• On Nov 23, 2019
    Harley from MS 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.

    Hi there, I was doing some research into the dining plans & I read where it said an 18% gratuity is included for parties of 6+ people. Does this mean I don't pay it in cash?? our trip will be 3 adults and 2 kids, if that helps

    Hi Harley!

    I'm glad to hear that you are considering adding one of the Disney dining plans to your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation! It's so nice to enjoy fantastic dining experiences during your vacation without having to worry about the cost of each meal. I just got back from my own trip to visit Mickey where we enjoyed the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan and I loved that the majority of my dining expenses were paid in advance of our trip!

    The Disney dining plans do not include gratuities for table service meals. This means that you will pay that expense separately when you finish your meal. You have the option of paying your gratuity with cash, a credit card or using your MagicBand to charge your gratuity to your room account. Parties of six or more who are enjoying table service meals will automatically have 18% gratuity added to your bill, while smaller parties will have the option to add whatever gratuity amount they choose. However, regardless of the gratuity amount you choose to give or the size of your party, this gratuity cost is not included in your dining plan and you will have the same options to pay for it. Since it looks like your party will include five Guests, when you finish your meal your server will bring you a receipt to add your gratuity, rather than the automatic 18% gratuity added for larger parties, and then you will be able to specify your method of payment.

    Harley, be sure to download the My Disney Experience mobile app for your vacation because it's the easiest way to track all of your dining entitlements during your trip. Plus, it will also allow you to manage all of your vacation reservations right from your phone!

    Let us know if we can answer additional questions for you as you continue planning. T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

thumbnail image for Crystal

Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to three little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for The best digital tools for Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.