A Full List of Disney World's Cancellation Policies | the disney food blog (2023)

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Do you know what to do if your flight gets canceled to Disney World?

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With more flights getting canceled every day — including flights to Orlando — you should probably have a plan in place, just in case. Everything from your tickets, park pass reservations to your hotel reservation to your advance dining reservations will be affected, so knowing Disney World’s policies for these things is ALWAYS a good idea.

The good news is that Disney’s Customer Service team is typically good about working with guests when they have travel issues. Here are Disney World’s current cancellation policies.

Hotel Reservations

Room-Only Reservations

Disney’s current policy regarding hotel room-only reservations is that you can cancel with no penalty up to five days before the first day of your stay. You can cancel or modify a reservation online or by calling 407-934-7639.

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However, most flight cancellations are last-minute, meaning that you might not fall within that 5-day window. That means that you will not receive a full refund if you have to cancel your trip. However, if you can modify your stay instead (for example, when another flight is available) Disney may accommodate you.

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Changes to reservations can be made, but just know that if there’s a change in price for your hotel stay from one day to the next, you will be charged the amount of the increase in price.

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Keep in mind this is also subject to availability.

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Vacation Packages

For room and ticket packages, the policy is a little different. You have to cancel your reservation within 30 days of the first day of your stay to get a full refund on your trip. For cancellations made 2 days to 29 days prior to your arrival, a refund will be issued MINUS a cancellation fee of $200 per package. For cancellations made 1 day or less prior to guest arrival, you lose everything you paid for the trip.

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However, you can make changes to your reservation (subject to availability), although changes made less than 30 days before your arrival date are subject to a $50 fee per package. Also, you will have to pay for any price increases, if necessary.

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There is a Hurricane Exception to the policy, though. If a hurricane warning has been issued by the National Hurricane Center for Orlando or where you live within seven days of your arrival day, you maybe be able to cancel or reschedule your vacation package.

Your best bet is to contact Disney as soon as you know your flight has been canceled so that Disney can work with you to make alternative arrangements.

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Advance Dining Reservations

Each Disney World restaurant has its own cancellation policy, but most will allow you to cancel within 24 hours of your reservation by either canceling online or by calling (407) 824-1391. If you need to cancel on the day of, though, you may be charged a cancellation fee, depending on the restaurant.

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Not ALL restaurants are so lenient, though. charges a $100 per person cancellation fee for reservations canceled within FIVE days of the reservation. Those who cancel on the day will be charged full price.

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Park Tickets

Disney World tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable, so you cannot cancel a ticket or get a refund for it. However, you can often use unexpired tickets in the future.Do note that tickets expire 14 days after their first use, so keep that in mind.

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The Hurricane Exception also applies to tickets.

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Tours

Each Disney World tour has its own cancellation policy, but most require cancellation at least two days before your reservation or you lose the entire cost of the tour. For example, here’s what Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour says:

There is something you can do BEFORE your trip that could help you get a full refund — or at part of a refund — if you have to cancel a hotel, ticket, or tour due to a flight cancellation. First, check with your credit card company — many travel rewards credit cards offer some kind of travel protection insurance. For those that don’t, you can shop around for travel insurance to cover these unforeseeable costs.

Here’s hoping your flight doesn’t get canceled!

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Also, make sure to check your flight information on your airline’s website or through its app at least several days before your flight. Some flights are getting canceled ahead of time, which would give you more wiggle room if you need to cancel or modify a Disney World trip.

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FAQs

What is Disney's dining cancellation policy? ›

All table service locations at Walt Disney World resort (including operating participants) will charge a cancellation fee of $10 per person if the cancellation isn't made at least one day in advance.

Does Disney have a cancellation list? ›

Although there's no cancellation list, you'll be pleased to know that people often cancel their reservations last minute. The nearer you get to the date, you might find that tables start opening up.

What happens if you don't cancel Disney dining reservations? ›

What are the details of the cancellation policy? If guests fail to cancel their reservations within one day of the reservation time and then don't show up at the restaurant, they'll be charged $10 per person on the credit card used to hold the reservation.

Can I cancel my Disney reservation without penalty? ›

Next up are Disney Vacation Package cancellations. When you book a Disney Vacation Package, which includes a Disney Resorts Collection hotel reservation and Theme Park Tickets, you can cancel your reservation without penalty 30 or more days before your arrival date.

How close to Disney can you cancel? ›

The standard Walt Disney World cancellation policy available throughout the year is up to 5 days prior to arrival without penalty.

Can you get a full refund from Disney World? ›

Can I cancel or modify my theme park ticket or vacation package? A. Tickets and packages at Walt Disney World Resort are nontransferable and nonrefundable. You cannot cancel or get a refund for a ticket or package, but in some cases you can use unexpired theme park tickets for a future vacation.

What happens if I cancel my reservation at Disney? ›

For cancellations made 1 day or less prior to guest arrival, you lose everything you paid for the trip. However, you can make changes to your reservation (subject to availability), although changes made less than 30 days before your arrival date are subject to a $50 fee per package.

What happens if I cancel my Disney reservation? ›

Theme park reservation availability is fluid and constantly being updated as Guests can change their reservations themselves from their Disneyland Resort account. Once a Guest has canceled their current reservation, they are free to book a new reservation at a different date and theme park!

Can Disney be Cancelled at any time? ›

Disney+ subscribers are able to cancel their subscription at any time, and this will go into effect at the end of the payment period or free trial.

How long do you have to cancel Disney dining reservations? ›

Reservations can be cancelled up to 11:59 p.m. the day before the reservation to avoid the charge. To cancel, guests can call (407) WDW-CNCL, stop by any table service restaurant front desk, call (407) WDW-DINE, or use your My Disney Experience app.

Can I cancel my Disney reservation and reschedule? ›

Sign in to your My Disney Experience account. Go to your "My Plans" page and scroll down to the "My Plans, Reservations and Tickets" section. Next, you'll need to click on "Tickets & Memory Maker" to view your ticket. Once you click on the ticket, you should see an option to change the date of your visit.

What is grace period for Disney dining reservations? ›

If you're running a wee bit late, there's no need to worry. Disney's policy is that they will typically hold your reservation up until 15 minutes after your scheduled dining time. After that point, if they haven't heard from you (more on that in a minute) they reserve the right to re-allocate the table to other diners.

Can I change Disney ticket dates? ›

We've got you covered! To change the starting date of your tickets, open the My Disney Experience Mobile App and tap the menu button in the bottom right corner. Click "Tickets and Passes." Find the ticket you'd like to change and follow the prompts to choose a new date and checkout.

Is the $200 deposit for Disney refundable? ›

Did you know that a 2023 Walt Disney World vacation package only require a $200 deposit? This deposit locks in your resort and ticket pricing. In addition, the deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel more than 30 days prior to your vacation.

Can you sell your Disney tickets? ›

No. Once a person uses a Disney Theme Park Ticket, all subsequent admissions are specific to that person and cannot be transferred to anyone else. If you have not yet used a ticket, you may transfer it to another person. You may also buy a new theme park ticket online or at the theme park Main Entrance.

Can I cancel my Disney subscription and get a refund? ›

No. Disney Plus does not charge a cancellation fee. You can cancel at any time for free, but you will not receive any refunds.

What is the 120 minute rule Disney? ›

The "120-minute rule" allows you to book a Genie+ LL for later in the day -- but if it's more than 120 minutes away, you don't have to wait to redeem that LL. You simply wait 120 minutes and can book another Genie+ LL. Both MaxPass and FastPass+ had similar policies.

Does Disney manipulate wait times? ›

“They definitely skew about 20 percent higher than actual wait times. They do often use them as a way to pull people away from a ride.” Doug Sisk, who runs WDW Passport, which offers live wait times, says that Disney usually inflates times by between 25 and 50 percent.

How many times can you reschedule Disney? ›

There's no limit as to how many times you change your theme park reservations. It's completely normal for plans to change and adjustments needing to be made, so don't stress about that. The important thing is making sure you keep your theme park tickets safe until you are ready to use them!

How much is a Disney dining cancelation? ›

Restaurants offering advance reservations charge a $10 per-person cancellation fee for reservations cancelled within 2 hours of the reservation time, or for no shows. Each restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort maintains its own cancellation policy, so be sure to confirm the policy before finalizing your reservation.

Can I change my Disney Dining reservation? ›

If you need to cancel your dining reservation or change the number of people dining, you can do so on the website, so long as your reservation is not within 24 hours. At that point, visit Guest Relations in the parks or call the reservation hotline to modify your existing reservation.

What happens if I'm late to my Disney Dining reservation? ›

But what happens if you plan on making your dining reservation, but you're running late? If you're only going to be a little late, it's totally okay — Disney will hold the reservation for up to 15 minutes after your scheduled time. BUT…if they haven't heard from you by then, your table will go to someone else.

Is there a lightning lane grace period? ›

Yes. You can tap into Lightning Lanes up to 5 minutes early and up to 15 minutes late. These are automatic grace periods, and you do not have to ask a Cast Member for them–tapping in will simply work. (In fact, don't ask a Cast Member, as they might tell you there is no grace period, which is wrong.)

Will Disney dining go back to 180 days? ›

Disney Dining continues to allow Guests to make their advanced dining reservations 60-days prior to their vacation arrival date. At the present time, there haven't been any announcements about going back to the 180-day timeframe for advanced reservations.

Can unused Disney tickets be used later? ›

Additional Ticket Information The amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price so long as the new ticket purchase price is equal to or greater than the amount paid for the original ticket.

Can I move my Disney ticket reservation? ›

Tickets can be reassigned until their first usage. Once they are used, tickets cannot be reassigned. You can also use a Disney MagicMobile pass in the My Disney Experience mobile app: Visit My Reservations to view and reassign unused tickets.

Can I cancel a dining reservation at Disney? ›

You can cancel your dining reservation online. Please refer to the cancellation policy provided at the time of your booking and in your email confirmation. Restaurants offering advance reservations charge a per-person cancellation fee for reservations cancelled after the designated cancellation period, or for no shows.

Can I cancel Disney Dining same day? ›

Disney World Now Allows Same-Day Cancelation of Dining Reservations in My Disney Experience App. Following a systems update last night, guests can now make same-day cancelations of dining reservations as long as they cancel more than 2 hours prior to their reservation time.

Do people cancel Disney dining reservations? ›

Plans change and people cancel. Also… keep in mind that most Disney reservations need to be paid in full 45 days prior to arrival. Many reservations are canceled at the last minute.

What is Ohana cancellation policy? ›

We ask for 24 hours notice for cancellations. If under 24 hours you will be billed 50% of the treatment cost.

What happens if I cancel my Disney reservation the day of? ›

Each Disney World restaurant has its own cancellation policy, but most will allow you to cancel within 24 hours of your reservation by either canceling online or by calling (407) 824-1391. If you need to cancel on the day of, though, you may be charged a cancellation fee, depending on the restaurant.

How many times can you change a Disney reservation? ›

There's no limit as to how many times you change your theme park reservations. It's completely normal for plans to change and adjustments needing to be made, so don't stress about that. The important thing is making sure you keep your theme park tickets safe until you are ready to use them!

Does Disney charge for changing reservations? ›

In addition, changes made 30 days or less prior to guest arrival are also subject to a change fee of $50 per package plus any change fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers.

How much does it cost to cancel Disney Resort reservation? ›

You can change or cancel your reservation without penalty up until 30 days in advance. Cancellations made 29 days to 2 days prior to arrival have a cancellation fee of $200 per package, but if reservations are cancelled 1 day prior to arrival or later, the full package price is non-refundable.

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