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

    I am aware that leaving a tip on a cruise is customary. I have not stayed in a hotel (week long vacation) for a long time. Is tipping at a WDW hotel customary? I don't want to offend anyone by not leaving a tip or not enough. And Daily or end of stay?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Katherine!

    I hope you are having a blast planning your getaway to Walt Disney World Resort.  I am truly excited for you to experience all of the magic during your stay!

    Gratuities during your visit are at your discretion.  They are always appreciated I am sure, but never expected.  I love to use gratuities and thank you notes to recognize Cast Members who help make our stay comfortable and magical while we visit a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

    There are a few key Cast Members we plan gratuities for into our vacation budget.  As we utilize Disney's Magical Express service between the airport and our hotel, we typically budget a tip for both of our drivers to and from the airport.  We also like to arrive early and head right to the parks, so we almost always take advantage of the hotel's Bell Services to store our luggage until our room is ready.  We budget tips for the great service we have received from this team as they take great care of our bags!

    Finally, my family is thankful for the Cast Members that make our bed and entertain us with fun towel animals in our room.  We budget daily gratuities for the housekeeping staff that tends to our room while we are at the parks.  Our approach is to tip these Cast Members daily to ensure whomever is attending to our room that day receives this recognition.  Be sure to leave a note or thank you card indicating the gratuity is for your housekeeping Cast Member, as they can only take it if it is specifically noted for them.

    Visit us again at the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any additional questions before you visit!

    See ya real soon!  Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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