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Old 11-20-2012, 04:17 AM   #3571
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Wow! Thanks for all the ideas and the photos... really helps a lot. At least now I can convince mom to wait until we get to the Beach Club to grab a bite and not at the Airport! Bleeechhh!! lol
Not the airport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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thanks for the 'tips' on handling gratuities.

I will go along with what you are saying. But really, in USA they only pay staff $3 an hour? Ouch. Thank god for the minimum wage in the UK. But why not give the people a decent wage and just up the prices by 10% or so, very strange!

And I take it the servers DO get the tip rather than the restaraunt taking some of it? Or is it better leaving the tip as cash?

Don't think I fancy the rose and crown after just leaving the UK lol. will take your advice and stick around beach / yacht club - hopefully we won't need reservations for a hotel restaraunt?

In some areas the servers are paid even less. When I waited tables my wage was about $1 an hour. Most restaurants track ticket totals that each server is responsible for and that amount is the basis for that server's taxable wages. If a patron chooses not to tip the server is still responsible for the income taxes that ticket generated so he or she will actually pay for the privilege of serving that table. I don't think it really matters if you leave cash or not any more. We generally do but it is an old habit of ours. Mostly because my DH is worried the server will not get the money if he does not personally hand it over.

No reputable establishment will hold back gratuities. The server does not keep all of that money though. In most sit down restaurants there are bus people to clear and set tables, runners to get food to tables quickly and the bar tenders that are responsible for drinks. Servers generally tip out hose folks so that 18 to 20% of the gratuity is divided between a multitude of people, some you see and some that you don't. They are all responsible for ensuring that your meal

Years ago, when I was much much younger there was a lot of talk about mandatory minimum wages for wait staff and restaurants would raise the prices of meals to compensate those costs but the gossip that I heard was that restaurants that tried it quickly went back to the conventional tipping system.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:19 AM   #3572
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thanks for the 'tips' on handling gratuities.

I will go along with what you are saying. But really, in USA they only pay staff $3 an hour? Ouch. Thank god for the minimum wage in the UK. But why not give the people a decent wage and just up the prices by 10% or so, very strange!

And I take it the servers DO get the tip rather than the restaraunt taking some of it? Or is it better leaving the tip as cash?

Don't think I fancy the rose and crown after just leaving the UK lol. will take your advice and stick around beach / yacht club - hopefully we won't need reservations for a hotel restaraunt?
Minimum wage in the US is 7.25 (non-gratuity position) 2.13 (gratuity position). FL minimum wage is 7.67 and 4.65 (much better than the federal minimum for wait staff).

Tipping wait staff in such a way is a loooooonnnnnngggggg tradition in the US. It ain't changin' anytime soon!

I was a waitress in the 80's and made about $2.00/hour. Tips were my real income.

To answer your question regarding the restaurant taking a portion. They will not. And again with a large party, they will most likely add it automatically. Always carefully examine your check at the bottom to see if the gratuity was added in or not.

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:48 AM   #3573
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I am bumping this up for some input please--my wife keeps asking what the nice people here on this forum said about the transportation--thanks so much for any help!!
One of the pleasures of the EPCOT resorts is the walk/boat aspect. As others have said EPCOT and DHS are simple due to distance. MK, AK and DTD, you just never know. It's bus roulette.

In my opinion DTD is the worst. We just drive there. Too many stops and not enough buses. AK comes in second. Getting where we just drive there. MK, I've had good and bad. Depends on timing. We stick with the buses here.

A couple caveats to all this though. I've heard Disney is making a more concentrated effort to time the buses. They are hearing us. I am hearing better reviews lately.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:04 AM   #3574
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again, thank you to the posters who have made the tipping position clearer to me. I understand the situation now. The tip will be added automatically to the bill for parties of 6 or more (mandatory with dining plan) so it will be easier for the 8 of us to sit together - I'll just pay it all when checking out of the hotel.

and good point on it being 1am ish UK time when we finally get to hotel - a snack from the market place in beach club sounds best idea

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I am bumping this up for some input please--my wife keeps asking what the nice people here on this forum said about the transportation--thanks so much for any help!!
I didn't respond to your initial request because I have to admit that other than the DTD bus, we have NEVER had an issue with the bus which seems to be contrary to other's experience. However I have noticed that when there are bad experiences people tend to be more vocal than when the service is just what you expected it to be. We fly to Orlando, ME to WDW, then rely 100% on their transportation. The only time we deviate from this is if we need to be somewhere super early or we are coming back late at night from dinner at another resort, then we take a cab which fares tend to run $15 to $20 I have found. I am not one to complain about the bus service. Just remember, things can be slow at times, you can "just miss the bus", and the bus can be full of cheerleaders coming back from a late night at the park, but it's all part of the experience.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:18 AM   #3576
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I am bumping this up for some input please--my wife keeps asking what the nice people here on this forum said about the transportation--thanks so much for any help!!
The answers to the transportation question are very subjective. I think the time of year and the time of day can also impact your experience with the bus service.

Personally, the only time we have had an issue with bus transportation is the ride back from DTD, but that is a problem that is World-wide. Our two trips were in July, and our experiences with the buses to AK and MK have always been first thing in the morning. Never waited more than 5 minutes at that time (7:30 am) and never had a crowded bus. Answer could be very different at 9 or 10 am. IDK.

We rarely take a bus BACK to BC from MK or AK. If we are at MK, we take the mono to EPCOT, enjoy some attractions or maybe some lunch/snacks there before returning to the room. Our AK routine is to go from AK to BB to Boma to HS and then walk back to BC.

In fact, the location of the BC- "walking" distance to two parks and the flexibility of getting back to the resort from one of the theme parks or even from other resorts in a variety ways is one of the main draws of the Beach Club for our family (sorry SAB!)
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:52 AM   #3577
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I just saw a great photo of the BC lobby decorated for the holidays, over on a Disney facebook group that I frequent. The gingerbread carousel looked beautiful! (I also spotted Teena in the background of the photo, which was a fun little surprise!)
It made me wonder...does the lobby smell of gingerbread all the time during the holidays??
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:08 AM   #3578
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I am bumping this up for some input please--my wife keeps asking what the nice people here on this forum said about the transportation--thanks so much for any help!!

Hi there, we were there at YC for 14 nights first 2 weeks of Nov. We visited at least one and mostly 2 parks a day and in that time the worst we experienced was 2 waits of 20 minutes. Mostly it the wait was in the 0-7 minutes range. Both times we waited 20 minutes were return from blizzard beach/ animal kingdom bus and both times an employee approached us and told us they were aware of the wait and that a bus had been requested. They seem to be working hard to ensure the bus service is efficient.
We had a return from MK when we just missed the bus (couldn't be bothered to run) after a packed MSEP. Another bus arrived in less than 15 minutes, no-one was standing. We had one return service (MK again) where we waited a longish time whilst a person in a wheelchair disembarked (it was an old bus) and people ended up standing and that is the sum total of problems with our 25 plus bus journeys. I love, love, love the boat, walk, monorail options that the resort offers. You can get a bit creative with your route as your mood or other circumstances dictate.
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I'm now less than 2 weeks away from my first BC CL stay and I can't wait

Is Perriwigs open yet?
Soon ... either this week or next week they said.
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I just saw a great photo of the BC lobby decorated for the holidays, over on a Disney facebook group that I frequent. The gingerbread carousel looked beautiful! (I also spotted Teena in the background of the photo, which was a fun little surprise!)
It made me wonder...does the lobby smell of gingerbread all the time during the holidays??
Unfortunately our wonderful fresh smell is gone for the entire time the carousel is up and we smell like gingerbread. It's fine for the first 30 minutes. Then it gets a bit strong. And my hair and clothes smell. Dogs were chasing me yesterday when I got home from work.
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an employee approached us and told us they were aware of the wait and that a bus had been requested. They seem to be working hard to ensure the bus service is efficient.
This is great news.

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Unfortunately our wonderful fresh smell is gone for the entire time the carousel is up and we smell like gingerbread. It's fine for the first 30 minutes. Then it gets a bit strong. And my hair and clothes smell. Dogs were chasing me yesterday when I got home from work.
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Unfortunately our wonderful fresh smell is gone for the entire time the carousel is up and we smell like gingerbread. It's fine for the first 30 minutes. Then it gets a bit strong. And my hair and clothes smell. Dogs were chasing me yesterday when I got home from work.


OK, the mental picture of you running from the dogs is cracking me up!

Can you imagine if they piped in the smell of a sirloin steak!

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OK, the mental picture of you running from the dogs is cracking me up!

Can you imagine if they piped in the smell of a sirloin steak!

My thoughts exactly!!!
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Thanks to all for the input on the transportation! We will be flying in so we will likely not have a car. Hopefully we have good bus karma while we are there!
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