Disney has instituted a new policy for those who make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) at table service restaurants at Walt Disney World, and then skip out. It will cost you $10 per person.

Effective October 31, 2013, you will need to provide a credit card to hold a dining reservation. You may then cancel your reservation up to 11:59 pm on the day before your reservation with no penalty.

What happens if you don’t cancel? Disney will bill your credit card $10 per person.

This policy only applies to reservation made or changed on or after October 31, 2013.

How To Cancel

If you do need to cancel your dining reservations, you can do so in several ways. You can call Disney at 407-WDW-CNCL or at 407-WDW-DINE. You can visit the check in desk of any table service restaurant (not just the one where you have your reservation), or, you can cancel online at www.DisneyWorld.com/Dining.

Skip your dining reservation?  Be ready to pay up.

Skip your dining reservation?  Be ready to pay up.

A few Disney dining locations, like the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and the Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds already have a policy where you need to pay in advance. If you don’t show up for those reservations, then you lose the full price of the meal and show. Ouch.

Better For Everyone?

Disney is likely instituting this policy to reduce the number of people who make reservations, and then don’t show up. In doing so, it may be easier for everyone to get reservations or walk up.

Should Disney charge those who don’t show up for their dining reservations?