UPDATE: See bottom of post for some FAQs and answers via a Disney Dining Phone representative.
In the past several weeks, Disney has instituted a few new technologies and requirements to better regulate the Disney World Dining Reservations Systems. These are largely being put into place to deter the ever-increasing practices of double-booking dining reservations, or simply skipping reservations without canceling them.
Double-booking and skipping reservations in restaurants that fill up six months in advance means that a large percentage of dining reservations are not being used, which, in turn, means that fewer guests are able to dine at these locations, and less money is made in each restaurant.
To improve this process, Disney has (or will be) instituting three new practices:
- Mandatory Credit Card Guarantees on Signature and Character Dining Location Reservations
- Reservation Reminder Emails
- Disallowing Double-Bookings
Credit Card Guarantees Required for Signature and Character Dining Locations Starting October 26th
In order to deter skipped reservations at Disney’s most expensive and popular properties, Disney will begin requiring credit card guarantees on many restaurants beginning October 26th, 2011.
What does this mean for us as guests? Basically, you’ll be required to give a valid credit card number in order to make your reservation for these popular dining spots. No money will be charged to your card at the time of booking (unless the location is a pre-pay meal). However, should you neglect to cancel a credit card guarantee reservation within the allotted timeline (usually 24 hours prior to the meal), a $10 surcharge — per person — will be charged to the card.
Starting October 26, 2011, the following restaurants will require the credit card guarantee: [Read more…]