dining with Minnie at Cape May
  • On Sep 21, 2016
    Catherine from IL Asked

    My family (2 adults, 3 kids, 1 infant) will be taking our second trip to Disney 2017. We will get the dining plan. When I make reservations for dining, do I make them for 5 because that is the number using the dining plan? Or 6? How does tipping work?

    Hi Catherine!

    Thank you for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'm happy to help answer your questions about the Disney Dining Plan.

    To answer your first question, you will need to include your baby in your dining reservations, even though your little one is not on the Disney Dining Plan. This is for safety as well as to make sure you have the proper table size to accommodate your party. So, you'll need a table for six!

    To answer your question about tipping, note that for most Table-Service locations, gratuity is not included. At the end of the meal, Guests will be given a check that details what the total amount would have been without the Disney Dining Plan. The bottom of the check will also indicate a suggested amount of 18% and 20% to make it easier for Guests to calculate the tip. Of course, Guests are free to tip whatever amount they feel is appropriate.

    Note, however, that there are a few situations where 18% gratuity is automatically added. For example, certain venues such as Cinderella's Royal Table and the Dinner Shows, as well as Private In-Room Dining, include gratuity. In addition, parties with six or more Guests will have gratuity automatically added. In your situation, it is very possible that 18% gratuity will be automatically added because you have a party of six, but it is up to the discretion of the server and location.

    I hope I've answered your questions, Catherine. Please stop back again if you have any additional questions about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort. Wishing you many magical memories!
    Erin
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, Pennsylvania

I'm a wife, mom to three amazing girls (ages 10, 8 and 5) and lover of all-things-Disney! For our family of five, there is nothing more magical than a Walt Disney World Resort vacation (except, perhaps, the unforgettable memories that accompany those vacations!). I enjoy planning our Walt Disney World vacations almost as much as I love taking them, and I would love to share my tips and experiences with you so that you can get the most out of your next Walt Disney World vacation!  Learn More About Erin

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