• On May 30, 2018
    Bailey from LA 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.

    When booking a character diner reservations. How does that work? Do you have to pay any kind of deposit? Do you have to pre pay?

    Hi Bailey!

    My family loves Character Dining because one minute you're eating and chatting like normal, and the next you're hugging your favorite Disney Character! And the best part is there are so many options - you can dine with Dale or twirl your pasta in the company of Princesses. It's really one of the quintessential Walt Disney World Resort experiences!

    All dining reservations do require a method of payment to secure the reservation, with either a credit, debit or gift card. There are a few reservations that do require 100 percent full payment upfront at the time of booking, and those are Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Mickey's Backyard BBQ, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, any dessert event, and all meals at Cinderella's Royal Table. These do require a 72 hour cancelation notice to receive a full refund.

    All other dining reservations, including the other Character dining experiences, are booked with a 'Credit Card Guarantee', which means that a $10 per-person cancelation fee, per meal, will be held on whatever card you used to book the reservation. Each cancelation fee will only charged should you cancel in under 24 hours notice or miss the entire reservation altogether. It's not assessed if you originally booked a table for 10 but only eight showed up. This amount is also not credited as a deposit or prepayment.

    Booking Character Meals is exactly the same as booking any other Table Service reservation. The actual reservation can be made either over the phone by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or online through your My Disney Experience account. You can even make a reservation on your My Disney Experience Mobile App!

    I hope this helped, Bailey!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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