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  • On Apr 11, 2013
    Kelly Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! Are tips to the bus drivers and housekeeping expected? Also, I saw parties of six or more receive an 18% gratuity charge at TS meals. Can I pay for these tips in cash or are they automatically added to your card? Any other tips to consider?? Thanks!!

    Hi Kelly!

    It is quite common to tip your Disney's Magical Express bus driver who whisks you from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, if applicable. I usually tip $5-$10 for my family of four for this trip, each way.

    Tips are not expected for Disney Transportation Bus Drivers who transport you around the resort hotels and parks daily during your stay.

    Housekeeping or "Mousekeeping" as it's known at Walt Disney World often do receive tips from Guests. It's not necessarily recommended or expected and definitely at your own discretion. I know some families who leave home with little, decorated envelopes already made up (by their kids) for leaving a small tip each day in the room (usually no more than $2-$5/day). I know just as many other friends who visit WDW regularly who do not tip their Mousekeeper.

    When dining at a Table Service restaurant at Walt Disney World, an 18% gratuity is indeed automatically notated at the bottom of your bill. You may certainly opt to NOT have this amount added to your credit card or resort room account and instead pay cash. I usually simply cross it off or indicate $0.00 in that spot and write 'cash' beside it, leaving the appropriate amount in the billfold after the bill has been rung through to my account.

    Other times you may choose to tip would include perhaps your Bell Services Cast Member if you have your bags held and then delivered to your resort room on arrival day, or on departure day if you're storing your bags for the day prior to departure. An amount of $2/bag is usually appropriate.

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to write me back any time Kelly. I'd love to assist you further in any way that I can.

    Wishing you a simply Magical time at Walt Disney World!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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