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  • On May 29, 2011
    Melanie from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    At DW, I will be using the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, and have booked some reservations. If I didn't show up for my reservations, would they dock me a dining credit, even though I didn't go to my reservation? What about if I didn't show up on time? Thx!!

    Hi Melanie!

    In general, no, you will not be "docked" a dining credit if you fail to show up for your dining reservation, unless it is a meal or show that requires pre-payment or a credit card to hold (IE. Cinderella's Royal Table). In general, a good rule of thumb is, if you are not required to give a credit card up front when making your dining reservation, there is no penalty for "no shows".

    HOWEVER, and this is a big however to me, keep in mind that there are many families who are hoping to dine at the Disney restaurants. If you do not cancel your reservations (even by calling the day of your reservation or even by calling an hour before your scheduled dining time), other families will be turned away at the podium. If you can call, or stop by a restaurant podium in the park, you may just make another family's vacation by opening up a spot at a restaurant they were looking forward to trying!

    If you are late to a dining reservation and its not much past your reservation time, you will almost always be seated without a problem - Disney does understand that it is difficult to predict just when you'll arrive (especially in a packed day of touring the parks). However, if you are very late they will think that you are a "no show" and your reservation may be let go. My best advice on this one is to go by the restaurant, explain that you are late, and ask what they can do for you - it never hurts to just ask!

    Hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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