• On Jun 20, 2019
    Melissa from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have ADR with the grandparents in EPCOT this summer. What will happen if the heat and walking provides to be too much for them and they decide they cannot make it to dinner with us at the last minute-Will we be charged for half the party not showing up?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Melissa!

    Hurray for visiting Walt Disney World Resort with grandparents! Your Mouseketeers are going to make so many special memories on your upcoming summer vacation, and I’m very excited for your whole family.

    In my experience, showing up to a Disney dining reservation without a few members of your party should not be a problem. Just explain to the Cast Member at the host station that you’re missing a couple of members of the party, and they’ll ask how many you do have, and how many are children. It’s only when you entirely miss a dining reservation without canceling it that you may be charged; if that should happen, I recommend calling (407) WDW-DINE as soon as you know you won’t be able to make a dining reservation so that they can assist in canceling or attempting to reschedule for a better time.

    You’re smart to think about keeping cool and rested, Melissa. The lovely thing about Epcot is that there are lots of great places to sit, relax, and enjoy some air conditioning. The American Adventure, Living with the Land, and Journey Into Imagination With Figment are fantastic, cool attractions that usually have manageable wait times, and they are all kid- and grandparent-friendly. The queue for The Seas With Nemo & Friends is some of the iciest air conditioning around, as is the Epcot Character Spot (bonus points: you can get some adorable family photos with Mickey and pals). There are also many quaint spots to sit down, enjoy a cold beverage (you can always request free ice water from any Counter Service location) and snack, and enjoy the ambience all around the World Showcase. If the grandparents are more of the rock and roll type, they might love the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live show – it’s a super fun show filled with live renditions of the songs from the movies. Epcot is a great place to slow down, explore, eat, and drink...all while making magical memories.

    I hope you and your family enjoy your Grand Adventure this summer!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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