• On Sep 22, 2021
    Nobina from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm traveling with a largish party and made dining reservations to include everyone. I know there's a standard cancellation fee for the whole reservation but do I have a time limit or a penalty if I want to change the number of people in the party?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Nobina! I am so glad you enjoy coming here to ask your vacation questions! 

    Congratulations on being a dining reservation “ninja” and getting reservations for your large party! I know it is not an easy task.

    Walt Disney World’s dining cancellation policy states that a reservation must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or a $10 per person fee will be charged. When dining with a large group, I have found that more often than not, we wind up with one or two people who aren’t able to make it at the last minute. As long as someone shows up for the reservation time, usually you do not incur the fee. When this happens, I try to go up to the cast member working and explain the situation and let them know that a smaller table could accommodate us if that is easier for them. 

    You also can change the number of people on a reservation up until 24 hours in advance on the MyDisneyExperience app or website. I do sometimes have trouble with that, though. 

    When making reservations, if you are looking for something different, consider Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. I have NEVER had a bad meal here. My favorite is breakfast…the Banana Bread French Toast is delicious. 

    I hope this helps with your planning for your October trip to Walt Disney World! I know you will be back if you have other vacation questions! 

    Happy Traveling (& eating),
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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