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Old 01-05-2010, 08:28 PM   #31
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I can't tell you how much you should set aside for tips, but I can tell you what I'd do (right, Tricia? if not, please delete).

If I were eating those meals, I would plan to tip x%+change of the per-adult buffet cost of the buffets - very easy to calculate since you can find the actual costs in the menus online.

For the a la carte meals, I would plan to tip x%+change of the menu price of whatever we predetermined we were going to order. Alternatively, I'd find the most expensive item on each menu and calculate my planned tip based on those items; then, when we all ordered less expensive menu items, I'd know I have a comfortable cushion and wouldn't have to be scrounging for cash.

x% = whatever percentage YOU think is reasonable.
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I can't tell you how much you should set aside for tips, but I can tell you what I'd do (right, Tricia? if not, please delete).

If I were eating those meals, I would plan to tip x%+change of the per-adult buffet cost of the buffets - very easy to calculate since you can find the actual costs in the menus online.

For the a la carte meals, I would plan to tip x%+change of the menu price of whatever we predetermined we were going to order. Alternatively, I'd find the most expensive item on each menu and calculate my planned tip based on those items; then, when we all ordered less expensive menu items, I'd know I have a comfortable cushion and wouldn't have to be scrounging for cash.

x% = whatever percentage YOU think is reasonable.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:32 PM   #33
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Wondering about the pros and cons of using credit card vs. room key card to charge tips to. I don't ever carry cash and won't for this trip either. After reading other threads about tipping, I am wondering which way to go. I would normally charge tip to my CC. Is one way better than the other? We are doing the regular dining plan in May.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:43 PM   #34
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Aw, thanks! To be completely honest, I had "my" percentage (actual number) in there at first. I realized I could replace it with "x" and avoid any discussion of actual amounts, while still providing advice.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:55 PM   #35
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Wondering about the pros and cons of using credit card vs. room key card to charge tips to. I don't ever carry cash and won't for this trip either. After reading other threads about tipping, I am wondering which way to go. I would normally charge tip to my CC. Is one way better than the other? We are doing the regular dining plan in May.
There are pros and cons to both. Personally, I prefer to do neither and rather carry cash for tips at Disney even though I rarely carry cash around with me in day to day life.

I think most people make their decision based on security and what would happen if you lost the card. Usually credit cards have safety measures in place and you should be covered for this provided you report it within the requirements set out in your credit agreement. From that point of view, I would feel better with a credit card. ALthough anyone can lose anything, you don't normally just lose a credit card. Also, you won't be whipping it out several times a day for access to parks, your room, charging meals/purchases, DDP ..... so a cc is in my opinion less likely to be lost/misplaced.

KTTW card: the advantage with charging to your card is that you can set a charging limit on it. Also, if you are worried about being charged incorrectly (like confusion with tipping going onto the room key/cash, etc - which is the other main reason for the debate on this topic) you CAN check at your resort front desk at any time and clear up any questions immediately if necessary. There is no way to tell with your c/card as it takes a couple of days for transations to be posted to your statement. Also, if you lose it, you can replace it.

The reason I carry cash for tips has nothing to do with the above and is simply because I have a set budget for tips and like to hand the cash to my server (DD loves doing that actually) and I know they got it ok. I just like to have it separate because i am a planner and it suits me at Disney. Don't know if this helps and i a sure others could add loads more to help you.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:51 PM   #36
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If you are on the dining plan(will be on deluxe) and order room service is the tip included? I thought I say that they add on 18%. Is that included under the 2TS credits you use per meal?
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:58 PM   #37
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Yes, gratuities included

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In-Room Dining -- TWO table service credits (gratuities included) will be deducted from your Dining Plan for a single serving meal. A meal will include the following items:

--Juice (at breakfast)
--Entree
--Dessert (at lunch and dinner)
--Non-alcoholic beverage
--Appetizer (for children 3-9)

This is for single serving portions only, and does not include hospitality platters, amenities, or merchandise.

Pizza Delivery -- TWO ADULT table service credits (gratuities included) will be deducted from your Dining Plan for a pizza delivery meal:

--two non-alcoholic beverages
--one pizza entree item
--two desserts
(from Allears Dining Plan page) It is on the Disboards Dining page as well, but having some trouble on the site for some reason this evening. I actually prefer the Disboards one as you can see the ACTUAL official Disney dining plan brochures which give all the details.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:32 AM   #38
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Do you know how they go about determining who tips what in a party of 8 or more?

I am going with a party of 8 (2 Adults in one room, 1AD/1C in another, 2AD/2C in another) to a lot of restaurants. We are all on the DDP. I would think when we go to Hollywood & Vine it'll be easy for the server to charge the required 18% appropriately to each separate room.

When we go to Coral Reef, however, how are they going to break up the tip on a la carte items for 8 people at the same table? Should we ask for separate checks right from the start of the meal?

I would like to avoid the situation where my sister (the 1AD/1C room) winds up with 1/3 of the tip or something when we go an a la carte TS meal.

Do you know how this is handled? What do we tell the server when we sit down?

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:31 AM   #40
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If we are on the quick service dining plan and are eating at Pepper Market, are tips included?
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Do you know how they go about determining who tips what in a party of 8 or more?

I am going with a party of 8 (2 Adults in one room, 1AD/1C in another, 2AD/2C in another) to a lot of restaurants. We are all on the DDP. I would think when we go to Hollywood & Vine it'll be easy for the server to charge the required 18% appropriately to each separate room.

When we go to Coral Reef, however, how are they going to break up the tip on a la carte items for 8 people at the same table? Should we ask for separate checks right from the start of the meal?

I would like to avoid the situation where my sister (the 1AD/1C room) winds up with 1/3 of the tip or something when we go an a la carte TS meal.

Do you know how this is handled? What do we tell the server when we sit down?

Thanks!

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we ate at Cape May Buffet - it was a DIS Meet!! and we had 1 on a TIW card, 3 of us on DDP - 2 cash, 1 credit card - we knew right away since we were disboard members - to let our server know in advance seperate checks, and would that be a problem? No problem - when our checks came the 18% was added to each check!!
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:02 PM   #43
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yes they are
I read on another forum ( which also had a picture of the Pepper Markets posted rules regarding the Meal Plan ) that for 2010 the 10% service charge and tips are no longer included.
You can however still avoid these charges by getting your order to go and eating your meal outside or back in your room.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:35 PM   #44
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Ok my questions is if we use our AP discount (not the TIW card) for lunch at one of the participating Epcot TS places (thinking Biergarden) is gratuity automatically included? We would be party of 2 so the 6 or more rule would not apply either.

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Old 02-10-2010, 02:37 AM   #45
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What is current tax rate for dining? Thanks.
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