• On Nov 30, 2016
    Leslie from AR 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 have TS reservations during peak Christmas time. I have read some people have had to wait 40 minutes past their reservation time. If this happens, could we opt to cancel the reservation without penalty? Grandchildren 4 and 6 may not be able to wait.

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Leslie!

    You are going to LOVE touring Walt Disney World during the holiday season!

    Peak seasons may mean a longer wait for some experiences; however, planning ahead can help you enjoy your vacation with no problem. For example, guests are advised to check in at Advanced Dining Reservations early. Bring your party to check-in so that if a table is ready, you can be seated right away. If a table is not ready, ask how long the wait is and have an activity planned that will help to keep little ones occupied. Nearby entertainment, kid-friendly shops and play areas are great to have up your sleeve, should the need arise.

    Mapping out distractions while one adult waits for your table to be ready is easy, too. Throughout Epcot's World Showcase, live entertainment, Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure and Kidcot Fun Stops are all great activities that can help pass some time while your table is being readied. Other parks and resorts have great activities to keep your little ones occupied, too.

    Should you cancel a reservation within 24 hours of dining, you may be charged $10 per person; plus, at peak season, all other locations may have no same-day Advanced Dining Reservations for you to enjoy. Sticking with your original plan may result in the most magical mealtime memories together; after all, it's Christmas and you are in the most magical place on Earth!

    Send more questions as you plan, Leslie; we love to help!

    Andrea A
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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