• On Mar 29, 2018
    Sarah from IA 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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    Hi, my parents are treating my family and my siblings families to a trip. Each family will have the dining plan. We’d like to pay the tip for the whole group at each meal. Will we have a single bill or will each family have a bill when we dine as a group?

    Hi Sarah,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What a happy trip your parents have planned for everyone! 

    I trust you will find the Disney Dining Plans easy to use and a good value during your visit. How your dining bills come to the table will depend on how your resort reservation was made. When we have traveled with my parents and stayed together in a 2-bedroom villa, we received one bill when dining. When we traveled with other relatives and they stayed in a separate room, we each received separate bills when dining. Regardless of how the bills arrive at the table, you can certainly pay the tip for everyone.

    If you have the Disney Dining Plan, you will have one table-service and one quick-service meal per night of stay for everyone 3-years old and over in your party. If you have the Deluxe Dining Plan, you will receive three meal entitlements per night of stay and those can be either quick-service or table-service. When we first did the Deluxe Dining Plan, I did not calculate the significant increase in tips because we did more table-service meals than we had on the Disney Dining Plan. 

    Since you are traveling in a large group, be sure you have made advanced dining reservations. Although the whole group may not want to eat together for every meal, it might be nice to gather together for dinner each night. Two of our favorite family-style restaurants are 'Ohana and Liberty Tree Tavern. What better place to recount tales from the day's adventures than at 'Ohana with family?

    Sarah, may I also suggest Memory Maker - you will want to keep all of the priceless photos from this trip!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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