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Starting back in 2018 Disney changed the way they allocate Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts.
In the past, from 2009 through 2017, the Disney Armed Forces Salute resort hotel room discounts had always been a set percentage off of the standard rack room rate.
Back then if the discount for your desired resort, room type, and dates was available you would receive 30 percent off at Disney Value Resorts, 35 percent off at Disney Moderate Resorts, and 40 percent off at Disney Deluxe and DVC Resorts.
When we say available in the previous sentence, what we mean is that the military discount was based upon availability by date, resort, and room type. Disney offered the discount when rooms needed to be filled as available inventory reached an undisclosed amount, the discount would not be offered.so for example on your desired dates a Standard View room at Pop Century might not be eligible for the discount but a Preferred View would be, or there might be nothing for your dates at Pop but there would be at All-Star Movies, or you might have to change dates to get the discount.
But starting with the 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute there was a big change, actually the first change ever for this part of the program.
When the 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute was released it quickly became apparent that things were not as they used to be. Members of the military community were reporting receiving discounts lower than they expected. There were many reports of 5 to 10 percent less than the 30/35/40 percent of past Salutes. There were even reports of both well lower than that or in a couple instances even slightly higher than the old discount percentages.
This continues for 2021.
Instead of a set percentage off for each room category (30% Value, 35% Moderate, & 40% Deluxe) the Salute discount is “Up To” those percentages off. Meaning the old set amount off is not guaranteed if the discount is available for your dates/resort/room category; instead you might get a lesser amount off.
In the past as we mentioned, Disney offered the full discount until an undisclosed set level of booking was reached by date, resort, & room category; then the discount was no longer offered for those specific variables.
Now Disney will offer the full discount when bookings are low by date, resort, & room category; but as room availability decreases, so will the discount percentage offered until finally the cutoff is reached and the discount is no longer offered at all by date, resort, & room category.
Experts feel that this is the way all Disney room discounts are headed and that this is a test case on a smaller audience. If you’ve received a lesser discount than you expected and don’t like this new system let Disney know how you feel about these variable discount amounts, See my Contact Disney Page. You never know it might help.
See our full Disney Armed Forces Salute info page.
How about you, What discounts have you received from Disney on rooms?
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