• On Apr 4, 2017
    Yamylene anne from IN 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.

    Our family is visiting WDW with my grandma who has health issues. Sometimes, she can be nauseated or too tired to want to do something. Will there be a penalty if only part of our party show up for our dining reservations?

    Hi Yamylene Anne,

    Thanks for your excellent question, and how awesome that you are going to share a special vacation with your grandma.

    While the reservation cancellation policy calls for a no-show penalty of $10 per person if you miss a reservation entirely or fail to cancel 24 hours in advance, I've never had to pay a penalty if one or two people in our party can't make it at the last minute. On a Thanksgiving vacation two years ago, our daughter came down with a stomach bug suddenly and needed to sit out dinner at a signature restaurant, and it was no problem.

    I've also had occasions where we had reservations for large parties of 10 or more and ended up with a couple fewer than we anticipated and, again, it wasn't a problem.

    If you know she's not going to be able to accompany you to dinner earlier in the day, it would be a good idea to give Disney Dining a call at (407) 939-3463 and let them know. Or, if you find at the last minute that you can't make your reservation at all because of your grandmother's health, I'd also give a call to reschedule. Cast members do their best to accommodate such requests based on the circumstances.

    I hope that eases your concerns. Please let us know if you have any other questions about traveling with a multi-generational family. Many of us have experience with visiting Walt Disney World with little ones and grandparents, so we're happy to share out advice.

    Enjoy your vacation!


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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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