Bestfares votes Orlando as the best value loaded with perks and freebies for active or retired military families. Discounts for cars rentals, hotels, attractions, airfare and so much more!
If you have a friend or family member that has retired from the military or is currently serving in the armed forces. We believe that Orlando, Florida is the number one destination in America with the best discounts and freebies.
Here in Dallas, we see hundreds of GI Joe's and Jane's returning from Afghanistan and Iraq almost daily. Hundreds of people cheer them on- wives and children have tears, smiles and laughter when they see their loved ones come off these planes.
Where can these families go on vacation on a military salary and have a relaxing time without breaking the bank?
We believe the Orlando area in Florida is just loaded with free and deeply discounted theme park tickets to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Universal and yes even Disney World.
Did you know that Disney World has special hotel accommodations for military only and discounts of up to 67% or more off park tickets.
Below is a list of discounts to help you fly to Orlando for less, rent a car for less, stay for less, eat for less, and be entertained for less!
By no means is this a complete list of the military discounts available. There are far too many hotels, restaurants and venues that offer military discounts.
Don't forget many chain restaurants such as Applebee's, Denny's, Sizzler, Pizza Hut, and others offer military discounts, just remember to ask for the discount.
2012 Military Ticket Discount
$99 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for Members of the U.S. Military — Now Extended through September 28, 2012
The Disneyland Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering 3-Day Park Hopper tickets for just $99 each, through September 28, 2012. That's a savings of 55%* off our ticket booth price!
3-Day Park Hopper tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by any eligible U.S. military personnel or their spouse for just $99. There is a 6 ticket limit during any single week of the promotion. No more than 12 tickets may be purchased, activated and/or used by any eligible U.S. military personnel or spouse during the life of this promotion.
For information regarding Military Promotional Tickets or to make room reservations, military personnel may call (714) 956-6424 or contact participating U.S. military base ticket offices.
Terms and Conditions
These tickets must be purchased by 09/27/12 and must be used by 9/30/12. If tickets are purchased at Shades of Green resort, there is no tax applied.
Eligible member or spouse (but not both) may purchase up to 6 tickets, provided one is used by the purchasing member/spouse.
Tickets are available to active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses.
Both a military member and a spouse are not eligible to purchase the allotted number of tickets.
All parks: 12/26/11 - 12/31/11, 04/1/12 - 04/12/12
Magic Kingdom only: 07/04/12
Get full details here. http://www.disneymilitarysales.com/
Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes Pass DISNEY
Active Military personnel with proper ID (includes active U.S. Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists) are eligible to receive Disney Ticket discounts.
Military personnel can also purchase Disney tickets for up to 5 members of their family. Guests in the Military can purchase these tickets at "Shades of Green." YOU MUST PRESENT VALID ID IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THESE PASSES.
Your Military discounted passes can be picked up at the Made in the Shade store located at Shades of Green.
When tickets are purchased with a military ID at Shades of Green, there is no tax charged.
The Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes Ticket includes admission for the specified days to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Quest and Wide World of Sports.
The current prices for these passes that include Military discounts can be found here: Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes Pass.
For Military personnel who are staying offsite, discounted tickets are sold at Military bases. You can also get specially priced tickets via - Mail Order: Retired, Active, Reservists, National Guard and DoD Personnel can order discount tickets via mail order by calling the Commander, Navy Region Southwest 619-767-6000 or Air Force Central Ticket Program at 210-652-2855.
Universal Orlando is proud to offer a discount ticket program to all Active Duty, Retired Military and Department of Defense personnel through base Leisure Travel offices.
Base Tickets - 1 Day 1 Park start at $82 (Admission to EITHER Universal Studios Florida® OR Universal's Islands of Adventure® park each day): 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day, and 7-Day Tickets Available
Base Tickets Plus Park-to-Park Access (Admission to BOTH Universal Studios AND Universal's Islands of Adventure parks each day): 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, 4-Day, and 7-Day Tickets Available
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and More
Also purchase tickets at a discount for family
Adventure Island at Busch Gardens- Adult $39
1 Day SeaWorld - Adult $73
1 Day Busch Gardens Adult $71
SeaWorld/ Acquatica Combo Ticket Adult $105
Disney Resort Discounts for Military Shades of Green In a secluded area near the Magic Kingdom, sandwiched between the Magnolia and Palm golf courses, sits the Shades of Green Resort. The name, "Shades of Green" signifies the camouflage uniforms worn by the armed forces without singling out any one particular branch.
The resort is fully self-supporting and operates with non-appropriated funds. All profits are turned back into the resort for improvements to the accommodations and services.
|Buena Vista Suites Rates from $89.00 per night When you stay at Buena Vista Suites you also get newly renovated suites with complimentary full American breakfast buffet and complimentary scheduled shuttle to Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Book Online or call 800-537-7737 with rate code DREAMSRES|
|Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Summer rates as low as $149. A few select days in August and September as low as $129 The Swan and Dolphin Resorts are located in the heart of Walt Disney World. These award winning resorts are located between Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios with Disney's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks close by. *Discount for Teacher / Education Support Staff, US Government Employee/Military and Nurses. Based on hotel availability and not all dates are available. Other great discounts offered to Annual Passholders, AAA/AARP and Entertainment Book members.|
|Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club-10% off best available rates year round for 1, 2, or 3 bedroom villas!|
Nickelodeon Suites Resort- We salute and honor our military families with this Orlando Resort Military Special! Create unforgettable family memories at our exciting kid-friendly Orlando resort with military specials and discounts that let you experience more and spend less.
We’re proud to welcome active and retired U.S. military travelers and their families with some of the best military discounts in Orlando, Florida, including reduced room rates and perks. Make the most of your family time with rewarding military specials for Orlando’s most active family resort!
Call 1-877-642-5111 and ask for the Military Appreciation Package.
|Sheraton Vistana Villages 2 Bedroom villa as low as $119 per night Completely furnished and fully equipped, your villa at Sheraton Vistana Villages provides a welcome retreat with all the conveniences of home.|
|Marriott- military discounts worldwide, more details.|
|Hilton- military discounts worldwide, more details,|
|Choice Hotels- military rates nationwide at comfort inn, comfort suites, quality inn, sleep inn, clarion and more. Get details here.|
|InterContinental Hotel Group military discounts- worldwide offers with Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, Holidays and Candlewood Suites, more details|
|Car Rental Discounts|
|Hertz- CDP #1859906 is valid for all public sector (federal, state, county, city) employees as well as employees of non-profit organizations.|
|National Car Rental- Contract ID GOVRNR is for off-duty and retired military personnel traveling for leisure with National. A military ID card must be presented when you pick up the car.|
|Alamo- ID# M1 is for active duty military personnel traveling for leisure and ID# RM is for retired military personnel. Both rates include an additional driver. A military ID card must be presented when you pick up the car.|
|American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® may offer Military Discount Fares in some markets. These offers include discounted airfares, reduced minimum stay requirements, and preferred boarding privileges. For further information, please call American Airlines Reservations at 1-800-433-7300.|
|United continues to support our Armed Forces and their eligible family members, by offering reduced domestic fares applying to U.S. point-of-sale only. These fares are for active-duty members of the Navy, Marines, Army, U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and the Reserves. In addition, your spouse and dependent children are also eligible. To purchase contact United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) and identify yourself as eligible for military fares. All passengers eligible for these and other military fares must carry proper identification. In markets where these fares apply, please use the "MIL" discount code. For identity verification purposes, these fares are not available on united.com.|
|US Air offers special military discount rates to military personnel traveling on an officially excused absence and to discharged personnel within seven days of discharge¹. Special rates are also applicable for military dependents². Special rates are not available to personnel on temporary duty orders traveling to or from their temporary duty station. For more information about Military Leave travel, call US Airways at 1-800-428-4322.|
|Southwest offers military discount fares starting at $51 One Day-One Way Advance Purchase. Offered to Active Duty Personnel and DEPENDENTS call 1-800-435-9792. Military fares cannot be purchased through the Southwest Airlines web site.|
|Additional Orlando Discounts|
|Kennedy Space Center- $37 adults, $28 children
1 Day KSC Maximum Adventure Ticket allows guests to tour Kennedy Space Center, see IMAX® space movies and all exhibits and shows. Also includes the Astronaut Hall of Fame and interactive space-flight simulators.
Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral are working space launch facilities. Tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements.
|Arabian Nights Dinner Show- Adult $38, Child $28|
|Medieval Times Dinner Show- Adult $51, Child $35|
|Pirates Dinner Adventure- Adult $45, Child $31|
|Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show- Adult $44, Child $20|
|Other Orlando & Surrounding Area Attractions & Discounts|
|Fantasy of Flight attraction- adult $19.95 child $10.95|
|Gatorland- alligator theme park and wild life preserve- adult $19, child $12|
|Holyland Experience- Adult $29, Child $20|
|Richard Petty's Driving Experience- ride along $83, driving $361|
|Ripley's Believe It Or Not- Adult $16, Child $10|
|Fun Spot Kissimmee- Go Cart unlimited rides $29|
|Titanic The Experience- Adult $18, Child $11|
|Boggy Creek Airboat tours- 30 min adult $21, child $16. One hour adult $10, child $36|
Free Entrance To National Museums
Below are some museums in and around the Orlando area. Military and their families can get into over 1,300 museums nationwide for free. More details.
|Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens- Winter Park, FL|
|V.T.& M. - Museum of Military History, Inc. Kissimmee, FL|
|Plant City Photo Archives and History Center -Plant City , FL|
|Polk Museum of Art -LAKELAND, FL|
|Orlando Museum of Art -Orlando, FL|
|Orange County Regional History Center- Orlando, FL|
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