• On Apr 6, 2022
    Luis from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning a visit to celebrate my spouse returning from a 12-month deployment. Does Disney World do anything special for a returning service member?

    Hiya, Luis!

    Welcome back to planDisney, friend! First, allow me to thank your spouse, you, and your entire family for their service. The bravery and dedication to our country are greatly appreciated. I am sure you and your Ohana are counting down the days until the big arrival home. A trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth is the perfect setting to celebrate this momentous occasion. This is a wonderful time to visit. All four theme parks are currently in the middle of The World's Most Magical Celebration. There are so many new and exciting things to experience. One of my personal favorites is the Beacons of Magic. Each park's icon is turned into a dazzling display of lights every evening. You won't be able to miss them! They make a beautiful backdrop for welcome home photos that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

    Luis, I have a few tips and recommendations for you. It is worth noting that Walt Disney World Resort offers military discounts on theme park tickets and Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservations. You can speak to a Cast Member about booking with these great offers at (407) 939-7830. And for meaningful memories during your stay, check out the Flag Retreat Ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park. Head to Main Street U.S.A. to watch the American flag retire each evening. This is a moving tribute ceremony to thank all veterans. You can check the Walt Disney World website or My Disney Experience mobile app for the daily time during your visit. 

    I also suggest picking up Celebration buttons for your entire travel party. The complimentary buttons are customizable and let Cast Members know that you are celebrating something truly special. You can pick these celebratory accessories up at your Disney Resort hotel front desk or from any Guest Relations location. 

    And if you are looking to add a little extra magic to your stay, I recommend checking out the many Enchanting Extras that are available. Whether you want to get up close to some of the largest animals in Disney's Animal Kingdom or experience the nightly fireworks from a private cruise on the water, there is sure to be something that will help you plan the best trip ever. 

    I hope that your upcoming adventure is memorable and magical!
    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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