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Old 01-30-2013, 02:30 PM   #76
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Do you just leave the $1 on the bar or do they add it to the price automatically?
I have only once in Disney had an auto tip at a bar, it was a DISmeet at OKW, the barman said because there were over 6 of us he added 18% tip.
All other times I just left what I wanted.
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wow after reading this i feel aweful .. been going to disney world and disney parks .. for years disneyworld and anheihm and always thought you were not meant to tip ?

Ofcause outside I always do .. but not in the parks

so where would you not tip ... cast members who have been mega helpful ? fast food over the counter places ?

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No its not required to tip CM's or fast food places.
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No its not required to tip CM's or fast food places.
We usually tip at WPE since they bring your food to you and we have also had them offer to refill our drinks too. So, although it's a counter service place, we tend to tip because it's got an element of service too.
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We usually tip at WPE since they bring your food to you and we have also had them offer to refill our drinks too. So, although it's a counter service place, we tend to tip because it's got an element of service too.
Correct, I forget about it being CS, sort of halfway between, we usually leave $5 in there.
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wow after reading this i feel aweful .. been going to disney world and disney parks .. for years disneyworld and anheihm and always thought you were not meant to tip ?

Ofcause outside I always do .. but not in the parks

so where would you not tip ... cast members who have been mega helpful ? fast food over the counter places ?

thanks
Hi I'm just mega curious at why you didn't think you had to tip anywhere in Disney world or Disney land??
Did you read/hear that you didn't have to? I'm guessing you have never been a party of 6 or more then lol,
I was gutted when we became a party of 6 as we do at least 1 TS a day sometimes two! Next trip we may not be taking my mum so that will be cheaper haha
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Hi I'm just mega curious at why you didn't think you had to tip anywhere in Disney world or Disney land??
Did you read/hear that you didn't have to? I'm guessing you have never been a party of 6 or more then lol,
I was gutted when we became a party of 6 as we do at least 1 TS a day sometimes two! Next trip we may not be taking my mum so that will be cheaper haha
I assume minimousefan means regular cast members being helpful in parks and counter service meals which you don't tip.
We have been a party of 6 last twice on DDP, as a family of 3 we sometimes tipped less, sometimes more so at 18% its not much different for us.
Last year every place we ate at added 18% except Beaches and Cream, she left it upto us to decide, her service was exceptional so we left 25%, they might gain from some with 18% auto tip but lose on others. I know you can add more but its not something I would do, if they set it at 18% then thats what they get.
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i have just been talking to my friend who lives in texas and she said disney restraunts expect higher tips and eating off site you would only be expected to tip 15% for table meal and 10% for a buffet is this right ???
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i have just been talking to my friend who lives in texas and she said disney restraunts expect higher tips and eating off site you would only be expected to tip 15% for table meal and 10% for a buffet is this right ???
Your friend is totally right

I think, the tips at Disney are inflated.
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i have just been talking to my friend who lives in texas and she said disney restraunts expect higher tips and eating off site you would only be expected to tip 15% for table meal and 10% for a buffet is this right ???
As far as we're aware, that is not correct. Or, at least as far as we're concerned, that's not the practice we follow! But then, we do like to tip! Hahahaha!

I've always been taught to tip approximately 20% whenever we have a sit down meal in the US - regardless of whether this is in Disney, Orlando or New York. Buffets are slightly different, and we usually tip around 10-15%.

Whilst we've never been to WDW before, we have travelled the US pretty extensively, and this has always been the standard amount we've left, or been encouraged to leave.

Perhaps others have different experiences though.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:03 AM   #84
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Your friend is totally right

I think, the tips at Disney are inflated.
DH is from CA and I lived there for about 10 years. The expected tip there is 15% and I'd say that a lot of people just leave a few $s for a buffet. We always tip the expected rate at WDW and often tip over 20%, but I do agree, the expected tips at WDW do seem to be inflated.
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Actually, I always work on the basis of 15-20% for good service at a TS restaurant, 10-15% for a buffet. Anything over and above good gets a higher tip.

Not sure if the tips at Disney are 'inflated' but we have always tipped the same no matter where we are in Florida and plan to do the same in Las Vegas next month.
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My family comes from deep Georgia. There the people tip usually 10% not more, sometimes even less or nothing, if they are not satisfied with the service. But 10% for Buffet and 15 % for table service is really fine.
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Actually, I always work on the basis of 15-20% for good service at a TS restaurant, 10-15% for a buffet. Anything over and above good gets a higher tip.

Not sure if the tips at Disney are 'inflated' but we have always tipped the same no matter where we are in Florida and plan to do the same in Las Vegas next month.
Yes thats exactly what we do too..

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My family comes from deep Georgia. There the people tip usually 10% not more, sometimes even less or nothing, if they are not satisfied with the service. But 10% for Buffet and 15 % for table service is really fine.
I wonder if maybe its a 'Tourist Hot Spot' thing with the varying amts of expected tips so to speak? I also have family in California and friends in Panama city Florida and they would never not tip and also go with the 15% - 20% rate for TS adn 10% - 15% for buffets..maybe its a state thing as well..either way I don't expect I will ever encounter a situation where I would never tip (hopefully!!)
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From what I have read online, the assumed minimum wage for wait staff in Florida is assumed to be $7.79 per hour, of which $4.77 is paid by the employer, and I am guessing that they are taxed assuming this rate. So by my reckoning, if wait staff are getting, say, $10 for each table, even if they split it with other persons, they will be earning in excess of the assumed minimum wage. It is for that reason that I won't be paying any more than $15 per meal (for 2 adults and 1 child) unless I get some extra special service.
I would expect that the nicer (i.e. the more expensive) the restaurant I am in, the more money my server should be expected to make. There should be opportunities for advancement in the serving world, so why can't my server make more than minimum wage, especially after they'd worked hard to gain the experience necessary to be able to serve in a nicer restaurant?

They chose to work in a nicer restaurant probably because they expect the higher tips. Just like you choose to take on that promotion with more responsibility and a raise. Nothing at all wrong with that.

I just hand over what is customary so that people get their expectations met. I would hate to basically cheat someone out of their expected pay. (i know I know, its up to the customer's discretion, etc etc. But American customs make it close enough to mandatory. When in Rome....

That said, I grew up in a non-tipping country and I wish Americans would just do mandatory service charges already. I know, I know - tipping is ingrained in the culture, etc etc. it's just so darned stressful for the rest of us!
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I assume minimousefan means regular cast members being helpful in parks and counter service meals which you don't tip.
We have been a party of 6 last twice on DDP, as a family of 3 we sometimes tipped less, sometimes more so at 18% its not much different for us.
Last year every place we ate at added 18% except Beaches and Cream, she left it upto us to decide, her service was exceptional so we left 25%, they might gain from some with 18% auto tip but lose on others. I know you can add more but its not something I would do, if they set it at 18% then thats what they get.
See I did think that it what she meant, but then she asked where would she not tip and mentioned CM and counter service so I thought that she must have ment she did not tip at all even in restaurants?

I know what you mean about the 18% and also Dh & I when eating alone can sometimes tip more then when we have the family & are a 6!

The one the h that really gets to me is the fact I have to tip 18% at buffets!!! To me this is a joke .
I get my own food plus the kids, and yet all the server does it collect my dishes and fill my drinks and because of the buffet prices they can get a higher tip then a Ts server!
Next trip now the boys are older i think we will only do 2 buffets at the most!
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I saw this at work today, and thought it was strangely apt given this thread!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...ess-needs-tips

Interesting POV from a Waitress.

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