Disney World Military Discount (Updated For 2020)

Disney World Military Discount

With new attractions featuring the Incredibles, Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy on tap to open in the Florida theme park, there’s reason to be excited about visiting Disney World this year.  You’ll want to brush up on the Disney World military discount.

The new Star Wars land, called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Fall 2019.  Also opening will be Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy and a new Lion King celebration.

If you are looking for a fun, family trip to take, plan to go Disney. Going to Walt Disney World makes for a magical, family vacation that is fun for all ages. And the best part? They offer an amazing military discount!

Walt Disney World Military Discount

At Disney World, you can choose between a 4-day or 5-day Park Hopper ticket. However, in 2020 they will add a 6-day Park Hopper ticket. This means you can come and go through any of the four theme parks:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Magic Kingdom Park
  • Epcot

If you do want to add the water parks, you can do so with the Park Hopper Plus option for an additional $50 plus tax.

Walt Disney World Military Discount Prices

For 2019:

  • Park Hopper Option
    • 4-day Pass is $241 plus tax
    • 5-day Pass is $257 plus tax
  • Park Hopper Plus
    • 4-day Pass is $291 plus tax
    • 5-day Pass is $307 plus tax

For 2020:

  • Park Hopper Option
    • 4-day Pass is $265 plus tax
    • 5-day Pass is $283 plus tax
    • 6-day Pass is $301 plus tax

  • Park Hopper Plus
    • 4-day Pass is $315 plus tax
    • 5-day Pass is $333 plus tax
    • 6-day Pass is $351 plus tax

The Park Hopper Plus option includes:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course

How Much Am I Saving?

For comparison, here are the regular prices.

The average for a 4-day, Park Hopper Option pass is around $561 plus tax. A 5-day would be around $571 plus tax. A 6-day would be around $578 plus tax.

The cost for a 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket would be around $581 plus tax, and a 5-day would be around $591 plus tax. A 6-day would be around $598 plus tax.

As you can see, Disney is giving military families a great discount.

For 2019:

Disney World Hopper Option Pricing

  • 4-Day Hopper Option
    • Regular Price – $561 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $241 plus tax
  • 5-Day Hopper Option
    • Regular Price – $571 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $257 plus tax

Hopper Plus Pricing

  • 4-Day Hopper Plus
    • Regular Price – $581 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $291 plus tax
  • 5-Day Hopper Plus
    • Regular Price – $591 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $307 plus tax

For 2020:

  • 4-Day Hopper Option
    • Regular Price – $561 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $265 plus tax
  • 5-Day Hopper Option
    • Regular Price – $571 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $283 plus tax
  • 6-Day Hopper Option
    • Regular Price – $578 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $301 plus tax

Hopper Plus Pricing

  • 4-Day Hopper Plus
    • Regular Price – $581 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $315 plus tax
  • 5-Day Hopper Plus
    • Regular Price – $591 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $333 plus tax
  • 6-Day Hopper Plus
    • Regular Price – $598 plus tax
    • Military Discount – $351 plus tax

When Can I Use the Discount?

For 2019, you can purchase the 4-day passes through December 16th, 2019 and the 5-day passes through December 15th, 2019. Plan to use them between now and December 19th, 2019, for 2019 tickets.

For 2020, you can purchase the 4-day passes through December 15, 2020, the 5-day passes through December 14, 2020, and the 6-day passes through December 13, 2020, for 2020 tickets.

Who Can Buy the Disney World Military Discount Tickets?

You are eligible if you are one of the following:

  • Active US Military
  • Retired US Military
  • National Guard
  • Reservists
  • US Coast Guard
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service
  • Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Spouses of military service members can also buy tickets by presenting a valid military ID. The spouse can not get these tickets if the service member has already bought them.

The limit is 6 Disney Military Promotional Tickets per spouse or service member.  The service member or spouse must use one of those 6 tickets.

Can I Buy Passes for Friends and Extended Family?

Yes, the Disney World military discount tickets can be purchased for friends and extended family.  However, the service member or spouse must be there with them, at least on the day they are activated.

Where Do I Buy Disney World Tickets?

The service member or the spouse can buy the tickets at their local MWR/ITT Travel Office. You can also buy them at Shades of Green, the military owned and operated resort at Disney World, at the Orlando ITT, and by phone/email through Shades of Green, the Patrick AFB ITT, or Camp Pendleton ITT.

Pro Tip: For Walt Disney World you should purchase the tickets before you get there as you will want to pick your Fastpass picks ahead of time.

The service member or spouse will need to activate them at the Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Please note that each of the tickets must also be used by the same person on any and all days the tickets are valid.

What About Memory Maker?

Disney is offering a specially priced Memory Maker.  The Memory Maker is the Disney PhotoPass product at Walt Disney World.

The can service member or spouse may purchase at the Walt Disney World theme park ticket window. The limit is 2 Memory Maker product purchases at the special price.

Memory Maker includes photos that are taken during the Memory Maker Window.  This is generally within 30 days after the first activation and linked to the guest’s Disney PhotoPass account. A MagicBand will be required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content.

The cost for 2020 tickets is $98 to use between January 1st, 2020 through December 18th, 2020.

Whether you are going to Disney World or Disneyland, make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the tickets. 

Where Can I Get Discounted Food and Drink Inside Disney World?

Disney Springs

Scrolling through social media the day or night before your visit or on the monorail on the way to the hotel might come in handy. Follow your favorite restaurants and shops on Instagram or other social media outlets in advance! Many of the places in Disney Springs will post special promotions or discounts on their webpages for the next day.

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has offered free pizza and delivery as well as various other discount offerings just on their Instagram page.

Terralina Crafted Italian displays a preview of their daily and monthly specials, as well as promotions going on so Disney “Instagrammers” have an inside scoop on what is coming up next.

Sprinkles Cupcakes hides secrets and clues in their Instagram story that can lead to free cupcakes and other dessert discounts.

Epcot

It may be your dream to drink around the world at Epcot but the price of that experience can be hefty. Ranging from $6 to $16 per drink, and multiplying that by the 10 countries that are showcased, the price of the drinks alone could send you running. Adding in meals, as well as making sure everyone is hydrated, the cost of a day at Epcot, or any of the other parks, can add up quickly. Knowing where and when to cut costs can keep the day fun and exciting.

Bring Your Own Food

Bringing in small snacks and a refillable water bottle will save you for the long walk between Germany and China. To ensure all of Disney’s guidelines are met, they remind guests that you cannot bring large coolers or glass containers. For the Animal Kingdom specifically, you cannot bring in any plastic or balloons. You are allowed to bring in food and nonalcoholic beverages, just make sure that you inform a Cast Member upon arrival.

Splurge When Needed

Drinking around the world is a dream of many adult Disney goers, but budgeting for your experience is crucial. Getting the most visually pleasing drink that each country has to offer may not always live up to its grand expectations. Establishing a budget beforehand will help you to decide which drinks will be worth it. Looking at the prices of each drink and planning ahead for the drinks you want in each country in the showcase will be a great way to keep money in your pocket.

Saving Money Everywhere Else Inside Disney

Getting that perfect picture with your Dole Whip at Aloha in the Magic Kingdom or that Instagram worthy picture of Zebra Domes from the Boma dinner buffet inside Animal Kingdom is important, but knowing where to get those iconic desserts for a lower price is crucial. Be on the lookout for your favorite items at lower prices at counter service or fast casual stations.  The legendary clam chowder at the Columbia Harbor House can be found for $3 less at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

Purchasing an entree only meal at the quick service stations will keep you and your wallet full, but if you still want your side of fries and a drink, ask someone you are traveling with to split the food. With most portions being doubled or even tripled, it will make sense to split your lunch, even if it adds an extra dollar to the cost. 

Eat your biggest meal at breakfast.  Most hotels within and outside of Disney offer complimentary breakfast with your stay, take advantage of it! Yet, if you want to make sure you are in line for the new Galaxy’s Edge ride ahead of everyone else, you can still get breakfast at the parks. Historically, breakfast is the least expensive, and least crowded meal you can get while there. Another perk of having a big breakfast, you will be able to stay full until well after the lunch rush that hits right at noon.  

You can also visit the Disney World and Disneyland official sites for information.

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Kellie is a military spouse currently residing in Japan. She acquired her bachelors degree in Communications from the oldest private military college in the United States, Norwich University.

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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.