• On Jan 25, 2019
    Amber from NY 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 are a family of 8 and dining without the dining plan this year. I still would like to make reservations for a character meal but are we going to be charged when making reservations?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amber! Character Dining is one of my favorite parts of any Walt Disney World Resort vacation and since I am far from the only person who feels that way it tends to book up pretty quickly, so it's really smart of you to get a head start on thinking about reservations for your upcoming trip this summer. 

    All advanced dining reservations require a credit card number to booked, but the only Character Dining experience that requires full payment in advance is Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park. Payment in advance with a credit card or Disney Dining Plan is also required when you're booking dinner shows like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. If you are booking any other Character Dining meal, the credit card on file will only be charged if you cancel less than 24 hours before your reservation or miss the meal altogether. You'll receive e-mails to the address associated with your My Disney Experience account in the days leading up to your reservations, so you have plenty of time to make changes if you want to. 

    Have a magical day, Amber, and tell Mickey Mouse I said hi!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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