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  • On Aug 24, 2012
    Karen from vic Asked

    Hi, 14 people traveling from Australia arriving Sept 11. Can you tell me when and how much we should tip? Have DDP and know we have to pay tips but unsure how much also what about hotel staff and bus drivers. Staying at POR can't wait 1st trip.

    Hi Karen!

    This is a great question.

    I typically tip between 18% and 20% when dining depending on the service.  For really outstanding service, I'll sometimes go higher.  18% will be the minimum amount and will be automatically included when dining with a party of 6 or more.

    For housekeeping, I generally leave $5.00 each night and I place the $5.00 on a bed with a note saying "thank you".  However, my children can make a large mess in the room; I believe most guests typically only leave a couple of dollars for housekeeping each night.

    You don't need to tip any of the bus drivers except maybe for the driver for Disney's Magical Express.  If you bring your own luggage with you on Disney's Magical Express and the driver handles it, then I typically tip about $1 per bag.

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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