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Gail T AGAIN
06-17-2002, 09:44 PM
I had valet parking, it is 6 dollars a day, we went to AK to Bomas for dinner and used the same valet parking ticket that we bought at BWI. Valet is well worth the money, the walk for self parking can be horrible after walking the parks all day.

DisneyLisa
06-17-2002, 11:13 PM
Hi Gail,

Do they just add the valet parking onto your bill...how do they keep track of where your car is? We plan to use the valet parking on our upcoming trip & I'm just wondering how it works (we've never used it before). Thanks.

Gail T AGAIN
06-18-2002, 06:45 AM
We just paid the $.00 up front when we told them at the valet we would like valet parking. Then the surprise was when we went to AKL to Bomas for dinner, my son said "hey'this valet is for the whole day no matter where you go" I said "no way, jose" but again he was right. LOL we just tipped each guy when they brought the car back to us, it really is worth it, was worth it even more when we didn't have to pay but it it still worth it.

betterlatethannever
06-18-2002, 07:35 AM
If you are staying on site, they just add the $6.00 on to your room bill.

Ed

Eeyore1954
06-18-2002, 08:24 AM
Definitely use valet parking! The $6.00 fee is worth it. My DW and I used it at WL in May. We used valet parking at all the other resorts we visited without paying anything additional, except a tip to the person who brought the car back.

We had a bit of a laugh when we started to leave the last day. Our bill showed only 1 $6.00 charge. We were there for 8 days. I started to tell my DW about the "bargain", but decided to get it fixed at the front desk. The CM was surprised, too and commented on the "bargain" valet parking we almost got! :D

CaliforniaDreaming
06-18-2002, 09:34 AM
Can't agree more. We ALWAYS use valet parking, it is so convienent. Especially at the Grand Floridian, where in order to get to the self parking you have to walk past the valet lot, cross Floridian Way, and then into the parking lot. It's quite a hike!

DisneyLisa
06-18-2002, 12:42 PM
Thanks everyone...I guess we'll be using it for sure at the GF Cali-D. Just never thought about using it last year (but the BC self-parking was really close). I was thinking I wouldn't want anyone to see the inside of my van after a 3 day drive to WDW but I guess I won't worry about that.

JudithM
06-18-2002, 01:11 PM
Little reminder - valet parking is complimentary at WDW resorts if you have handicapped tags/parking permit.

dtuleya
06-23-2002, 08:56 PM
Wow, only $6/day for valet! We were in Niagara Falls, ON, for two days and valet was $19/Canadian per day, and we didn't even move our car once. I'll definitely be opting for this service!

figment95
06-23-2002, 09:58 PM
One problem we encountered at WL when we were there in the beginning of June. We valet parked every day. The first time we went to another resort for dinner we valet parked and they gave us a hard time because you're supposed to have a tag hanging on your rear view mirror to let the valets know that you have already paid. WL never put one on our car so AKL wanted us to pay again. So if you're leaving your resort to valet park at another one, check and make sure you have your tag so you don't have to pay twice.:rolleyes:

the Legend
06-23-2002, 10:05 PM
Wow! I was going to use the Brotherly valet service ... thats where you bring your Brother on holiday with you and make him get the car, park the car, carry the bags etc.

But $6/day ALL DAY is great. :D

BTW. I was joking ... he's only carrying the bags :p

Tikiman
06-23-2002, 10:25 PM
I use to valet every time but the Polynesian self park is very close to the entrance. I think the only time I will valet will be when we check in. It sounds like a good idea to valet for our stay over at the AKL. I guess $6 is not bad considering the Disneyland Hotel cost $10 a day just to self park and walk a half a mile.

Steve

Bob NC
06-24-2002, 05:38 PM
$6 per day for valet isn't bad unless you pull a blunder like I did last night. We went from AKL, (Where we were staying and our car was in valet for the whole trip), to Narcoossee's at GF for dinner. I had my money clip in my left pocket and in my right pocket I had a $10 bill and two ones. I took the 2 ones out of my pocket and set them on the console of the car as that is what I was going to give the valet. We got out of the car at GF and I handed the guy the folded up money from my pocket....As we walked away from the car my wife says, "Did you mean to leave that money in the car"? I mistakenly left the $2 in the car and gave the valet a $10 tip.....lolol.....I told my wife he would probably be looking for me to retrieve my car after dinner....

PieInYourEye
06-24-2002, 05:43 PM
I want to use the valet service... never have, (single mom, too cheap).

So once you've paid your $6, do you tip when the park the car or when they bring it back... how much should you tip?

CaliforniaDreaming
06-24-2002, 05:44 PM
We always gave $2 when they'd take the car, then $2-3 when they'd bring it back around. :)

Gail T AGAIN
06-25-2002, 07:19 AM
I have to be honest, I do not give money when they take the car, just when they bring it back. If I am paying 6 bucks to have valet parking I refuse to pay another 4 to 5 dollars for a tip, I always give 2 dollars when the car is brought bacl. Some might call me cheap bue, my 5 day 4 night trip must of cost me at least 2500.00 maybe more, I paid for concierge and better views, not tipping every Tom Dick and Harry when something is done for me. Geesh, I don't get tipped at work. I bet this will open up another can of worms.

dtuleya
06-25-2002, 07:50 AM
I agree with you Gail, I don't want to open a can of worms either, but recently I read an article about tipping and they stated you should only tip the person who BRINGS you the car. I tried to remember where I saw it so that I could cut and paste it for everyone since it was very informative. I read the article before our trip to Niagara Falls, and I felt more empowered about tipping etiquette and appropriate amounts. I don't like to be a stingy tipper (I was a waitress for many years), but it can get quickly out of hand and cost a fortune if you're tipping everyone in the hotel.

Bob NC
06-25-2002, 07:58 AM
It's the generalizations like, "...tipping everyone in the hotel...." that make the top on the worm can loosen. I've found that the only folks other than waitpeople I tip at Disney are valets, bellpersons and housekeepers.

That article was in USA Today and their rationale was that each valet would have about the same number of cars every shift, so if you tip only the person who returns it, then everything should even out among the bell people. I disagree with this, however, because I tip based on what services are performed for ME...I try to leave all the outside factors out of it...Like how many cars they have, what their rate of pay is, whether or not I feel that valet is a downtrodden job category that should not be 'begrudged' a tip.

If they take MY car to park ir for ME, I give them a buck or two. If they go to get it for ME, I give them a buck or two.

Eeyore1954
06-25-2002, 08:01 AM
A couple of good points were made.

1) WL valet doesn't always put a tag on your car. When I was there in May, I got the tag on 1 day. The rest of the time I got a little slip -- like a mini-receipt. Fortunately, no other resort gave me a hassle about valet parking when I told them & pointed out my WL parking paper. Some CMs just smiled and nodded knowingly ;)

2) I only tipped the fellow who brought my car each day. I don't consider that cheap. Often it was the same person. My tip was usually $2.

My FIL stayed at the Westin Grand Bohemian which does valet parking for all guests -- at $15/night. Unfortunately, he did not realize this until he got his car the next day. Being the generous sort, he tipped the fellow almost $15! :eek: When he found out he'd basically paid $30 to park for one night, he nearly exploded! After that he parked on the street for the rest of their stay!

dtuleya
06-25-2002, 08:16 AM
Forgive me if my wording was too general. In defense of myself, I am not a frequent traveler who stays in upscale hotels. Neither DH or I travel for work. We usually rent condos or houses on our trips to the beach where we don't come across this, or we stay in hotels where there is only housekeeping and the front desk staff. To me, someone who is not familiar with tipping in the hotel industry, it seems a confusing practice, and one that I don't take lightly. However, I do feel, and reading some of the posts on this thread from those who have "overtipped", it is unclear who it is acceptable to tip and how much. My "generalization" was my own way of stating that I'm unsure who should be tipped. I feel we all know that waitstaff should be tipped after the meal for good service, but there are still some of us out there who are unfamiliar with tipping practices in upscale hotels.

JudithM
06-25-2002, 09:44 AM
We tip the valet when we drop the car off & when we retrieve it - just our personal preference. To us the CM is doing us a service.

CaliforniaDreaming
06-25-2002, 12:17 PM
We tip based on our personal preference. The valets usually remember us (seems like the Grand Floridian has a hard time remembering Cali-D, while the same CM parked the car for us the entire time during our stay at the Contemporary - also called us by name and gave a warm greeting!).

Carrieberry
06-25-2002, 05:13 PM
I always tip $2-3 only to the person who brings me the car. I have never tipped anyone taking the car, but I can see how it would feel awkward if they were not handing you little slip everytime you exited the vehicle. It might seem strange to just hand over the keys and walk away without some sort of exchange. Growing up in the LA/Orange County area of Ca, almost every mall, shopping plaza, restaurant etc has valet parking, and we have always just tipped the person who brought us the car at the end.

It's always worth the extra $$ to pay for valet!! ;)

polyfan
07-01-2002, 04:40 PM
We used to tip both times for valet parking. That will stop now that disney is charging $6 a day for it. This was the first year that we encountered this charge. There was never a charge before this year, so we would tip both ways.

Tiffany
07-02-2002, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by loriencke
We used to tip both times for valet parking. That will stop now that disney is charging $6 a day for it. This was the first year that we encountered this charge. There was never a charge before this year, so we would tip both ways.

This $6 charge took effect in July of 2001.

We tipped at both drop off and pick up before the $6 charge and in Sept of 2001 we continued to tip at both drop off and pick up. I figure the valet is not getting the $6 per car.

Anyway this was dicussed at length back in July of 2001 when this first came out. As with any tipping matter it is a matter of personal choice to tip or not or if you tip as to how much.

Steven Forrest
07-04-2002, 01:55 PM
Originally posted by Tikiman
I use to valet every time but the Polynesian self park is very close to the entrance. I think the only time I will valet will be when we check in. It sounds like a good idea to valet for our stay over at the AKL. I guess $6 is not bad considering the Disneyland Hotel cost $10 a day just to self park and walk a half a mile.

Steve

Steve,
Be careful using valet only for check-in. The week after Disney started the new valet policy my sister and I used valet on check-in. She didn't use her car the entire 7 days, we just used mine. When we checked out she was charged the $6 x 7 days for valet.
She did get it removed from her bill, she can be very persistent <g>. The signage at the valet stand was a bit ambiguous, don't know if it's been changed. If you valet your vehicle the first day, it is still kept in the valet lot, hence $6/day.

steve

figmentvi
07-05-2002, 10:12 AM
Yup valet parking is the way to go. And $6.00/day is CHEAP !!!
We just returned from a trip to Boston and had to pay $34.00/day :eek: :eek:

Minnie's Mate
07-05-2002, 04:22 PM
We have never used Valet parking in the past. But we use our car every day to go to the parks, DTD, etc. This trip, I plan to use the Valet because it can be difficult to find a space that isn't a country mile away from the hotel entrance. My question is this, do you call the bell stand or valet stand from your room and ask them to bring the car to you so you don't have to wait at the entrance, or do you give your request when you get to the hotel entrance and just stand there waiting for it? I suppose if you call down, the car might be delivered and the valet that brought it might be gone to park or pick up someone else's car when you get there, but for me the idea is to save time and for convenience. I don't think standing on the side walk is really convenient, but neither is walking from the parking lot late at night after having been on my feet all day in the parks. Especially if it happens to be raining when you reach the hotel.

Tiffany
07-05-2002, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by Minnie's Mate
My question is this, do you call the bell stand or valet stand from your room and ask them to bring the car to you so you don't have to wait at the entrance, or do you give your request when you get to the hotel entrance and just stand there waiting for it?

Hi Minnie's Mate,

We have done it both ways. At the YC we called down a couple of times but they were so quick it realy did not matter. We stayed at the AKL twice in 2001 and never called down just gave the ticket to person at the valet counter and they would ring a bell and off the person would go to get the car. Never took very long.

jiminyfan
07-05-2002, 09:28 PM
We love using the valet service and tip both in and out. I disagree witht he statement that since WDW charges for valet I do not tip as much or etc. It it NOT the valets fault that WDW now charges and he/she is the one losing income. I look at it like wait staff at a restaurant, I get charged for a meal, but still tip the service provided to me. I am not sure of the salary structure at WDW, but at most places in PA if you can get tips your hourly wage is a lot less than those who do not get tips. Yes, it can add up, but I feel that I want the exrta service I should be willing to provide the necessary tip. The AKL valets are out of this world, we never had to wait for the car. We even tried to beat them to the door a few times by calling as we were leaving the room and they always had the car there and ready for us. Last October a member of the valet staff drove us to our wine dinner door to door fromthe AKL to the Odyses (SP? - know that isn't right) restaurant in EPCOT as we were running late - this is great customer SERVICE.

Also, I had a first this trip I was turned down by Beach Club to use their valet for a character breakfast as they said that they did not want people using their lot for EPCOT. I have a two year old and he loves the character meals, so we thought we'd take him to BC for our last breakfast. I am not sure if it being July 4th as the case or not, but I was not a happy customer. We drove to Boardwalk used their service and walked to BC, what a pain.

Enough from me.
:cool:

Tiffany
07-06-2002, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by jiminyfan
Also, I had a first this trip I was turned down by Beach Club to use their valet for a character breakfast as they said that they did not want people using their lot for EPCOT. I have a two year old and he loves the character meals, so we thought we'd take him to BC for our last breakfast. I am not sure if it being July 4th as the case or not, but I was not a happy customer. We drove to Boardwalk used their service and walked to BC, what a pain.

Enough from me.
:cool:

Wow! You had a piority seating to have breakfast at Cape May Cafe and the BC would not valet your car? That is outrageours.:(

ncligs
07-06-2002, 10:29 PM
This is one of the "perks" of being a DVC member, you don't have to pay for valet parking. We always tip the driver($2) who returns our car to us when we leave.:D

Tiffany
07-07-2002, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by ncligs
This is one of the "perks" of being a DVC member, you don't have to pay for valet parking. We always tip the driver($2) who returns our car to us when we leave.:D

Hi ncligs,

I thought DVC members still had to pay the valet parking fee at non-DVC resorts? Example if you drive over to the CR to have dinner and valet I thought that you would be charged the $6.

ncligs
07-07-2002, 10:34 AM
Tiffany,

You are correct. At DVC resorts (BWV's and BCV's) we don't have to pay the $6 fee. At non-DVC we would have to pay. Thats why we stick with DVC resorts;)