There are rumors swirling online that as of the end of October, changes will be made to the cancellation policy for all Disney parks and resorts table service establishments. Currently only a select number of restaurants follow this policy that requires a credit card to hold your reservation. This has not been posted yet to the Disney website, so please take this as just a rumor for now, but something to consider when planning your next trip.
What does this mean for you?
In order to hold your reservation for a table service restaurant, a credit card will be required. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your scheduled Advance Dining Reservation, you will be charged $10 for each member of your party. The reservations for dinner shows will remain the same; you still need to purchase the meal in advance and will be not be eligible for a refund if the cancellation occurs outside the specified timeframe.
There are several ways to cancel your dining reservations:
- Log on to your reservations through Disney’s website .
- Use your My Disney Experience App if you have previously linked your reservations.
- Call Disney Dining at 407-939-1947.
What is the reason for the policy change?
When guests change their plans once in the parks and miss or disregard a reservation, tables can be tied up that could have gone to guests waiting in line. Without a strict policy in place, guests were free to miss their reservations without a penalty, so there was no reason to cancel the reservation. With the new rule change, the hope is that guests will make the necessary itinerary changes within that 24 hour window to ensure that all guests are seated timely. It may also allow for guests without a reservation to score one of those coveted last minute reservations that become available the same day.
Will this new rumored policy change impact your dining reservation plans if it goes into effect?