Many Disney World guests have been disappointed to hear the news that Walt Disney World will be cancelling Disney Dining Plans in an effort to accommodate new capacity restrictions. Disney has begun to reach out to guests with free dining to share news of that cancellation, and what they are offering them in return.
As Disney announced to the world they intended to reopen beginning July 11, Disney fans everywhere were thrilled to hear the magic would be returning soon!
Shortly after this reopening news, Disney began releasing information regarding modifications to the magic that would be implemented in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Plans such as the temporary suspension of FastPasses, parades, fireworks, and character meet and greets were shared, much to the disappointment of many who had vacations planned.
Disney also shared that all Disney Dining Plans, dining reservations, and some experiences would be cancelled for guests.
When Walt Disney World temporarily closed in March, guests who had vacations impacted by the closure were offered a sweet deal when rebooking their trips. If a trip was rebooked for this summer, guests could take advantage of a free dining deal!
Now, Disney has reached out to guests via email to share that their dining reservations and free dining plan will indeed be cancelled.
In this email, they also share that Character Dining cannot be provided.
An Important Walt Disney World Update
As we plan for the reopening of our Disney Resort Hotels and Theme Parks, we are keeping the wellbeing of our Guests and Cast in mind. And we’re here to help you as we introduce new measures focused on delivering an enjoyable and magical experience for everyone who visits.
To manage attendance and foster physical distancing during this unprecedented time, we will be changing and suspending some Theme Park and Disney Resort hotel experiences, including the temporary suspension of Extra Magic Hours.
In addition, we will also be introducing a new Theme Park reservation system. You will receive access to the Theme Park reservation system before new tickets are sold to other Guests.
Unfortunately, these new measures have also required us to cancel any dining reservations, experience reservations and FastPass+ selections you may have made. You will be provided with early access to book new dining and experiences.
As a result of physical distancing, capacity in restaurants and availability of dining experiences is very limited and certain experiences such as Character dining cannot be provided. Because of this, we have also made the difficult decision to cancel and temporarily no longer offer Disney dining plans.
We recognize the inconvenience this poses and we’re deeply sorry. We will be modifying your package to remove the dining plan. As an accommodation, the price of the package will be adjusted to reflect a 35% savings on the room portion. This modified package and price will be provided in a new confirmation. You will receive a refund of the difference in the package price if you have already paid in full or a reduction in amount due if you have not yet made final payment.
There’s nothing you need to do at this time. We will be contacting you shortly with more details on reservations.
At this time, while systems update, we are temporarily suspending all modifications. However, you have the option of canceling your entire reservation at any time.
We’re putting a great deal of thought into helping you return to the magic and appreciate your patience.
For more information, please visit disneyworld.com, call 407-W-DISNEY (934-7639), or contact your travel professional or Member Services.
Select third party operated restaurants and certain other experiences may not be cancelled.
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My feelings exactly:(
The first time I went to Disney World was in the early 70’s. Epcot was a dream of the future at that time. It was so easy to plan your trip. Pick the dates, and reserve a room. It was an enjoyable vacation. You went to the Magic Kingdom early in the morning and rode the rides and viewed the shows. Manageable lines for everything, including food. At night you visited Disney stores or other local Florida attractions. When I go now (which is less often), it’s almost a full time job to keep up with the latest and greatest things months ahead of time.. I have to reserve fastpasses and I even have to know when I”ll be hungry 180 days from now so I can make a dinner reservation. It’s too much work to make the vacation enjoyable. When we’re there, I feel that we’re running from one thing to another because we have a “reservation”. No time to “stop and smell the roses”. I’m exhausted by the time we go home. It’s become way too much. Just my opinion.
Wow, if you can get a 2 year old to wear and keep a mask on, all day long, I applaud you.
Our family will definitely not go back until all perks open up. Total disappointment. I’m in mourning for the old disney experience. Everything Disney removed, is why we go.
I keep hearing dining plans will not come back until after September 2021. Is this accurate or a rumor? We love the dining plan.
I wouldnt go unless I lived close by and had an annual pass and didnt have kids and just wanted to ride some rides if the waits will be very low. Def not worth the price otherwise.
Yes, if I were you I would definitely go. I would even go when they open as am a DVC member and have an AP. But, no one else I know has an AP so no one to go with….
Our Nov. trip is for whole family and the kids that are 2 and 4 have never been there and the 6 year old was there when 2 and doesn’t remember much.
Where do you get masks that fit for a 2 year old?
if it’s your first time, I would definitely cancel!!!
I have reservations in September, however my daughter is a cast member so I go quite often… I’m not sure I’m even going to enjoy this.
Then people shouldn’t go until is back to normal. Problem solved. I don’t know why everyone keeps whining and complaining about limited experiences to help keep everyone safe. Disney is doing their best to ensure they can operate safely.
The more I hear this gets worse and worse. Masks for those 2 and under, dining reservations gone, no fireworks, parades, or meal characters. A real disappointment for those going for their first time. Our little ones looking to having breakfast with Cinderella and seeing their favorite characters etc., not sure this would work.
For those that are older and go all the time, I would go. Think we may need to cancel…..