This is a question that I am being asked more and more frequently as of late.
First it is very important to note that each individual Armed Forces Salute offer is totally separate from all the others and continuation is not guaranteed. Disney makes a decision each year as to whether they want to continue for another year or not.
So, Disney would first have to make the decision to offer a 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute. They do this based upon annually scheduled meetings including the company’s revenue generation meeting.
In 2016 Disney switched from offering the Salutes on a fiscal year basis to a calendar year basis.
The 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute was the first ever calendar year Salute to be announced following an ongoing calendar year Salute. The announcement was in late September 2016.
The calendar year 2016 Salute was also announced in late September 2015.
Previous to this the fiscal year Salutes were announced in late July, which Disney told me was the absolute earliest they could announce based upon their fixed decision point dates.
What Will The Timing Be Like This Year?
I’m very certain the announcement will come in late September should Disney decide to renew for another year. Chances of this are high for another year’s renewal based upon lower than average attendance this year and the deletion of spring Blockout dates at Walt Disney World.
Once they commit to a new 2018 Salute, during the announcement they will set a ticket availability date for sales at their theme parks and Shades of Green . This could be on the announcement date or later.
Salute ticket availability at Base Ticket Offices can potentially be much later due to distribution issues.
Room reservations will be available on the announcement date.
One last issue is that some Base Ticket Offices refuse to sell tickets for 2 different Salute offers at the same time! These locations will not start selling tickets for a new Salute Offer until the current one is over, which in this case would be on 20 December 2017.
The best place to keep up to date on this important subject is to sign up for my newsletter! I will email you as soon as the Salute is announced, no need for you to keep checking yourself!
See these other posts that are related to the 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute renewal:
No 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute Yet & Converting Your 2017 Resort Rate – Note: this is last year’s post on this topic, but totally applicable now! Just add a year to dates as you read.
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.