Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Jul 10, 2023
    Elizabeth from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am just starting to plan our Disney vacation for April 2024 and while researching on site hotels I am finding that purchasing Hotel & Ticket package together is way more expensive than purchasing individually. We are retired military.

    Hi Elizabeth,  

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you (or your family members) for the service to our great nation – as a retired military family, you have the honor of receiving some special discounts and offers for a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort. I’m happy to help you understand what’s available so that you can put together the puzzle pieces of an amazing trip!

    Packages that combine theme park tickets and a resort stay are available for purchase, with various special offers appearing throughout the year so you're smart to be in research mode! You’re correct that your special retired military status will usually result in more savings, for example - if you purchase the Disney Military Salute Tickets and take advantage of special savings on a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel with Military Rates. You can purchase each separately using your Disney account and they will be linked together as one vacation, organized in your personal digital hub of My Disney Experience.

    The Disney Military Salute Tickets are offered as 4- or 5-Day tickets and are exclusively for retired military personnel and their families. If your family needs tickets for a different number of days, I suggest you look at the theme park ticket prices through Shades of Green. This is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located on the Walt Disney World Resort property. While their eligibility for both theme park tickets and resort stays extends to Veterans as well as retired military status, they offer wonderful savings on a variety of ticket options. When you purchase through their website, the tickets arrive to you already activated so you can head straight to the theme park entrance on your first day. My family has enjoyed staying at this resort, which boasts the largest standard view rooms on property! The simple styling and generous living space, plus many amenities and central location make it a nice option for qualifying families at a great rate.

    Please note that the rates for booking with military savings in 2024 are not yet available through Disney directly, so keep an eye on the website for that announcement this fall. At anytime you can put together a combination of these great offers for retired military families to maximize savings on your personalized vacation:  

    I hope you’re able to take advantage of these special offers which honor your family’s service and can give you an amazing time together, Elizabeth! Please don’t hesitate to write back to me directly if you have any further questions. I’d love to help you make the most of this magical vacation!  

    With gratitude,

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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