• On Sep 1, 2016
    Warren from Derbyshire Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello Our trip has 6 guests. Could you tell me how auto gratuity works ? We have ddp, so as I sign for this, is the 18% added to our room account. Or do I have to sign separately ? For ddp and again for gratuity ? If automatic do I not sign ? Thanks

    Hi, Warren!

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    This is a great question. When parties of 6 or more dine together in Walt Disney World, the gratuity is automatically added to the check. How you choose to PAY that check, however, gives you options.

    For example, if you have linked a credit card to your My Disney Experience account, you will simply sign for the Disney Dining Plan entitlements you have used in addition to signing for any expenses that are not included in your DDP. We often order an appetizer or glass or wine with our meal, neither of which are included in a Disney Dining Plan, so that charge would be included along with the additional gratuity. One "charge" is going to acknowledge use of your Table-Service entitlements and the other will be for any additional costs that you may charge to your room, a different credit card or, of course, you could pay cash or use a Disney Gift Card for that balance.

    Regardless of how you choose to pay, though, you will need to sign the check at the end of your meal.

    Have a most magical trip, Warren; be sure to send more questions as you think of them, too. We love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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