The MAJOR Dining Cancellation Policy Change You Need to Know for Disney World

Back in 2022, Disney seemingly made a BIG change to how you can cancel dining reservations.

Akershus in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT

While previously dining reservations had to be canceled at least 24 hours in advance, we were briefly able to cancel our reservation within 2 hours of it happening. While this option soon went away on My Disney Experience, Disney has shared they will be bringing it back — this time permanently.

As of November 15th, 2022, you can cancel most dining reservations up to two hours in advance of them happening without any cancellation fee (note that this will apply to most reservations).


Previously, when you did not cancel a reservation more than 24 hours in advance, you were subject to a cancellation fee.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

This recent change should give Disney World guests a lot more flexibility, as they will be able to modify and cancel reservations more easily than they were previously with the 24-hour cancelation policy. Disney also shared that this changes does NOT apply to reservations made at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Victoria & Albert’s, and Monsieur Paul.

Monsieur Paul

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3 Replies to “The MAJOR Dining Cancellation Policy Change You Need to Know for Disney World”

  1. It was actually a good thing when they added a cancellation fee because some idiots would
    make reservations at multiple locations and use the one that was closest to them at the
    reservation time. This left open/unfilled reservations all over the park that a lot of people
    would loved to have had.

  2. I think this will open up a lot of reservations because if you didn’t cancel within the 24 hr time frame before and you knew you were going to be charged anyway then there was no incentive to cancel that reservation. This way if you’ve got up to two hours you will call and cancel and it will open up the reservation for others.

    1. Well, yes, but I feel this is only good for walk ups.people already in the parks. And that’s great, for last minute planning.