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  • On Nov 4, 2022
    Breck from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Can you explain the new two hour dining cancellation policy please?

    Hiya Breck, 

    I am so glad you stopped by planDisney with this great question. One of our favorite things to do when we are planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation is select the restaurants we want to dine at. There are so many amazing choices that it is hard to choose between the places we know and love, and someplace new that we have been wanting to try.  

    As you probably know, the Walt Disney World Resort table service locations are extremely popular. Therefore, it is always recommended that Guests make advanced dining reservations as soon as possible. Reservations can be made up to sixty days in advance. Did you know that an added perk for Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel is they can make up to ten days of dining reservations when their reservation window opens. It is a great advantage as you will get first dibs on the most popular restaurants, before other Guests that are not staying onsite! 

    While pre-payment is required at a select number of restaurants, typically all that is required is a credit card guarantee at the time the reservation is made. If you are like us, even after all that pre-planning, occasionally our plans change and we need to cancel one of our dining reservations. Therefore, it is important to note that most locations require a 24 hour notice to avoid any form of cancellation fees. The fees can sometimes be avoided if you speak directly to the restaurant, but if you cancel through your My Disney Experience mobile app, a one day notice is a standard requirement.

    I did recently see where a few Guests stated they had an option to cancel online, within two hours of their reservation time, and no fees were assessed. I have not seen where Disney World has made a formal announcement confirming that change, therefore I would not rely on a 2 hour cancellation policy. The current cancellation policies advises Guests to refer to the cancellation policy that was provided at the time of their booking or the information provided in the email confirmation. This leads me to believe that some locations may offer a shorter cancellation period, however you should still plan on providing at least 24 hours notice if your plans change. 

    I suggest referring back to your email confirmations and keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog. If there is a large scale change to the overall cancellation policy, I am sure they would share that information once it is available. If I can help with any additional planning questions, please stop back and see me

    Hope to see ya real soon, 
    Margaret 

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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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