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  • On Jan 14, 2020
    Kelli from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Traveling with large family group and all are on Disney dining plan. How is 18% gratuity figured for large group but with individual families using their own meal credits?

    Howdy Kelli!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.  I am very happy you've stopped by to ask a question about traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort.   Your trip is just a few days away.  Are you bouncing around your house like Tigger with excitement? I know I would be.  I hope you have a magical vacation.

    You are absolutely correct an 18% gratuity will automatically be added to bills of parties of six or more Guests.   I have traveled and shared meals many times with multiple members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.   Nine of us recently enjoyed a meal at California Grill, where we all were seated as one party but paid our bills separately.   When we each received our bill an automatic 18% gratuity for what we each ate was added to our personal bill.   Simply let the server know when you sit down how you would like the checks divided and they will add the 18% to each bill.  You don't all have to pay one bill.   If you are using the Disney Dining Plan the server will deduct the correct number of credits from your meal bank and then leave you a check for the 18% gratuity.  You can pay this by cash, credit card, Disney Gift Card or by charging to your Resort account using your MagicBand.  

    I hope this has helped.  Please stop in again anytime you think of another question we can help answer.  It's always a pleasure to assist a fellow Guest.

    Dream as Dreamers Do,

    Jen
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Alabama

Hello, my name is Jen, and my family and I call the Gulf Coast of Alabama home. I am a mom to 2 rowdy Pirates and a beautiful teenage Princess. I've been showing my "Disney Side" since I was a small child and I can't wait to share the abundance of Pixie-Dusted knowledge I have acquired about the Most Magical Place on Earth with you and your family! Learn More About Jennifer

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