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Walt Disney World to begin charging for restaurant "no-shows"

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Walt Disney World is to begin charging guests that make restaurant reservations and fail to show up, in a move designed to reduce congestion at its dining locations.

The resort will charge $10 per person for "no shows" if reservations are not cancelled more than 24 hours in advance, with the policy due to go into effect on October 26, 2011. It will apply at a range of popular restaurants across Walt Disney World, many of which are frequently booked-up months in advance.

The restaurants affected by the new policy are listed below:

Magic Kingdom

  • The Crystal Palace

Epcot:

  • Akershus
  • Royal Banquet Hall
  • The Garden Grill
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood & Vine

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants:
  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Artist Point
  • California Grill
  • Cape May Café
  • Chef Mickey’s Cítricos
  • Flying Fish Café
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Narcoossee’s
  • ‘Ohana
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • Victoria & Albert’s (a fee of $25 per person will apply)

A stricter rule will apply at pre-paid dining locations, with Walt Disney World set to charge the full dinner price if cancellations are not made more than 24 hours in advance. This policy will apply at:

  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
  • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Walt Disney World introduced the ability to make advance reservations for restaurants via its website in 2009. With visitors able to make bookings up to 6 months in advance, restaurants are frequently fully booked and at many dining locations walk-ins are now a thing of the past during peak seasons.

To assist guests in making cancellations in advance, Disney has launched a new phone number: 407-WDW-CNCL.


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