• On Feb 27, 2017
    Tammy from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will have 2 different rooms with the dining package when we come in June for a total of 9 people. Will they add a 18% gratuity on the bill even though it will be 5 on one bill and 4 on the other? We will all be together at one table for meals.

    Hello Tammy!  Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Your question poses an interesting conundrum, but one that should be easy to clarify or to circumvent if you so choose.

    My wife and I celebrated our Walt Disney World Marathon achievement dining with 7 friends in Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.  We all paid separately (4 checks amongst the 7 guests),but each were charged the 18% gratuity for large parties.  

    Basically, if you book an Advanced Dining Reservation or walk up and make an on-the-spot reservation for a party of 6 or more, you will be automatically charged for an 18% gratuity.  Even if the bill is separated amongst the Guests (which is allowed), the 18% gratuity is charged for accommodating the table request at the dining location of a large party.

    If you wish to avoid the automatic charge, simply request separate tables for 2 groups (5 and 4).  The Cast Members will be unable to guarantee that you will sit beside (or even near) the other table, but the gratuity will not be automatic.

    Other than the 18% gratuity charge at dining locations, smart planning through your My Disney Experience account or on the App on a mobile device makes booking for large parties as easy as possible.  While it is true that it becomes more difficult when you require larger numbers to be booked, FastPass+ selections, Memory Maker photos, Online Check-in and more can be done for everyone in your party when linked through My Disney Experience.

    Bon Appétit!

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