• On Oct 21, 2019
    Carolyn from NY 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.

    Our party of 4 is arriving next month and we are all on the DDP. All previous trips we were a party of 13, so gratuities were automatically added when we dined. I need to know if I can use Disney Gift Cards that I have to pay the gratuities? Thanks!

    Hi Carolyn!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thank you for sending in this great question. When you use your Disney Dining Plan to pay for your meals around Walt Disney World Resort (at the theme parks, the Disney Resort hotels and select locations at Disney Springs), there may be additional items that you add to your meal that are not included with your Disney Dining Plan.  This may simply be the gratuity, or an appetizer or extra side order or drink, for example.   You may use whatever method you please to pay for any extras that are not included in your Disney Dining Plan, and that includes using Disney Gift Cards.  Alternatively you could use your MagicBand to pay for any extras as a room charge, and your hotel room charge balance may then be settled at any time during your stay by visiting the Front Desk, by using any payment method you choose - including Disney Gift Card, debit/credit card or cash.  You can request a printed balance of your account at any time, and you can also view this on your My Disney Experience account.

    When using the Disney Dining Plan, a Quick-Service Meal includes 1 entree and a beverage (non-alcoholic, or alcoholic for Guests of age 21 and over); a Table-Service Meal includes 1 entree and a beverage (as above) for breakfast, or 1 entree, 1 dessert and a beverage for lunch or dinner.

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions. We will be happy to help you plan your magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, and keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest official news and updates on any events that may be happening during your stay.


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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of planDisney since 2012.  Walt Disney World is my happy place, and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Susan

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