• On Aug 29, 2017
    Meridith from VA 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.

    When tipping at restaurants and using the dining plan is it possible to use a card instead of cash? And if so, how do I let the server know how much to charge my card for? If I use the magic band how do I let them know how much to charge?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Meridith!

    You are going to love having the Disney Dining Plan as part of your magical vacation package. Oh, and don't forget to download the My Disney Experience App for your smartphone. The latest version of this super helpful app provides information regarding your Dining Plan credits used and credits remaining. 

    When you dine at a Walt Disney World® Resort restaurant, one of the first questions you'll be asked by your server is if you are utilizing any Disney Dining Plans for your meal. Once you confirm you are on the dining plan they will then talk you through your menu options and make suggestions to help you maximize your plan. At the end of the meal your server will scan your MagicBand to charge your Dining Plan and then bring you a receipt to sign. Your receipt will offer information on your dining plan entitlements used and will list suggestions for gratuity. Fill in the gratuity amount and place your credit card into the bill folder and they'll process your card for gratuity and any additional items purchased not covered on your plan. 

    Another option, you can also charge the gratuity back to your account with your MagicBand, whichever one is more convenient for you. 

    I hope this helps, Meridith! If you should have any additional questions, please send them my way. I am here to help you understand the ins and outs of your Disney Dining Plan.


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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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