Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Nov 23, 2014
    Erin 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.

    We are looking to go Dec 2015 for 10 days. If we have 2 rooms 2 separate reservations when we make our dinner reservations and sit together and there are 3 Ad 8yr 2yr and infant will we still have to pay automatic gratuity if we are on 2 different plans?


    Disney's policy of charging automatic gratuity for parties of 6 or more is based on how many are seated in your dining party, not according to how you will be paying, whether its out-of-pocket or the dining plan, nor based on the number of resort reservations in a dining party. With this said, however, if you have an infant-in-arms, your server may consider your dining party a group of 5 or possibly even a party of four with your 2-year-old. I have eaten at several restaurants, most recently Mama Melrose's, where the automatic gratuity was at the discretion of the server. I would suggest asking the host or the server before your meal begins so you know what to expect and can budget accordingly before ordering if it is an issue.

    If I could just add my two cents, though. I find that the service of the cast members at Disney restaurants is usually excellent and typically worth a 20% tip. I would encourage you to strongly consider that the difference between a 15% tip and 18% tip on a $100 meal would only be a $3 difference, less than the cost of a Mickey ice cream bar. It may seem an insignificant decision, but impactful to most employees, whether they are a server at Disney or at a restaurant in your home town. My motto in life is not to be the reason someone else has a bad day. If your server does a good job, I would hope we'd all recognize that with a deserving tip.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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