Tipping Information Thread for Disney Dining (Updated for 2019)

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  1. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    As we begin 2019, it’s time to do an update to the restaurant board tipping thread. Same rules as we’ve had in the past and roughly the same information.

    Tipping threads on the Restaurant Board often result in arguments between posters regarding tipping habits and other issues. Please remember to be courteous and respectful to your fellow disboard members.

    Often posts on the tipping thread tend to be closed as a result of debates, so again, BE NICE! The restaurant board moderators have created this thread where tipping questions can be asked and answered, especially by members who may be planning their initial trip to Walt Disney World. THIS IS NOT A PLACE FOR DEBATES.

    Here are the basic guidelines:

    1) No fighting, name calling, or debating on individual’s personal tipping habits. This includes but is not limited to:

    A) I will not tip my server more than I give my place of worship.

    B) I will not tip a server more than I make an hour

    C) Everyone knows that servers make 100K a year, why should I tip them?

    D) Servers should be paid a living wage and should not have to depend on tips to support
    themselves.

    E) I should not have to contribute to the general operation of the restaurant by tipping.

    F) It’s a buffet restaurant and I have to obtain the items for my meal; I should not have to provide a tip.
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    2) No flaming any disboard member for any reason.
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    3) Any post deemed off topic or is against the posting guidelines will be deleted without comment and the poster will receive an infraction.
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    4) Any other thread started on the restaurant board which asks about “tipping” will be closed with a note to refer to this thread.
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    5) No personal tipping habits are to be discussed. Generally speaking, what you tip at Disney is entirely up to you. To determine the total cost of your meal, please refer to this link to Walt Disney World menus on the boards. Disney does provide 18% and 20% calculations on the your dining receipt. What you actually tip is up to you with the exceptions below.

    A) Parties of six (6) or more are automatically charged an 18% gratuity. This includes everyone sitting at the table, including children under the age of 3. If you are dining with another group and are paying separately, you will still be charged the 18% gratuity if there are 6 or more people at the table.

    B) If you are using a Tables in Wonderland discount card (TIW), a gratuity of 18% will be
    added to you bill irregardless of the number of people in your dining party.

    C) If there is a concern about a set gratuity and the level of service provided, your option is to discuss your concerns with the manager of the restaurant. Only the restaurant manager can adjust a mandatory gratuity. Speak to the manger during the early portion of the meal in order to receive improved service instead of waiting until the end of the meal to complain about the service.

    D) Disney does not differentiate between different types of table service restaurants, i.e. buffets, all you care to eat meals, and a la carte. All restaurants, with the exception of quick service, are treated equal by Disney and will carry the same mandatory gratuity if it applies.
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    6) You may pay your gratuity by the following methods:

    A) Disney Visa

    B) Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, JCB (Japanese Credit Bureau)

    C) Disney gift cards

    D) Disney Visa reward cards

    F) Magic Bands or Key to the World Cards (KTTW)

    G) Cash

    H) Disney Dollars (Disney is no longer issuing Disney Dollars but if you have any
    from a previous trip, they are still accepted).
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    7) The gratuity is included for the dinner shows at Fort Wilderness Campground
    (Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue) and the Polynesian Village Resort (Spirit of Aloha).
    The gratuity is also included with reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table in
    Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
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    8) For dining plan guests, the gratuity is included for private in-room dining and pizza
    delivery to your guest room when using dining plan credits to pay for these meals.
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    9) Gratuities are not accepted for fireworks dessert parties and other dessert parties such as Happy Hallowishes Premium Dessert Party, Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert
    Party, Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party, etc.
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    10) Gratuities are not included for guests who use the Disney Dining Plan. Your dining
    receipt will include the total value of the meal with a suggested gratuity of 18% and
    20%.
    Note: If you use your dining plan credits for the Hoop-De-Do Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness or the Spirit of Aloha show at the Polynesian, the gratuity for the dinner show will be included (refer to #7).
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    Please abide by these guidelines so everyone can discuss the information they need regarding tipping at Walt Disney World. We do not want to ban this topic from the Restaurant Board.

    Thank you and we appreciate your cooperation.

    The Restaurant Board Moderators: Pumbaa_, Crazy4wdw, Vettegirl
     
  2. garnwr32229

    garnwr32229 Earning My Ears

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    I’m just trying to be clear so I know roughly how much I should plan for tips while on the dining plan. I was just looking at the basic price for restaurants like chef mickeys, artist point, garden grill etc. but an alcoholic beverage or non alcoholic speciality drink is included in the table service credit right? So when looking at the final bill I should also look at the cost of the non-alcoholic/alcoholic special drink also when trying to estimate the tip right?
    I hope I’m making sense. Just trying to be prepared
     
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  4. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    Yes, you are correct.

    I've never used the Disney dining plan but it's my understanding that when your server gives you the bill for the meal, the receipt will show the total value of the meal including any beverages. You're provided that information for the gratuity.
     
  5. garnwr32229

    garnwr32229 Earning My Ears

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    Thank you. I was wondering how that worked also. If I would see the final cost so I could tip off that or if They just subtracted the credit and I had to figure out the total myself.
     
  6. jf256

    jf256 Earning My Ears

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    Hi,

    Just a question - now that BOG is a price fix menu - does it include tip? like CRT?
     
  7. babesboo99

    babesboo99 Veteren Disney Vacationer

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    We will be on the DxDP when we go in October family of 4 , 2 adults and 2 children . My question is can I tip with gift cards and if so how does that work? do I wait for the bill to come and tell them we would like to use this for your tip and tell them what to take out ? not really sure how that would work we always used cash but I figure I can get gift cards starting now.
     
  8. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    From the Walt Disney World Website:

    This 3-course dining experience is $60 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $36 for children (ages 3 to 9). Tax and gratuity are not included. If using a dining plan, the prix fixe dinner will require 2 table-service meal entitlements per person.
     
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  9. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    Yes, you should be able to tip with a Disney gift card. You will receive a receipt/bill at the end of the meal. You'll indicate on the receipt the amount of tip you'd like to leave the server and then give you server your gift card. Shouldn't be an issue.
     
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  10. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    I believe in addition to the value of the meal/drinks, you receipt will also have the amount for the tip; 15%, 18%, & 20%.
     
  11. babesboo99

    babesboo99 Veteren Disney Vacationer

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    Thank you.
     
  12. garnwr32229

    garnwr32229 Earning My Ears

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    If on the dining plan can you charge the tip back to your room and pay with gift cards at the resort? Just trying the think of ways I can carry less to the parks.
     
  13. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw Co-Moderator, Restaurant Board Moderator

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    Yes, you can use your magic band, key to the world card, or credit/debit card to pay for your gratuity.
     

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