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  • On Jul 12, 2009
    Carla from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Trying to budget for tips. Would you tip less for buffet TS meals than you would for regular TS meals since your waiter at buffets does not do as much as a full-service waiter?

    Hi, Carla!  My family typically leaves an 18% gratuity for our server, whether we are at a buffet or a full service meal, and we have tipped even more for some superior service at a buffet restaurant.

    When you think about it, your regular sit down waiter probably brings an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, and clears the dishes.  Your buffet server usually has more dishes to clear, as people tend to use more dishes at a buffet, since they are trying more things, and they are usually pretty quick to replenish drinks.  You will find most servers are capable of answering any of the questions about the buffet, are valuable sources of information for the goings on in the theme parks, and most will go out of their way to make sure your meal - and anything you are celebrating during your meal - goes well.

    Of course, tipping is up to each individual's discretion, and you should tip based on the quality of your service.  That really is the best rule of thumb.  If you tip based on the quality of the service, a buffet restaurant waiter should be judged by the same standard as the full service waiter.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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