Disney World Moves to Shut Down Third-Party Dining Reservation Sites
Walt Disney World is moving to shut down third-party services that helped visitors book on-site dining reservations for an extra fee.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the operator of Disney Dining Buddy is shutting down the service at Disney's request. Disney Dining Buddy was one of the services that monitored Disney's reservation system then notified clients when a desired reservation became available. Other services actually operated like a ticket broker ("scalper," if you prefer), booking reservations as soon as they opened, then holding them until clients paid to obtain the times. We reported on these third-party dining reservation services last month.
There's been no announcement from Disney about the shut-down, nor has there been word if Disney will be making any changes to its dining reservation systems to alleviate the frustration that drove many visitors to these third parties.
Disney World dining reservations open 180 days in advance, but that long window frustrates people whose vacation plans are not settled six months in advance. And tables dropping back into the system due to the inevitable release of cancellations and reserve inventory frustrate people who tried and failed to make reservations far in advance, since Disney does not put those guests on a wait list.
Hope they carry through on this to eliminate all of those scalping type services. When "all" reservations are closed within seconds of the opening time on the 180th day at prime restaurants, that definitely indicates there is something rotten in Denmark (or is that Norway?). It's bad enough you have to reserve that far in advance. It's even worse when you can't get a seat even though legitimate guests haven't filled up the reservations.
This is great news. My family and I are pleased Disney is moving in the right direction. I think all the press from all around and commentary helped Disney put a stop to this mess.
Disney resort guests should have first priority for Disney dining reservations.
This is definitely a step in the right direction. For some people, trying to plan the perfect Disney vacation is already a bit of a tedious task. These scalpers are only gonna make things harder.
This is some great news. Obviously, the hope would be that in addition to shutting down these slimy services, that they also make changes to the ADR system to make it more fair accessible to all guests. The best thing I think Disney could do would to reduce the ADR time down to 90 days, and provide a greater advantage to those booking with secured on-site resort reservations.
Disney dining buddy was not scalping reservations. They made no reservations. They only alerted the client when a table was available. There are numerous ordinary people who make multiple reservations for the same restaurant and then cancel. How Disney handles this needs to be addressed
Services like this would have never been created/needed if there wasn't already a problem with booking ADR's. These services saw a need and met it. It will still be next to impossible to get ADR's b/c Disney's servers are slow and there process is awful.
I say all disney needs to do is get credit cards for reservation and authorize them. Hold people money and they will make only what they need and no more because there money will be tied up and they won't have it to spend.
Am I the only one who misses the old days, or were we just oblivious? We never made reservations. We just went with a general idea and ate where we pleased when we pleased. I wish this were still possible.
" Disney dining buddy was not scalping reservations. They made no reservations."
A step in the right direction, now they just need to bring the window for reservation to 30 days or less.
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