• On May 7, 2019
    Matthew from MO 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.

    What if I book room only in hopes for free dining to come out...am I able to receive the free dining offer if I update my booking to include the 4 day park hopper pass? Will I have to cancel my reservation? Will I lose my deposit?

    Hi Matthew,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question! 

    Taking advantage of a Special Offer for your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort is a great idea. However, because the availability of special promotions such as “free dining” is by no means guaranteed, I also understand wanting to have a full-price reservation on hand, especially if your dates aren’t that flexible. 

    Based on my experience, it’s not always easy to “convert” a room-only reservation into one involving a Special Offer. Because the number and types of Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms that are typically available with a promotional offer are limited, it may be difficult to get the exact Resort and dates you want, if and when “free dining” may be released for your vacation dates. In the past, however, I’ve been able to cancel my initial reservation and use that deposit towards my new Disney Resort Hotel Package, which was really convenient. I wasn’t however, able to do this online; I had to contact Walt Disney World Resort in order to “untangle” my reservation

    Of course, if you cancel your “room only” reservation within its cancellation guidelines (please refer to the email confirmation you will receive), you should be able to get your deposit back. 

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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