Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 17, 2010
    Regina from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have seen that active and retired military get big discounts, but does that apply to disabled veterans as well? My husband served in the Gulf War and is now disabled. We are planning to come June '10 with our 3 kids. Look forward to some good news.

    Hi Regina,

    Please tell your husband I said thank you for serving in the military and protecting our freedom!

    I called Disney this morning and was told that 100% service connected disabled veterans are included in the latest offer. However, he needs to bring his military ID card with him. You would need to call to make the reservation or work with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. I also talked to a Vacation Planner this morning to get a different perspective and was told that Disney sometimes asks for a copy of the military ID card to be faxed with the booking.

    Also, have you looked into the Shades of Green resort? It's an Armed Forces Recreation Center in the heart of Disney World. Their website is Active duty, retired military, and 100% disabled veterans (and a few others -- see their website) can stay at this beautiful resort that is right across the street from the Polynesian Resort. There are several places to eat there and based on my experience, it's much cheaper to eat there in general than at other places in Walt Disney World.

    You can also purchase Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes tickets at the Shades of Green, which basically include the Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options for the normal Magic Your Way tickets. I have found them to be less expensive than purchasing normal Magic Your Way tickets with those options. You don't have to stay at the Shades of Green to get these tickets, but if you're not, you do have to be staying at a Disney resort hotel.

    You would have to do the math to determine which way is better for your family. I recently helped a neighbor and in her situation, which was heavily influenced by when she was going, it was less expensive to stay at the Shades of Green and get their special tickets. That's before taking into account that the restaurants at the Shades of Green is relatively inexpensive.

    Write back if you have any more questions. 
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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