Disney military Tickets 2019

It is so hard for me to believe that 2019 is already 5 months over! Not sure where the time has gone! We have actually already had our yearly girls trip to Disney! The girls and I went in  March this year and it was fabulous!  yes, we did use the Disney Military Tickets. And as always it did save us a ton of money. Every year I am grateful that Disney continues to honor the military and give us such a great deal. To be honest we couldn’t afford to do Disney as often as we do without such great Disney Military Discounts.

That being said, I did a video when Disney first announced the 2019 military special and since then I have gotten a lot of questions. I hope that this post will help clear up a few points. I may make another video.

The Disney Military tickets at 2019 can be a tricky thing. They can also be easy. But if anything they do take a bit of planning.

The prices for 2019

  • 4-day park hopper for $241 plus tax
  • 4-day park hopper plus for $291 plus tax
  • 5-day park hopper for $257 plus tax
  • 5-day park hopper plus for $307 plus tax

This ticket deal is available January 1, 2019 through December 19, 2019

When are Disney Military Tickets good for?

This changed in recent years. They used to go by fiscal year (Oct to Oct) but now they go from Jan until the end of Dec.

Why is this important? It has to do with when the tickets for the coming year are announced and available and getting that all important fastpass.

You have to have tickets to get fastpasses. And to get on some of the most sought after rides, Toy Story, Pandora, 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and Frozen you have to be right at the 60 day out to get them. And they go fast!

So if your trip is January 5th you have to be ready and online to get your fastpasses on November 6th.

Disney has been announcing the ticket cost for the upcoming year in August. This makes it possible to get those tickets from your local military base in time to get those all important Fastpasses. For the year 2020 the announcement will come in the fall.

But remember that Disney does not have to offer these tickets. They really don’t. We have come to expect them, and sincerely hope the the trend will continue, but Disney could stop the special incentive Disney Military Tickets at any time.

The tickets that you purchase for 2019 are good for –

This ticket deal is available January 1, 2019 through December 19, 2019

Where to get the Disney Military Tickets

You will get your tickets from 1 of 3 places –

  1. Your local ticket office (or any base ticket office)
  2. Shades of Green
  3. Disney World

You can purchase the tickets at the main gates at Disney World. That being said you will pay tax on it. So I really don’t suggest this option.

Military ticket offices and Shades of Green both have tickets available for eligible. While Shades of Green always have tickets on hand, many times base ticket offices have to order them. From my personal experience it takes about 2 weeks for them to receive the tickets. Be sure to find out when they will have your ticket. Here in San Antonio they actually take my card number so I know those tickets are mine.

Who can get these tickets

For this I am going to copy and paste directly from the official Disney site.

“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active or retired Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/military-multi-day-tickets-2019/

What does this all mean? I will give you what I know, but if you have any question as to if you are eligible I strongly recommend that you contact Shades of Green. They have a lot more answers than I do.

  • If you are active duty military you are eligible.
  • If you are retired military you are eligible. Now this is retired military with 20 + years, not medically retired. That means you have an ID card that says retired.
  • If you are a spouse of active duty or retired. That means that you have an ID Card that identifies you as such. I have a dependent ID card that clearly states I am the spouse of a retiree.

There are a lot of questions about medically retired qualifying for the Special Military Salute tickets. I have found conflicting information all around. I don’t want to put out any information that will possibly be false, so my suggestion is to contact Shades of Green to see which tickets you qualify.

What other types of tickets and/or discounts are available

Now all of this information has been on the special promotional tickets that Disney offers every year. That being said there are other Discounted Disney Tickets available. Buying Magic Your Way Tickets at your ticket office or Shades of Green offering savings as well. It is not as substantial savings as the Special offer for Disney Military tickets. But it is a savings.

My thing is if I am making a purchase over $100 I always check to see if I can get it on base. I know I will be saving the tax, even if the item is less expensive. The tickets may not save you money, but you are saving that money for taxes.

Here are the Shades of Green Prices. Compare them to the gate prices at Walt Disney World. Remember that prices at the gate vary according to when you are going with the new tier pricing. I compared a 4 day ticket in May and it was a savings of around $13 per ticket.

And don’t forget that Shades of Green offer other tickets as well. You can get your SeaWorld and Universal tickets there as well as other Florida attractions.

Oh and let me add, they also have limited amounts of tickets available for hard ticketed events at Walt Disney World, like Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Remember any ticket you purchase at Shades of Green or at your Ticket Office is tax free.

As always go out and do something great today!

Have a Magical Day!

Judi

 

 

 

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