• On Mar 5, 2020
    Brenda from TN 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.

    If we have the dining plan and have a party of 10 how do you pay the automatic 18% tip if your using dining plan? Do you still get a receipt at the restaurant with 18% tip on it. We will occasionally dine with another family making 10 guest.

    Hi Brenda,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted that you brought this dining plan question to us!

    When you use either of the Disney Dining Plans, you will receive a receipt that indicates how much the meal actually cost if you were you not using dining plan entitlements. Your dining plan entitlements will cover the eligible portions of the meal. When dining with a party of six or more, the gratuity will be included on the receipt. I normally charge the gratuities back to the room, but I have used a credit card or gift card to cover the gratuities at the restaurant. Just keep in mind that you will need to pay those gratuities separately. 

    When we have traveled with a larger group, we have split the gratuity according to the meals we each received. So, when I traveled with my mom, my twin girls, my mom's sister, her daughter (my cousin), and my cousin's daughter, we all were on the Disney Dining Plan. I paid the gratuities for my mom, my girls, and me while my cousin paid the gratuities for her daughter, mom, and herself.

    Brenda, before we arrive, we always review the menus at each restaurant so that everyone knows what they will order when we arrive. Although we could always decide to choose something else to eat when we get to the restaurant, it helps us to make sure each dining location has something that everyone can eat and, it gives us a sense of the prices so that I can estimate the total amount for gratuities. The first time we chose the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan over the Disney Dining Plan, I did not consider the additional gratuities we would pay for all of those additional table-service meals. Be sure that you check the menus, so that you can have an idea!

    Happy dining!

    Magic and memories,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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