• On Apr 5, 2012
    Haley from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    151 days to go! There will be 2 adult/1 child. We are staying at POFQ and we have the dining plan. I was wondering if anyone can tell me about who you need to tip at DW. I am trying to budget everything. Also, how much money for everything else? Thanks!

    Hi Haley!  You and your family will absolutely love Disney’s Port Orleans—Riverside. It’s really a relaxing and gorgeously landscaped resort, geared to offer guests a bit of southern comfort!  Tipping will differ from person to person, depending on budget, length of stay, and of course service.  When dining, the rule of thumb has been minimum 18 percent of bill (without taxes) and for good service 20 percent of bill.  Disney does most of the math for you when you ask for the check.  They will indicate what 18 and 20 percent add up to, and you can circle which one you’d like to leave.  You should also tip housekeeping for the upkeep of your room.  We noted that housekeeping changes during the week, so we have found that leaving an envelope daily usually works best.  You should budget one dollar to two dollars per person per night.  You can prep these ahead of time at home and keep them in the safe in your room (just remember to take them out each night!).  You should also think about tipping the driver of the transport buses and Magical Express.  We’ve done this a few times when we have had an entertaining driver, or one who went out of their way. Hope this helps you plan your magical vacation! -Malanie
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Meet the Panelist: Malanie, New York

Hi there! The Disney Parks have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Introducing my children, husband, and family to all the magic that Walt Disney World can offer has led to countless moments with Mickey and Friends, Disney Vacation Club membership and fun on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines! Our vacations are usually centered around a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I am super excited to help you plan and create magical moments for you and your families!

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