Mom And Son Running through park; RunDisney; incredibles shirt
  • On Apr 10, 2012
    Rachel from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    In budgeting for our trip I budgeted about a $15 tip per meal for each TS. It will only be myself and my son. We will be using the DDP. Is this enough?

    Hi Rachel,

    It really depends on where you are dining! There's a significant difference between a meal at Beaches and Cream vs. California Grill, for example. Plus, it'll depend on whether you are ordering the most expensive entrees/desserts. Remember, pre-paid restaurants and dinner shows automatically add in the gratuity.

    I would take a look at restaurant menus, then estimate your bill. You'll want to figure 18-20% for the gratuity.

    Let's take an example:
    dinner at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

    Here's the menu. Of course your bill before tax will be lower if your son is age 3-9. In that case, look at the Kids Menu.

    On average, your plan to allot up to $15 in your budget per meal for tips should work well depending on your chosen restaurants. However I would do some quick calculations based on what you think you might order by checking out the menus of the places in which you have made your Advance Dining Reservations.

    Have a wonderful time in WDW!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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