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 room inventory reached an undisclosed amount, the discount would not be offered. For example on your desired dates a Standard room at Pop Century might not be eligible for the discount but a Preferred 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 at all.
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 through today!
Instead of publishing a set percentage off for each room category (30% Value, 35% Moderate, & 40% Deluxe), Disney is silent on the discount percentage. But in effect the Salute discount is now “Up To” those old 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 bookings were 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.
Greatly Reduced Availability
In 2022 and even more so in 2023 I am hearing from readers that they are having a much harder time being able to get a Salute discount for their desired dates!
This is partly due to Disney delaying the salute announcement of the 2022 & 2023 Disney Armed Forces Salutes until November, reducing the rooms that are available due to the general public making reservations during all that time.
It could also be due to Disney reducing the amount of rooms available for this discount overall. And overall less room availability due to continued staffing shortages.
If you are having trouble obtaining a Salute discount or receive a low percentage off, you can check for general public discounts that might be available/better.
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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