Grandfather, Dad and Son; Nemo and Friends; The Seas; Epcot
  • On Mar 7, 2024
    Gloria from VA 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 grandpa is a veteran and he wants to gift his grandchildren some tickets,he will be buying from the base. Does he have to be present at Disney world? He will not be able to attend our trip..Would he need to buy the standard military tickets.

    Hello Gloria, and welcome to planDisney!

    Let me start by saying thank you to your grandfather for serving our country. While we all have our favorite Disney heroes (mine is Mulan!), our armed service members and their families are the true superheroes.

    Your grandfather is so sweet and generous for wanting to purchase tickets for his family. To take advantage of exclusive theme park admission like the Military Salute Ticket, he must be present at the start of your vacation to activate the tickets at a Walt Disney World ticket window. Your grandpa's local base may occasionally offer discounted tickets other than the Military Salute. Still, he will need to read the fine print and activation rules carefully before purchasing, as they may also require his presence.

    I hope you can work something out, Gloria. If your grandfather decides to accompany his grandchildren on the trip, it's important to know that the Military Salute Tickets and other non-date-specific tickets still require theme park reservations. Once these specialty tickets are linked in My Disney Experience, use the "Tickets & Parks" dropdown menu at the top left corner of the Walt Disney World home page and select "Make Theme Park Reservations" to take care of this.

    Best wishes for a memorable visit next week! Spring is a fantastic time of year in Florida, and my favorite theme park, EPCOT, looks especially bloom-tiful, thanks to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. From the outdoor kitchens to the elaborate topiaries, prepare yourself for a feast of the senses! Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney with your inquiry, and we look forward to welcoming you "home" very soon.

    Have a magical day,
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Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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