• On May 2, 2019
    Brittany from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I bought the military salute ticket from my local military travel office. I understand you can upgrade them to an annual pass once you get to the gate, but is there anyway to upgrade it beforehand so that I can get an AP discount on an event?

    Hi, Brittany, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    My family and I used our allotment of Walt Disney World Resort’s Military Promotional Tickets for a few years before deciding to become Annual Passholders. We’ve been Passholders since 2016, and we absolutely love the convenience of quick trips to Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year (in addition to the perks like free Memory Maker and Theme Park parking along with discounts on select shopping, dining and entertainment options, too). 

    I called about your question and was told that since your ticket was purchased on Base, you will need to exchange your unused Military Promotional Ticket for a Walt Disney World Annual Pass at that same location if you want to do so prior to your arrival. The Cast Member I spoke with said you can upgrade your Military Promotional Ticket to an Annual Pass at any Walt Disney World Resort ticket window (including the new ticket office at Disney Springs), but should you choose this option, you will have to pay sales tax on that purchase. If you choose to use all of the days of your Military Promotional Ticket and then purchase an Annual Pass later, you can purchase one through the Shades of Green ticket office at Walt Disney World Resort for the discounted military price (and sales tax free). 

    Did you know that if you qualify for the specially-priced Military Promotional Ticket then you also qualify for a specially-priced Memory Maker? With an Annual Pass, Memory Maker is included, but you can purchase one at any Walt Disney World Resort ticket window to accompany your Military Promotional Ticket purchase, too. Additionally, you may qualify for discounts on select stays at Walt Disney World Resort hotels! If you’re active duty or retired from the U.S. Military, you can also stay at Shades of Green, a resort hotel dedicated to U.S. service members and their families. (It’s our home-away-from-home for most of our Walt Disney World Resort vacations!)

    Let us know if you have any other questions as you begin planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, Brittany. We’re happy to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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