Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 22, 2012
    Jessica from MA 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, First time using Dining Plan. Will gratuities for Table Service automatically be charged to my room key? or can I pay by Disney Gift Card/Credit Card after the meal? Is it always a fixed 18% for all Table Service? Any extra tax we need to pay? Thanks.

    All of these are great questions, Jessica; I love someone who plans ahead!  In answer to your first question, gratuities will not automatically be charged to your Key To The World card.  At the end of the meal, your server will present you with the bill that shows your remaining dining plan credits.  You will also be charged for any extras (like alcoholic beverages, for example) that you may have ordered.  You have the option to charge that to a credit card, pay it in cash, or with a Disney gift card.  The only time the gratuity is a mandated 18% is when you use the Tables in Wonderland discount card (for annual passholders and Florida residents) or dine with a party of six or more.  If there are fewer than six of you, the percentage of gratuity you leave for your server is at your discretion.  Taxes on the dining plan eligible items are covered.  You will have to pay tax for anything you order above and beyond what the dining plan allows (again, things like alcoholic beverages and appetizers).  I hope that helps! 
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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