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  • On Sep 19, 2021
    Erin from PA Asked

    We have a VIP Tour scheduled for our upcoming trip in October. Can you provide me with information on how tipping works? Are the tour guides typically tipped and if so, how much/what percent? Thank you!

    Hello Erin and thanks for returning once again to planDisney with another super question for us to assist you with!

    I don't mind telling you that one of the very best Disney days that I've ever experienced was during a Disney Private VIP Tour!  The plaid-wearing Disney Cast Members who accompany Guests on Disney Private VIP Tours are simply the best, and during the time Guests spend with them, they continually share their obvious passion and plethora of knowledge for all things Disney-related.  Erin, I just know you're going to enjoy an incredible time during your upcoming Disney VIP Tour this October.

    Erin, I'm more than happy to share with you that the Cast Members who provide Disney Private VIP Tours are indeed permitted to accept gratuities or tips from appreciative Guests.  As a general rule of thumb, I would personally allow for between 15% to 20% gratuity for good service from Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort.  

    However, I'm sure that whatever $$ amount you decide is appropriate to provide as a gratuity, will be received by Cast Members with their thanks.  Although Disney dining is unrelated to Disney VIP Tours, it might actually be useful for you to know that when dining as a party of 6 or more Guests within a Disney restaurant, that a gratuity charge of 18% is automatically added to the final bill. 

    I hope that I've been able to provide a little additional insight for you today Erin.  And now, all that remains is for me to wish you a practically perfect in every way October vacation to the most magical place on earth!

    Have a great Disney day ~ Jane
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Meet the Panelist: Jane, United Kingdom

As the UK "Mum" on the planDisney Panel I'm able to assist those lucky Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom who generally enjoy a whole 2 week magical stay. The planning and organising of resorts, Advance Dining Reservations and extra pixie dusted holiday fun for solo travellers, large or small family groups is my absolute pleasure! Learn More About Jane

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