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  • On Aug 4, 2012
    Brent from CA Asked

    I am so confused about tipping. Yes some are listed as paid in full and added to our account, but who do I need to give cash to on a daily basis? I don't want to double tip and worse would be to not tip when I should. Help!

    Hi Brent,

    In general, there are a few main areas where you'll tip:

    - Table service restaurants. If you're dining at a sit-down restaurant, then you'll tip 18-20% of your bill. This is true even if you're on the Disney Dining Plan. There are a very few exceptions to this rule (Hoop Dee Doo, the Luau, Mickey's BBQ and Cinderella's Royal Table have the tip built into the price.)
    - Personal care. If you're having anyone work on your personal care or grooming, such as at a spa, a haircut, or a makeover, then tip about 15%.
    - Luggage handling. Any time you receive luggage assistance, tip about $1 per bag.
    - Transportation. Tip cab drivers about 15% of the bill. Tip valet parking $1-2.
    - Housekeeping. Tip about a dollar per person, per day. Leave the tip in the room daily in an envelope or with a note.

    There is a very complete discussion of tipping at Walt Disney World over on the independent website blog.touringplans.com. Search there for an article called "Frequently Asked Questions About Tipping at Walt Disney World." This will give you all the details about what you need to be a Disney tipping pro.

    Good luck with your planning. Please let us know if you have additional questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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