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DJ Disney Kid
08-02-2006, 11:49 AM
Staying at CBR, not sure if it matters. ???

DeluxePrincess
08-02-2006, 11:51 AM
Lots of people do not leave any tip, so you should be spared the spit. ;)

hercamore
08-02-2006, 11:52 AM
LOL

Hi, I read somewhere in a travel magazine that $l per day per bed is a reasonable tip.

herc.

BrianD
08-02-2006, 11:59 AM
I used to never tip it all. But then I decided to start tipping. I tip $5 per day.

DizGeek
08-02-2006, 12:00 PM
They dont spit on your pillow, they do things to your toothbrush! :rotfl2:

utilidor
08-02-2006, 12:01 PM
$2 should be fine. We generally leave $4-5, but we always ask for extra soap, shampoo towels, etc.

As was said, I'd bet that there are lots that don't tip at all.

gigi1313
08-02-2006, 12:02 PM
the rule of thumb that i typically go by is $1/day/person... although i'll admit, if i don't make up envelopes before we go, i tend to forget and then toss a $10 down every few days...

cajunfan
08-02-2006, 12:02 PM
We usually tip $1 per person a day.

kerry34
08-02-2006, 12:25 PM
I tip $1 per day per person as well. I usually make my envelopes up before hand and store them in the safe, then just put one out each day.

ReneeA
08-02-2006, 12:35 PM
Last year I only left $2-3 a day depending on what I had on me, and my room was a mess. :blush: My kids were 2 & 3 - we are talking crumbs everywhere and garbage cans very, very full.

She always left a thank you note and towel animals on occasion, so I am thinking that was ok with her. I don't know that very many guests tip at all.

This year I am hoping to leave for $4-5 a day.

Skatermom23
08-02-2006, 01:10 PM
They dont spit on your pillow, they do things to your toothbrush! :rotfl2:


That's why I lock mine up!!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

shellybaxter
08-02-2006, 02:15 PM
Is housekeeping a "tipped" position for wage laws in Florida? Do they get a sub minimum wage like servers and valets? What about bellmen? Just curious?

mamacatnv
08-02-2006, 02:25 PM
Is housekeeping a "tipped" position for wage laws in Florida? Do they get a sub minimum wage like servers and valets? What about bellmen? Just curious?
From everything I have read, Disney does not consider housekeeping a tipped position and they are paid an hourly wage.

I honestly don't know of any state where housekeeping is paid in the same method as wait staff where tips are a standard. Even here in NV which has a huge hospitality industry housekeepers are paid an hourly wage and not subject to the tip wage & withholding guidelines that wait staff is subject too.

toocooltobeMom
08-02-2006, 02:33 PM
I usually tip $1.00 per person too. Thank you for the envelope idea. I am going to bring some this time. It sure works better than laying the money on the pillows. ;)

kvogel11202
08-02-2006, 02:37 PM
We leave $2 per day, before I even leave home I put the money in envelopes pre printed for Mousekeeping. I do this for my parents too. That way, we leave the money each morning, we aren't fumbling around trying to find the right amount, and everyone is happy. :smooth:

toocooltobeMom
08-02-2006, 02:55 PM
We leave $2 per day, before I even leave home I put the money in envelopes pre printed for Mousekeeping. I do this for my parents too. That way, we leave the money each morning, we aren't fumbling around trying to find the right amount, and everyone is happy. :smooth:

It makes perfect "cents" :thumbsup2

I am asking my DS to print out the envelopes as I speak. :cool1:

GrandFloridian4
08-02-2006, 03:27 PM
I am confused. :confused: Does everyone here tip after every day on a trip? Or am I missing something about everyone's trips here?

Whenever we stay at a resort/hotel for more than one day, we always tip at the end of the trip & then we typically tip per person per day - generally $1.00 to $2.00 per person. If we're only there one night, we tend to lean toward the $2.00 per per/per day because we know they have to (we assume) totally re-do the room changing sheets, etc., where they may not have to do it on consecutive nights.

Maxwell
08-02-2006, 03:35 PM
We only tip at the end of stay. I think $2 per day i sfine.

indymom1
08-02-2006, 03:39 PM
From what I have read and witnessed myself last summer. You may not have the same mousekeeper every single day(we didn't). So if you tip daily then you are tipping the person doing the work each day. If you wait to the end say you had one mousekeeper for the first 6 days and on the last day you get a new one the new mousekeeper recieves the tips. So I think that is why some tip daily:)

mammoth_fan
08-02-2006, 03:40 PM
We do $1 per person/per day...there's 3 of us, so it seems reasonable. I don't mind showing appreciation for the people who clean up after us. :)

There is a website where you can print out Mousekeeping envelopes. I stuffed mine last night, and will put them in the safe when we get to the resort...pull out one a day, no worries about having enough ones.

Anyhoo, I don't know if I can post website addresses, but just Google "mousekeeping envelopes Heidi Wolff".

just another guy
08-02-2006, 03:50 PM
Is housekeeping a "tipped" position for wage laws in Florida? Do they get a sub minimum wage like servers and valets? What about bellmen? Just curious?

I was wondering about housekeepers as right now disney is offering a $1,000 signing bonus for them right now. I guess the job is really hard and they are under staffed.

EnnEss
08-02-2006, 03:57 PM
I live off tips, I'd be happy with the 2 dollars. I leave 4 or 5 but lots of people leave nothing for housekeeping I suppose and 2 dollars shows you're thinking about them and appreciate their hardwork, I'm sure they will be happy you took the thought and time to leave it for them.

dkostel
08-02-2006, 04:04 PM
I leave $2 per person per day and tip everyday. I do, however, leave the room as is, I don't straighten at all. I'm on vacation, and I appreciate having someone else clean up after me.

Karnak
08-02-2006, 04:12 PM
As a solo traveler I usually leave a $3.00 tip per day, and I leave my room in good shape every morning as I leave for the day.

Just a good practice methinks.

Enjoy.

littleelvis
08-02-2006, 04:46 PM
I loved the pre-printed idea! I am going to be using that in Feb 07. :thumbsup2

pooch
08-02-2006, 07:15 PM
I've got my special mousekeeping envelopes printed and have been putting away crisp $5.00 bills with which to stuff them, one for each night!!!

Mousema
08-02-2006, 07:49 PM
We do $1/day/person. I have never used the envelopes before but thanks to the DIS :disrocks: I now know all about them and have them printed and decorated....ready to go!

MartDM
08-02-2006, 08:10 PM
We leave at least $2 per person per day (more if the room is in an unusual state of disarray) and always tip daily so the person who is actually cleaning the room that day will get the money.

DaisyD
08-02-2006, 08:16 PM
We tip everyday. At WDW we usually get at least two different housekeepers. I'd hate for one housekeeper to get the tip that was also meant for the other too.

tarheeltink
08-02-2006, 08:19 PM
I love the pre-printed envelope idea. We used to always tip at the end of our stay. I guess we never thought about the fact that we may not have the same mousekeeper every day. Hope the right people got our tips! :goodvibes I think this year we are going to go with the tips in the envelopes every day and maybe add in a magnet or something from our home state... maybe we'll finally get a towel animal this year :banana: :banana:

JESW
08-02-2006, 08:21 PM
Wow! The housekeepers must LOVE us as DH has been tipping $10/day just for the four of us! :goodvibes I think I need to talk with him before our next trip!

Jill

kda
08-02-2006, 08:31 PM
We usually leave $2 / day, and there's two of us and we're very, very neat (occasionally more, if we've gotten to know the person, or they left towel animals, or did something extra). Other Disney staff have told me that Housekeeping is not considered a "tipping position" at WDW, but my rationale is that I would never want to be a housekeeper and clean bathrooms, so I leave a tip. My dear aunt, who is very special to me, worked as a housekeeping in a motel, and she had some unpleasant cleaning to do at times. I truly appreciate what they do.

(I used to leave the $$$ at the end of the trip, but now try to do it daily)

GoingtoWDWagain
08-03-2006, 12:02 AM
Hi, we tip about $4.00 - $5.00 per day for a family of 5, depending on the mess. For the most part we try to leave things in order. What about when you call for bedrails (we've tipped about $2.00 for this) or extra towels? :confused3

Disneyland1084
08-03-2006, 12:09 AM
Wow! The housekeepers must LOVE us as DH has been tipping $10/day just for the four of us! :goodvibes I think I need to talk with him before our next trip!

Jill

That's VERY generous!! Funny thing is, with me being in the early stages of planning another trip to Disneyland for next summer, I'm planning on tipping the maid $10 a day too just to be generous. I think about how hard they work and the low hourly wage they earn. :sunny:

Jennick
08-03-2006, 01:29 AM
They dont spit on your pillow, they do things to your toothbrush! :rotfl2:
Laughing and gagging at the same time here !!! :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

MIDisFan
08-03-2006, 01:41 AM
We usually leave a $5 tip for our family of 5, but for our upcomming trip we will have connecting rooms at POP. So, should I leave a tip in each room just in case for some odd reason we would have two seperate mousekeepers.

Also, there have been times when I have left a little extra tip with a note asking for extra towels or coffee and have always been taken care of.

sassy2
08-03-2006, 05:27 AM
We were at CBR about 3 weeks ago and tip the mousekeeper about $ 3.00 a day for two people and there was no spit on the pillows.:rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2:So $2.00 is fine.

JPN4265
08-03-2006, 06:08 AM
Staying at CBR, not sure if it matters. ???



Tips are not required or expected for mousekeepers! :3dglasses

Quinn222
08-03-2006, 07:01 AM
I've always tipped $5 per day. But we have two rooms. It's all neat adults though. Next trip I'll have twin 13 yr. old boys with me. I'll probably up the tip for that trip.

Lila95
08-03-2006, 09:11 AM
They dont spit on your pillow, they do things to your toothbrush! :rotfl2:

I think my tooth brush will be in the wall safe along with my envelopes. I want to be safe incase I didn't tip enough ;)

mickeyfan2
08-03-2006, 09:14 AM
I vote for spit on my pillow. :rotfl:

mickeyfan2
08-03-2006, 09:20 AM
I think my tooth brush will be in the wall safe along with my envelopes. I want to be safe incase I didn't tip enough ;)
They keep a master key for the safes just for those who hide their toothbushes. :rotfl:

pilferk
08-03-2006, 10:21 AM
Add me to the $1 per person per day, envelope stuffing, tipping daily crowd.

:)

For CONNECTING rooms, we've always left one tip covering all people, though we were not at Disney any of those times.. We also leave the connecting door open, so housekeeping has a good idea that they're dealing with ONE party, really.

If the rooms were only adjoining, and not connecting, I think I'd tip in each room, just to be safe.

bellebud
08-03-2006, 10:33 AM
They keep a master key for the safes just for those who hide their toothbushes. :rotfl:



:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:



we're also in the daily tipping, enveloping stuffing group ($1 per person for my family of 4).

Princess Sammi
08-03-2006, 05:38 PM
I am confused. :confused: Does everyone here tip after every day on a trip? Or am I missing something about everyone's trips here?

Whenever we stay at a resort/hotel for more than one day, we always tip at the end of the trip & then we typically tip per person per day - generally $1.00 to $2.00 per person. If we're only there one night, we tend to lean toward the $2.00 per per/per day because we know they have to (we assume) totally re-do the room changing sheets, etc., where they may not have to do it on consecutive nights.


I thought that I was the only one that did that too, until I read your post. I have never had a problem getting extra towels, soap ect., in all the times I've stayed in Disney being that I didn't tip daily only at the end of the stay. However, you got me thinking about the toothbrushes ................

Diehl2229
08-03-2006, 05:45 PM
I'm staying at the Poly GVC. I'm only tipping $3 a day. But they will be in those cute little envelopes with Mousekeeping on it

scanne
08-03-2006, 06:12 PM
I usually tip $1.00 per person/per day. I also tip about $2.00 if I request turndown service.

We are staying at the GF in September and I believe that turndown is standard for all guest rooms there, so I may tip a little more in the morning and then, depending if we're back in the room or not, I may not leave anything for turndown. Does anyone know if the mousekeeping staff that cleans rooms in the am also do turndown before their shift ends or is it a different mousekeeper?? :confused3

When we stayed at the WL last month, I left $3.00 per day - I didn't count my DD, although I will on all future trips. I also left the tip in cute envelopes I printed out with Disney characters on them. On the envelope it said from________. I put "your friends in room 4004." We got towel animals every day! I don't know if it's b/c I tipped, b/c of the envelopes or just because we had an AWESOME mousekeeper! But it was so cute getting the towel animals. We hadn't received them on any other trip. It was a nice touch! I don't expect them, so it was nice to get the cute little surprises each day.

HopperFan
08-03-2006, 08:03 PM
At WDW, NYC, and other nicer hotels we leave $1 per day per person. We leave it every morning because the staff often changes, especially on weekends/weeknights. We are very neat hotel guests.

We give extra tips to those who go out of their way, even if not housekeeping, like once the manager of the free breakfast room where we stayed a week and was very good to us.

Some places I may only tip $2-3 total, if the hotel doesn't merit it or the room is barely cleaned. We actually kept leaving a tip at a rural motel and they would never take it. So on the last day I left a larger tip and hoped they finally took it as we were gone......

Wendy1953
08-03-2006, 09:02 PM
Last year I only left $2-3 a day depending on what I had on me, and my room was a mess. :blush: My kids were 2 & 3 - we are talking crumbs everywhere and garbage cans very, very full.

She always left a thank you note and towel animals on occasion, so I am thinking that was ok with her. I don't know that very many guests tip at all.

This year I am hoping to leave for $4-5 a day.

Why don't you try teaching the kids at this young of an age that leaving messes is not the way to be????? You can always take the garbage to the pails they have by the elevators, and ice machines, teaching cleanliness at a young age will do them good......for instance...okay you carry this bag of garbage while we're on our way to get sodas, the bus to MK, AK, MGM, Epcot...once deposited in a trash can say thanks, good job. Explain that leaving food remains in the room can cause bugs, rodents, etc. and thats why we'll take it out..being on vacation with a maid to make your beds, give clean towels is a bonus, but leaving a mess in your living space is unacceptable. "Please sit at the table while you're eating crackers, it makes too many crumbs while you're walking around." "Mickey and Minnie prefer guests that clean up after themselves." I am certainly not Ms. Suzie Homemaker....but there are limits, and if you know you're family is messy...leave exra $ for the maids, they certainly deserve it. I suggest a daily tip, as the staff at Disney is quite big, and the shifts change often....the maid on Monday may not be the same as the maid on Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday...tip by day and the amount of mess you leave.

zuzu310
08-03-2006, 09:52 PM
I think tipping anything is better than nothing. We usually leave $1/per person/per day. Besides spitting on your pillow is so amateur, I am sure that they have more sinister tricks up their sleeves if you don't tip. :rotfl: J/K

clonetothebone
08-03-2006, 10:04 PM
We leave $2 per day, before I even leave home I put the money in envelopes pre printed for Mousekeeping. I do this for my parents too. That way, we leave the money each morning, we aren't fumbling around trying to find the right amount, and everyone is happy. :smooth:

We printed the envelopes from www.themouseforless.com/ (http://www.themouseforless.com/) and had them ready too. There are 4 of us and we tipped $5/day and before we left each morning we would get an envelope out of the safe and leave it. We didn't seal the envelopes either because on days when we got towel animals I tipped a couple of extra bucks and wrote the mousekeepers a thank you note.

stites1
08-04-2006, 12:13 PM
just don't try leaving your tip in pesos. That doesn't make anyone happy ;)

shyjade
08-04-2006, 12:55 PM
Besides spitting on your pillow is so amateur, I am sure that they have more sinister tricks up their sleeves if you don't tip. :rotfl: J/K

So true, but don't forget that servers/cooks have AMPLE opportunity to spit on your food...sad to say, with many years in the food service industry, I've seen it done more than once - and no, NOT by me!!!

dublincailin
08-05-2006, 06:31 AM
We left a dollar per person which was 3 dollars a day for the 14 days we stayed. Our room was immaculately clean from the start and continued so and the way the towels, etc. were arranged was a lovely treat to see each evening when we returned. The doggy toy made from a facecloth and decorated with sparkly stickers was amazing! My daughter cherished :cheer2:

debsays
08-05-2006, 09:29 AM
We too, leave $2/day. I print out the Mousekeeping Envelopes prior to leaving and put the money in them. When we leave in the morning I usually leave the envelope on our vanity mirror where the sinks are. I also type out a note to leave that says "Mousekeeping, feel free to take whatever we leave behind" This is for items that we do not bring home. We have a car and always go to the grocery store and purchase like water, juices, snacks, etc. and we always have leave items behind. In order for Mousekeeping to be able to take the items you MUST leave a note or it gets tossed.

Princess Sammi
08-05-2006, 04:44 PM
Last year I only left $2-3 a day depending on what I had on me, and my room was a mess. :blush: My kids were 2 & 3 - we are talking crumbs everywhere and garbage cans very, very full.

She always left a thank you note and towel animals on occasion, so I am thinking that was ok with her. I don't know that very many guests tip at all.

This year I am hoping to leave for $4-5 a day.

When we stayed at ASMo 4 years ago, they made animal towels for us too(about 2 - 3 days into our stay) When we requested extra towels, etc., we got it right away with a smile .................and we didn't tip until the last day of our stay (one lump sum) So, I don't think that it matters how much you tip, tip at all, or save it until the end whether you will get good service or not..............remember it's DISNEY :)
Btw, we always leave the room VERY clean each day. They basically only have to make our beds and refill towels and toilet paper.

ReneeA
08-05-2006, 06:23 PM
Why don't you try teaching the kids at this young of an age that leaving messes is not the way to be????? You can always take the garbage to the pails they have by the elevators, and ice machines, teaching cleanliness at a young age will do them good......for instance...okay you carry this bag of garbage while we're on our way to get sodas, the bus to MK, AK, MGM, Epcot...once deposited in a trash can say thanks, good job. Explain that leaving food remains in the room can cause bugs, rodents, etc. and thats why we'll take it out..being on vacation with a maid to make your beds, give clean towels is a bonus, but leaving a mess in your living space is unacceptable. "Please sit at the table while you're eating crackers, it makes too many crumbs while you're walking around." "Mickey and Minnie prefer guests that clean up after themselves." I am certainly not Ms. Suzie Homemaker....but there are limits, and if you know you're family is messy...leave exra $ for the maids, they certainly deserve it. I suggest a daily tip, as the staff at Disney is quite big, and the shifts change often....the maid on Monday may not be the same as the maid on Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday...tip by day and the amount of mess you leave.

I didn't mean that we left the room looking like a garbage dump. :rolleyes: I meant that she would have to do a quick vacuum around the room and all the trash cans were full, but no trash laying on the floor. My DH was doing alot of studying by himself away from the room after the kids went to bed, and I didn't feel comfortable leaving them alone for even a second after they went to sleep. My DD is not a good sleeper and it would be just like her to escape if I stepped out for a few minutes.

Not that I should have to answer to anyone here, but I guess after all these years here, I should TOTALLY expect it. :guilty:

snowbunny
08-05-2006, 07:06 PM
spitting on your pillow is so amateur, I am sure that they have more sinister tricks up their sleeves if you don't tip. :rotfl: J/K

Another plug for DVC!

Tiki Room Fan
08-05-2006, 09:53 PM
Last year I forgot to bring envelopes to leave the tips in, and as a result, the mousekeepers never took the tips I'd leave every day. I figured on the last day she HAD to take what I left!! I'm going to tip $5/day this year and I'm going to start pre-stuffing envelopes this week.

shyjade
08-07-2006, 09:54 AM
Since my DD8 is very creative I am putting her in charge of the Mousekeeping envelopes. I will let her use markers, crayons, glitter, stickers...whatever she chooses, and create some masterpiece envelopes. This will be a great way for her to feel like she's contributing to the planning process and an even better way to teach her to show appreciation for someone who works "behind the scene" to make our trips magical.

Worfiedoodles
08-07-2006, 11:27 AM
We tip $5/day, whether there are 1, 2 or 3 of us. We do this wherever we might be staying...

Maxie86
08-07-2006, 11:33 AM
[QUOTE=scanne]I usually tip $1.00 per person/per day. I also tip about $2.00 if I request turndown service.

We are staying at the GF in September and I believe that turndown is standard for all guest rooms there, so I may tip a little more in the morning and then, depending if we're back in the room or not, I may not leave anything for turndown. Does anyone know if the mousekeeping staff that cleans rooms in the am also do turndown before their shift ends or is it a different mousekeeper?? :confused3



:wave: The mousekeeper you have for turndown service will be different than the one who cleaned the room. We always leave another tip in the evening if we are in the room between cleaning and turndown service. Sometimes the rooms aren't cleaned until late afternoon, and we're not always there before turndown service.

mamacatnv
08-07-2006, 01:51 PM
I didn't mean that we left the room looking like a garbage dump. :rolleyes: I meant that she would have to do a quick vacuum around the room and all the trash cans were full, but no trash laying on the floor. My DH was doing alot of studying by himself away from the room after the kids went to bed, and I didn't feel comfortable leaving them alone for even a second after they went to sleep. My DD is not a good sleeper and it would be just like her to escape if I stepped out for a few minutes.

Not that I should have to answer to anyone here, but I guess after all these years here, I should TOTALLY expect it. :guilty:
I don't think you should have to justify your actions either, you were more honest than most. I do not think that every Dis poster is as immaculate as they like to portray themselves.

Maid service is there for a reason, to clean up after you and to take out your trash, that is built into the cost of your room. If you choose to tip, that is your choice not a requirement.

Just my 2cents - I personally thought your post refreshing and honest. :thumbsup2

LukenDC
08-07-2006, 02:14 PM
I tip $5 a day.

Shagley
08-07-2006, 02:30 PM
Why don't you try teaching the kids at this young of an age that leaving messes is not the way to be????? You can always take the garbage to the pails they have by the elevators, and ice machines, teaching cleanliness at a young age will do them good......for instance...okay you carry this bag of garbage while we're on our way to get sodas, the bus to MK, AK, MGM, Epcot...once deposited in a trash can say thanks, good job. Explain that leaving food remains in the room can cause bugs, rodents, etc. and thats why we'll take it out..being on vacation with a maid to make your beds, give clean towels is a bonus, but leaving a mess in your living space is unacceptable. "Please sit at the table while you're eating crackers, it makes too many crumbs while you're walking around." "Mickey and Minnie prefer guests that clean up after themselves." I am certainly not Ms. Suzie Homemaker....but there are limits, and if you know you're family is messy...leave exra $ for the maids, they certainly deserve it. I suggest a daily tip, as the staff at Disney is quite big, and the shifts change often....the maid on Monday may not be the same as the maid on Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday...tip by day and the amount of mess you leave.

Those are great tips, but I don't think ReneeA meant for her comments to be taken so literally. I took her comments as meaning that because she had a 2 and a 3 year old in the room that the room got messier than if it was a room without a 2 and a 3 year old.

kimis
08-07-2006, 02:41 PM
We stay for 11 days. So before I leave I put in my carry on bag 11 envelopes with $2.00 in each one. Every am I pull one out from the safe and put it on the table. It is so easy and I tend to remember to tip then. I heard the rule of thumb is $1 a day per person. I leave our room pretty clean so I think the tip is big enough. My dh isn't a big tipper so he would have a heart attack if I tipped $5.00 daily. HA! Enjoy!

sunny_
08-07-2006, 04:10 PM
We always forget to tip, so we usually left a nice size tip every several days. But after reading these really awesome tips, I was inspired! I just sat down and made myself a little graphic on the computer and printed them out on an envelope for every day of our trip!! I thought I'd share! I'm getting so excited for our trip in September!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/dnogy/Misc/DSCF1517.jpg

p.s. With the kids and it being our vacation from too much work, our rooms are always messy! I'll join the messy room club!! :sunny: