Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Dec 29, 2009
    Terry from PA 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 ,This panel has been priceless planning our upcoming Disney vacations.(yes,plural,ha)I've been debating on the discount meal card for pass-holders or meal plan. Is the discount before tip or after? Any advice would be helpful, lots of TS meal Thanks

    Terry - more Disney is always a good thing!

    I run the math on this from time to time as well, and for my family of 5, we always come out ahead by purchasing the Tables in Wonderland discount card. 

    To calculate the value for your family, I suggest visiting and looking at the menu section.  Select the restaurants and  sample meals that your family might eat, and compare the discounted cost of that to the cost of the Disney Dining Plan.

    As for your other question, the 18% gratuity is calculated on the original total, before the 20% discount is applied.  To take it a step farther (and make the math even more complicated), tax is calculated based on the after-discount amount.

    Hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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