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A Guide for the Military Discount at Disney World

Whether you are active duty, in the reserves, or retired from the US armed forces, Walt Disney World Resort has a variety of military discounts available for you.

Some of the discounts change from year to year, but they are always quite generous.

Read more to find out how you can save on park tickets, hotels, Memory Maker photo pass and more, through military discounts at Disney World.

Is there a military discount for park tickets?

Yes, there is a military discount at Disney World for theme park tickets, however it’s not always the same year-to-year.

Here’s the lowdown on discounted tickets for military personnel and their family at Walt Disney World theme parks in 2023.

NOTE: Disney is utilizing flex pricing where tickets cost more on select dates. I chose the same week in late June 2023 to do this price comparison. Actual pricing for the dates you choose may differ. Price estimates below are rounded and do not include tax.

Disney Military Salute Ticket

Photo of a man and woman with 2 young boys taking a selfie in front of the Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue at Disney World.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney Parks.

In 2023, Walt Disney World offers a discount on 4 or 5-day ticket Park Hopper packages. Discounts are not available for ticket packages without a Park Hopper, nor for special events, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party..

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing because the Park Hopper ticket option allows you to visit more than 1 park per day.

The Park Hopper Plus option allows you to also visit Disney’s water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, among other extras.

This discount used to be called the Disney Military Promotional Ticket, but recently changed to Disney Military Salute Ticket.

The 4-day discounted ticket options include:

  1. 4-Day Park Hopper: $349
  2. 4-Day Park Hopper Plus: $379

The 5-day discounted ticket options include:

  1. 5-Day Park Hopper: $369
  2. 5-Day Park Hopper Plus: $399

A non-discounted 4-day ticket with Park Hopper for ages 10+ costs about $610, while a 5-day ticket with Park Hopper currently costs about $663. A 4-day ticket with Park Hopper costs $592, while a 5-day ticket costs $643 for children under the age of 10.

For the Park Hopper Plus, a 4-day ticket costs $630, while a 5-day ticket costs $683 for age 10+. While for children under the age of 10, a 4-day Park Hopper Plus costs $612, while a 5-day ticket costs $663.

It’s clear – compared to a non-discounted ticket, the Disney World military discount for park tickets is a steal! It’s nearly half off!!

The 4-day option is available for purchase through December 12, while the 5 day option is only available for purchase through December 11. Both options must be used by December 15, 2023.

Blackout dates on which the discount cannot be used are April 2-15 and November 19-25, 2023.

Lastly, a theme park reservation is still required with the Disney Military Salute tickets, just like regular ones. Plus, discounted ticket holders are also still subject to the same capacity limitations.

Can you get a military discount on the Memory Maker photo pass?

Two young women pose in front of Lion King themed topiaries while a Disney World photographer takes their picture.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

Yes, there is a military discount for the Memory Maker photo pass, as well.

In 2023, the military discount for Memory Maker is offered at $98, compared to $169 for advanced purchase up to 3 days before you want to use or $199 for day-of purchase.

That’s 49-58% off the usual price to capture the best of your vacation memories!

Memory Maker gives you access to your photos from rides, character meet and greets, and photo locations around the parks.

You’ll be able to get access to all of your photos, make edits and download for free. Prints and other physical products cost extra.

The 2023 Memory Maker military discount is available through December 15, 2023.

Is there a military discount at Disney World hotels?

Photo of a room at Disney World's Boardwalk hotel.
Photo courtesy of Disney Parks.

The military discount at Disney World hotels differ depending on the hotel category (value, moderate or deluxe) and time of year.

In 2023, the discounts are available from January 1 through December 15.

The following resorts are NOT eligible for a special discount:

  1. Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  3. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  4. Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

It is also not eligible for the following room types at select resorts:

  1. 3 bedroom villas at all deluxe and moderate resorts
  2. Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  3. Cabins at Copper Creek Villas
  4. Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  5. The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

To book a military discount on your hotel, you must call 407-939-7830 for exact dates and discounts as the rates are not publicly available.

Does Disney World have a resort for military personnel and veterans?

Photo of 5 military jets flying over Spaceship Earth with the American flag in the front at Disney World's Epcot.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney Parks.

Yes, there is a resort for military members and veterans at Disney World called Shades of Green.

The Shades of Green resort is owned by the Department of Defense and is for use solely by military members and veterans.

Although it is not owned by Disney, it is located on Disney property, not far from the Polynesian Village Resort.

The base rate ranges anywhere from $139 to $469 per night, depending on the type of room or suite chosen. Discounts are often available.

You can learn more about Shades of Green in the video below:

Do any of the stores or restaurants in Disney Springs offer a military discount?

Yes, some of the stores and restaurants at Disney Springs offer a military discount.

The discount varies between each store and restaurant, so you’ll need to ask around while shopping (or call the stores ahead).

The typical discount offered is 10-30%, so it’s worth it to ask!

TIP: If you’re trying to decide whether to get the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) or pay a la carte for food and drinks, check out my guide on the Disney Dining Plan. In a nutshell, the DDP might help you save money on restaurants – possibly more than a military discount.

What else do I need to know?

Most of the military discounts at Disney World are available to spouses and children if the military member is not present.

However, a valid Department of Defense issued ID is necessary to claim the discount. So don’t forget to bring your valid military ID for spouses and children over the age of 10 when you check-in or redeem the park tickets.

The military discounts are available for current and veteran military personnel from all branches (US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Space Force, US Coast Guard, and US National Guard).

In addition, the discount is available for active and retired members of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.

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This post originally published on Frost + Sun on May 5, 2017. It was moved to The Park Pixie on May 7, 2021 and last updated May 7, 2023.

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