Chef Mickey
  • On Aug 17, 2019
    Karen from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have the dining plan. How does the magic band work for the dining plan meals when you have a large group (12-14 people) all booked under 5 separate resort confirmations? If the bill balance is 0, how do you leave a tip without using cash? A gift card?

    Hi Karen,

    Glad you stopped by today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Only a few more weeks to your vacation. Ready to Fall into Magic at Walt Disney World Resort?

    How awesome you are visiting with a large group of family or friends. I remember when, a few years ago, we visited the Resort with my family, my sister and her family, and our parents. Watching my dad playing with Mickey and the kids at Chef Mickey's was priceless.

    Dining Plans are awesome and they are tied to your room reservation. When Guests from different reservations dine together (with or without a Dining Plan) at a Table-Service restaurant, your server will first ask if anyone in the party is using one. At this point your server will note who is under which reservation, or who will be paying out of pocket for their meals, and will create separate bills for each group. At the end of the meal, you will be presented with the itemized bills which include the total amounts of everything consumed, so you can easily calculate the corresponding gratuities. After the dining credits are applied, you will be responsible for anything not covered by your Dining Plan. This, plus any gratuity you would like to leave, can be paid off with cash, most major credit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, or better yet, you can simply use your MagicBand and add the charge to your Resort Hotel room account.

    One last tip: make sure everyone in your party downloads the My Disney Experience mobile app. Besides being the best way to make or modify FastPass+ selections, you can now easily mobile order and use your Dining Plan credits from most Quick-Service Restaurants, and skip the lines. See you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Ricardo, New Jersey

Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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