FINED for not showing at Cali Grill!

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  1. BigEeyore

    BigEeyore DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2008
    We were at WDW a month ago (had a great trip, except for the rain), and we had an ADR at California Grill for a Sun night. When I made the ADR, I asked what time the fireworks were scheduled that night, and we booked the reservation based on that to co-ordinate w/ fireworks. She told me she needed my CC to hold the reservation, and probably said something vague like "there is a cancellation policy for this restaurant". I made the rest of my ADR's and that was that.
    When we get to WDW on Saturday, we discover that there are NO fireworks scheduled for Sunday night b/c of MNSSHP, and just decided to skip Cali Grill. We were all disappointed, but I just don't think it is worth the $$$$ if you can't get the big fireworks show with dinner.
    We just got our CC statement and saw a $100 charge to Cali Grill for that Sunday:scared1: . I called Disney Dining, spent 22 minutes on the phone with them, mostly on hold, to find out that they charge $20 per person if you don't show up. I told them that nobody told me of a specific fine (believe me, I would have remembered $100!). They said they would contact California Grill and get back to me today (so far I'm still waiting...).
    If they are going to charge this much $$$, they need to 1) tell you when you make the ADR exactly what the penalty is, 2) send something in writing (email or otherwise) explaining their policy.
    I know we all love Disney, and that people who complain often get shot down, but I really feel they pulled one over on us this time. Should I have assumed there would be a fine when I handed over my CC#? Probably. But that does not take away Disney's responsibility to explain to me exactly what the consequence is for not showing.
    Anyone else experience this?
  2. LittleStinkerbelle

    LittleStinkerbelle DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2008
    That's a shame that the CM didn't clearly explain the policy to you.

    Any time I've made a ressie that requires a cc guarantee the cancellation policy has been clearly explained to me and I note it with my confirm number. Even for restaurants that don't require a cc guarantee, I make a point to call and cancel if we're not going to use the ADR so that someone else can hopefully take advantage.:goodvibes
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  4. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Canadian Disney Fan & Vlogger

    Aug 21, 2001
    I'm sorry the policy wasn't properly explain to you, however, you are required to guarantee your ADR at California Grill with a CC, and in every circumstance I've ever encountered in booking the CM's have been VERY clear that you must cancel 24 hours in advance or be charged a fee of $20/person.

    Unfortunately, I dont think that any discussion with CG will change this matter.

    In addition, there are fireworks scheduled with MNSSHP, Hallowishes. It runs at 9:30pm and is absolutely spectacular :)
  5. Inkmahm

    Inkmahm Disney nut<br><img src=" DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jan 25, 2006
    Same for me. And we eat at California Grill each trip so I hear their speech about the $20 charge for no shows quite often.
  6. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    Hmmm, not sure why you thought they would be taking your credit card number if there wasn't a reason for it? I've eaten at CG numerous times and have had to listen to the spiel every single time regarding the noshow charge.
  7. nocruisecontrol

    nocruisecontrol Where it all began....

    Jul 12, 2008
    Yep...cancellation fee. I called to cancel our Cali Grill reservation and I was told that there was a $10.00 per person cancellation fee. Then she put me on hold and came back and said no, she was wrong, it was $20.00 per person. Not much I could say although I did mumble something about spending probably a thousand dollars a Disney meals for the week and I wasn't happy. So yeah, just happened to us. $80.00.

  8. Emagine

    Emagine DVC Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    I feel they should have told you but I also think you should have attempted to try and cancel it. They held a slot for you that could have been given to someone else. IMO two wrongs. If you miss an apt at the drs or dentist many have fees you will be charged. It helps protect the business from ppl who choose to no show as well as hopefully ensures they can accomadate the public when given chance.

    Sorry this happened to you and I hope in the future the CMs tell the public what happens when they no show.
  9. mbanks21

    mbanks21 DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2008
    all dining castmembers are required to go over all the policies of a particular restaurant on EVERY call. They may have said it, they may not have. You may not have heard them because you were so excited. If they listen to the call and they did tell you then you have no recourse, if they didnt tell you theres still a slim chance since they did take the CC and told you there is a cancellation policy and you didnt call to cancel. Good luck though
  10. Paul in CT

    Paul in CT DIS Veteran

    Aug 23, 1999
    I don't understand why you are surprised that you were charged the cancellation fee. You said that the CM told you there was a cancellation policy. So, you were warned that there would be a charge to your card if you did not cancel, but apparently not how much. Why did you not call to cancel?

    I know that the charge is a high one, but CG is very popular, especially during Wishes, and they may not fill the table if you don't cancel. Whenever we have made an ADR at CG, the cancellation policy was explained to us in detail including the $20 charge per person.
  11. Robert P

    Robert P GLOBEX - taking over your world one country at a t

    Oct 24, 2002
    I must agree. On the planning sheet for our ADR's, I special note any cancel policy and/or penalty. Regardless of such, I still make every effort to call and cancel as soon as I can, to free up the seats for others who may want them.
  12. mickaholic4077

    mickaholic4077 I kicked cancer's butt!!

    Apr 18, 2003
    What I would do is call your credit card company and dispute the charge.
  13. Pumbaa_

    Pumbaa_ >Hakuna Matata!< Moderator

    Jan 7, 2001
    Just wondering if there is a reason you didn't call to cancel?

    Serves as an excellant reminder to everyone that the restaurants that have CC guarantees do enforce them

    And Ihave to agree with a PP, the Hallowishes was spectacular:thumbsup2
  14. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

    Jul 2, 2008
    She did tell you; you simply didn't pay attention. No, she wouldn't say $100; she likely said $20 per person. That's what the CM told me when I booked.

    And Disney does have it in writing; it's right on their website:

    It's likely that even if they did e-mail you, you wouldn't have read it - happens all the time. (Just ask any teacher who sends notices home! :teacher: ) It is not Disney's fault if you don't pay attention to the details.
  15. Echo queen

    Echo queen <font color=darkcoral>I like the idea of being clo

    Feb 18, 2005
    :scared1: I made ressies at the 180 day mark for our :santa: trip. I do not remember giving a CC for CG:scared1: . I do remember the CP and Fantasmic cancellation policy and CC to book.:surfweb: No worries:santa: I have never missed or skipped an ARD's before:banana: Sorry you have to deal with this:headache:
  16. shellybaxter

    shellybaxter Dis Veteran <br>Disney Restaurants for one hundre

    Sep 20, 2003

    I wouldn't think that would do much good. The OP gave thier CC number to the restaurant at the time of booking and then didn't show up for the reservation. That sounds like exactly the situation in which the restaurant would charge the CC.
  17. huey578

    huey578 Test Track Dummy

    Feb 8, 2004
    You've should have called to cancel your reservation when you decided you didn't want to show up. IMO anyone with holding an ADR should call to cancel regardless if there was a cancellation fee or not. I bet a few families got turned away that night because of you.
  18. Uncleromulus

    Uncleromulus Plain grey will be fine

    Jan 28, 2001
    Sounds like a lesson hard learned. Just a call to cancel would have avoided the whole thing.
  19. webray

    webray Love the wineauxs!

    Apr 20, 2000
    The castmembers are always very clear about the per person penalty.
  20. Cookie Princess

    Cookie Princess DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2004
    We always dine at CG when at WDW and they have always told us about the per person charge. Whenever anyone asks for your credit card number, you need to be sure and understand why they want it.

    Also, calling to cancel the reservation might have opened up a table for another family.
  21. notaclue

    notaclue DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2007
    Is there a list somewhere of restaurants at WDW that have these cancellation charges? TIA

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