Tipping Info Thread for Disney Dining

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

  1. OrangeKnickers

    OrangeKnickers Mouseketeer

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    I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm not sure how to search for it (new to the boards). I've got all of my ADR's for our party of 2, and there are some buffets (Crystal Palace, Beiergarten, Boma). I'm not used to eating at buffets in real life, so I'm not sure if you are supposed to tip at a buffet. My husband thinks that since you get your own food instead of being served, tip isn't necessary, but I thought that I'd ask what the norm is. Is there even a server to tip at those places? This is our first Disney trip, so I've never been to any of these places. Thanks.
     
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  3. mom2of2

    mom2of2 <font color=blue>Let the good times strolllllll!<b

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    Yes you will have a server at all buffets. They have just as much work to do at your table as an a la carte restaurant server has. On the bottom of your receipt there will be suggested tip amounts of 18 and 20%. This is the norm and standard of all WDW table service restaurants.
    Enjoy your trip!
     
  4. minnie56

    minnie56 <font color=magenta>Whatever it is, he said it is

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    Yes, you still tip at buffets as has been mentioned above.

    Have fun!
     
  5. MataHari22

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    I keep reading threads about the DDP, hoping I will figure everything out before I go, but I think I'm just getting more confused. There is no way I can read through all 45 pages of this, I tried to read most of it, but I'm not understanding a couple things about the tipping aspect. If it's just me and my friend going, can we get separate checks if we are on the dining plan and sharing a room? When we go to pay for the tip, can we pay separately how ever we want to? If it is or has to be charged to the room, can we do two credit cards on one room?
     
  6. Alesia

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    Yes.

    Yes.

    It does not have to be charged to the room.

    It really works just like eating in any non-WDW restaurant.
     
  7. MataHari22

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    Thank you, Alesia.
     
  8. rhondakg

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    I'm new to DIS - so please let me know if I should be on another thread - nicely:rotfl: I would like to budget my money for the majority of the trip and would like to leave cash for tips. I'm confused w/the menus that I read re: the prices for buffets - most range between $36.00 to $59.00 or close to. Ok this is a buffet should'nt I beable to get the amounts for an adult buffet and child - We have buffet meals at the following:

    Crystal Palace - breakfast - 2 adults and 1 child
    Crystal Palace - LUNCH - 2 adults and 1 child
    Tusker HOuse - BREAKFAST - 2 adults 1 child
    Hollywood and Vine - Breakfast - 2 adults 1 child

    Can anyone help me with what the cost of the buffet actually is??:worship:
    Thanks for all of your help!!!!
     
  9. Alesia

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    The price fluctuates based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend).

    The Menus at allears.com will give the range for each specific meal.

    Why not just figure it based on the most expensive price? That way, if it ends up being less you'll have a little bit of extra money.
     
  10. TDC Nala

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    But if you want to see exact costs of buffets, see this thread:

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3108466

    Prices for later dates than those shown in the thread have not been released yet.
     
  11. rhondakg

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  13. LB1122

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    Just wanted to say a few quick things I have noticed about dining tipping at WDW...

    1. The receipts make it very easy to put in your own amount (if a party less than 6). They offer the math for you at 18 and 20 so if you want to go higher or lower I guess you can. You also get a copy once you have selected the price you want.

    2. I have only had one experience where the service was not great and it was not as bad as places at home...Just very busy and too many tables at once.

    3. I sometimes feel like my severs at buffet work harder because they are constantly bringing drinks and clearing plates or asking fi we need anything.


    THIS THREAD has been most helpful with reminding me of things.
     
  14. WendyLovesPeter

    WendyLovesPeter I wanna go back. I gotta go back to WDW!

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    Ate twice park fare character dining this week

    1. Dinner on dining plan. Gratuity SUGGESTED. Party of 4.
    2. Breakfast out of pocket with cm discount. Gratuity auto ADDED. Party of 5.

    I am confused. What is the diff here?
     
  15. mom2of2

    mom2of2 <font color=blue>Let the good times strolllllll!<b

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    The difference is you used your CM discount. Whenever a discount is used the grat is automatically added
     
  16. StuckInKS

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    All Ears is saying that the tip is included at LTT dinner, is that true? I only thought it was HDDR, CRT and room service. Any other places have gratuity included?
     
  17. mom2of2

    mom2of2 <font color=blue>Let the good times strolllllll!<b

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    No, not true. Luau tip is included
     
  18. StuckInKS

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    So LTT dinner does not include tip?
     
  19. Tricia1972

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    LTT does not include tip.

    The Luau is another meal that does include the tip.
     
  20. feet1

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    we are a party of 7
    we have the dining plan

    when we eat at a TS restaurant, I am assuming the tip will automatically be included since we are a party of 7. Is this correct, and is it 18% or 20% that they will add to the bill? this can still be charged to our room, correct?

    thanks!!
     
  21. mom2my3kids

    mom2my3kids Doesn't believe in the Tag Fairy

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    I called disney, LTT does not include tip...
     

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