Tipping Info Thread for Disney Dining

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Pumbaa_, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Mikey'swife

    Mikey'swife Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Messages:
    294
    Thanks, I forgot about tax :rotfl2:
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    27,262
    You don't tip on tax.
     
  4. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2006
    Messages:
    9,742
    No, but you need to budget for it when you're budgeting your trip. It's also significant when you're paying tax on the reduced price. Many figure tax on the full price when looking at the value of the TiW card. So I think that mentioning tax was significant to the question, even though it wasn't directly related to tipping.
     
  5. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Messages:
    7,037
    well, that's an opinion. some do , some don't,. I do. many do. (I'm starting to sound like Dr. suess. opps. wrong park)
     
  6. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2005
    Messages:
    37,669
    Which is fine (except there isn't supposed to be any discussion about personal tipping habits in this thread, see the first post for more information ;)). I was simply doing math in relation to a specific question. When that DISer responded, "I forgot about tax", she just meant she forgot about paying tax on her TiW order.

    I 'know' that's what she meant. I just do :teeth:
     
  7. a*lil*bit*goofy

    a*lil*bit*goofy <font color=blue>If only I had a brain! <font colo

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,801
    Hi there. I noticed on the first page, with reference to parties of 6 or more, the following coment:
    So, here is my question (s): We are going to be a party of 6. When we are going to the buffets, I do not want to be forced to tip 18%, I like to tip at my discretion depending on the type of service received. How is the best way to approach this?

    Do we literally ask for the manager before we are seated to say that we want to choose our tip?

    What happens if we are given a bill showing 18% tip, and we don't agree with the amount. Can we choose to leave less, can we choose to leave more alternatively? I shouldn't have to talk with a manager to ensure I have better service...if the tip is guaranteed then the service should be as well

    I was a waitress for a while, so I can appreciate the value of a tip vs what is made paid per hour. I respect that. But 18% is high for a tip. (generally where I am the norm is 10-15%) and if it wasn't deserved, I don't want to pay that.

    Any suggestions on how to approach this or advice would be appreciate please.

    (The restaurants we are dining at that I would question the amount before walking in the door: 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey, Crystal Palace)

    (restaurants that I don't question as much, just on experience: Tonys, Sci Fi Dine in, Akershus, Le Cellier. Because they are not buffets (and Akershus is family dining, so we will have a server bring our food)
     
  8. a*lil*bit*goofy

    a*lil*bit*goofy <font color=blue>If only I had a brain! <font colo

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,801
    I think this answers part of my question. So if there is horrible service, then we can discuss the bill option with management. I can accept that!! :)
     
  9. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Messages:
    7,037
    the suggestion to speak with a manager was only in cases where you have received(or are receiving) poor service. there is no option to speak with a manager before dinner to "opt out of" the mandatory 18% tip for parties of 6 or more.(buffet or not) that is Disney policy.
     
  10. Pumbaa_

    Pumbaa_ >Hakuna Matata!< Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2001
    Messages:
    8,723
    Disney mandates an 18% gratuity on all TS for parties of 6 or more. Your only choice is to not eat TS if you feel that is not appropriate

    Again, we do not get into personal tipping habits discussion, as to what anyone feels is appropriate or not appropriate

    it is what it is :)
     
  11. willowsnn3

    willowsnn3 Tagless not by choice but by circumstance

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    32,322
    How does the bill work with 2 parties at 1 table??? We'll be using 2 different ddp cards so will they bill the total tip or split the 18% between the 2 checks??? Curious as to how that works, but guess it doesn't matter as I'm planning to spring for the tips for this trip, lol.
     
  12. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2001
    Messages:
    59,035
    You can ask the manager. However, the usual response is going to be that the manager will not reduce the automatic tip just because the party thinks the price is too much to pay (for example "I never tip that much at a buffet" likely won't get your tip reduced), only possibly in instances where there were service problems. Afraid the only way to get out of it is 1) split your party, make separate reservations, and don't let on that you're all one group, which means you probably won't sit together or 2) don't dine at TS restaurants.

    They will add the 18% tip to each check.
     
  13. willowsnn3

    willowsnn3 Tagless not by choice but by circumstance

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    32,322
    Thanks!! Thinking about just getting a $200 prepaid Visa/Mc to just use for tips. Hopefully that will cover our tips....:)
     
  14. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Messages:
    7,037
    I wish you hadn't suggested this. some people are um, frugal, enough to do this. what does it matter? well, how would you like to be the couple sitting in the middle of the 2 parties? you know they'; be talking back and forth, kids going back and forth, etc.

    you know what I would do if I were in the middle? I would "graciously" offer to switch tables with one part of the group, so that this group who is obviously together, can sit together! (oops, there goies their plan;))
     
  15. mackay_j

    mackay_j DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Messages:
    947
    havent read the whole thread (got to page 9) Tips is very diff where I am from so I have 2 questions-

    1. Is 18% (as suggested on disney bills) the norm across fl as on previous visits we had though it was 10% poor, 15% OK and 20% over and above


    2. What do you do for very bad serv. (esp if you have had a major issue with a waiter/es (not with the food as that's not their fault)) can you refuse to tip- or is it actually part of the bill. - I know this is rare but it can (and in our case once did happen).
     
  16. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2006
    Messages:
    9,742
    What you tip is up to you. Personal tipping habits aren't up for debate or discussion on the boards. The structure that you suggest is normal for much of the US so if you use it as your guide across the state of FL - you are fine


    You deal with bad service if it happens. Each situation is totally different and it's hard to imagine all of the scenarios and appropriate reactions to those situations right now. It may be better for your group to ask for a manager if your server is MIA and you need something. Better for the manager to be able to correct the situation as it happens.
     
  17. Graciesmom77

    Graciesmom77 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    629
    This is probably a silly question, but we are a party of 6, me, dh, dd10, dd10, dd2 and dd 8 months. Since my 8 month old will not be eating at the restaurants and my 2 year old will sometimes eat off our plates and sometimes her own meal, is the 18% tip still added? I wasn't sure if it was by chairs filled, or meals purchased. Thanks
     
  18. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2006
    Messages:
    9,742
    It's not even by chairs filled, it's more based on warm bodies at the table. :laughing: (It's that even if it's a baby on your lap.)
     
  19. Dancind

    Dancind Tinkerbell's Mom

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2001
    Messages:
    6,824
    Booked this for our upcoming Oct/Nov trip, since we didn't get into the Signature dinners we hoped for.

    It's a pre-pay deal, they already charged my credit card. I just don't know if it is gratuity included, like some of the other prepaid events.

    I certainly do not mind tipping for the service, but don't want to tip twice!

    Did a search and can't find the answer. Thanks for the help!
     
  20. marshwiggle

    marshwiggle Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    233

    It's included. After your meal, you can just pick up and leave - you won't see a bill unless you've ordered pre- or post-meal drinks (they usually offer complimentary coffee/tea afterwards too).
     
  21. mom2brooke76

    mom2brooke76 Proud Redhead who doesn't think that Universal is

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    988
    I'm sure the answer to my question is somewhere in this thread, but I looked back through a few of the more recent pages and didn't see it.

    How much do people generally tip at the buffets? At a regular full service restaurant I generally tip anywhere between 15 and 20 percent, depending on the service. In the past I've always tipped 15% at buffets. Is this too much? I'm asking because we're going on our annual WDW trip in November. There will be 4 of us dining at 1900 Park Fare and the tip is almost $23. That seems like an awful lot for a buffet. So, what is the typical amount?
     

Share This Page