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No More No-Shows: Disney’s Stricter Dining Reservation Policy (May 2023)

Disney has recently updated its dining reservation and cancellation policy, which has left some guests wondering what changes have been made and how they will be affected.  Let’s go over the new policy and what it means for your upcoming trip to the most magical place on Earth.

 

Here’s the official info, straight from Disney’s website: 

“Restaurants offering advance reservations do not allow modifications within 2 hours of the reservation time, and most charge a $10 per-person fee to cancel within 2 hours of the reservation time, or if you don’t show up for your reservation. Each restaurant’s policies are provided when you make your reservation. If you’ve already booked, the policies can be found in your confirmation email.

The experiences below have different modifications or cancellation policies.

disney dining cancellation policy

 

Modifications

Once the reservation is confirmed, modifications are not allowed for:

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review
  • Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: Pre-Party
  • Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: Post-Party
  • Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: Seats & Sweets
  • Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
  • Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package
  • Spice Road Table Fireworks Dining Package
  • Celebration at the Top – Sip, Savor, Sparkle
  • Top of the World Lounge – multiple products

 

 

 

 

 

Cancellation

Some restaurants require earlier cancellation to avoid a fee and/or have higher fees:

Venue
Cancellation Fee:
How to Avoid Fee:
Cinderella's Royal Table
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 2 hours prior to 
reservation time
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 1 day prior to 
reservation time
Sangria University
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 1 day prior to 
reservation time
La Cava Experience
$50 (per person)
Cancel at least 1 day prior to 
reservation time
Monsieur Paul
$100 (per person)
Cancel at least 3 days prior to 
reservation time
Victoria & Albert's
$100 (per person)
Cancel at least 5 days prior to 
reservation time
Takumi-Tei
$100 (per person)
Cancel at least 2 days prior to 
reservation time
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: 
Pre-Party
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 7 days prior to 
reservation time
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: 
Post-Party
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 7 days prior to 
reservation time
Magic Kingdom Fireworks Dessert Parties: 
Seats & Sweets
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 7 days prior to
 reservation time
Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
Full cost of the experience
 (per person)
Cancel at least 1 day prior to 
reservation time
Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 2 days prior to 
reservation time
Spice Road Table Fireworks Dining Package
Full cost of the experience 
(per person)
Cancel at least 2 days prior to 
reservation time

 

Policies are subject to change without notice.”

The new policies can be accessed directly from Disney, here.

 

The biggest takeaway is that high priced experiences have decreased the flexibility in their cancellation policy and increased what it will cost to cancel outside the new window.  While it’s been an option to book these experiences as a “placeholder” and decide later if you really want to keep them, these new policies may require you to plan a little more in advance and make any changes well ahead of time as opposed to at the last minute.

 

While some guests may be unhappy with the new policies, it’s important to remember that Disney is implementing these changes to ensure that all guests have an opportunity to enjoy their dining experiences. By shortening the booking window and enforcing stricter cancellation policies, Disney hopes to reduce the number of no-shows and allow more guests to enjoy the restaurants on property.

 

What do you think of the new policies?  Let me know with a comment below!

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