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  • On Jun 14, 2019
    Margaret from UT Asked

    We have 6 in our party going to Disney world but 2 are under the age of 3 and won't be on the Disney dining plan. At restaurants, will they still charge 18% gratuity even though it's only 4 eating from the dining plan?

    Hi Margaret!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I do understand that there are many rules to abide by at Walt Disney World, and this can be confusing at times.  It is correct that a standard 18% gratuity will be automatically applied to dining reservations for parties of 6 or more, regardless of the ages of your group.  If there are 6 or more Guests at your table, of any combination of adults, children, and babies, the 18% gratuity will be added to your cheque at the end of your meal regardless of whether Guests are using the Disney Dining Plan or not.  Babies have to be included in the reservation to adhere to safety regulations, and to ensure that you are provided with a table that can comfortably accommodate every Guest, including your baby who may or not need a high chair, and ensure there is enough room for the serving staff too. it is worth noting that high chairs are provided, but strollers are not usually allowed in Table-Service restaurants.  

    You are well-ahead with your planning, knowing that all dining reservations can be made up to 180 days ahead of your visit, either online or by using your My Disney Experience account.  Have you made any reservations for character dining?  These are so much fun, and give you plenty of time with the characters without having to queue in the theme parks, which is great news when you have young children!  Also, please take advantage of the complimentary Baby Care Centers located in all four theme parks.  These will offer somewhere to change and/or feed your baby in a lovely calm setting, offering a little respite from the parks and the heat if you need it.   

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions.  We will be happy to help you plan your magical holiday to Walt Disney World.  Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest news and updates on any events that may be happening during your stay.

    ~ Sue
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. I love visiting Walt Disney World and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Susan

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