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  • On Jan 22, 2020
    Meaghan from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! When it comes to making dining reservations, if I make a reservation for 3 guests and only 2 come, do restaurants at WDW charge extra? I'm not using a dining plan.

    Hi Meaghan!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing another great question to us!

    With so many restaurants affiliated with the Walt Disney World Resort, I cannot guarantee that you will not ever be charged if a person in your party does not attend the meal with you. However, I can say that in my experience, we have not been charged a penalty when a member of our party is missing. I do strongly encourage you to modify your advanced dining reservations if you know someone will not be able to attend. I have modified them up to the night before our reservation!
    It sounds like you have made a few dining reservations. I do hope you have linked those in My Disney Experience and that you have downloaded the My Disney Experience Mobile App. Review your dining plans against your FastPass+ plans to make sure you have considered the geography of your days. We dine in the same parks that we visit for the day unless we dine at a resort or Disney Springs for dinner. Typically, we love to dine at or near our resort for dinner. We also love to use early morning dining reservations to get into the park before the crowds descend.

    Meaghan, I also trust that you have noticed the pricing on the menus. We use that pricing to estimate our food costs when not using one of the Disney Dining Plans. We love The Crystal Palace for breakfast and Be Our Guest for dinner at Magic Kingdom. To check the menus, go to the home page of each restaurant and click on view menu. Be sure to select the menu for your dining time (i.e. breakfast or dinner). Finally, be sure you check out mobile food and beverage ordering. It has saved us so much time when trying to eat in between FastPass+ selections!

    Magic and memories,

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