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Old 04-15-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Question $20 Trick.....at Disney?

Just wondering if anyone has ever tried this at Disney? Or is it only a Las Vegas thing? I have never heard of it used anywhere but Vegas, but I was wondering of anyone has thought of trying it?

I have used it with great success in Vegas, but don't know if I would have the guts to try it anywhere else!!
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You fold up a $20 and put it in between your photo ID and credit card and hand it to the person checking you in the hotel - while asking them if there are any complimentary upgrades available. They take the tip, and many times give you a better room than what you paid for. Not sure it if would work here at Disney because most rooms are already booked. In Vegas there are probably many more empty rooms for them to work with. I dunno.
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You fold up a $20 and put it in between your photo ID and credit card and hand it to the person checking you in the hotel - while asking them if there are any complimentary upgrades available. They take the tip, and many times give you a better room than what you paid for. Not sure it if would work here at Disney because most rooms are already booked. In Vegas there are probably many more empty rooms for them to work with. I dunno.
This would not work at Disney resorts. The CM's checking you in don't give someone a free upgrade unless it has already been predetermined by the computer. For example, if the CL has a ton of vacant rooms the room controller might decide to upgrade a few people who were booked at Lagoon view and those people would be notified at check-in that they had received a free upgrade. It wasn't the CM checking them in that did it on their own. Now, if you ask if any upgrades are available, and they do have rooms, they sometimes offer people an upgrade for a fee ($50 a night is what we paid one time). So it never hurts to ask. But I wouldn't give them a $20. That is super tacky.
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DEFINITELY not something you want to do at WDW!!!!

The front desk CMs can be terminated if they accept anything like that from Guests.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #7
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DEFINITELY not something you want to do at WDW!!!!

The front desk CMs can be terminated if they accept anything like that from Guests.
Like I said, I don't think I could do it myself, just wondering if anyone had tried it. I doubt they would be terminated though. Or else the bell guys would get fired every single day.
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Or else the bell guys would get fired every single day.
Bell Services is a "tipped" position-Front Desk is not.
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Bell Services is a "tipped" position-Front Desk is not.
Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
There have been CMs terminated for accepting tips. Bell services and Mousekeepers are the only people I tip in the hotel. Not including the restaurants of course.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
Sure, you can offer, but I'd bet that they'd refuse it, even on repeated offers, especially if you'd gotten a complimentary upgrade. If I were a front desk CM, and I knew there was a possibility that I could be let go for taking money to give extra perks to a customer, I'd probably be declining all tips, just to be safe.

PP's have talked about the culture at Vegas vs. Disney, and that plays in, too. Tipping the front desk clerk is almost part of the theming in Vegas. It's got a little of that outlaw feel to it.

All hotels set their own policies regarding complimentary upgrades. Disney has a fairly rigid set of rules around when they can be offered or given, and they're not given very often at alll, when you consider that thousands of people check into Disney resorts every day. Most are assigned before you even arrive at the resort; less commonly, a CM will have an upgrade to give out at their discretion, and even then, they must document and justify it.

I liked the 'negative pixie dust' comment, because it kind of boils down to this:

Vegas clerk getting offered 20 bucks for a better room: woohoo, an extra 20 bucks in my pocket, I like this guy.

Disney CM getting offered 20 bucks for a better room: oh, great, this guy wants me to do something that could cost me my job.

Entirely different vibe.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
However, Disney is very different. A few years ago, while my friend was with me, her mom passed and she had to leave suddenly. Several people jumped in to help out of various non-tipping positions and all stated they could not accept a tip, when she offered to do so.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
Front desk CMs are not supposed to accept tips. Neither are non-tipped employees like bus drivers or character performers. Can't speak to what will happen if they are caught keeping offered tips, but they are not supposed to accept them.
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Yes, but if a CM was particulary helpful, you can't give them a tip? After the fact, I mean. I often tip folks (outside of Disney) that are helpful and cheerful and may not necessarily be in a "tipped" position.
I dropped a diamond earring in the sink at WDW. Very friendly maintenance guy came to our room around 11 pm or so and got it out. DH tried to tip him $50, he was appreciative but politely refused saying he wasn't allowed to accept a tip. We didn't know, or DH wouldn't have tried.
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