I hope this is the case for us. I had all of our dining and experience reservations made in September 2019 for our March 2020 trip. (Of course, you never get all the ones you want.) After our March trip was canceled, I immediately (and optimistically) rebooked for September 2020 and made all of our dining and experience reservations yet again – although I got even fewer than what I had originally. As everyone here knows, making ADRs is very time-consuming and stressful.
I know Disney is opening up ADRs first for those who already had reservations, which is nice. But it seems like they should open them up before that for those of us who are now making reservations for a third time – or, even better, simply to carry those ADRs over automatically. It doesn’t seem fair to “level the playing field” in this case.
A couple days ago I received the e-mail informing me that all dining reservations would be canceled, which was difficult enough to read. But now, each day I am receiving a notification or two for each individual ADR being canceled. Can’t they just rip the Band-Aid off either by allowing that first e-mail to suffice or sending the individual cancellations all at once instead of sending me a message every day and pouring salt on the wound. (I know – first-world problems, but still.)
I know Disney is doing what they can with an impossible situation. I suspect that they probably overbooked everything and now they are trying to weed us out by gradually taking away more and more magic each day until they are left with the number of people that they want.
If too many of us are resilient to this alleged tactic, I wonder what other steps they may take. It could be positive, such as offering a really great discount if we rebook for later? Or negative, such as no air-conditioning in our rooms (since that’s the optimal temperature for coronavirus), no pillows in our rooms, only being able to enjoy one attraction per theme-park visit. Or maybe they will just start automatically canceling entire bookings at random.
Sorry, I’m just getting very frustrated at this whole situation, as I’m sure all of us are. I figure this is a safe place to vent. We booked our March 2020 trip with Disney in December 2018, so by the time September rolls around it will have been almost two years. I need to get out of the house!