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  • On May 31, 2011
    Roger Asked

    Hi there, I'm from New Zealand where tipping is never expected. When at WDW, who do we tip and how much? What happens if we forget or don't realise we should have tipped (don't want to offend anyone!) Will they ask, or remind us? It's all very new to me.

    Hi Roger,

    Great question! Tipping is expected at all Table Service meals (this includes buffets). The standard amount is 18% for good service. The checks often give a "suggested gratuity amount" right on them. Tipping is not customary (or accepted) at Quick Service meals, as you are essentially serving yourself by placing your order and bringing it to the table with you. If you order cocktails at a bar, a $1 tip per drink is pretty standard.

    Other places that it's customary to tip a few dollars:

    You'll want to tip the Magical Express shuttle driver if you give your bags to them yourself (and don't have them pick them up for you). The usual amount is $1 - $2 per bag. The same applies for Bell Services when they bring your luggage to you (and when the bring it back down for you at the end of your stay). It is also customary to tip housekeeping a few dollars per day for good service. You can leave that out in the room and just write "thanks" on a slip of paper in the room so they know it's for them. If you happen to take a taxi cab somewhere, it's customary to "round up". For example, if the cab fare comes to $8.20, give them $10. This shouldn't be excessive though (like don't round up to $20 from $12). Use your discretion, but a couple extra dollars is the norm for those situations.

    When in doubt, you can always ask a fellow traveler if this is someone you should tip.

    Hope this helps and please let me know if I can help you further.

    Have a wonderful vacation,

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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