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Honoring our Heroes




Happy Memorial Day to all of us, especially those who have served their country!!

I am fortunate to have close friend’s who are military families. It’s always such an honor for me to help plan their Disney vacations! As such, I’ve become very familiar with the Disney Military Discount Offers. Honoring our Heroes is one way Disney can give back to those that are serving and/or have served. It’s an incredible feeling when I speak to one of our military families to answer any questions. I love being able to help Disney in Honoring our Heroes! It’s truly one of the greatest parts of my job!! I am becoming my own Military Disney Vacation expert, with a lot of help of course.

As we all know, those serving our country don’t get to be home often enough. It’s truly awesome that when they come home for leave that they have time to spend with their families. What could be better than spending that time at Disneyland or Disney World! Disney makes it a real possibility for them all.

I realized though that there may not be a lot of information out there for our heroes and their families on what is available to them. Disney truly wants to Honor Our Heroes, the loyal men and women of all the branches of the military, active and retired, as well as their families. This includes all our heroes in all branches of service, reservists, Coast Guard and National Guard included. There are some ‘rules’ that need to be followed, but none too complicated that I’ve experienced. It’s simply a matter of finding the dates that work and speaking with a Disney Specialist to get you set.

The greatest way Disney is Honoring our Heroes is the offer to purchase the promotional 3 day Park Hopper at Disneyland for about the regular price of a 1 Day Park Hopper!! Total Purchase price of $125 for a 3 Day Park Hopper! This ticket offer is only for the military member and their immediate family, and is currently available through September 28, 2013. Keep in mind that unless your Naval Officer Uncle is visiting the parks with you, he can’t buy the tickets and give them to you. You will need your military identification to activate the tickets purchased at your nearest Military sales center. These tickets also include Extra Magic Hours.


In addition to the Park Hopper Tickets, Disney Resort Hotels offer discounts up to 40% off! There are a few restrictions and at times the amount of rooms available are limited, such as the height of Summer. Just check in with a travel agent or Disney directly to get prices and availability of rooms. Most travel agents can also find out which good neighbor hotels offer military discounts. Unfortunately, Disney Vacation Planning does not have this information available. Know that you’ll need your Military Identification when you activate your park tickets at Guest Services, as well as need it when you check into your hotel to retain the discount.

Walt Disney World also offers discounts on Walt Disney Resort Hotels. At around the same discount rate. Keep in mind that this promotional offer is also limited to a specific number of rooms and doesn’t apply during certain black out periods.

This isn’t the only way Disney is Honoring our Heroes. There’s a lot of ways that Disney does this.  For example servicemen and women are invited to participate in the Flag Retreat Ceremony. Additionally Disney has donated Christmas Trees. There are many more ways that Disney will continue Honoring Our Heroes, this is but a small but important list that will allow our servicemen and women to know the fantastic savings available to them!

Overall, Disney wants to Honor Our Heroes and ask that they visit the parks to spend time with their families! Let’s share this information with all of our military so that they can spend time at the Happiest and Merriest Places on Earth!

To learn more, please reach out to me. I’m ready to help you plan a fantastic vacation!

I hope you find this information fun, new and worthwhile.



Take Mom To Disneyland for Mothers Day!



We all try to give our moms all the love and appreciation we can every day of the year. But on that one special day every year, we go the extra mile and truly show mom how much she means to us. This year that day is May 12th. What better way to celebrate your mother then to “Give Mom A Day At Disneyland for Mothers Day”?

Mom should never have to cook on her day either, So during your Mother’s Day visit, give your mom the Disney Princess treatment and take her to one of these special events for a meal to remember:

Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom: This is an “all-you-care-to-eat feast that begins at 10am and lasts until 3pm. Princess Mom will be visited by Cinderella and will enjoy live musical entertainment. This is the over the top Royal Buffet. Start mom with a glass of bubbly and a buffet that is extensive. Included in the buffet are salads, artisan cheese, seafood, meats, divine desserts – including housemade pies. For the little ones in the group, they get their own buffet which includes salads, fresh fruit, chicken, pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese and “kid-approved” desserts. (Adults $71.99 + Tax/Gratuity Kids ages 3-9 $20.99)

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa Storyteller’s Cafe: Mother’s Day Bruch Buffet with extra goodies for Princess Mom. The buffet includes season berries, made-to-order omelets, brioche French toast and roasted salmon. ($31.99)

3 Choices at Disneyland Park:

Blue Bayou: Special Mother’s Day Menu featuring prosciutto-wrapped halibut with a forbidden rice and a corn chowder. ($39.00)

Carnation Cafe: Mother’s Day offering of honey-mustard, lemon-roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots. ($16.99)

Plaza Inn: Mother’s Day offering is a fruit-glazed salmon with a mango-kiwi relish. Served with rice pilaf and baby carrots. ($16.99)

Get your reservations today by calling Disney Dining at 714-781-DINE

When Daniel isn’t sharing Planning Tips about Disneyland he can be found planning Disney VacationsContact me or feel free to message me at my Facebook Page.