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  • On Jun 19, 2013
    Cathie 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 booked and paid for the dining plan but when I wanted to book some meal reservations I was told I needed a credit card to make the booking, in previous years that did not apply,  is this something new?

    Hi Cathie.

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.

    A credit card 'guarantee' policy has been in effect with Disney Dining for several years now. 
    Even when using a Disney Dining Plan for your meals, certain, popular Disney Dining locations require a Credit Card on file as a 'guarantee' on your reservation. This only applies to package reservations such as the Fantasmic! Meal Packages, Character Dining, Signature Dining, Dinner Shows and a select few other 'high demand' dining locations. Your credit card will not be charged up front, however you will be charged a fee per person if you are a 'no show' for one of these dining locations if you did not cancel your reservation in time. When making each reservations, the terms and conditions will be discussed with you by the Cast Member making your reservation, or, you will agree to the Terms & Conditions online prior to receiving your confirmation. These policies are in effect such that guests who change their plans will give sufficient notice and another guest will be able to secure the cancelled reservation.

    Certain pre-paid dining locations requiring up-front credit card payment (dinner shows and Cinderella's Royal Table) should be reserved by calling Disney Dining directly at (407) WDW-DINE to ensure that your Disney Dining Plan is correctly associated with the reservation and your card will therefore not be charged. *your card will still be kept on file as a guarantee and cancellation policies do apply

    If you have additional questions about the Disney Dining Plan and Disney Dining Reservations, please feel free to write me back any time. I'd love to hear from you again!

    Wishing you a simply Magical time at Walt Disney World Cathie!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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