Flight Canceled? Here are the Disney Policies You Need to Know

The travel industry has been a bit unpredictable lately, with staffing shortages, and heavy traffic bogging down a majority of major airlines.

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Flights are being canceled left and right, and you might be wondering what a potential cancellation could mean for your Disney World trip. If you’ve got an upcoming vacation planned and aren’t sure what would happen if you have to cancel, don’t worry — we’re sharing all the Disney World cancelation policies you should know about!

When it comes to your Disney World vacation, the main goal is to, well, actually go on the vacation. But sometimes, unforeseen circumstances like canceled flights can pop up, and then you’re left having to figure out what to do about all your plans! Luckily, Disney does have cancelation policies and we’re going to take you through the biggest ones you should know.

Mickey and Minnie!


Disney World’s hotel cancellation policy depends on a few things: how far out you’re canceling, and how much of your trip you’ve prepaid. For cancelations made more than 30 days prior to arrival, amounts paid, minus cancelation fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers, non-refundable travel protection plan costs, and other amounts owed, will be refunded.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you’re canceling anywhere from 2 to 29 days prior to arriving, amounts paid, minus a cancellation fee of $200.00 per package and minus any cancellation fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers, non-refundable travel protection plan costs and other amounts owed, will be refunded.

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And if you unfortunately have to cancel just one day before your trip or are a no-show, you will be charged the full price of your reservation. You can cancel your trip on the Disney World website. Keep this in mind when booking your Disney World hotels!

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From ‘Ohana to Skipper Canteen to Space 220, we know a thing or two about dining in Disney World. Advance dining reservations are a great way to ensure you can eat at some of Disney’s most popular restaurants — but what happens if you have a change of plans? Luckily, canceling dining reservations is pretty easy.

Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom

You can head to the My Disney Experience app, Disney World website, or call (407) 824-1391 to cancel your plans. The most important thing to note about the dining cancelation policy is that no shows and bookings not canceled prior to 11:59PM the night before your reservation will result in a $10 charge per number of people on the reservation.

Space 220

Disney is typically pretty accommodating though, and in certain circumstances they may waive the cancelation fee, though that is certainly not always the case.

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Disney World park tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Essentially, once you click “purchase” you’re stuck with them. But, Disney does allow you to CHANGE the date of your visit, as long as it is within a certain timeframe (determined by the date you purchased the tickets).

Slinky Dog Dash

You can head to the Disney World website or My Disney Experience app to change the date of your tickets. So, while you can’t cancel them altogether, you can postpone your visit for another time.

There is one exception to this –Disney’s Hurricane Policy. It states, “If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort Hotel Package and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.”

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Of course, Disney is known for sprinkling some pixie dust here and there, and it’s usually worth speaking to a Cast Member about why you have to cancel — they may not be able to do anything about it, but it never hurts to ask!

EPCOT Guest Relations

At the end of the day, we hope you don’t need to use these cancellation policies and can actually enjoy your Disney World vacation, but they’re important to know just in case! If you’re worried about potential delays or cancelations on any future Disney trips, we recommend checking out a Disney Travel Agent like our friends at MEI Travel. They can help you navigate any unexpected travel issues all while making sure you’re having the best Disney vacation possible.

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We’re always looking for ways to help make your Disney trip a success, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest.

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5 Replies to “Flight Canceled? Here are the Disney Policies You Need to Know”

  1. Our flights to Orlando were cancelled on the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend. We ended up flying on a different airline Saturday. Called Disney at 7pm Friday night, waited 5 minutes, and they adjusted the arrival to Saturday and didn’t charge us for the night we would not be there. Called rental car company and they did the same, after a 30 minute wait Called airline to cancel tickets, waited four hours, and took 6 weeks to get a refund. Disney won!

  2. What happens if you just have to cancel the first night of your hotel stay due to the airline rescheduling your cancelled flight to the next day?

  3. The room cancellation policy is all fine and well, but your flight cancellation is usually the day of travel, so essentially if your flight gets cancelled, sounds like you are out of luck. As to park tickets, we got my son a park pass and he was not able to go. I called Disney and was told that while the pass, itself, is no longer active meaning you don’t have a pass anymore, the value of the park ticket is still there (the ticket number shows it has never been activated) in his name ( i.e not transferable) so when he returns to the parks, he uses the value plus pays any increase in the cost of the pass he wants and he can get another one. With the way things are, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Disney didn’t honor that, but we will find out.

    1. My son had a two day ticket but could not use it. Disney said money is still there and in fact they did issue me a disney gift card for that money (it was of course a few hundred dollars) and we used that gift card in Disney.
      Maybe pixie dust helps

  4. My Family has been pushing back our trip since September 2020. Covid was main reason at the Beginning. But now with NO DINING PLAN we can’t Afford Food yet. Also we have some Family medical issues. So I am HOPING n Praying that the Dining plan comes back before December so we can take our trip!! If December works out, we will b there for my BIRTHDAY.