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  • On Dec 27, 2019
    Josee from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are wondering how gratuity works when using a dining plan. Are the fees included or do we need to plan on having cash with us?

    Hello, Josee!

    Thanks so much for asking this question!

    My family and I just returned from a great trip to Walt Disney World where we thoroughly enjoyed every last morsel of our Disney Dining Plan

    With a few exceptions (Dinner Shows, Private In-Room Dining, and Cinderella's Royal Table), gratuities are not included in Dining Plans, but Guests have several options when paying those fees. Using your MagicBand, you can simply add the cost of gratuities to your account, making it super-easy to tour the World without a bag. You may also opt to pay for a gratuity using any traditional method of payment, such as cash or by using a credit card.

    For us, having the ease of using our MagicBands to access our Disney Dining Plan as well as charging gratuities to our account made our family vacation stress-free. Should you need to access cash at any time, all Walt Disney World parks and resort hotels offer ATMs at very convenient locations. Take a look at the page on that link for locations, or enter "ATM" in the search bar on the convenient My Disney Experience mobile app.

    I'm so excited for your upcoming trip--with dining! You'll enjoy so many fabulous meals that you might even come home with several new favorites!

    Send more questions as you think of them, Josee; we love to help!
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