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2011 Armed Forces Salute Military Tickets

Travel Dates: October 24, 2010 – October 1, 2012

Update: April 19, 2011, Walt Disney World has just announced an extension of the Armed Forces Salut Tickets to cover through October 2, 2012, along with an extension of the military discount on the Disney World resort rooms. The ticket prices will remain the same. If you purchased your allotment of tickets during the 2011 dates prior to October 1, 2011, you are eligible for additional tickets during the 2012 dates.

UpdateJune 12, 2011, We have just received notice that the 2012 tickets will be basically unlimited. For travel between October 1, 2011 and October 2, 2012, eligible military members will be able to purchase an unlimited number of discounted park pases. You will be limited to purchasing 6 at a time, but no limit on the total.

Walt Disney World has just announced that Active and Retired U.S. Military, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard and active members of the National Guard or Reservists, may purchase 4-Day Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Tickets for themselves and up to five (5) family members and/or friends from $138 each. That is a maximum total of 6 tickets that can be purchased by each military member.

There are three different ticket options available for those wanting to visit Walt Disney World:

  • Walt Disney World 4 Day Military Salute Tickets with Park Hopper Option –  $138 each
  • Walt Disney World 4 Day Military Salute Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option – $138 each
  • Walt Disney World 4-Day Military Salute Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options – $165 each

Please note these ticket prices do not include tax. If purchased on base or at Shades of Green, no sales tax will be charged, but tickets purchased at WDW ticket windows will incur sales tax.

The Park Hopping ticket is valid for four days of admission into the four Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom Park). The Water Park and More option gives guests a total of four visits to a choice of a Disney water park, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain other attractions.

During this offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel may make a one-time purchase of up to a maximum of six 4-Day tickets (one theme park per day) for family members (including spouse) or friends.  All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be activated and purchased by September 28, 2011. Black out dates exist for these tickets. They may not be used at all between December 27 – 31, 2010, April 17 – 23, 2011 at all Disney World theme parks, and July 4, 2011 at Magic Kingdom only.

Vouchers are available for purchase at Shades of Green and on military bases beginning October 24, 2010, tax free. You must then take the voucher to a WDW ticket window and exchange for a ticket. Tickets are also available for purchase at Disney World ticket windows, but this purchase will be taxed.

Active or Retired Military must show a valid United States Military ID card. Activated members of the National Guard or Reservists must present their orders in addition to a Military ID card. Please contact Shades of Green if you have any questions concerning eligibility.

In addition to the available Walt Disney World tickets, Disneyland will be offering $99 tickets good for 3 days at the two Disneyland theme parks. The same restrictions apply.

Information on Eligibility and Park Passes

  • These tickets are for active and retired United States Military, including Coast Guard and active members of the Reserves or National Guard, and permanently disabled veterans with a valid military ID card.
  • If the service member is not present to purchase vouchers/tickets, the spouse or unremarried widow may purchase up to five tickets during the validity period. Military ID required.
  • The park passes may be upgraded to Seasonal Passes for Florida residents or Annual Passes, with credit toward the upgrade based on the actual price paid.
  • The No Expiration option cannot be added to these tickets. No other upgrades, such as adding additional days, will be available.
  • Tickets must be used by the same person on any and all days. They are not transferable.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other offer.

76 responses to “2011 Armed Forces Salute Military Tickets”

  1. Randi Avatar

    Wow, how exciting, thank you so much for posting this. I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise.

  2. Steph Campbell Avatar
    Steph Campbell

    Is there an expiration date on these?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Steph – Sorry, looks like I didn’t make that clear. These tickets expire October 1, 2011. There is on limit on when you use the four days, as long as they are used by 10/1/11, so you can use two days one trip, and two days another trip several months later.

  3. Tracey Avatar

    Keith, I believe you are mistaken.
    “They may not be used at all between December 17 – 31, 2010, April 17 – 23, 2011 at all Disney World theme parks, and July 4, 2011 at Magic Kingdom only.”

    These are “black-out” days that Disney has determined they will not honor the
    military priced tickets.

    “The No Expiration option cannot be added to these tickets. No other upgrades, such as adding additional days, will be available.”

    The “no expiration option” makes Disney tickets never expire. All tickets without
    this option expire 14 days after you first use them. Since they are stating this
    option is not available, the military priced tickets will expire 14 days after the 1st
    day they are used.

    Still not a bad deal and wonderful of Disney to offer this to our military families.

  4. Keith Avatar

    Tracey – I am not sure what the problem is with your first statement, I clearly noted that the tickets cannot be used those dates, they are blacked out.

    The military tickets are special tickets, and do not expire 14 days from first use, but expire on October 1, 2011. The quote directly from the press release:

    Disney Military Promotional Tickets (including any options) expire and may not be used after Oct. 1, 2011.

    The no-expiration option, which is not available, would extend the expiration past October 1, 2011. The four days on the tickets can be used at anytime between purchase and 10/1/11, they do not expire 14 days from first use.

  5. Tracey Avatar

    “Steph – Sorry, looks like I didn’t make that clear. These tickets expire October 1, 2011. There is on limit on when you use the four days, as long as they are used by 10/1/11, so you can use two days one trip, and two days another trip several months later.”

    what part is unclear. Your statement to Steph is misleading. You stated they can be used anytime before Oct 1, 2011. You failed to mention the black-out dates in your reply to Steph.

    As far as the “no expiration” when purchasing tickets from Disney they will always expire 14 days from the first day they are USED. Not from when purchased. They offer a “No Expiration” option if you choose to or need to use them after that 14 day period from the first day you visit the park. (REF:

    So, for example. If I purchased the 4-day park tickets today and went to the park in 3 months on Jan 20, 2011 for 2 days and then came home for 2 months and wanted to go back to Disney World on Apr 5, 2011 the tickets I used for 2 of the 4 days in Jan would no longer be valid UNLESS I had purchased the “no expiration” option. This is NOT available for the military priced tickets! (REF: your article above quoted “The No Expiration option cannot be added to these tickets…”)

  6. Keith Avatar

    Tracey – Sorry, I was unaware that I needed to repost the entire article in each comment, since the black out dates are posted above, no need to repost dates , it is understood.

    Please note these are not normal tickets. You are correct, when purchasing normal theme park tickets, they expire 14 days from first use. With military tickets, they DO NOT expire 14 days from first use, they expire October 1, 2011, regardless of when they are first used.

    If you have any questions, or do not believe me, feel free to call Shades of Green or Walt Disney World ticketing. I just did.

  7. Tracey Avatar

    Yes Keith, you would think it would be understood. However…

    If you could please offer a reference for the military tickets being special I’d greatly appreciate it, as I have been unable to locate anything stating these tickets are in any way special outside the amazing price. Aside from calling, I prefer to see it in writing from the source. Unfortunately, our typically dishonest society has made me that way.

    1. Keith Avatar

      Tracey – All that was made available in writing is here:

      Shades of Green Press Release

      Walt Disney World Press Release

      You will notice on each of them they clearly state that the tickets expire October 1, 2011. There is no other mention of expiration. All of the past military tickets had the same expiration details, they did not expire until the expiration date, which was the end of the offer period. On many of these military deals, you must call Shades of Green to get the complete story. I called both Shades of Green and Disney World ticketing, both told the same thing on the phone.

  8. Ken Avatar

    It is truly sad that Disney and others only give such benefits to active and retired military. As an 18 year non retired veteran this hurts more deeply than words can express.

  9. Keith Avatar

    Ken – Have you called Shades of Green to see if you qualify?

  10. Tiffany Avatar

    Another interesting fact I thought I would add for people like me, is the availability to trade your tickets in if you are unable to use them by the expiration date. We bought the military ones this past year, but my husband unfortunately was not able to come home from Iraq until after they expired.. I was frantic and called Disney. They informed me that we do not “lose” the money invested in unused tickets that have not been activated (vouchers that we never were able to go and get actual tickets to use). You can trade, not add, not transfer, but trade them in for other tickets where the money you paid on these tickets is applied to the new ticket pricing.. So you will be paying more for the tickets, but in essence you put a down payment on them when you bought the military ones. And you can trade them in for any day combo.. ie: 2 day, 3 day, 4 day, etc.. I am gonna double check but this should mean for us that we can trade in our vouchers from last year and pay 40 more per ticket and still receive the new military tickets.
    Good luck everyone

  11. Keith Avatar

    Tiffany – thanks for the note. The ticket cost can also be applied to annual passes and other tickets (seasonal Florida resident passes, etc).

  12. Dianna Avatar

    Keith – thank you for the awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O)

  13. Mike Avatar

    I have a couple questions. My daughter will be 20 months old when we are planniing on taking advantage of this. Does she require a ticket to any of these parks that apply? Second, can you visit one park multiple times in the four days, or is it one time only for each park? Thank you

  14. Keith Avatar

    Dianna – No problem, hope you can use this great deal!

    Mike – Tickets are not required to the Disney theme parks for kids 2 and under, so you will not need to purchase a ticket for your daughter, she will be free.

    The tickets are open to any of the four Disney theme parks, you could spend all four days in one park if you wish, or visit all four parks over the four days, up to you. If you have the hopping option on the tickets, you can then go to more than one park per day.

  15. Wizard Avatar

    Any chance Disney would consider making these tickets good for 6 or 7 days? Most vacatiions are one week. I took my family to Disney World earlier this year and took advantage of these tickets. First off – THANKS for offering this benefit! But my trip was Saturday to Saturday. Essentially 6 park use days. So even with Park Hopper and Water Parks and More, we still needed to pay for an additional day at regular prices. (A GREAT time was had by all and we WILL lbe back) Just a thought.

  16. Keith Avatar

    I always thought it was strange, that they limited the length of the tickets, but these are a result of negotiations between Disney and the military, one of them must have a reason why they want them limited. A few years ago, you could extend the purchased ones by adding days to them once there, but for 2010 and 2011, they have removed that option.

    I guess you can always look at purchasing 2 for each person, but then you are close to the regular price for tickets.

    I might suggest you give Shades of Green a call and voice your concern over the length of the tickets, maybe they will take that into consideration next time around.

  17. Theresa Avatar

    Would the military member or spouse have to be present to trade the purchased vouchers in for tickets at the park? For example, if I bought vouchers on base with a military ID, but then ended up not being able to go with my extended family (civilians), could they still redeem them at the park without me and my military ID for admission?

  18. Ashley Avatar

    Do any of the Disney cruise lines offer any military discounts for families? I know every year for Disney parks have offered something but was wondering about the cruise lines.

    1. Keith Avatar

      Ashley – Yes, Disney does offer military discounts on cruises. They change weekly, and are updated each Monday morning. We keep track of them here:

      Disney Cruise Discounts

      They are usually made available on short notice, so right now, only November and December cruises are listed.

  19. Julia Avatar

    I am retired Air Force and I have a question about redeeming the voucher – if I purchase the voucher on base do I have to be at WDW with my military ID again to redeem the tickets. I would like to give to my son for a wedding present but I don’t think that they would like me to be there for the Honeymoon. Is there another option that I can use?


    1. Keith Avatar

      Julia and Theresa – Sorry, I cannot answer questions about availability or usage. I would suggest you call Disney at 407-939-7830 or Shades of Green.

  20. Jamie Avatar

    Julia or Theresa, have either of you called to check things out? If not, I will give them a call and see, thanks!

  21. Stacy Avatar

    Where can military go to purchase the tickets other than Shades of Green – the Disney website lists to go to “U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets”. Where would that be?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Stacy – You will need to go on base to your MWR or ITT office, they are the only ones who can sell tickets other than Shades of Green or at the WDW Ticket windows.

  22. Karen Avatar

    If I want to buy an annual pass at Disneyland, are there any cost savings? The first time I called Disneyland, they clearly stated that I would be able to deduct $99 from the price of the annual pass. The second time I called, they stated that I would be required to purchase a 3-day pass for $99, then convert that to an annual pass resulting in zero cost savings.

    Am I missing something?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Karen – I am not aware of any military discounts on annual passes for Disneyland, you may want to check with your MWR/ITT to see if they have any info. The second answer is correct, you can convert any park pass, including the military tickets, into annual passes. It doesn’t save you any money, but you can do it.

  23. vanessa Avatar

    I have called MWR and they told me the black out dates are December 27-31. I even received email and said that the blackout dates were December 27-31. So I’m a little confuse I was going to buy my tickets already!!

  24. Keith Avatar

    Vanessa – Black out dates are December 27 – 31, you are correct, it was a typo in the post which has now been fixed. Sorry!

  25. Tiffany Avatar

    Went to Disney this weekend and wanted to confirm some information. We were able to trade in our unused vouchers from last year and pay the difference for the new vouchers. You are able to use them any time, in any day increments until the expiration date in Oct. You do not have to use subsequent days within 14 days of first day use. We had a wonderful time! We opted for the 4 days of disney plus 4 days of water park and more fun.. This gives us a total of 8 days of disney and water fun. We used 2 days of magic kingdom, plan to return in the spring for the other 2, and then 4 days in the summer for water fun. We have 4 kids, so it was not a problem for us to only go to one park a day as it is difficult to move around the parks w/ that many children. You can choose to visit a water park and one of the disney resort parks in the same day.. just not more than one disney resort park in the same day. You can go back and forth between the park of choice for the day and a water park. Magic Kingdom was decorated for christmas and it was just beautiful!

    1. Keith Avatar

      Tiffany – Thanks for the update, glad you are getting good use out of your tickets!

  26. Christine Avatar

    I echo Ken’s sentiment; my husband and I each served 12 years Army, and yet somehow we’re never treated as “real” veterans. If anyone finds out that an Honorable D/C DD-214 can get one treated as a “veteran” please post.

  27. Tara Avatar

    Karen- If you go through ITT you get a whopping $9.50 discount on premium passes. Just to let you know.

  28. Jerry Boulton Avatar
    Jerry Boulton

    How do I get the voucher I need to present at Shades of Green to get Armed forces Salute tickets?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Jerry – No voucher is needed, just show your military ID at Shades of Green to purchase tickets there.

  29. JOHN Lam Avatar
    JOHN Lam

    I am 100% disabled and my id card says DAV/PRM, I called my local itt ticket office and I called disney and I was told by both that I am not eligible for the military special that disney is offering? Where did you get your info from? The disney web site does not say anything about being a disabled veteran.

    1. Keith Avatar

      John – The information in the post was provided by Disney and Shades of Green. Now looking at the SOG website, it appears they have changed the terms, which I guess they have the right to do. Please call them concerning qualification, they are the ones who make all decisions.

  30. Jerry Boulton Avatar
    Jerry Boulton

    The Shades of Green website lists a 4 day adult ticket at $314. Your site says $138. Do you know which is correct ?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Jerry – The special 4 day pass is $138:

      I think you must be looking at the normal military tickets available through SOG rather than the limited time tickets currently available.

  31. Jerry Boulton Avatar
    Jerry Boulton

    Thank you Keith. Jerry

  32. Rose Avatar


    My husband is in the ANGB, are we eligible for these tickets? He had orders this past April. Will these orders work for us?


    1. Keith Avatar

      Rose – As with all eligibility questions, you must contact Shades of Green to see you if you qualify.

  33. Rose Avatar


    Thanks for you quick response. I spoke with Shades and we are good to go. If a person is an active ANGB Reservist. they are eligible for these tickets as well. FYI.


  34. Keith Avatar

    Rose – Thanks for the update, and have a great trip!

  35. Veronica Avatar

    Question, my husband (retired Navy), daughter, and I purchased the current discounted tickets (three total) and went in November. Since we’ve only purchased three tix’s can we purchase three more and go later this year before the cut off date? I didn’t see any fine print that says you can’t …but thought I’d ask. Hope my question makes sense.

    1. Keith Avatar

      Veronica – You should be fine, Disney doesn’t keep track of who uses the passes, so as long as you have passes left you can purchase, you should be able to use them.

  36. Eve Avatar

    Can I purchase two military salute tickets for use now and then the rest (4) in the summer?

    Also, do we all need to go to the same parks on a given day?

  37. Melissa Avatar

    Can My friend that is in the air force buy me and my family 3 tickets and go with us to disnneyland but he has a pass already. So he would only buy our tickets, would that still work?

  38. Keith Avatar

    Eve – Sure, you can use them anytime between now and the expiration date. No, you can split up, do anything you want, the tickets are not linked to each other or to certain parks.

    Melissa – Not 100% sure, but shouldn’t be a problem.

  39. Keith Avatar

    Keith, I purchased 4 day park hopper tickets for my trip in June. Do you know if it is possible to add waterparks and more option to them? I have called Disney and the sales rep was unsure. I called SOG and left 2 voice mails but no return call yet. I am hoping I can add the option or exchange the tickets at SOG when I get there.

  40. Keith Avatar

    Keith – I would think so. On normal Disney tickets, you can add those options at any ticket window. I would think you would be fine to take them to Shades of Green and exchange them. I would keep trying to get ahold of them though, just to make sure.

  41. Mark Avatar

    Keith, Can a veteran also get the $138 4-day hopper pass?

    1. Keith Avatar

      Ken – According to the rules:

      “These tickets are for active and retired United States Military”. I would double check with Shades of Green though before you assume you qualify, it is worth the phone call.

  42. christie Avatar

    Keith, can an active duty military member buy tickets for the family at mwr on base and not go with the family to disneyland?

  43. Linnea Avatar

    Keith, my mother is a 100% disabled veteran and has an government issued ID card through the veterans. Does she qualify for any of the Disney discounts? Thanks!

    1. Keith Avatar

      Linnea – As mentioned before, I cannot answer eligibility questions, you will need to contact Shades of Green.

  44. Ryan Avatar

    My question is similar to one asked before. I (Army spouse) want to purchase tickets for my children and their 2 grandparents to go to WDW. I will purchase them here at my local MWR. I am unable to go due to a move. So my question is, can they use them without me being present to show my military i.d.? Thank you for your help.

    1. Keith Avatar

      Ryan – My answer is going to be the same as before, no idea. Please call Shades of Green, I will not answer questions on eligibility or usage, Shades of Green sets the rules, call them.

  45. Ryan Avatar

    Thank you. After re-reading your posts I saw that. Thanks for the prompt response

  46. Keith Avatar

    Ryan – No problem. I just don’t want to pass out invalid information and have you base purchases or travel on what I tell you. I feel better of you call Shades of Green to get the correct information. If they are wrong, you then have someone besides me to blame 😉

    Hope it works out for you and everyone has a great trip.

  47. Ryan Avatar

    I called and was told that the military service member or the spouse must be present with their ID…out of luck I guess.

  48. Karen Avatar

    My dad bought us tickets but has fallen iill and cannot make the trip. Are these tickets useless now as he won’t be with us to validate

    1. Keith Avatar

      Karen – No idea, contact Shades of Green to find out, they will be able to give you the correct answer.

  49. christine Avatar

    hi everyone, once the tickets have been activated , they do expire 4 days from that day. I have used these options several years in a row and you cannot use them on 2 separate occasions . even though they expire on oct 2011, that only means you can buy them now but if you don’t use them by oct 2011, they wont be any good. they must all be used in one visit

  50. debbie wilkerson Avatar
    debbie wilkerson

    i have 9 children and two granschildren so i need 12 tickets to use on the same day how do i get all 12 tickets for the same day

  51. Keith Avatar

    Debbie – Each military member is allowed to purchase up to 6 four day tickets each. The tickets can be used by only one person. If you need 12, you will need to have multiple military members and each will have to purchase 4 day passes for everyone.

  52. Jerry Avatar

    Good morning. I’m a retired Canadian Air force veteran, (retired as a Master Warrant Officer). Do the discount tickets apply to our troops as well? We served together on foreign shores, and it would be nice to enjoy Disney together. Please contact me and let me know as I would like to take my family on a holiday to Florida. Thank you in advance. Jerry

    1. Keith Avatar

      Jerry – My understanding is that this is for US military only. I would suggest you contact Shades of Green though to clarify and/or state your dissatisfaction.

  53. Sandye Avatar

    Good morning Keith,
    I’m just wondering… do you know anything about:

    This Veteran’s Day Weekend, Heroes Get in Free
    “Honoring Service to America” Tickets
    November 11–13, 2011,

    the location is in Williamsburgh, VA. Thank you for any help on this matter.

  54. Keith Avatar

    LOL – Hmm, Disney doesn’t have a big presence in Williamsburg:

  55. Edward Rubia Avatar
    Edward Rubia

    hi i would like to avail 4 day military salute with hopper in disney world.
    Do I have to purchase tickets in person for the discount? $138.00 value

  56. zelbra Simmons Avatar
    zelbra Simmons

    Was wondering why is the blackout day for the 4 day hopper on two web sites that I went to listed the days as dec 27-31. But when I went to purchase the tickets the blackout dates on the tickets was starting Dec 26

    1. Keith Avatar

      Zelbra – No idea, our information came directly from the press release. My guess is they/Disney decided to alter the dates after the original information was released. The Shades of Green website is updated with the correct December 26 date.

  57. mike Avatar

    Keith, we have a friend in the military who wants to give us Disneyland tickets for Christmas. if he buys them on base here in tucson, can we still use them in Disneyland without him being with us? i would hate for him to waste his money if we cant use them.

  58. Keith Avatar

    Mike – Sorry, I refuse to answer any eligibility questions, I just don’t know enough about the military tickets to give you an answer I feel confident about.

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