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  • On Jun 19, 2022
    Eric from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there! I just booked a trip for October with the military promotional rate at Wilderness Lodge, with my Marine Veteran son. I just wanted to confirm that we are eligible for this discount: he has his DD14 and VA paperwork, but ID is expired.

    Hiya, Eric! Welcome, and thank you for the sacrifices you've made and the support you've given to be a military dad.

    What an amazing opportunity you're getting to have this time at Walt Disney World with your son. It's so hard to coordinate schedules with grown children to have special chances like this. And visiting Disney's Wilderness Lodge in the fall, with the roaring fireplace and rustic elegance is just perfect. 

    There are some pretty great discounts for Active Duty Military, Retired (with 20+ years of service) Veterans, and 100% Service Connected Disabled Veterans at Disney Resorts Collection hotels. If your son falls into one of those categories, he may be eligible for the resort discounts. He will, however, need to present a valid military ID card when he checks in at the resort. 

    He can apply for an up-to-date military ID card through the va.gov website. He'll need his DD-214, a valid government-issued ID (like his driver's license), and a passport-type photo, which will all be uploaded with the VIC application. 

    In my experience, it takes a few weeks to get the ID card mailed to you, although if he can snag an appointment on your local military base, they'll hand the card to you before you leave the appointment. Checking my local base, there's about a month wait to get an appointment, although some bases also take walk-ins.

    I hope you get to have a magical, memorable vacation with your son, Eric.
    Anna
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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