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Old 03-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #496
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Tell me about it...not too long ago I helped paying for lobsters that I didn't even have (not a lobster fan) so my $15 chicken parm & $7 captn' and coke ended up costing me about $50.... my fault for not speaking up.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #497
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If each party is on a separate dining plan, there will automatically be separate checks issued. Parties not on DDP can ask to have the checks split. Be careful if you are using TIW, because all discounted TIW meals are supposed to be on the same check.

I don't know whether to close this as a gratuity question (all gratuity discussion is to be limited to the Tipping Information sticky thread) or consider it a question about getting separate checks, despite the title. So I'm going to leave it open.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:42 AM   #498
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They won't give you a problem for asking for 2 seperate checks at the restaurants. Plus you'll avoid any uncomfortable situations or hard feelings getting stuck paying for more than your share.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #499
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You can get separate checks with no problem. Just keep in mind, if you book one reservation for the entire group of 6, you will be charged the automatic 18% gratuity even though you split your checks since your table is 6 or more.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:48 PM   #500
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My family of 4 just traveled to Disney with my parents. They were in one room, and we were in another room. We were all on the dining plan, and ate all of our TS meals together. The waiters always asked us if we were on the dining plan, and who was together. At the end of the meal they would ask for a KTTW card from each "room". We would get an itemized bill of what our group of 4 ordered, with the 18% gratuity on that added at the end. My parents would get a separate bill with what they ordered, with the 18% added on only theirs.

It actually worked out really well for us being on the dining plan.... it kept Grandpa from paying for all the meals! No fighting over the check!
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:50 PM   #501
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There is no problem asking to have checks split. And actually most CMs asked us when we ordered.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #502
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In October we had six people made up of three couples in the same 2BR and therefore on the same dining plan. Even at that there was no problem getting three checks so we could all pay for our own extras and gratuities. Only once was it even questioned but it wasn't rejected. Separate checks will be no problem.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:06 PM   #503
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Question: For my trip next week, we have 2 rooms and are on the dining plan. Listed on my room is my nephew, a niece, and myself. Can you all think of any way we can work the tips, other than my accosting my sister every time we eat, to cover her kid's portion of the meals? We are talking a 20yr old and a 16yr old so they won't be eating very cheaply.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #504
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Yep. "We need separate checks, please. We two are on one check, and these four (three, five, whatever) are on a different check".
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #506
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After reading all these replies it seems to me the easiest way to go (party of 4) is just to keep some cash on hand for TS meal tips. It also gets you out of the restaurant faster not waiting for the server to return your card.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:16 PM   #507
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Hello -

Im new here *waves* My family (me, DH, 3YO DD, 6YO DD) leave for disney in 2 weeks...

I want to make sure I do things properly and politely. So - we tip at buffets the same as sit down? We would tip the fairy god mothers and the pirate people?

Im not trying to sound like an idiot - I just want to try and make sure I do this right - first time and all

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Old 04-08-2012, 08:14 PM   #508
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Hello -

Im new here *waves* My family (me, DH, 3YO DD, 6YO DD) leave for disney in 2 weeks...

I want to make sure I do things properly and politely. So - we tip at buffets the same as sit down? We would tip the fairy god mothers and the pirate people?

Im not trying to sound like an idiot - I just want to try and make sure I do this right - first time and all

Thank you
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Welcome!

You can read about how to tip at the restaurants in the original post of this thread. The mandatory amounts only apply to those using the Tables in Wonderland Card, or those with a party of 6 or more. Otherwise what you tip is up to you, and everyone has their own way of tipping and it's up to you how you want to tip at Disney's restaurants.

Fairy Godmothers and Pirate People for the makeovers are non-tipped positions, so no worries about tipping there.

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-09-2012, 05:42 PM   #509
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This is probably an excessively stupid question, but with character buffets (Crystal Palace in particular in our case), I was planning on tipping just like I would at a normal sit down-non buffet meal. Is that correct? I feel like I'm getting mixed messages from what I've read.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:51 PM   #510
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This is probably an excessively stupid question, but with character buffets (Crystal Palace in particular in our case), I was planning on tipping just like I would at a normal sit down-non buffet meal. Is that correct? I feel like I'm getting mixed messages from what I've read.
I can understand feeling like you're getting mixed messages, people all have different opinions on what is 'right' and it often gets volatile when people disagree (especially about tipping)

Disney's rule is that if you're a party of 6 or more, or if you're using the TiW card, you tip the same % at all sit down restaurants, including buffets.

If you don't fit into one of those categories, what you tip at each restaurant is entirely up to you. If you want to tip normally, that's up to you, and if you want to adjust that, it's up to you.

Hope that this helps a little.
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