• On Jun 24, 2019
    Elizabeth from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How does automatic 18% gratuity addition work when a dinner reservation includes 7 people from two parties under two separate dining plans? Does the 18% gratuity get divided and split out and allocated to each individual that is dining?

    Hi, there!

     Elizabeth, I'm so happy to hear you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Now more than ever is the time to visit! 

     The magic of a Disney vacation is extra special when it can be shared with friends and family. We traveled with our extended family a few years ago, and we had the best time! We were a group of 14 among four separate parties and dining plans. Dining together was a priority, so we were sure to have lots of dining experiences planned ahead of time! In our experience with automatic gratuity and dining plans, each of the four parties was charged 18% of their specific bill for tip. For example, my in-laws were a party of two and my immediate family was a party of four. My in-laws were charged 18% gratuity based on their bill for two people, and my family was charged 18% gratuity based on our bill for four people. When your dining group of seven is seated, your Server will be sure to note who is in each of the two parties so that everyone is billed accordingly! 

     Do you have a Character Dining Experience booked for your stay? I love these meals because my family can enjoy great food AND the fabulous company of beloved Disney Characters, all in one place! A few of my favorites include Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace, and Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White. 
     I hope this was helpful, Elizabeth. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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