• On Jul 5, 2018
    Brandon from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are visiting Disney world in January 2019. We plan on making our reservations for dining 180 days out. If a promotion pops up and we take advantage of it do we have to cancel those dining reservations and look for new ones?

    Hi Brandon,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to have your 180-day mark for making advanced dining reservations approaching!

    Since we always want to make sure we get the resort hotel and room type we prefer, I make reservations about a year in advance and then I consistently check the Special Offers to see if a promotion comes out that is applicable to our travel dates and saves us money. Although there is no guarantee that a cast member will be able to apply a particular special offer to our vacation package, I have been able to do so in the past, so I always advise that you ask. 

    When I have made changes to a reservation and/or taken advantage of a different promotion, our dining reservations have been unaffected. Thankfully, we were able to keep those hard-to-get reservations. Remember, however, that your credit card is being used to guarantee dining reservations. So, if you need to cancel, be sure to do so within the time frame specified to avoid penalties. I failed to cancel a dining reservation once and was charged $10 per person. Lesson learned!

    Brandon, as you consider dining reservations, remember to check out restaurants at Disney Springs. I also must suggest California Grill or 'Ohana for dinner during the Happily Ever After fireworks show. Arrive early and request a window table. Although cast members may not be able to accommodate the request, they try their best. The views are amazing! 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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