• On Jun 4, 2019
    Ward from NC 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.

    Is gratuity expected at Walt Disney World dining experiences?

    Hello Ward!

    Thanks for bringing this great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The shortcut answer to your question is, yes, tipping, or adding a gratuity to your payment for a table service meal would be considered appropriate in response to good service. Whether you are dining at a Signature Table Service experience like the California Grill, or a buffet style meal such as Chef Mickey's it is appropriate to add gratuity as you would at any restaurant.

    However, there are a few exceptions, and these are dining experiences where gratuity is automatically included. Examples of this are when you are dining with six or more guests, the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue, and Cinderella's Royal Table. You can add additional gratuity to these meals if you would like, but it isn't expected.

    I hope that helps with your planning. 

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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