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  • On Jan 25, 2015
    Rachael from MO 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.

    We are a family of 6(32,28,9,7,6,4) traveling to WDW for the first time. We are a military family and staying off site. Are there any military perks offered that newbies like myself may not know about? Thanks by the way...your service is appreciated!


    Thank you for your family's service to our military.

    My husband is in the Air Guard, and we have enjoyed Disney's generous military offers of both discounted resort rooms and tickets. If you are staying off-site, you may want to consider the deep discount on resort rooms for a future vacation but for this trip you should certainly consider purchasing the military tickets. You may buy up to 6--a perfect fit--along with the Park Hopper and Water Parks & More options at prices that can't be beat. You can get them at your local MWR office on base or the Shades of Green Resort on Disney Property and save the tax or buy them at the theme park gate and pay tax.

    Disney offers a discount to the military on select nights for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Again, to save tax we hop over to Shades of Green typically to get our tickets but last year when they were sold out, Disney accommodated us at their ticket window. 

    A must-do for any military family is the daily Flag Retreat at the Magic Kingdom at 5:00 p.m. The Dapper Dans are on hand as well as Disney security to lower the flags in the traffic circle of Main Street. You used to be able to sign up in City Hall to participate in the ceremony but now the day's special guest is chosen at random. Like many opportunities, you increase your chances to be chosen by arriving well before rope drop and interacting with cast members. It probably doesn't hurt if you're wearing a military t-shirt, carrying your camo backpack or simply sporting a buzz cut! 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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