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  • On Jan 21, 2022
    Natasha from HI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a family member who is a veteran and and wants to buy tickets with his military discount for my children as a gift but cannot make the trip with us. Does my veteran family member need to be present for us to activate the tickets?

    Hi Natasha!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you for sending this question to us hEAR. Please allow me to say a huge 'Thank You!' to your Veteran, as well as to you for supporting them. Mine is a military family too, and I'm very familiar with these offers. I'm happy to be your planEAR today!

    You asked a great question. There are technically two different kinds of Disneyland Resort Theme Park Admission Tickets available to U.S. Military Members. The first is the Disney Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket, which is also known as the 'Disney Military Salute.' This ticket has a lot of rules and stipulations, the most important one in your case being that yes, the service member would need to be present for its use. These tickets can only be purchased by those who are currently Active Duty, Reservists, full 20-year (or more!) Retirees, or those with 100% service-connected disabilities. In the pre-pandemic times, these tickets could be purchased at the ticket booths at Disneyland, but currently they are only sold at base/post ticket and travel offices. 

    There is, however, a second ticket option that can be used by anyone without a service member being present. These tickets sadly don't have a cool nickname, they are just slightly discounted regular theme park admission tickets. These tickets can only be purchased on base/post, and I'm happy to say that as of 2020 Veterans who did not serve a full 20 years before getting out can purchase these passes with an updated VHIC (Veteran's Health Identification Card) showing their disability rating or by having a friend with base access purchase them on their behalf. I've personally purchased these tickets and handed them off to friends (including my fellow panelists Kristin C. and Veronica O.) who were able to have fun-tastic Disney days without me or my service member present.

    No matter which tickets you purchase, Natasha, don't forget to link them to your My Disneyland Account or through the Disneyland Mobile App so you can make your Park Pass Reservations. And my last Pro Tip today is to check out the official planDisney Instagram account! We're sharing all kinds of cool tips and tricks, and soon we'll be sharing what not to miss at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival which kicks off a few days before your visit!

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up a bit, Natasha. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions, We're All Ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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