• On Oct 15, 2016
    Kelly from AR 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.

    I am planning my first trip to Disney. Thankfully before we have left I was informed parties over 6 gratuity is to be paid with meals. I am trying to budget, do you have any idea of how much I should expect with a party of 7. I have the free dinning plan.

    Hi Kelly and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    First of all, congratulations on securing a FREE Dining promotion - this is a fantastic way to save money when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.

    As you quite rightly say, gratuities are not included with the Disney Dining Plan except at Dinner Shows, Private In-Room Dining and Cinderella’s Royal Table. 

    An automatic 18% gratuity charge will be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more. 

    The 18% gratuity is calculated on what the cost of each Table-Service meal would be if you were paying out of pocket and the best way to get an idea of what this cost is likely to be, is to take a look at the menus section of the unofficial website www.Allears.net. 

    From here, you can select which Entree, Dessert and Non-Alcoholic Beverage or Full Buffet / Family-Style Meal you would be likely to choose for Lunch/Dinner at various Table-Service dining locations and based on this cost, calculate what the 18% gratuity charge would be likely to be.

    Wishing you a magical trip filled with memories which will last a lifetime!

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Meet the Panelist: Emma, United Kingdom

Hi! I'm Emma from England and I love all things Disney. I am very proud to be representing England on the panel and can't wait to help other families, especially international visitors, to plan their trips to the Walt Disney World Resort and create some lifelong magical memories. Learn More About Emma

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