Cancelling an ADR and avoiding penalty

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  1. Kazi7

    Kazi7 Earning My Ears

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    Say you are unable to use an ADR on the day of the reservation and need to cancel...I have read that if you modify it to a later day, then you can cancel without penalty. Obviously, cancelling asap to give others a chance to take the ADR is ideal, but if something unforseen comes up, is this strategy an option?
     
  2. _auroraborealis_

    _auroraborealis_ I like marshmallows. And adult beverages.

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    It's CM discretion on a same-day cancel. I don't know that I'd count on it as a "strategy."
     
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  4. outlander

    outlander <font color=green>I AM keeping my fingers crossed<

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    The way that I am reading the original question is, if you aren't able to make it to your reservation (after cancellation window has already passed), could you modify it to another day (more than 24 hours away) and then cancel the new, later reservation to avoid penalty? It wouldn't be a same day cancel at that point.

    Interesting strategy! I wonder if anyone has experience with this?
     
  5. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk Bring Back MARIE!

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    Like most things, I'm going to guess that if there's a workaround to avoid a cost, Disney will be one step ahead of you.
     
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  6. _auroraborealis_

    _auroraborealis_ I like marshmallows. And adult beverages.

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    You can't make a change to an ADR same-day, you have to call. So there's already that.
     
  7. pangyal

    pangyal #TeamSven

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    I changed three ADRs on the same day this week alone. Maybe they changed something or it's certain restaurants that allow/don't allow?
     
  8. _auroraborealis_

    _auroraborealis_ I like marshmallows. And adult beverages.

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    Maybe!

    I know the app and the MDE website went into "you must call" mode for me after midnight same-day.
     
  9. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

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    I would not count on this strategy. Yes, it will work at times, but not always. For instance, I had ADR for 4 people and tried to change it the night before. Nope. I asked the concierge to try to modify. She could not. I have seen this occur on others as well, and these were IN ADVANCE of the day of. Personally, I think that Disney is working on a way to stop folks from doing what you have proposed to do....work around same day cancelation fees. IF you are not going to make your ADR, I think it is best to just cancel and not leave it to chance that you can modify to avoid the fee.
     
  10. Dakota731

    Dakota731 DIS Veteran

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    What is the penalty?
     
  11. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk Bring Back MARIE!

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    $10 per person on the reservation.
     
  12. piccolopat

    piccolopat DIS Veteran

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    We were at WDW the week after Thanksgiving and I was able to modify the time of a couple ADRs same day with no penalty using the app. I didn't think this was possible but glad I tried it.
     
  13. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

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    RIght now it can be done, but not all of the time. I have no idea why some ca=n be changed and others cannot, but that seems to be the case. I am not comfortable telling folks that this is a viable option because the workaround is not a guarantee.
     
  14. Party.Of.4-NY>>>FL

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    We tried this with Liberty Tree last week. DS2 started to get sick the morning of our lunch ADR. We were hopeful he would be feeling better by afternoon but that wasn't the case. Tried the modify-then-cancel method about 1.5 hours before our check-in time and no dice. Neither MDE nor website would allow me to modify or cancel. Had to call dining # and CM was very helpful. After I explained the situation she waived the $10pp penalty.
     
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  15. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

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    I tried to modify a candlelight processional package the day before, and this is not a 48 hour penalty ADR, and had to go to the restaurant. The concierge could not do this either.
     
  16. FSU Girl

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    I would try calling to change the reservation. I was running late for a reservation and we called and moved it back an hour without penalty.
     
  17. EvilDrPorkchop21

    EvilDrPorkchop21 Mouseketeer

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    I've never been charged the fee, typically I explain that were sick from the food the night before. Honestly, its such a pain to plan because you have to book these ADR's 180 days out before our plans are really solidified.
     
  18. supersnoop

    supersnoop What time is the three o'clock parade?

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    Are you saying that you typically get sick from the food, or that you lie to get out of the fee?
     
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  19. EvilDrPorkchop21

    EvilDrPorkchop21 Mouseketeer

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    I typically get sick from the food, but I don't blame Disney, I have unique diet issues. However, I wouldnt mind lying if necessary. The mouse takes enough of my money.
     
  20. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

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    My concern is that if Disney feels the the CM's are forgiving the cancelation fee too often due to "illness" that courtesy may be removed as an option.
     
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  21. Regan117

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    I've done this, but you have to do it several hours before the ADR or it won't let you modify it. You just change it to a date in the future. The you go back in and cancel it.
     
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