Disney World Military Discount (updated)

Disney World Military Discount

Walt Disney World Military Discount

2020 has been such a strange year. Disneyland in California is still shutdown but Walt Disney World in Florida is open and has been since July, after shutting down for a few months. You might be wondering if they will still be offering a Disney World military discount. They are, they have extended the 2020 discount into 2021.  

The new Star Wars land, called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Fall 2019. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, and a new Lion King celebration, are also new attractions you can find at Walt Disney World. However, the Lion King celebration is not currently running. 

If you are looking for a fun, family trip to take, plan to go to 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!

What is the Walt Disney World military discount?

At Disney World, you can choose between a 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day Military Promotional Tickets. 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

Please keep in mind that the Park Hopper system is on hold until January of 2021, and once it starts up again it will look a little different.

There doesn’t seem to be a Park Hopper Plus option at the moment.

Walt Disney World Military Discount Prices

For 2020 and extended in 2021:

  • Military Promotional Tickets
     
    • 4-day Pass is $265 plus tax
    • 5-day Pass is $283 plus tax
    • 6-day Pass is $301 plus tax
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How Much Am I Saving?

For comparison, here are the regular prices.

The average for a 4-day, Standard Theme Park Ticket is around $561 plus tax. A 5-day would be around $571 plus tax. A 6-day would be around $578 plus tax. Keep in mind the price varies based on the days that you go to the park. 

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

Disney World Hopper Option Pricing

For 2020 and extending into 2021:

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

When Can I Use the Discount?

For 2020/2021, you can purchase the 4-day, 5-day, and 6-day tickets through February 14th, 2021, to receive admission for the 4, 5, or 6 days, when you visit between January 1st, 2020 and September 26th, 2021. This extends the period of time you can use your 2020 Military Promotional tickets. At the moment there are no real “2021 Military Promotional 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 Tickets 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.

Both a theme park reservation via the Disney Park Pass system and a valid theme park ticket for the same park on the same date are required for each person in your party ages 3 and up (at this time, limit one park per day, this will change in January of 2021). Reservations are limited and subject to availability.

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 service member or spouse may purchase this 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, which has been extended through February 14th, 2021.

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.