• On Jan 8, 2018
    Jessica from IL 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.

    Dining: Is there a penalty if my entire party doesn't come? What if everyone comes, but not everyone eats. Multi-generation family who wants to be together, but may not eat together. Elderly make last-minute changes,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jessica! Thanks for stopping by to bring us such a great question.

    Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort is part of the vacation fun! It gets me so excited to book my family’s favorite restaurants as we plan our visits. It builds the anticipation of our magical and oh so delicious vacation to the place where the magic is endless!

    Jessica, although there is no penalty if your entire party is unable to make the reservation, but it’s best to try to modify your reservation in advance if you are able. Cast Members are understanding and will work with you if some of your party was maybe too tired to make it. They understand a day filled with magic and fun can be exhausting!

    Regarding not ordering at a restaurant, it will depend on the restaurant. If you are visiting a table service restaurant with à la carte menu, you should be ok. But at Family Style, Buffet, and Character Dining experience restaurants, each guest is required to pay for the meal as they will be able to enjoy the open buffet, all-you-care-to-eat meal served for everyone at the table to enjoy, and fun character interactions.

    If you’re staying at one of the wonderful Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, you could plan to meet-up at some of the common areas there. I bet you’d find some beautiful areas in the grounds where you could come together and enjoy some time as a family. Likewise, at many quick service restaurants, there are big seating areas where you could come together if not everyone wishes to eat.

    Have fun planning and dreaming up your visit! Be sure to mark your calendar with your important planning dates. You can book your dining reservations as early as 180-days away.

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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