Special Info for these Crazy Times:
News for 2021:
- Walt Disney World – One Step Closer to Normal
- Disneyland Resort Reopening Details
- 2022 Disney Armed Forces Salute Timeline
- Using Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets in 2021
Everything is Different at WDW since it Reopened. See Our Trip Reports:
- Planning and Executing Your Walt Disney World Vacation During These Trying Times
- Using the Walt Disney World Theme Park Reservation System
- 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)
Well, it’s certainly been a crazy 11 months in Disney history,
In the past year we’ve seen theme park closures, lack of information for the military community, partial theme park reopening, had to wonder when or if we would find out about 2021 military discounts, a 2020 ticket purchase extension, then a 2020 ticket purchase extension cancellation, and now confusing ticket rules for 2021.
Updated – 5 March 2021 – Added Salute Ticket Upgrade Information.
In this post we will focus solely on the Disney Armed Forces Salute 2020 and 2021 ticket rules for use in 2021.
These rules all apply to Walt Disney World’s Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets only, as Disneyland has not even reopened yet.
2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
This is the most confusing part!!!
The 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets had 2 different purchase periods. When you purchased your 2020 tickets, could affect your 2021 ticket purchase limits!
The 2 different purchase periods:
- On or prior to 18 December 2020
- From 19 December 2020 through 14 February (this period was cut short by 2 weeks at most sales locations)
- All 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets are valid for use through 26 September 2021
- At midnight on the 26th they become invalid for use
- Base Ticket Offices have been instructed to allow members to use 2020 Salute Tickets that they could not use by the 26 Sept. 2021 towards new tickets
Ticket Purchase Limits:
- On or prior to 18 December 2020 – Eligible members, or spouses in their place, could purchase up to 6 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
- From 19 December 2020 through 14 February – Eligible members, or spouses in their place, could again purchase up to 6 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
- 2020 Tickets purchased in this time period count against the 2021 Salute Ticket purchase limit of 6
Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Upgrade Information:
When WDW reopened, they did not start reselling the 2020 Park Hopper Plus version of the Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets. With Typhoon Lagoon reopening next month will those who only had the option to buy the Park Hopper version but wanted the Park Hopper Plus version be able to upgrade to the 2020 Salute Park Hopper Plus at all? As of 15 March we have the answers!
2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets – As always, the 4-Day Salute Ticket with Park Hopper may be upgraded to a 5-Day Salute Ticket with Park Hopper, a 4-Day Salute Ticket with Park Hopper Plus, or a 5-Day Salute Ticket with Park Hopper Plus. You must do this in person at Disney World (alternately those who purchased from Shades of Green may upgrade there). To upgrade you’ll pay the price difference (with sales tax through Disney).
All 2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Upgrades are to 2021 versions.
2020 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets – 2020 Salute Tickets may be upgraded to any 2021 version! This includes both length and Park Hopper Plus option. This can only be done through Disney! We have had a report of one longtime reader doing this over the phone, they upgraded their 2020 Salute Tickets with the 26 Sept 2021 expiration to 2021s with the 17 Dec 2021 expiration. They were told it would be for the price difference, but then the cost was waived!
The bad thing is that there are no 6-Day versions this year. So if you have a 6-Day and want to keep the length, then you wont want to upgrade.
2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
Just 1 purchase period:
- 15 February to 17 December 2021
- All 2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets are valid for use through 17 December 2021
- At midnight on the 17th they become invalid for use and lose all value
Ticket Purchase Limits:
- From 19 December 2020 through 17 December 2021 – Eligible members, or spouses in their place may purchase up to a total of 6 tickets. The 6 can be 2020 and or 2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Tickets
A question that I’ve asked Disney to clarify:
- Is it possible to bring the 6-day version of the Salute Tickets back for 2021? (No answer on this yet, but it’s doubtful)
I hope this helps clarify the confusing situation that Disney has created this year.
I’ll post any updates from Disney here.
Please see these other posts covering the Disney Armed Forces Salute
- Disney Armed Forces Salute Main Page
- 2021 Walt Disney World Armed Forces Salute Ticket Announcement
- 2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Information – Rooms, Tickets, Memory Maker
- 2021 Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Package vs Room Only Reservation
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!
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