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  • On Feb 26, 2010
    Dorothy from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    hi there, we are a group of six, but one is a child under 3 who is not included in our meal plan; when it says an 18% gratuity will be included for parties of 6 or more; is that us? or does she not count toward the 6 if she is not on the plan? thanks

    All members of your party, including small children, are included when Disney determines your head count for a meal. For head count purposes, your group consists of six people. 

    Eighteen percent is now the national standard rate for tipping at table service restaurants. You can read more about this HERE.

    The good news for you is that while your group will be assessed the standard 18% gratuity, because your baby will likely not be ordering much (if any) food, your food cost base will be fairly low. Let me explain --

    For parties of six or more on the Disney Dining Plan, the 18% rate will be assessed based on WHAT YOUR MEAL WOULD HAVE COST IF YOU WERE PAYING IN CASH. Since your little one's food will not add much to this total, you will be paying less of tip than you would have if you were dining in a party of, say, six adults.
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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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