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News for 2021:
- Disneyland Finally Scheduled to Reopen
- Planning and Executing Your Walt Disney World Vacation During These Trying Times
- 2021 Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Ticket Announcement
- Using Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets in 2021
- Using the Walt Disney World Theme Park Reservation System
- Park Hopping Returns to Walt Disney World Starting in 2021
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Disney has updated their website with new information about the 2021 Salute Room, Ticket, and Memory Maker offers.
UPDATE – 19 December 2020 – Base Ticket Offices will allow you to use 2020 Salute Tickets that you can’t use by 26 Sept ’21 towards new tickets!
UPDATE – 5 December 2020 – Disney has confirmed to me via email that during this odd timeframe the ticket limits apply to when you purchase not when you use the tickets! See below for more on this.
This is not your typical Salute offer and is especially convoluted on the ticket side.
The memory Maker Military Discount has been extended slightly also.
Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discount
The Salute Room offer is the most normal of all of these.
The 2021 offer starts on 1 January 2021 and runs through 17 December 2021.
We assume the discounts will run just as they have the last 2 years.
You may book by December 17, 2021.
To provide additional flexibility, Disney will also waive Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through April 30, 2021.
The excluded properties for this offer are:
- Offer excludes the following Disney Resort hotels: The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
- Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
See our Full Disney Armed Forces Salute Information Page
Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Discount
This is where it gets really odd…
Disney has apparently just extended the purchase period of the 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets through 14 February 2021.
Tickets may still only be used through 26 September 2021.
Then Disney states the following:
Notwithstanding any subsequent offers of the Disney Military Promotional Ticket, no more than six (6) Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased (and if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse during the period of December 19, 2020 through December 31, 2021 (e.g., Eligible Service Members or spouses who purchase six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets during the period of December 19, 2020 through February 14, 2021 will not be eligible for any subsequent offers of the Disney Military Promotional Tickets in 2021).“
During each offer period (that is, the January 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020 offer period and the December 19, 2020 through February 14, 2020 offer period), no more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, during each offer period, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
Let’s break these statements down.
- The original 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket offer ran from 1 January through 18 December 2020, with a 6 ticket per eligible member for that timeframe.
- Disney extended the use period for the tickets through 26 September 2021 with no mention of the ticket limit implying that the limit was still 6 for the entire new timeframe.
- With this statement the 2020 Salute ticket limit for 1 Jan-18 Dec 2020 is 6 AND the 2020 Salute ticket limit for 19 Dec 2020-26 Sept 2021 is an additional 6!
- If Disney subsequently makes a 2021 Salute Ticket Offer (with higher prices) the limit per eligible member for both ticket offers during calendar year 2021 will be 6!
- Update – Disney has confirmed that during this timeframe the ticket limit is on when you purchase them, not when you use them.
- So someone can purchase up to 6 Salute tickets on or before 18 Dec 2020, then 6 more between 19 December 2020 and 14 February 2021, potentially having 12 in hand which all need to be used by 26 September 2021.
- If you purchase 6 Salute tickets during the 19 December 2020 and 14 February 2021 timeframe, you may not purchase ant more in 2021 if a new offer is made.
Prices remain the same for these tickets:
- 4-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets $265 plus tax
- 5-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets $283 plus tax
- 6-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Tickets $301 plus tax
Park Hopping resumes in a limited fashion on 1 January 2021
Base Ticket Offices have been instructed that: “For the 2020 promotion, if a guest is unable to visit by September 26, 2021, we will allow the guest to apply the value of a wholly unused Ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.”
MDT assumes that Disney will either keep walking the purchase timeframe forward in increments, announce a new 2021 ticket offer with higher prices or first some extensions and then the new offer.
See our Full Disney Armed Forces Salute Information Page
Disney Armed Forces Salute Memory Maker Discount
The Memory Maker Military Discount has also been extended through 31 December 2021.
You may use this offer twice between 19 December 2020 and 31 December 2021.
See out Full Memory Maker Military Discount Page
MDT had reached out to first our assigned Disney contact with no luck in early November about the issues our community was having due to Disney’s lack of movement on these discounts.
We received no answer or acknowledgement from this office that Disney senior leadership had asked us to use exclusively. So we then wrote to the Disney CEO Bob Chapek. I reminded him that Disney had counted on the military community to respond to these offers in previous financially uncertain times and we had. He just needed to give us the chance to do so now!
We’ve been monitoring Disney’s site since and this popped up today.
The ticket solution isn’t the best, but at least it is a step in the right direction in an uncertain tome for Disney.
Thanks Disney, we’ll see ya real soon!!!
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