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What about tickets after 26 September 2021?
Here at MDT I’ve received so many emails, blog comments, and Facebook comments regarding what to do for travel to Walt Disney World on dates that include 27 September 2021 and later. These people are naturally very concerned about how they can decide about going and or plan for their vacation without knowing if there will be a Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Offer that covers their dates.
I’ve tried to explain the various possible situations that are affecting military travelers to Disney, All I got back was, “We’ll be glad to share with you any further discounts when they are announced.”
I again have to say that this is not the way to treat those Disney has turned to (via past Salute Offers) in past bad economic times to add attendance to their theme parks, resort hotels, restaurants, and merchandise shops.
Walt Disney World has announced a Disney Armed Forces Salute Room offer for dates in 2021 through 17 December 2021. There are no Blockout Dates for this offer!
Disney World has announced that all 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets would be valid for use through 26 September 2021.
Disney World has announced that the original purchase window for 2020 Salute tickets would be extended past the original 18 December end date through 14 February 2021.
Disney World has announced that in addition to the maximum of 6 2020 Salute tickets that eligible members could purchase up to 18 December, another 6 could be purchased in the ticket extension window. But any tickets purchased in the 19 Dec-14 Feb window will count towards any limit for potential 2021 Salute tickets.
Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary starts 1 October 2021, and it has always been expected to be a huge crowd draw. Put on top of that the expectation that Disney World will be back to normal operations by then and the people who have been putting off their vacation till things return to normal!
Disney offers discounts (even to the military) when they need to attract more bodies. Both instances of Disney Armed Forces Salutes have been initiated in hard economic times. The instances being:
- The 2002 Salute offer for the first half of 2002, was offered because people were afraid to travel after September 11th 2001.
- The current string of Salutes started in 2009 after the housing crash and subsequent recession, this time to draw bodies with a guaranteed income.
The Disney Armed Forces Salutes are actually the combination of 2 different offers, the room discount offer made solely by Disney, and the ticket offer made in conjunction (via contract) with the MWR system. Disney has sole control over the room offer and can discontinue offering in on their own. Once the MWR contract is signed, they are locked into it.
Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary starts 1 October, and most Disney experts fully expect Disney to be back to normal operations by then.
This brings you up to speed on the current situation, some history, and background.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
My gut feeling is that there will be a 2021 Salute ticket offer, at a higher price point. (they go up every year and the big anniversary starts in October).
One positive sign is that there is a full 2021 Salute Room offer through 17 December 2021
So that makes me hopeful that they will do a 2021 ticket offer. There is no question the prices will go up!
The only question is when? Hopefully before or as the current purchase window ends, although they could keep extending the window.
I’ve complained to Disney about folks needing to plan, but they are tight lipped.
Disney has been taking a wait and see attitude, very timidly moving forward through all of this, making bad one business decision after another. I assume they are waiting for some indication that offering a 2021 Salute Ticket Offer brings in more money that not offering it. Who knows when that will be. In the mean time military families are left in the lurch.
What to Do
Rooms are filling up for the October timeframe. As a reminder as rooms fill up (by date, resort, & room type) the Salute discount amount goes down and eventually is not offered.
Read more about this: How Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts Work
Some have told me they are holding off making room reservations because they are waiting to hear about the ticket discount.
If you are thinking of going this fall I recommend making your WDW Resort reservation now. Hopefully you will be able to get a Disney Armed Forces Salute discount.
To do this just takes 1 night’s deposit. And with these room only reservations you can cancel up to 7 days prior with no penalty. If you decide not to go based on the ticket situation.
As far as tickets, I do not expect Disney to extend the 2020 priced tickets into the 50th anniversary!
The 2020 tickets will expire at midnight 26 September 2021 and then can not be used further. So if all or some your dates fall on 27 September or later you need to wait to see what Disney does.
Sorry there’s no better plan right now!
Please share your thoughts or predicament, in the comments section below, so that hopefully Disney will see what they are putting the military community through.
Also share how much the Salutes have allowed you in the past to take a Disney vacation that you never could have!
One caveat to this, I’m not a prognosticator so you should use your own judgement in making financial decisions.
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