• On Jan 30, 2012
    Penny 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.

    We don't have any credit cards. Does this mean we can't make ADR's ? I read elsewhere about someone getting a password with their DP to make reservations. Wondering about that. Thank you.

    Hi, Penny!

    As of October 2011, Walt Disney World is now requiring credit card guarantees to hold dining reservations. This is mostly a stopgap measure to prevent people from booking reservations and then choosing not to show up. The primary reason for holding the credit card number is that Disney reserves the right to assess a $10-per-person cancellation fee to that card if the party does not offer sufficient time before cancelling the reservation (most restaurants are 24-48 hours). The goal is to ensure that Guests are filling up tables and are not disappointing those who could not get a reservation.

    I spoke to a Cast Member at (407) WDW-DINE, and she let me know that in order to purchase the Disney Dining Plan in advance, you must do so with a credit (or debit) card. The card is then on file, and the Guest can use that card to make reservations with his/her reservation number.

    Give the Dining folks a call and explain your situation, Disney is known for its outstanding customer service, and I am sure that the Cast Members in Dining will do their level best to create an arrangement for you that will allow you to make reservations in advance while allowing them to adhere to their stated policy.

    Have a great trip!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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