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  • On Nov 29, 2022
    Manya from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, my husband is retired Air Force and I was wondering about the military discount tickets for Disneyland. We have 8 children (7 of which are under 18) and was wondering if there is an exception to the 6 ticket limit for larger families?

    Hiya, Manya!

    Welcome to planDisney!

    My husband is an Air Force guy too, so I'm very familiar with the wonderful Disney Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets. These passes, also sometimes known as the "Disney Salute" tickets, are like you said limited to a maximum number of six tickets per family per yEAR. However, exceptions might be possible for families with a greater number of dependents such as yours.

    Before the pandemic, you could plead your case and purchase extra tickets at the Guest Relations location just outside of the theme park entrance turnstiles. However, due to a few new policies that were enacted for the reopening that are sadly still in place, military tickets can now only be purchased on base or through approved online military ticket sellers in advance of your visit to The Happiest Place on Earth. The bases and online sellers used to have to stick to the strict limit of six. However, there is now verbiage in the contract for base and post ticket offices where they can reach out to Disneyland and see if an extension of the salute ticket limit can be approved to cover all of your *dependents. (*Dependents meaning just the spouse and children who still qualify for standard dependent benefits; limit extensions would not be considered for parents, friends, the service member's siblings, children who have aged out of dependent status, etc.)

    Depending on your base or post, they may or may not know this. You might have to push a little bit to get an MWR/ITT supervisor to call the Disneyland Military Sales office to hopefully approve the extra tickets your family needs. You might also have better luck calling a Military ticket sales office that has full-service travel agents vs. stopping by the base or post that is more like a ticket window. Camp Pendleton has a full-service travel office, and I've heard that they even mail tickets out to those across the country, so for sure reach out to them. But you can also call the other base/posts in your area to ask if they would be able to sell more than six if you can prove your number of dependents. The Pro Tip here is to reach out to the largest installation in your area as they'll most likely have already been down this road.

    If you're still unable to secure the four extra passes that you need, or if your child who is over 18 is no longer considered a dependent, military sales offices do also sell discounted standard Disneyland Admission Tickets. The discount isn't as great as the salute offer, but it's a better price than what you'll find online or at the Disneyland gate. Don't forget to purchase your tickets with as much advance notice as you can should you need to wait for them to be mailed to you, but also so you can make the much-needed Park Pass Reservations for each person in your party. Park Pass Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, but they start becoming harder to come by around six weeks out.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR up your question, Manya, and I hope that you're able to secure the extra passes that your party needs for the Best! Disney! Day! Ever! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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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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