• On Jul 12, 2018
    Lauren from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What happens if we make an advance dining reservation for our arrival day and our flight is delayed or canceled and we are unable to attend? Will we be charged for not canceling 24 hours in advance?

    Hello Lauren!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with an excellent question!

    Last summer I visited the Walt Disney World Resort with my family and decided to make late breakfast reservations at Trattoria al Forno because my daughter would love to start her very first day with a magical character dining experience with Rapunzel, Ariel, Flynn Rider and Prince Eric.

    Unfortunately there were many international flights arriving around the same time at Orlando International Airport, and as we fly from Brazil we had to wait for a very long time to clear immigration and customs. This caused a two-hour delay and we were unable to make our reservation – my credit card was charged the per person $10 cancellation fee.

    My mistake was taking Disney’s Magical Express to our Disney Resort hotel – Disney’s Beach Club Resort – instead of taking a taxi. We might have been able to make it, but it took a little longer for our motor coach to depart, and we had to make 2 stops at other Disney Resort hotels before our final destination. So if your flight is somewhat late and you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you should consider taking a taxi straight to your dining reservation.

    I hope this helps you while planning, Lauren! Please stop by real soon if you have additional questions, we are delighted to help.

    Best magical wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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