• On Dec 26, 2009
    Amy from MO 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.

    My family of six will be spending the first week of February with Mickey and friends! We have the DDP and read the policy on gratuity of 6 or more. We have a 13 yo and 4 yo triplets. Are they "strict enforcers", even if the party is mostly small

    At table service restaurants, Disney automatically adds an 18% gratuity to the bills of parties of six or more. This policy is enforced, even with small children in the party. 

    People tend to feel very passionate about their beliefs about tipping. My hubby and I have frequent arguments about acceptable tips. So to keep things impartial, I'm going to quote an article that ran in the Wall Street Journal on October 23, 2008 by Neal Templin called, "Tipping Point: What it Takes to Make Your Waiter Like You." Templin writes:

    I usually tip 20% for excellent restaurant service, 15% for solid service and 10% for bad service. I thought I was being generous. Turns out that makes me, at best, an average tipper. Tips have been on the rise for some time. During the 1950s, people commonly tipped 10% of the bill, says Michael Lynn of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. By the 1970s and 1980s, the standard tip had risen to 15% of the tab. Nowadays, people commonly tip 15% to 20%, with the average tip about 18%.

    So as it turns out, 18% is now the standard tip everywhere, not just Disney World.

    As the parent of twins, I know how much extra work a bunch of little ones at a table can be for a server -- spilled drinks, sticky hands, Cheerios on the floor, etc. When my kids were preschoolers I personally felt so bad about the mess that I always made sure my servers got a great tip AND a HUGE thank you at the end of the meal. Anything above and beyond is up to you, but the 18% minimum for your party size is required.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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