I don't know how WDW does their issuing of ID cards. At DLR they issue your ID card after completion of Traditions. Your ID card is what gets you the CM discounts but I'm sure there is a way around it by asking the hotel manager. I wouldn't be surprised if they say no but its worth a shot.
I bet getting the discount before your Traditions date will depend how business the hoel is. It's better to sell a room at a discount rather then let it go empty. But if they think they can fill the hotel without giving discounts, well, I wouldn't count on the discount then.
Yup... so I called them & the answer is no discounts period until after you have compleated traditions. But I must say the extended family is quite enthusiastic about the 50 percent... oh well... as long as they visit ME while they're there too!
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