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Special Military Event Coming to Walt Disney World This Summer

Walt Disney World loves the military, and very often, you will find special military discounts for both Disney Resort Hotels and Disney Park tickets.

Eligible active and retired U.S. military personnel can enjoy exclusive rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Shades of Green, as well as the beloved Disney Military Salute Tickets for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Now, Disney has revealed that a special Veterans event is coming to Disney World this summer.


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A military-focused event is returning to Walt Disney World this summer, aiming to help Guests learn how to serve veterans who have served the United States.

Disney Parks Blog today, May 23, revealed that the Disney Institute’s Veterans Institute Summit will take place from August 19 to August 20 at the Walt Disney World Resort. The two-day event is run to inspire businesses and organizations with resources and insights from The Walt Disney Company’s Heroes Work Here program.

Cappy Surette, Manager of External Communications at Disney Parks Experiences and Products and co-chair of the Veteran Business Employee Resource Group known as “Disney SALUTE”, revealed:

“We’re thrilled to host the Veterans Institute Summit August 19-20 at Walt Disney World Resort. This two-day event is designed to empower companies to build effective veteran hiring, training, and support programs of their own to provide opportunities for servicemen and women returning home and transitioning to civilian life. As a veteran myself who joined Disney ten years ago following a military career, I appreciate the commitment to investing in those who served in uniform.”


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Veterans Institute Summit is presented by Disney Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project and will be a complimentary event webcast live online from the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. The two-day event will include conversations with speakers supporting veterans and military spouses as they explore employment outside of their military service.

Disney revealed the list of speakers hosting the event, as follows:

  • U.S. Army General Paul Funk II, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Michael Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Army General, retired
  • Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, CEO, WeBe Life; Founder, Give an Hour
  • Bob Woodruff, Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Mark Elliott, Head of Military & Veterans Affairs, JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Army Colonel, retired
  • William Reynolds III, Management Consulting Entrepreneur & Business Leader, SERVE Advisory Group, U.S. Army Captain, Retired
  • Jen Amos, Podcaster & Entrepreneur, Holding Down the Fort Podcast
  • Jen Anthony, Director of Veteran Services, The COMMIT Foundation
  • Brian Alvarado, Director, Military Spouse Programs, Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephanie Brown, Founder and CEO of The Rosie Network
  • Jaime Chapman, COO and Co-Founder of Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce
  • Beau Higgins, Senior Manager, Military Affairs, Amazon; U.S. Marine Colonel, retired

Surette added, ‘we appreciate the support from event sponsors Wounded Warrior Project, Amazon, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Optum Serve, who all share a passion for helping set veterans and military spouses up for success following their service to our country.”


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Both Walt Disney and his brother Roy Disney served in World War One. A 16-year-old Walt Disney left school and attempted to enlist in the army. He was rejected for being underage but managed to find employment with the Red Cross as an ambulance driver.

You can find out more by visiting the Veterans Institute Summit website for more information.

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband. Find her children's book at @thebearandthehug_book