Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New reservation policy goes into effect October 26th

Effective October 26th, Disney will now be charging a $10 per person fee for any no-shows or cancellations made less than a day prior. A credit card will be required to make reservations at select restaurants and charged the $10 cancellation fee for the following restaurants:

* 1900 Park Fare
* Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
* Artist Point
* California Grill
* Cape May Café
* Chef Mickey’s
* Cítricos
* The Crystal Palace
* Flying Fish Café
* The Garden Grill
* Hollywood & Vine
* Le Cellier Steakhouse
* Narcoossee’s
* Ohana
* Tusker House Restaurant
* The Hollywood Brown Derby
* Yachtsman Steakhouse
* Victoria & Albert’s (cancellation policy is $25/per person)

Cinderella's Royal Table, Hoop-de-doo Revue, Mickey's Backyard BBQ & Spirit of Aloha will continue to the same policy of charging the full pre-paid cost if not cancelled 1 day in advance.

It remains to be seen if this will help the whole reservation system, and ADR availability or not. Personally I like that the Signature restaurants are implementing this. With the longer dining times & limited seating, it makes a lot of sense. What do you think?


  1. I think it keeps people liable for their reservations. No one wants to waste money and perhaps implementing the fees will allow either 1 of 2 things. More people will become cognizant of time and/or they will realize their are consequences to their actions.

  2. While I agree that it should be considered a common courtesy to cancel a dining reservation if you change your plans, I seriously doubt that no-shows have a negative impact on WDW restaurants. If you have ever tried to dine at the most popular restaurants without a reservation, you know it is almost impossible. Even with reservations you often have to wait a long time to be seated, leading me to believe that they overbook. Our trip last December coincided with record-breaking cold weather and by the end of the week my husband and I were both sick. We ended up cancelling our last two reservations several hours before, after it started raining. Had we incurred the fees they are now implementing, I would have been one very unhappy, sick guest.
    I really can’t see that it will make reservations easier to obtain. And if that is not the end result, it’s just another money-maker for Disney.

  3. Hi Paperdoll,

    There are formulas most restaurants use to calculate wait times, but they often go awry. I imagine that happens more than not at Disney, simply because you have people who sit, wait for characters,& are downright exhausted and need to break lol. I often wonder if they are overbooking at time though...

    You make a valid point about real emergencies popping up and being fair to folks. I think we were down there at the same time lol! It was 3 nights of hard frost and 30 degree weather. I ended up getting sick for a day & a half too. I would have been upset if they charged me for something basically out of my control.