Starting Oct. 26, Walt Disney World has implemented changes to some of its popular full-service restaurants, requiring a credit card and adding a cancellation fee or no-show fee.
These changes affect 19 restaurants, and include several Disney’s Signature Dining restaurants and character meals – some of the Walt Disney World Resort’s (WDW) most popular sit-down dining experiences.
In order to make a reservation, Disney guests must now provide a credit card. If a dining reservation is not cancelled at least one full day (24 hours) in advance, Disney will now charge a fee of $10 per person ($25 per person for Victoria & Albert’s).
WDW restaurants affected by the new policy:
- 1900 Park Fare
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Artist Point
- California Grill
- Cape May Café
- Chef Mickey’s
- The Crystal Palace
- Flying Fish Café
- The Garden Grill
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood & Vine
- Jiko – The Cooking Place
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Tusker House Restaurant
- Victoria & Albert’s ($25 per person)
- Yachtsman Steakhouse
The cancellation policy is listed online at Walt Disney World’s Dining page for the specific restaurants.
The following WDW restaurants already have a credit-card guarantee policy in place, where guests must pre-pay for their dining experiences in order to secure a reservation. Cancellations must be made one day in advance, or the entire amount will be held.
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
Also maintaining their current policies are special dining experiences, such as Fantasmic! Dinner Packages and dessert parties.
Disney guests who would need to cancel a reservation may do so by calling 407-WDW-DINE, online at Walt Disney World Dining or by visiting the restaurant, Guests Relations at the theme parks, or a WDW Resort concierge. Disney has also announced a dedicated phone number (407-WDW-CNCL) for cancellations.
Although Walt Disney World has stated the change in policy is “to ensure consistent Guest service,” many members of the Disney fan community are hopeful that the changes mean it will become easier to get same-day reservations at popular sit-down WDW restaurants.
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