• On Sep 26, 2016
    Cassandra 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 going on our first family trip to Disney in March 2017 and we need to make our character dining reservations this Thursday. Can you tell me if any of the character dining charges you at the time of booking or if they just use a credit card to hold?

    Welcome Cassandra! Thanks for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.
    When making Advance Dining Reservations you will always be required to inform a valid credit card number. Even for those using a Disney Dining Plan, a credit card guarantee will be required when making reservations. You card will only be charged if you don’t show up for your reservation or don’t cancel it accordingly to the restaurant’s cancelation policy.
    However, there are a few exceptions. Some dining experiences require guests to pre pay for their meal in advance, when making the reservation. A very popular Character Dining Experience - Cinderella's Royal Table - is an example of this situation. During reservation process, the system will inform you if the restaurant chosen requires pre-payment before you finish your reservation.
    Hope this helps. Please, let us know if you have further questions.
    Have fantastic day!
    Gina V.
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Meet the Panelist: Gina, Brazil

I am totally a Disney maniac! Since childhood, I have been a big fan of all things Disney, especially the theme parks. I have never visited any other place that gives me the same feeling that I get at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can become a child again there! With so much to explore, I would love to help you plan your next Walt Disney World vacation and discover all the fantasy and magic this special place has to offer. Learn More About Gina

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