From travel closures to bad weather and transportation issues to long queues, Disney World vacations don’t always go according to plan.
Some of the things you can usually count on are these dining reservations, which you can make 60 days before your visit and then forget about until meal time. But today we saw a BIG and unexpected dining reservation issue that you might encounter during your trip. This is what we know so far about this issue.
Recently, a wonderful DFB reader got in touch with us and spoke to us a problem they encountered with their dining reservation California Grillwhich is a restaurant located within Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
On the day of their booking, they were notified that his reservation had been canceled and California Grill was not available for dinner. They were also able to send us a screenshot showing that California Grill was not available for dinner tonight. We saw this same message when we looked at the restaurant through the My Disney Experience app today (January 11).
According to the DFB reader, his California Grill reservation for tonight (January 11) was canceled due to “Unexpected maintenance issues”. According to our reader, Disney indicated that they would receive one e-mail Disney gift card for the inconvenience.
We saw that dining reservations were canceled when Disney World closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, but that’s a good reminder that restaurants, such as attractions and other Disney World experiences, may have issues that may cause them to close temporarily.
If you are going to Disney World early and have dinner reservations planned, consider these tips:
- Be sure to take screenshots of all your reservations in case you later have issues with the My Disney Experience app and can’t access it
- Be sure to check for Disney updates about any last minute issues or cancellations
- Make sure your My Disney Experience contact information is up to date so Disney can contact you for any of these updates
- Be flexibleas much as possible, so you can continue to enjoy your stay despite the complications!
Click here to learn how to use the My Disney Experience app
We’ll be on the lookout for more information, so stay tuned to DFB for the latest updates.
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Have you ever canceled a dinner reservation at Disney World? Let us know in the comments.