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New change for Disney Dining cancellations

New change for Disney Dining cancellations
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After an update, a new change is now in place for Disney Dining. What do you think of this new change?

Technical Maintenance

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We shared that dining reservations would be affected yesterday as Disney technical maintenance was scheduled. Disney sent push notifications to guests through the My Disney Experience app notifying them of upcoming technical maintenance. With so many glitches affecting the My Disney Experience app, we were hopeful that this scheduled maintenance will improve the app.

Many times we are worried that technical maintenance may cause unwelcome glitches. This scheduled maintenance now allows guests a new option for dining cancellations that we love.

New Dining Cancelation Policy

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Previously, guests had until 11:59 pm the night before their reservation to cancel their dining reservation or they will be charged a $10 cancellation fee. As unexpected events arise while on vacation, many guests may wish to cancel their dining reservations on the day of their dining reservation.

Now a new change allows guests to cancel their dining reservation up to 2 hours prior to their reservation without penalty. It is important to note that this new change will probably not affect dining reservations when pre-payment is required such as at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

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We decided to try this new policy out to see if this will work for us as well. We made a reservation for today at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. I (Donna) was able to cancel without any penalty.

Now a new change allows guests to cancel their dining reservation up to 2 hours prior to their reservation without penalty.

This is a HUGE improvement and will help guests enjoy their vacation at Walt Disney World even more.

What do you think of this new change? Have dining reservations affected your past Disney trips? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

Donna has always loved Disney even at an early age. When she was younger her family would joke that she lived in "Donna Land". Even now as an adult, she loves to plan and make magical vacations come to life as she and her family travel "Home" to Walt DisneyWorld. Join her as she brings a little faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust to Disney planning.


  1. Double edged sword. We had to cancel an hour prior to our ressies as my son started feeling ill. Thankfully we were not charged but also now I’m trying to get reservations for a specific date which is booked & I’m certain now we won’t get reservations if people are able to keep their reservations up to 2 hours in advance. If people think they want to dine elsewhere, I just hope they will be mindful enough to cancel in a reasonable amount of time. I do appreciate Disney trying to work out new ways to please everyone.

  2. That’s right I rely on trying to get reservations at o hana , primetime, etc. The morning of or the night before. Now it will be even harder to get reservations because people book many things for the same time and cancel at the last minute when they finally decide where they want to go and now literally will be the last minute.

  3. Such a welcomed change. So many times busses run late and I’m panicking about the reservations. Most of the time they accommodate a few mins late (whispering canyon was amazing when the busses no showed for an hour and we were 30 mins late). Also sometimes it’s just hard to predict what and when you want to eat months in advanced.

  4. A welcome change, however, I’ve had to cancel last minute on more than one occasion over the years. I live locally and have had to cancel due to sickness, getting stuck at work, getting stuck in traffic to where it wasn’t worthwhile, even forgot once. I’ve always called and explained the situation, truthfully, and never once was charged a cancellation fee. They’ve always been very understanding and helpful. This is a welcome change nonetheless though.

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