• On Jul 4, 2017
    Julie 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.

    Hi, we have Disney dining reservations for our party visiting later this year. I assume that as for any normal restaurant, if you happen to turn up without the full number of guests for a reservation there is no issue with this. Is this the case?

    Hi Julie,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you have a fantastic vacation planned to the Walt Disney World resort.

    I am so glad that you have made dining reservations. You can certainly arrive without the full number of guests, but remember that dining reservations are typically guaranteed by credit card. If a guest does not show up and does not cancel at least one day in advance, a no show fee will be charged. I forgot to cancel a dining reservation on a prior visit and was charged a fee of $10 per person. If you have pre-paid for a dining experience, be sure to check the specific cancellation and refund policies for that dining event. 

    Knowing also how difficult some reservations are to get at certain restaurants, I suggest that you cancel the reservation for the guests who will not be present. Doing so will free up dining spots for other guests. We have been the beneficiaries of last minute cancellations and have done a happy dance several times when we snapped up those reservations!

    In the meantime, continue to explore the many dining options at the Walt Disney World resort. We are dining at 'Ohana for the first time on our upcoming visit and I am so excited.

    Julie, I trust you will have wonderful dining experiences filled with pixie dust and laughter!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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