• On Dec 26, 2019
    Stan from TX 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.

    I make a dinner reservation for 16 from 4 different groups. There are some no shows. Who is charged for the no-show, the person making the reservation or the credit card for the group that includes the no-show?

    Hey, Stan! This is such a great question, so I am glad you stopped by to chat with us. I frequently travel with many of my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists. Sometimes, we are able to secure a single dining reservation that includes all of us, while at other times, we need to make multiple reservations. We often have a change in the number of guests dining at some of the reservations, so I have some great information to share with you this evening.

    At this time, credit card information is required to confirm a dining reservation. If your party does not show for the reservation, then $10 per guest will be charged to that card. Since you have multiple reservations, the credit card used for each reservation will be the one charged. Say that you had reservations A, B, C, and D. If the entire group from reservations C and D did not show, then the credit cards from those two reservations would be charged.

    It is recommended that you cancel or modify the number of guests by the "cancel by" time period before your dining reservation. Most have a 24-hour cancellation policy, while some others require advance notice of 48 hours or more. Be sure to review your email confirmation for the policy held by each of your dining locations.

    So, I have a bit more information to share with you. In my experience, I have not had any issue if just one person from each of our reservations did not attend. I do recommend, however, that you either call Disney Dining or stop by the dining location earlier that day to have the reservations modified. I prefer the "stop by" method because this will give you a chance to let the Cast Member at check-in know that all four reservations are together. This "heads up" will greatly increase your chance of them being able to combine your tables or sit adjacent to each other so you can enjoy dinner together.

    Thanks again for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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