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  • On Jul 1, 2020
    Sharon from West Midlands Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Due to travel from UK to Disney next June just had my paid for dining plans cancelled by Disney I am really considering cancelling the holiday as all the perks of staying onsite have been removed. Any advice will be appreciated please. Thanks

    Hi Sharon,

    How nice to see you stopping by with a question for us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Given the distance you have to travel, I especially understand your dilemma and hear your concern. And, since my family had all of our dining reservations cancelled as well, I am quite familiar with the crushing disappointment that followed in my household once that process unfolded. With that said, I still believe in the magic of Walt Disney World. Moana's wayfinding spirit tells me that the best adventures are not always the same adventures!

    With that said, I recommend that you keep those holiday plans for a few more months. As long as you have a resort hotel reservation and theme parks tickets linked to your My Disney Experience account, you can access the Disney Park Pass system. With that HUGE perk, you can solidify your park plans now. We just made park pass reservations for a trip in April of 2021.

    Once our dining plans were cancelled, I was worried about whether we would be able to re-book all of them. Although our dining reservation window has not opened yet for our trip in November, other friends with upcoming trips in July and August have been able to re-book their dining reservations, so that gives me hope.

    One surprising ray of sunshine that one of our girls helped me to realize was that since we might not get all of the same restaurant reservations we had previously booked, this forces us to try new dining locations. She has enjoyed doing the research and proposing new ideas to us. My daughter's happiness at doing that Disney dining planning again reminded me that, sometimes, change opens our eyes to possibilities.

    If you already have booked your flights, I think that might be another reason to just hold onto that resort hotel reservation for a little while. If you need to buy flights, then that presents another layer to your dilemma, but I still think you can wait until at least six months prior to the trip to reassess and make a final decision. And, lest we forget, we still have Resistance Forces on Batuu waiting for additional allies to join the Cause. Quite frankly, you are needed to help us defeat the First Order. 

    Sharon, patience is not one of my virtues. I trust you have more. Recent events, however, have taught me that waiting can bring unexpected joy. Do check the operational updates and, if you booked through a third party, make sure you review their cancellation policies. Trust that magic lives on at the Walt Disney World Resort. Sending wishes to all the stars for you - the evening star is shining bright, so make a wish and hold on tight...anything can happen. Most important, you bring the laughter and love that make every trip special!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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