Family With Medals
  • On May 19, 2009
    Kate from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We planned a grand gatherings trip for 13 because of the free dining plan, but we are on a very tight budget.We just discovered that parties of 6 or more are automatically charged an 18% tip. We don't want to be cheap, but Is there any way around this?

    Hi, Kate!    Gratuities for large parties at table service restaurants are automatically calculated for you.    While I understand your budget, I think you will find that the cast members who will be serving you work extremely hard and will make your meals quite magical.  They certainly earn their tips each and meal!    Some of the cast members at the restaurants have been there for many years and have truly perfected their skill and efficiency to make your dining experience the best it can be. 

    If you truly feel your server did not earn an 18% tip, please ask to see a manager, as you should receive the service you deserve.

    While I have never worked in food service, I can certainly appreciate how hard of a job it is!   Taking orders, filling drinks, serving food (hmmm, sounds like a mom at home - maybe my kids and husband should leave a tip for me!!)

    Have  great trip with your family!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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