||04-15-2013 10:05 AM
As a Vegas (and AC) veteran, as well as a Disney veteran, it typically does NOT work for a few reasons:
1) In Vegas (and Atlantic City), there is just generally a "culture" of tipping, even for "non-tipped" positions - so it is "different." And in Disney, it is true that accepting tips is "against policy", but I believe the "full policy" is something like the check-in host is required to refuse the tip a certain number of times, and at a certain point, they typically just put in a general "pot" for office parties, etc. (Although some check-in hosts are known to just continue to refuse indefinitely, particularly because the particular manager on duty may have a stricter standard, etc.)
2) Much of the tipping in Vegas and AC is for preferred views, but in Disney, those are typically separate booking categories with separate prices.
3) In Vegas (and AC, and any other casino-hotel), many of the best rooms are held open for "high rollers" (big gamblers) who are even potentially arriving, and if any of those people cancel or change plans at last minute (which does happen often), their rooms "open up" and it sort of flows down - this just does not happen as frequently at non-casino hotels. We have gotten rooms in Vegas that even had elaborate gift baskets with someone else's name on them, waiting for the person who was "supposed" to eat them.
4) As others have alluded to, there is the risk of "negative pixie dust" - many of the Disney employees are very dedicated to the "Disney standard", and as part of that, rather than just focusing on impeccable customer service, etc., some of them take an almost self-righteous approach to this and other similar attempts to be a little "sneaky", etc., despite them being fairly innocuous. As part of that, most Disney hosts will be more likely to grant upgrades or requests, if available (which is rare), if they "like" you - you are friendly, have kids, or rather than money, if you have some sort of "Sympathetic" aspect to your trip (with an elderly relative, sick child, etc.) Some have been known to express moral indignation at even an attempted "bribe". Although the person is a stranger, who wants to start their vacation with being scorned at, etc? Also, for those few "upgrades"/"requests" that are not a separate category that people sometimes request (near elevator, away from elevator, higher floor, lower floor, etc.), if you do get a check-in host "mad" at you, less likely to be helpful.
One other quick warning- if you are someone who is used to the more opulent Vegas hotel rooms, you may be in for a bit of a shock when you see the Disney rooms - which are always perfectly nice, but you are paying a big premium for onsite -which we always do, but others feel differently.