There seems to be a bit of confusion about the availability of the Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts.
I’ve had quite a few frustrated readers write in asking why the Disney Armed Forces Salute discount was blocked out, not offered, excluded from their desired dates, resort choice, or room type, or less than expected.
Unfortunately they’ve told me that they have been been given this info by the Disney Call Center, which unfortunately has a long history of military discount misinformation.
It isn’t that certain room types are blocked out or excluded, it is just that they are unavailable (or less) for the days you are looking.
Some inexperienced Disney Call Center cast members may interpret the lack of finding an open room for you as some sort of restriction, exclusion, etc..
Not an Across the Board Discount
The Disney Armed Forces Salute room discount is not an across the board always available discount.
Disney clearly states that it is based upon availability.
Blockout dates are dates when the Salute room discounts are blocked from use i.e. unavailable
- Walt Disney World: 25 March through 5 April 2018
- Disneyland: 23 March through 8 April 2018
How is Availability Determined?
First the number of rooms offered for each room category at every resort is different. Cheaper rooms are offered for the discount in larger numbers. The most expensive rooms are offered in VERY limited numbers (sometimes one per day at a resort).
Second as the inventory at a resort begins to be used up by the general public (at regular general public or discount prices) the military Salute discount is throttled back. this happens until the discount is not offered by date, resort, and room type.
The Salute discounts that are offered are based upon remaining inventory by date, resort, and room type.
The unfair thing is that they will still allow general public discounts when throttling back the Military Salute discount.
New for 2018
Besides the availability information just mentioned, in 2018 Disney has started to reduce the amount of the percentage that is taken off the rack room rate as availability decreases.
So if you are requesting a specific date, resort, and room type, when there is lots of availability you’ll get the full Disney Armed Forces Salute discount.
Then as rooms fill the amount of the discount offered will decrease and decrease until a point is reached when the discount will no longer be offered as described above.
2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts:
Walt Disney World
- Up to 40% off Deluxe Resorts
- Up to 35% off Moderates and Fort Wilderness Cabins
- Up to 30% off Value Resorts
- Up to 40% off at the Grand Californian
- Up to 35% off at the Disneyland Hotel
- Up to 30% of at the Paradise Pier
See our main Disney Armed Forces Salute page for all details as well as ticket info
Solutions to Consider
If you can’t get what you want, keep trying!
Cancellations do happen, opening availability even for Military Discounted rooms.
You can try shifting your dates, room type, or even try another resort to see if you can get the Disney Armed Forces Salute discount by adjusting something.
Consider letting the Travel Professionals at Ears of Experience keep trying for you so you don’t have to call Disney every day!
If you just can’t make it work consider some of the other military Discounts on rooms that are available:
- Shades of Green the Military owned and operated hotel on WDW property
- The Disney Swan and Dolphin offer Military Discounts
- Extended Stay America offers military Discounts
- The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) – Low cost, weekly condo rentals
- Disney Springs Area Resort Hotels offer Military Discounts (National Chains)
Have you been told the Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discount was not available? Let us know in the comments below!
Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:
Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.