Today is the first day of the Walt Disney Company’s 2012-2013 Armed Forces Salute and there have been changes
This great temporary offer runs from today through 28 September 2013 and offers fantastic military discounts on both Disney theme park tickets and resort rooms.
This current renewal of the popular discount for another year was just announced recently on 8 August 2012 with some minor changes to the offer which has been evolving since January 2009.
As we say in the military, No battle plan survives first engagement and this is certainly the case with this most current installment of the Armed Forces Salute.
This is a “Boots on the ground” report from Walt Disney World on what’s new as far as eligibility for the offer as well as clarification on many gray areas that have existed in the offer for many years.
While current military members, retirees, and their spouses as well as permanently disabled members with the DAVPRM code on a military ID (DD Form 2765) are all still eligible, the Armed Forces Salute has been extended to the following categories:
- 100% Disabled Veterans with DD Form 2765
- Medal of Honor Recipients with DD Form 2765
- Active Military Foreign Affiliate with US issued CAC (Blue Stripe)
There is still a little bit of gray in the eligibility of disabled veterans. Disney says 100% permanently disabled veterans and then mentions the DAVPRM code. But in past offers they have only mentioned the code and not any percentage.
Good Policy Changes/Clarifications
These are some things that have either changes since the press release or have never been clarified.
- Spouses can purchase up to 6 total (themselves plus 5) “Salute” tickets. The Active Duty member does not have to be present as long as spouse has valid military ID. In the past it had been only 5 tickets for spouses.
- Spouses of deceased Active Duty/Retired members who have a valid military ID, can purchase up to 6 AFS tickets if they have not remarried.
- All 6 AFS tickets allowed during the offer do not have to be purchased at the same time.
- AFS tickets may be used on different trips i.e. 3 tickets in November and 3 tickets in February.
Bad Policy Changes/Clarifications
More changes and clarification.
AFS TIckets may not be used Back-To-Back AFS Ticket use by the same person must be separated by 7 calendar daysi.e. 3 people using 3 tickets for 4 days and then using 3 more tickets the next 4 days.Disney has rescinded this! 2 Nov 2012 The first use of the AFS ticket must be on the same day as activation.Was never implemented.
- Children of divorced parents – The AFS discount is a benefit of the military member, not dependents. If the military member is unable to activate the tickets with the children i.e. deployed they may not receive the benefit with their non-military divorced parent. An eligible military member must be there to activate the tickets.
- Divorced spouses do not qualify; the benefit remains with the military member.
Note: These on scene reported details do differ from Disney’s initial press release and Military Salute information on disney.go.com, as that was pasted from the press release. You will not find this information anywhere else online.
See this link for full details on 2012-2013 the Armed Forces Salute.
And here is my 2012-2013 Disney Armed Forces Salute FAQ
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