Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jul 9, 2010
    Sherry from DE 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.

    i am coming on a trip early 2011 still contemplating the ddp,we are gonna be a party of 8,two adults,my question is do we have to pay the 18 percent tip or can we pay what we can afford,im thinking we will spend several hundred dollars in 7 days on tips

    Hey Sherry!

    For parties of 6 or more an 18% gratuity is automatically added to your bill at the table service restaurants.  You can see information stating this policy included on Disney's Dining Plan information page. 

    I've never actually heard of anyone asking for the bill to be changed in regards to the gratuity, but I would suggest asking your Cast Member server in the restaurant about it. I've always received the best service from Cast Members in Disney restaurants...they are very eager to help.  My husband and I own a restaurant and we often use stories of our great dining experiences in Disney World when training our own wait staff!

    In the States it is common to tip the wait staff between 15% and 20% of your total bill before taxes. It is very common for a restaurant to add an automatic gratuity for large parties. 

    I hope that you have a nice trip in 2011.
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My name is Amy and I live in North Georgia where my husband and I own a restaurant and small hotel. My family explores Disney about twice a year and we always discover something new to share with our family, neighbors, friends and potential future friends! Learn More About Amy

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