• On Feb 11, 2018
    Amy from NJ 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 saw that for parties of 6 or more during full service meals a 18% gratuity is added. If my child is under 3 and won’t be ordering (but will eat from my plate) does that still count toward the 6?

    Hi Amy, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Based on my experience from when my little guy was, well, “littler”, the answer to your question is… it depends! At buffet and family style restaurants, I found that we would routinely get charged the 18% gratuity when we were dining with a party of five adults and my little one. At other table service Disney dining locations, however, it was more hit-or-miss though, typically, because we were a party of 6 (including my son), we would get the automatic gratuity added to our bill. 

    If you have any questions, please ask the Cast Member when you check in for your dining reservation, or ask your server for more information at the end of your meal. 

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. And don’t forget to check out the Planning for Preschoolers & Little Ones page for ideas about how to design the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation for your family. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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