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  • On Sep 16, 2022
    Jill from SD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a Veteran's discount when purchasing tickets for Disneyland?

    Hiya, Jill!

    Welcome to planDisney! We're so happy that you found us hEAR. My name is Kristen, and I'm happy to be your planEAR today!

    First off, I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' on behalf of all of my panel pals for your family's service. My husband is an Air Force Veteran and I am very familiar with the sacrifices y'all've made over the yEARs.

    This is a tricky answer. Disney does offer a 3 or 4-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket (also sometimes known as a 'Salute ticket') to those who are currently Active Duty, Reservists, 100% retired after 20 yEARs of service, or those who have a 100% service-connected disability. Each eligible service member's family (either the member or the spouse, but not both) can purchase up to six of these tickets per calendar year. However, either the service member or the spouse must be in the group visiting the parks with these tickets as there is Mil ID validation at the time of entry.

    If you or your service member qualify in one of those groups, these passes can be purchased on *most U.S. bases and posts. (*Call your nEARest ITT or MWR before you drive over there to make sure they carry these tickets first. If your closest installation doesn't regularly stock Disneyland Resort tickets, the rumor is that the travel office at Camp Pendleton has been mailing tickets out to folks not stationed in Southern California.) Do note that the last day of use on these tickets is December 16 this yEAR. This offer is typically renewed annually, however, we've yet to hEAR the details of the promo for 2023, so stay tuned!

    Most U.S. Military bases also offer slightly discounted standard theme park tickets that are open to more groups, both to buy and to use. Pretty much the rule is if you can get on base, you can buy these passes. Or, if you know someone who can buy these tickets for you, these passes do NOT have any stipulations on who can use them, nor do they need to be verified at the gate, etc. I actually purchased these tix for my dear friends and fellow panelists Kristin C. and Veronica O. when we were stationed in Southern California and they had zero issues using them without me. To find out more info on these tickets, google the ticket office of your nearest base, and then once on their homepage find their ticket price sheet. (It's usually a PDF.) Or, if your base doesn't carry these tickets, you can also find out more info from Camp Pendleton's website.

    Pro Tip: One new post-pandemic procedure is that each guest needs to have a Park Pass Reservation in addition to their park ticket which notates which park you plan on playing in on what day. Park Pass Reservations tend to book up solid in the days and weeks before each Disney day, which is why it's not recommended to wait to purchase your tickets until you're in town.

    I hope that this helped to clEAR up your question, Jill! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation 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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