The Walt Disney World Resort hotels will be changing their credit card policy for Guests who wish to leave a credit card on file. Under the new policy, hotel Guests will place an incremental authorization hold on the card for estimated incidental expenses, in addition to any remaining balance that may be due on the reservation. Any authorization holds in excess of the balance due will be released at the end of the resort stay.
Under the new policy, on the day of arrival, the Resort hotels will place an authorization hold on the card on file for any balance due on the reservation plus $100 for estimated incidental expenses. If Guest spending exceeds the original $100 hold, additional incremental holds will be placed on the card automatically. The initial authorization holds on the card will not exceed the current balance due plus $100.
Guests can opt out by not leaving a credit card on file, however, by not doing so, Guests will be unable to charge to their room or use their MagicBands for purchases.
This change is being done to align with hotel industry practices. (And as someone who knows something about other hotel chains and this type of policy, I do know that this is a standard practice and I’m going to be honest, I’m surprised this wasn’t standard practice before.)
Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests will be advised of the payment card policy during online check-in through their My Disney Experience account or at the front desk.