Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Dec 8, 2015
    Jeanine from Queensland Asked

    Hi there! I was wondering if you can please tell me what is the best way to handle gratuitties for a party of 3 using the Disney dining package? Tipping is bit of a foreign concept for us Aussies... And tipping @ WDW has me stumped! Thanks 😊

    Hi, Jeanine! I will gladly try to explain how it works at Walt Disney World when you have a Disney Dining Plan. I just hope I don't forget anything! First, you are not expected to tip anyone at a Quick Service restaurant, but you will for sit-down, Table Service meals.  Gratuities are NOT included in your Disney Dining Plan at most Table Service restaurants. (The exception to this is when there is a party of six or more, which doesn't seem to apply to you.)  Please note, there are a few specialty dining experiences which DO include gratuity in the price: Cinderella's Royal Table, Mickey's Backyard BBQ, and the Dinner shows (Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Disney's Spirit of Aloha). Gratuities are also included for Private In-Room Dining/Pizza Delivery. Otherwise, you will need to plan on leaving gratuity for the Cast Member(s) serving you. 

    The amount you leave corresponds with how well you were served. If you were given outstanding service, then I recommend a 20% gratuity. Eighteen percent is for better-than-average service. If service was just okay, then 15% will do. The receipt you will be provided to sign for utilizing your Disney Dining Plan will show you the total cost of your meal if you were not using the Dining Plan. You will tip according to that total, not just for the items not covered by the Dining Plan (for example, any alcoholic or specialty beverages). Often, the receipt will provide suggested gratuity amounts at the bottom. For the gratuity, you can leave cash, put it on a credit card, use a Disney Gift Card, or charge it to your MagicBand, if you have charging privileges linked to it. Happy planning and have a Magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Krista, Tennessee

My husband and I have a 16 year-old daughter and an 14 year-old son and over a decade's worth of Disney traditions and memories. We try new experiences each trip, so we have experienced many "extras" in and out of the parks. Learn More About Krista

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