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  • On Dec 23, 2020
    Shannon from VA Asked

    I am a NREMT and am wondering if Disney is offering any kind of ticket discounts for first responders. My husband is, also, a Volunteer fire fighter and we are wanting to give our children a AMAZING Christmas next year.

    Hi Shannon,

    Welcome to planDisney! We are thrilled to help you plan an AMAZING trip for your family to the Walt Disney World Resort! Many thanks to both of you for your service and sacrifice.

    All of the current discounts offered can be found as part of the Special Offers. Although there are currently no rates specific to first responders, there are some great discounts offered throughout the year. Once you decide the exact dates of your visit, you can see which special offers apply. Keep an eye on those special offers because new ones get released throughout the year!

    There are, however, other select hotels that are in close proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort including Good Neighbor Hotels that may offer special rates for first responders. In the past, the Swan and Dolphin hotels have offered special rates applicable to nurses. The Swan and Dolphin hotels are located in Disney's BoardWalk area and are within walking distance to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. You would need to contact these hotels directly to see if those rates could be applicable to other first responders and are available for the dates of your visit.

    Although I have stayed at a few of these other properties, my preference is always a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel because of the incredible amenities they offer and their proximity to the parks. My family prefers deluxe and deluxe villa resorts within walking distance to one or more parks and we love resorts with access to monorail transportation. We also adore the value resort hotels with access to the Disney Skyliner. When I stayed at other hotels, they did have transportation to the theme parks, but it did not run as often as I had hoped.

    Once you have priced a few Walt Disney World Resort Hotels with the special offers available, then compare those prices to a few of the other select hotels or Good Neighbor hotels. Compare amenities and remember to consider proximity to theme parks and transportation options. Keep in mind also that when you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, you get complimentary transportation from the Orlando International Airport to your resort hotel. Our girls LOVE Disney's Magical Express and feel as if that bus ride is the official start of each magical vacation!

    As you plan, do keep in mind all of the holiday magic that happens each year! We just returned from a stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and it was absolutely gorgeous! One night we returned to a pianist playing holiday music in the main lobby area, the holiday decor was stunning, and the views of Cinderella Castle from the resort were breathtaking. 

    Shannon, you all deserve an amazing trip! Start doing your comparison pricing now and keep your eye on the special offers over the next several months. Sending a little planning pixie dust your way!

    Magic and memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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