I’ve worked with Disney on these Armed Forces Salutes for years. I have been coordinating with them on the coming renewal and was awaiting their press release later this week to start getting the word out.
My goal with this site has always been to help my readers by providing all the information that I can in order for them to be able to plan for and save on their Disney vacations.
Last Thursday evening I began getting requests from readers to confirm information that had appeared on the DisBoards around noon. It was partial information about the New Armed Forces Salute to start on 1 October 2012. I immediately emailed my Disney contacts but it was after work hours by then.
I took Friday off from work to monitor the situation and by mid morning my contacts did confirm that what had come out was indeed correct and that the official press release with the full details would be coming by the middle of this week. They didn’t ask me not to publish the information, but I held off posting anything as we just had partial details on tickets. I intended to wait until we had the full details to do a post. Having decided that I headed in to work for the rest of the afternoon.
When I got home in the evening the DisBoards and Facebook were on fire with people saying they’d called Disney and booked rooms using the new 2012-2013 Armed Forces Salute rates.
I’ve been receiving email requests for info on the October-December 2012 timeframe since January from readers who desperately want to be able to afford a Disney vacation, while trying to plan around deployments.
I have readers and subscribers who have been with me for over 4 years and depend on me to keep them informed. So at that time I felt it was my responsibility to them to pass on what was happening online, so that those who desperately wanted reservations, especially for October, could try to get them.
I have been criticized for doing so, perhaps I should have held off, but if only one military family was able to reserve a room at these great rates for the first week in October I feel justified.
What do you think?
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