Dining at Disney

Which Restaurant Reservations We Canceled During our Last Disney Vacation and Why

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Guests spend weeks planning out which restaurants they plan on dining at during their Disney World vacation. Some even hire planners to direct them to their best choices for their vacation. And then 60 days ahead of time, guests do their best to get the reservation times they want on the days they wish. So, cancelling some of these reservations sounds ludicrous. But that’s just what we had to do on our last vacation. And we had to cancel them last minute. Take a look at which reservations we had to cancel and why.

Chef Mickey’s

This is one of the most popular reservations to get. Many people want to eat at this character dining experience. Chef Mickey’s is found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here. We’ve eaten here over the last three vacations. We had planned to eat here our first evening of our vacation. Giving our 1 year old a chance to interact with the characters before heading to the parks. We had to cancel this reservation because we had to delay our trip by one day. A storm hit the city we were flying out of and our flight was cancelled. We weren’t able to get to Disney World until the following day. So we cancelled the day before, just getting our cancellation in before we got charged a fee.

Liberty Tree Tavern

Liberty Tree Tavern is one of the 8 table-service/buffet restaurants at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It is a restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. For lunch, guests can choose between all-you-care-to-eat skillets and plated entrees. For dinner, guests are served the all-you-care-to-eat skillet. We had reservations for dinner on our day at the Magic Kingdom. Liberty Tree Tavern is not a character dining experience, not a buffet. This requires the kids to be waiting and not as distracted. We had a meal at Wilderness Lodge’s Storybook Dining at Artist Point a couple days before our Magic Kingdom day and it did not go well. Even with the characters, the meal was a total bust. The kids were restless and we didn’t get to enjoy our meal. So we looked at what other meals were on our docket for the rest of the week and realized Liberty Tree Tavern didn’t fit the bill for us for this vacation. With a one-year old in tow, these restaurants that involved us waiting and having no entertainment just wouldn’t work. So two days before, we cancelled our dinner reservation for Liberty Tree Tavern. We grabbed a quick meal at Cosmic Ray’s at Starlight Cafe for dinner instead. It was a great decision.

This is reminder that you don’t have to feel stuck in your reservations. If you realize when you get to Disney World that a restaurant is too far from your resort. If you realize that a restaurant doesn’t have the cuisine you expected. You realize your child is terrified of characters. Then don’t waste the money and cancel your reservation, especially if you are paying out of pocket. If you are on the dining plan, you need to make sure you’re replacing that reservation with another.

For more tips on restaurant reservations for your Disney vacation check out the blogs below:

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