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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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- 2022 Disney Armed Forces Salute Timeline
- Our Return to Walt Disney World (Aug/Sep 2020)
- Our Second Trip Back to Walt Disney World (Nov 2020)
- Our Third Trip Back to Walt Disney World (Jan 2021)
When will 2022 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets / Ticket Prices be announced or Tickets become available for purchase?
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.
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 Disney Armed Forces Salute Offer.
I say let’s hope for late September and see.
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 oOffice in question. Shades of Green always has them first.
On that note I say remember, Theme Park Reservations are a Temporary Measure, used to limit theme park attendance based on an arbitrary 6 foot social distancing distance. The WHO has recommended 3 feet (actually 1 meter) from the start. Many other countries have used this distance all along and the CDC has just revised their recommendation to 3 feet as well.
Disney Parks are in crisis mode financially, they’ve lost over 2.6 billion dollars! They can’t keep on as they are and are desperate to return to normal operations!
Regrouping to a 3 foot versus 6 foot distance will greatly increase the number of bodies they can admit to their parks! Parks are capped at 35% of normal capacity now. The halving of social distance required would not necessarily mean a doubling of attendance limits to 70%, but I imagine they could be raised to at least 50%. When this happens, all the parks that are closed on certain days due to 35% capacity limits will reopen for more reservations.
That could be immediate good news! Even better news will be the elimination of social distancing limits, which many think will be coming to Disney World’s parks by 1 October 2021 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration or at latest 1 January 2022.
Here at MDT, we do not expect Theme Park Reservations to be in effect in 2022, eliminating this worry.
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.
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