Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 7, 2012
    Chantelle 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.

    When making our dining reservations, there is a disclaimer that our party of nine will not necessarily be seated together. How likely is this to happen? Also, if we're not seated together, does the automatic gratuity still apply? I sure hope not....

    I understand your concerns, Chantelle.  I hope I can offer you some reassurance.  In the past, I've made a number of dining reservations in which the disclaimer about being seated at multiple tables comes into play.  Still, in all our years of vacationing at Walt Disney World I can honestly tell you that there has only been a single time that we (our party of 10 at the time) were actually seated at different tables.  Even then, the tables were right next to each other.  I can't guarantee you will have the same experience, of course, but it might be reassuring to know that the Cast Members will make every effort to ensure your party is seated together.

    As for the automatic gratuity, if your make reservations for a single party of nine you should expect to pay the automatic gratuity even if you are seated at separate tables.  I hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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