Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 3, 2015
    Rebecca from IL 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.

    Are gratuities expected at quick serve and table serve dining? If you are on a dining plan, how do you know what to leave? Our party of six has one under 3 yrs. who is not included in the dining plan, would I reserve seating for 5 or 6?

    Hi Rebecca, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for your question!

    First, regarding the Guests to include in your dining reservation, you absolutely need to make a reservation for 6 people, even if your party includes a child under the age of 3. They need to be included both for restaurant capacity reasons, and in order to ensure that you’ll be assigned a table that will comfortably fit your entire party. 

    Second, gratuities are expected at table service restaurants but not at quick service dining locations. Even if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, you will get a bill that will allow you to see what your meal would have cost without having “prepaid” your meals. If I remember correctly, this bill will include a suggested tip to leave (if I remember correctly, they show what 15% and 18% tip would be). That being said, because your party includes 6 or more Guests, an automatic gratuity charge of 18% will be added to your bill, so you won't even have to do the math. Now THAT, to me, is a vacation! 

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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