Making Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World seems to be an endless process. You do research on the restaurants, check the menus, check your schedule, make a draft, re-draft (countless times!) and then wait with baited breath for your 180 day mark.
It’s not unusual for your choice restaurants to be unavailable, even as early as your 180 day mark. Disney has discovered this is most likely occurring from guests who make dining reservations and don’t show up.
There are a handful of restaurants that already require a credit card hold or advanced payment; Cinderella’s Royal Tale, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue. These will continue to hold the full amount of pre-payment and require a 1-day cancellation notice to avoid being charged. No shows on these reservations will result in your card being fulled the full amount, yikes!
October 26, 2011 the list of restaurants requiring a credit card hold will expand to the signature dining locations and other popular picks.
Guests will have to provide their credit card information to make a reservation at the following restaurants:
• 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
• Hollywood & Vine
• Jiko – The Cooking Place
• Le Cellier Steakhouse
• Tusker House Restaurant
• The Hollywood Brown Derby
• Victoria & Albert’s – $25 per person
• Yachtsman Steakhouse
Reservations at these restaurants that aren’t cancelled 24 hours in advance will be charged a fee of $10 per person, yikes!
We are still awaiting clarification about the process, but it’s our understanding that reservations booked before October 26, 2011 will still be held. Reservations made after October 26, 2011 will require the credit card hold for the restaurants listed above.
Using your dining plan shouldn’t be a problem, it’s our understanding the credit card will not be billed unless you don’t cancel 24 hours prior to your reservation time.
We will keep you updated as more detailed information is released and will be updating you on the booking process (and its glitches) as things develop!
If you need to cancel your dining reservation call 407-WDW-CNCL, or go to www.Disneyworld.com/dining or visit guest relations at the park.
I suppose time will tell if this solves some of the problems with ADR’s or if it simply allows Disney to make extra money on people who change their minds! What’s your take on the situation?
- Making Your Dining Reservations at the 180-Day Mark. (disneyfoodreport.com)
- Disney Dining Plan-How to Plan Your ADR’s (pixiemichele.blogspot.com)