Guest post written by Angelica Marquez

Military families are no strangers to countdowns. How many days until the next move? How many days until deployment begins? How many days until it ends? Let’s throw a fun countdown in the mix…one for a Disney vacation!

When my husband deployed in February of last year, my kids were devastated. We chose not to do any sort of countdown for his return because as military spouses know, nothing is for certain. One of the things we could control was planning our family vacation when he returned. This really brought some joy to a rough ten months apart! We chatted about the fun restaurants we would try and checked out videos of our resort. As a Disney family, we couldn’t wait to be back together in our happy place.

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Disney Benefits for Military Families

Disney offers great benefits for military families! You can:

  1. Purchase discounted tickets!
  2. Get a military room rate!
  3. Add the photo package for a special price!

Did you know if you book your trip through an agent, you can get free planning help? Here are some of the questions I’m asked by prospective clients…

What Should I Do About Tickets?

“Military tickets are so confusing! I don’t know the difference between Salute and Magic Your Way. Do I need a Park Hopper? What is the Plus option?”

Military tickets can be confusing! There are different ticket types based on your dates and needs. These also vary based on your eligibility and some have a maximum number you can purchase. I can suggest the best ticket for your group and help get them linked and set up in your Disney account.

How Do I Choose Where to Stay?

“I’m not sure which resort to stay at! I didn’t realize how big Disney was and how many options there were. How do I get a discounted room?”

There are tons of resorts to choose from! Looking for the best pool? Need a room with a separate sleeping area? Wanting somewhere quiet? I can recommend the best spot for your family. Military room rates have to be called in. I’ll wait on hold to find the best price for you!

Can I Book a Last Minute Trip?

“We found out my husband is deploying, and we want to take the kids to Disney before he leaves. There is no way we can plan a last-minute trip in only a couple weeks.”

Last minute trips are possible! Gone are the days of park reservations booking up months in advance. I can book your resort, dining reservations, and get your Disney app all set up in a day! Need airport transportation or a stroller rental? I can do that too.

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Do I Need Dining Reservations?

“I had no clue Disney had so many restaurants! Which character breakfast is best? Do I need to make reservations?”

Disney dining can be overwhelming! There are tons of options to choose from. Will you plan table-service meals in advance or snag quick-service on the go? Dreaming of eating with the princesses or Mickey and his friends? We’ll find the best options for your family, and I can make all of your reservations for you. You won’t have to worry about waking up at 6 AM and trying to navigate the site!

Can We Reschedule?

“Leave didn’t get approved, so we need to reschedule. What should I do?”

Things happen! Leave it to me to call Disney and get your trip rescheduled or even canceled. Nothing is more stressful than having to make all these calls on your own. There is even trip protection we can add to your package to help you worry even less!

Am I the Only One Who Thinks This Is Overwhelming?

“I’m stressed out about planning. This all seems very overwhelming! I’m not sure which rides my kids will like or which parks we should go to. Genie+ is so confusing!”

Disney can absolutely be overwhelming! It’s impossible to do everything in one trip. I suggest doing some basic research before you go! Find out how tall your kids are, so you know which rides they can go on. Not sure if a ride will be too scary? Watch a YouTube video on it. Dinosaur might sound like a kids’ ride, but it scares even some adults. There are four theme parks at Walt Disney World and each offers a unique experience. I can also prepare you for using Genie+ and share strategies if you choose to purchase it in the parks.

I love helping military families plan their Disney vacations! I know firsthand how important this quality family time is. I’m available for my clients throughout the entire planning process. Think of me as your Disney planning BFF!

Hi, I’m Angelica Marquez! I’m a travel agent who specializes in planning Disney vacations for military families. As an annual passholder, I’m at Disney as often as I can! I grew up in a Navy family and married into an Army one, so I’m no stranger to military life. I’m a mom to two little
Disney-obsessed girls and a Great Dane!

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