe
Disney Dining Plan
Disney Dining Plan
Disney Dining Plan
Disney Dining Plan
Epcot's Food & Wine Festival
Flying Fish Cafe
Free Disney Dining Plan Deal
Fulton's Crab House
Fulton's Crab House
Going Deluxe with Your Dining
Grown Up Night Out
Is the Deluxe Dining Plan a Good Value
Kona Cafe
La Hacienda de San Angel
Making the Most of Your Meal
Mama Melrose's at Disney Hollywood Studios
Mission: Burger
Monsieur Paul's Restaurant
New Adult Beverage Offerings at Animal Kingdom
New Disney Dining Plan Restaurants for 2012
Not A Chicken Nugget in Sight - Almost
Paradiso 37 - Taste of the Americas
Party For The Senses
Planet Hollywood
Pre-Historic Eats at T-Rex
Raglan Road at Downtown Disney
Rediscovering Nine Dragons
Safari Celebration Dinner
San Angel Inn
Signature Dining at Walt Disney World
Signature Disney Dining
T-Rex Restaurant in Downtown Disney
Tea at the Garden View Lounge at Disney
Teppan Edo
The ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk
The Garden Grill
The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Kosher Traveler At Walt Disney World
The Maya Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
The Plaza Restaurant
The Princess Storybook Breakfast at Akershus
The Turf Club at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Tokyo Dining
Trail's End at Disney's Fort Wilderness
Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tusker House Character Breakfast
Tutto Italia
Using Garden Grocer During Your Walt Disney World Vacation
Veggie Dining At Disney
Veggie Dining At Disney
Via Napoli
Victoria and Albert's
Wheat-Free Walt Disney World
Yachtsman Steakhouse From a Vegetarian's Point of View
Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom

WDW Making Magic Articles

WDW General Travel Articles

View all PassPorter articles
Article Tools
Print Article
Download PDF
View Photos
Visit Forum
Read Comments on This Article

Disney Admission Options for Military Families: Military Family Series

Walt Disney World photo
by Sarah Mudd, PassPorter Message Board Guide (Moderator)
Last modified 12-30-2010

Cool Tip: Click here to get a FREE PDF version of this article, fully formatted to print and put into your PassPorter Deluxe Binder!

Filed in Articles > Walt Disney World > Touring  

When it comes to travel, military members have a handful of options for purchasing their attraction and theme park tickets. I am constantly amazed that there are so many military families that don't know that these options exist or just what they can get from using this benefit. So, my military friends (and friends of military friends) I am here to shed a little light on your options when it comes to saving money on tickets!

One constant benefit that military members have is their local base Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office. They offer discounted tickets for attractions local to your particular base’s area as well as some hotels and seasonal events, plays, ice skating and ballet performances. Most MWR ticket offices offer Walt Disney World tickets and only some (mostly west coast bases, but some in other areas of the country) offer Disneyland tickets at fairly great discounts. If your local office does not stock the particular ticket that you need, do ask about it because oftentimes they can order them for you!

One ticket that all MWR offices are offering is Disney's Military Salute tickets for 2010 and 2011! These tickets are available for purchase through September 28, 2011 and must be completely used by October 1, 2011.

At Walt Disney World, you can get a 4-day ticket with either Park Hopper option or Water Parks Fun and More option added for $138 each or you can add both options for a total of $165 per ticket. The resort hotels are also offering a discount under the military salute. 40% off of deluxe, 35% off of moderate and 30% off of value resort rooms. The resort rooms are limited in number so if you are planning on using this discount, call Disney, your local MWR folks or your travel agent to book now and lock in your discount!

Military Families Love Disney! photo
Military Families Love Disney!

This is a photo for the PassPorter Moms Podcast episode #46, which is all about military family benefits at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. - photo by Jennifer Marx

Disneyland is offering a 3-day Park Hopper ticket for just $99, which is an amazing deal! The same ticket with the same perks purchased at the gate costs $186, so the savings thanks to the Military Salute is great!

As part of the offer, each member/sponsor (or spouse) may only purchase six total tickets. They all must be purchased at the same time so if you need three tickets for one trip and two tickets for a trip a couple of months later, they all must be purchased at the same time! If you purchase the tickets at your MWR office or at Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World, you will not have to pay any sales tax on your purchase. However, sales tax will apply if you choose to purchase the tickets at a Walt Disney World or Disneyland ticket window.

There are blackout dates on the tickets that will apply. At Walt Disney World, all four main theme parks will be blacked out on December 27-31, 2010 and April 17-23, 2011. July 4, 2011 will be blacked out at the Magic Kingdom only. At Disneyland, the blackout dates are this Christmas Eve through New Year's Day, February 18-21, April 17-23 and July 1-4, 2011.

If you aren’t able to make it to a MWR ticket office before your trip to the Orlando area, you can stop in to Shades of Green Resort to purchase discounted tickets. They offer tickets to all of the major Florida theme parks as well as local dinner shows and attractions such as Gatorland, Boggy Creek Air Boat tours, and the Richard Petty Experience.

To compare prices, Shades of Green offers the Richard Petty Rookie Experience for $361 (no tax is charged). If you were to book that through Disney, it was cost you $449 plus tax, so taking advantage of the Shades of Green ticket sales benefit can lead to significant savings!

Likewise, comparing Walt Disney World tickets, purchasing a 4-day Magic Your Way base ticket at the park gates will run you $247.08. If you purchase that same ticket at Shades of Green, it will cost only $228. If you use your MWR benefit on base, it could be the same if not cheaper for you! For example, here at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, where we are stationed, the 4-day base ticket costs $227.75. Naval Air Station Jacksonville offers the same ticket for $219 and in the San Diego area, the 4-day ticket with Park Hopper option added would only cost $2 more than the gate price of a base ticket!

Vacationing can be expensive. Thankfully, our military takes good care of us families and provides us with ticket options that every military member of every rank can afford. Do your homework, crunch and compare numbers to find the best deal! As I mentioned earlier on, if your MWR office doesn’t have a particular ticket that you need, it can’t hurt to ask about them ordering it for you. Do be sure to go in with plenty of time to spare before your trip to allow for shipping (to either your house or the MWR office). As always, keep an eye out for news on military deals and promotions at DisneyWorld.com/military, at MouseSavers.com and, of course, on the PassPorter message boards!

Magic Kingdom - Flag Retreat photo
Magic Kingdom - Flag Retreat

Flag retreat at the Magic Kingdom - photo by runnerrae

You've discovered a PassPorter's Club Concierge Tip!
Ting the bell to read your tip and save it in your Concierge Desk!
About the Author:
Sarah is a stay-at-home mom, PassPorter Message Board Guide and Navy wife currently stationed in Washington State.  She has made many trips to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  Her family is currently planning their 2-year-old son's first Disneyland trip in summer 2011!

Related Links:
Enjoying the Japan Pavilion at Epcot - A World Showcase Favorite last updated 2/24/2011
The Parades of the Magic Kingdom - A Plethora of Processions last updated 01/22/2009
Epcot's World Showcase - Pavilions vs. The "Real" World last updated 01/29/2009
Recent Changes to Disneyland - Part 1 last updated 02/12/2009
The Seas With Nemo And Friends - In Love With The Living Seas last updated 4/23/2009

Reader Comments:


I wrote the above article before Disney made a final decision on this (therefore I didn't mention it smiley for ;) ), but there is a new addition to the Military Salute for visitors to Disneyland this year!

Disneyland Resort is offering military families (ID required at check in) 40% off of regular room rates at their 3 resort hotels! Rooms are limited and the deal ends on October 1, 2011. smiley for :D

     DopeyGirl on January 5, 2011 @ 12:37 am
Thanks for the information. hubby is retired Army& National Guard, I just found out about this 2 months ago, googling military discounts. A friend & I are staying at POFQ in May on military discount. After I booked the room, I went I checked the same resort& time frame. Wowsmiley for :eek: what a difference. I'm glad I was able to find the info smiley for :)

     queen2 on November 6, 2011 @ 8:39 pm
Just an update for the Disneyland military salute $99 deal. You do not have to buy all 6 tickets at once. We are stationed in San Diego and have purchased these tickets 3 separate times in the last 9 months. 1 ticket the first time, 2 the second and 1 the last time. These were purchased at the DL ticket window, we did not pay tax. smiley for :D Also, they are keeping count. The last visit the CM let me know I could only purchase 2 more of these tickets. And lastly you do not have to be with the person you purchased it for when going through the gates. We have AP's so we purchase these when we have friends and family visit. Just wanted to share our experience smiley for :)

     coasties on March 7, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
View all 3 comments in forum thread

So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)

Updated 12-30-2010 - Article #559 

Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  



We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2014
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


RSS General PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - 13,14,15,16,17,18
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Discussion forums about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel provided by PassPorter Travel Press, the ultimate Disney travel guide and book series.

SS bridge to Downtown Disney??
by Ugabaracuda
15 Dec 2014 at 4:03pm
Is there a new bridge from Saratoga Springs to Downtown Disney that cuts down on the walk around?
(click title above to view replies)

Post-Trip Disney Gift Card Magic For Us
by Her Dotness
13 Dec 2014 at 5:30pm
Was sorting through our gift card collection from the trip, all of which had been used, I thought. Stuck in a wad of receipts was one with a...
(click title above to view replies)

Club Disney changed to Lilo's Clubhouse
by Jennifer Marx
8 Dec 2014 at 10:13am
So we're updating PassPorter's Walt Disney World and we discovered that Disney seems to have made a stealth name change to the updated childcare...
(click title above to view replies)

Total Visits: 12766

PassPorter ~ 1998-2014 ~ 16 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
News & Updates
Message Boards
Concierge Desk
Books & E-Books
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.