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  • On Sep 24, 2023
    Monti from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My father and step mother are retired military. If they buy our tickets, are we able to use them without them being there?

    Hi Monti, welcome to planDisney!

    I, too, have a retired military member in my family and am thankful for the star-spangled offers that allow us to experience the magic of Walt Disney World Resort vacations together regularly. Let's go over the different types of tickets available to military members and their families as well as their use requirements.

    I am visiting Walt Disney World Resort with friends next month and my mother-in-law purchased a 1-day Magic Your Way ticket for me while on base yesterday. Magic Your Way Tickets purchased on base are available in a variety of ticket lengths and types (Base, with Park Hopper, or with Park Hopper Plus). I used the number in her confirmation email to link the ticket to my My Disney Experience account. The ticket requires a theme park reservation and must be used by December 31, 2024. Magic Your Way Tickets purchased on base do not require activation and can be used without the service member being present.

    For my family's January visit, we hope to purchase 2024 Disney Military Salute Tickets. There has been no official announcement about the availability or cost of these tickets in the new year, but information about the 2023 Disney Military Salute Tickets can be found on the Special Offers page. Traditionally, each Eligible Service Member can purchase up to six of these deeply discounted tickets each year and tickets purchased on base require in-person activation at Guest Relations before use. Active and valid US Military ID must be shown. My father-in-law typically activates our Disney Military Salute Tickets at the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs before our first park day and our entire party is present for activation. Once the tickets are activated, they can be used like any other ticket, meaning the Eligible Service Member does not need to be present to enter a theme park. While on base yesterday, my mother-in-law was told to begin calling in mid-November to see if 2024 Disney Military Salute Tickets are available.

    In addition to purchasing tickets on base, Monti, Eligible Service Members can purchase both Magic Your Way and Disney Military Salute Tickets via the Shades of Green Ticket Office. The biggest difference is that Disney Military Salute Tickets purchased from Shades of Green come pre-activated, which means in-person activation is not required. This is your only chance to use Disney Military Salute Tickets if your father and stepmother do not plan on experiencing the parks with you.

    To summarize, Monti, you can use Magic Your Way tickets purchased on base or Disney Military Salute Tickets purchased via Shades of Green without your father or stepmother being present. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly with any follow-up questions, and please thank your father and stepmother for their service. We are the land of the free because of the brave men and women like them.

    Choose magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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