• On Aug 23, 2016
    Rhonda from IN 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.

    We have booked a trip for May 2017 with 13 in our party. We have the dining plan and know we will automatically have gratuity added - will each "group" be able to apply tips to their respective magic bands or will they be added to only one?

    Hi, Rhonda!

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Wow! Your trip to Walt Disney World with 13 in your party sounds like an absolute blast! Large group planning is my absolute favorite!

    Because your dining reservations are for a party of 6 or more, you are correct that gratuity will be included automatically. However, once seated, simply tell your server which of you are together on one bill and ask for separate checks. This will enable each family to keep track of their Disney Dining Plan entitlements as well as enable those groups to pay for gratuity and any other incidentals not included (alcoholic beverages, appetizers on certain dining plans) however they wish to do so.

    When we dine as a large group of mixed families, we know that some may prefer to pay for the balance of a bill by charging to their room via their MagicBand, while others may prefer to use a credit card, pay cash or even use a Disney Gift Card. Enabling each family to maintain control of expenses is a great perk of separate checks.

    Have fun planning this spectacular trip, Rhonda! Be sure to send more questions as you think of them, too; we love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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