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Things happen, plans change or someone comes down with a bug and you feel like there are no other options; today we’re talking how to cancel your Disneyland trip.
Keep in mind you will have the most success when you have booked directly with the airline/hotel/shuttle, rather than through third-party websites. And if you have worked with a travel agent, be sure to give them a call as soon as possible.
I just spoke to a friend who needs a Disneyland do-over. Her kids had belly aches the night before their 6:00 am flight, which turned into full fledge illnesses after they arrived in Anaheim—but only after they missed their flight to Disneyland and spent hours waiting at the airport.
Whether you’re in the middle of a vacation, a few weeks out or even a couple of hours before your plane takes off to Disneyland, here is exactly what you need to do to maximize refunds and lose as little money as possible.
How to Cancel Disneyland Trip: Flights
Call your airline (or visit their website) as soon as you know your Disneyland plans have changed. You can get a refund on a non-refundable ticket if you’ve booked in the last 24 hours and your flight is at least 7 days out, per U.S. Department of Transportation regulations. If this doesn’t apply to you, keep reading.
Southwest Airlines offers a refund in the form of airline credit, which must be used by the date you originally bought your ticket AND ONLY for the person named on the ticket. Cancel or modify your Southwest flight to Disneyland here.
Alaska Airlines allows free cancellations up to 60 days before your departure. Any sooner than that and there will be a fee involved. Cancel your Alaska airlines reservation here.
JetBlue cancellation costs vary depending on the amount you paid for your ticket. If you need to cancel your Disneyland trip with JetBlue, see their fees here.
Need to cancel your Disneyland trip with another airline? Check this article for airline contacts and fees.
How to Cancel Disneyland Trip: Disneyland Tickets
Besides offering discount Disneyland tickets and incredible savings on hotel packages, Get Away Today also has their unbeatable “Peace of Mind Plan”. This protection plan is offers free hotel changes, free reschedules, change hotel nights, change tickets and more all for a small, one-time fee. When booking, be sure to select Peace of Mind Plan at checkout.
If you bought your tickets through the Disneyland Resort itself, notice the expiration date in the fine print. You usually have about one year to use your tickets. If you bought value or regular day tickets but now need to visit on a peak day, you can always upgrade your tickets at guest services. Read more about Disneyland’s new ticketing structure here.
This came in super handy when my dad accidentally bought 3 extra tickets (darn it, right?!). We saved them for the next year without a problem.
Selling unused tickets is almost as risky as buying them, but if you must sell your tickets I suggest selling them to a personal friend rather than a stranger.
How to Cancel Disneyland Trip: Hotels
Unless you’ve booked a non-refundable, pay-in-advance hotel room, you generally have 24 hours prior to local check in time to cancel. I always put a “cancel hotel” reminder in my phone for an hour or so before the local check in time just in case anything happens.
If you’re simply rescheduling, call the hotel to change your dates (some fees may apply).
And of course, it never hurts to call the hotel directly and speak with the manager on duty to make cancellation requests.
How to Cancel Disneyland Trip: Disneyland Dining
Most Disneyland dining venues require you cancel 24 hours prior to your reservation, some more. Call Disneyland Dining at 714-781-3463 as soon as your plans change to avoid a per-person cancellation fee.
How to Cancel Disneyland Trip: Car Rentals or Shuttles
Unless you have paid in advance or purchased vacation package bundle, you can cancel car rental reservations without any fee even hours after you should have picked up the car. This happened to me on a recent vacation when I ended up not needing a rental and only got around to calling the company later in the day.
Car rental companies do not require a credit card to make a reservation, so this Disneyland cancellation is usually fee-free.
Shuttle cancellation prices will vary from company to company, call them directly and explain your situation to see what they can do. Be sure to mention if you plan to reschedule.
Cancelling a Disneyland vacation is never a fun thought, but when the unexpected happens, be sure to keep this article on file so you can save yourself as much money as possible.