When will 2022 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets / Ticket Prices be announced or Tickets become available for purchase?
Update October 2021: No news yet, see the most recent update
Update July 2021: Numerous people keep asking about Walt Disney World in 2022. I have no knowledge or advice beyond what is already published in this post.
Update: 30 June 2021, Disneyland has announced a combined Salute Ticket and room Offer for the last half of 2021 and 2022. This leaves open the question of both Tickets and Rooms at Walt Disney World in 2022.
We have a policy here at MDT, that when we get a few of the same or similar questions in a short timeframe, we create a post on that topic. If a few have taken the time to reach out, then its a good bet that many more have the same question as well, and we’d better answer it!
Normally this question does not start percolating up until late summer, but Walt Disney World’s temporary Theme Park Reservation System is what is making people think of it so soon (just 1 month into the 2021 Salute Offer Period).
When the Disney Armed Forces Salute for the upcoming year will be announced always comes up in very late July or early August, because about the 3rd week of July is when Disney releases their Resort prices and inventory for the upcoming year.
Historically (since the switch to calendar year Salutes in 2016), Disney has announced the upcoming year’s Disney Armed Forces Salute in late September. This is in plenty of time to make 60-day FastPass+ reservations. Note: since this was originally posted Disney has announced that FastPass+ is not coming back and will be replaced by Disney Genie.
But Disney World has already released their resort room inventory for 2022 and people are worried about securing the Theme Park Reservations that they desire for their dates.
A Temporary Offer
The first thing to consider is that the Disney Armed Forces Salute is a special temporary offer, which runs for a specified time period. I say it is temporary, because it is still a “relatively” new discount (now in its 12th year) and each self-contained Salute offer runs for a specific timeframe. A new and totally separate Salute must be offered by Disney in order for the Salute to “continue” the next year.
Being a special offer, the Disney Armed Forces Saluteis never guaranteed to be renewed.
Each year Disney evaluates many factors (most of which have nothing to do with the military offer) prior to deciding if they will renew the discount or not. The timing of this decision is driven by the timing of these other factors throughout the company, such as annual revenue projections.
Since 2016 the announcement of the next year’s Disney Armed Forces Salute offer has traditionally been in late September. This was not the case in 2020, as it was so crazy! We didn’t find out about 2021’s Salute until February 2021.
Based on Disney’s lackluster consideration of, and announcements to the military community in 2020, at this point there is knowing if or when we will find out about a 2022 WDW Disney Armed Forces Salute Offer.
I say let’s hope for late September and see.
Note Disneyland recently announced a Room and Ticket Salute offer through December 2022. I feel they made the 18-month long offer because a 6-month long one would have been silly.
This is going to affect both your Theme Park Tickets and Resort Reservations individually.
Effects on Theme Park Tickets
The issue for 2022 is Disney’s temporary Theme Park Reservation System. A valid theme park ticket is required in order to make a Theme Park Reservation. And once all reservations are taken at a specific park on a specific day, that’s it! No more will be available unless people cancel their reservations.
This is making some people very nervous!
They have already made WDW Resort reservations and are worried that by the time they can buy their Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets the park reservations will be gone.
Salute Tickets traditionally become available for purchase from weeks to months after the announcement depending on the Ticket Office in question. Shades of Green always has them first.
On that note I say remember, Theme Park Reservations are a Temporary Measure, for 2020 and much of 2021 I felt that they would be gone by October 2021, but with the recent announcement for Disney Genie, Disney acted as it reservations will be in effect for 2022.
However except for the most highly desired dates, obtaining theme park reservations has not been a problem.
Effects on Resort Reservations
As far as Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Reservations, we are now experiencing the same issue that we do every year in August and September, except way earlier.
That Issue being military families making full priced resort reservations, and most likely being told by Disney reservations cast members on the phone that they can just convert their full priced reservation to a Disney Armed Forces Salute reservation when the Salute comes out.
This is not a true statement!
For years, we’ve had issues with castmembers who’s job it is to interface with the public spreading misinformation, but this is the fib we run into the most.
First – Remember a Salute has to be offered in order for there to be a discount.
Second – The Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discount doesn’t work like that, it is not available every night on every room at every resort! Your dates, Resort, and room type might not have any Salute availability.
Third – Other rates cannot be converted to a Salute rate. A new reservation must be made.
So if you have made full priced room reservations and your dates are set in stone, be aware that in order to get a Disney Armed Forces Salute discount on your room you may need to switch Resorts or your room type.
Thanks for reading, I hope that you find this post informative.
You might also want to check out: What to Expect on the Day Disney Announces the Disney Armed Forces Salute
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