Tipping Info Thread for Disney Dining (Updated for 2017)

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by crazy4wdw, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw DIS Veteran Moderator

    Jan 3, 2001
    As we begin 2017, it’s time to do a general update to the restaurant board tipping thread. Same rules as we’ve had in the past and roughly the same information. This is just an updated thread for the new year.

    Tipping threads on the Restaurant Board often result in arguments between posters regarding tipping habits and other issues. Please remember to be courteous and respectful to your fellow disboard members.

    Often posts on the tipping thread tend to be closed as a result of debates, so again, BE NICE! The restaurant board moderators have created this thread where tipping questions can be asked and answered, especially by members who may be planning their initial trip to Walt Disney World. THIS IS NOT A PLACE FOR DEBATES.

    Here are the basic guidelines:

    1) No fighting, name calling, or debating on individual’s personal tipping habits. This includes but is not limited to:

    A) I will not tip by server more than I tithe the Lord

    B) I will not tip a server more than I make an hour

    C) Everyone knows that servers make 100K a year, why should I tip them?

    D) Servers should be paid a living wage and should not have to depend on tips to support

    E) I should not have to contribute to the general operation of the restaurant by tipping.

    F) It’s a buffet restaurant and I have to get my own food; I should not have to tip 18%.
    2) No flaming any disboard member for any reason.
    3) Any post deemed off topic or in any way is against the posting guidelines will be deleted without comment and the poster will receive an infraction.
    4) Any other thread started on the restaurant board which asks about “tipping” will be closed with a note to refer to this thread.
    5) No personal tipping habits are to be discussed. Generally speaking, what you tip at Disney is entirely up to you. To determine the total cost of your meal, please refer to this link to Walt Disney World menus on the boards. Disney does provide 18% and 20% calculations on the your dining receipt. What you actually tip is up to you with the exceptions below.

    A) Parties of six (6) or more are automatically charged an 18% gratuity. This includes everyone sitting at the table, including children under the age of 3. If you are dining with another group and are paying separately, you will still be charged the 18% gratuity if there are 6 or more people at the table.

    B) If you are using a Tables in Wonderland discount card (TIW), a gratuity of 18% will be
    added to you bill irregardless of the number of people in your dining party.

    C) If there is a concern about a set gratuity and the level of service provided, your option is to discuss your concerns with the manager of the restaurant. Only the restaurant manager can adjust a mandatory gratuity. Speak to the manger during the early portion of the meal in order to receive improved service than wait until the end of the meal to complain about the service.

    D) Disney does not differentiate between the types of table service restaurants, i.e. buffets, all you care to eat meals, and a la carte. All restaurants, with the exception of quick service, are treated equal by Disney and will carry the same mandatory gratuity if it applies.
    6) You may pay your gratuity by the following methods:

    A) Disney Visa

    B) Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, JCB (Japanese Credit Bureau)

    C) Disney gift cards

    D) Disney Visa reward cards

    F) Magic Bands or Key to the World Cards (KTTW)

    G) Cash

    H) Disney Dollars (Disney is no longer issuing Disney Dollars but if you have any
    from a previous trip, they are still accepted).
    7) The gratuity is included for the dinner shows at Fort Wilderness Campground
    (Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue) and the Polynesian Village Resort (Spirit of Aloha).
    The gratuity is also included with reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table in
    Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
    8) For dining plan guests, the gratuity is included for private in-room dining and pizza
    delivery to your guest room when using dining plan credits to pay for these meals.
    9) Gratuities are not accepted for Wishes dessert parties and other dessert parties such as
    Happy Hallowishes Premium Dessert Party, Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert
    Party, etc.
    10) Gratuities are not included for guests who use the Disney Dining Plan. Your dining
    receipt will include the total value of the meal with a suggested gratuity of 18% and
    Please abide by these guidelines so everyone can discuss the information they need regarding tipping at Walt Disney World. We do not want to ban this topic from the Restaurant Board.

    Thank you and we appreciate your cooperation.

    The Restaurant Board Moderators: Pumbaa_, Crazy4wdw, Vettegirl
  2. DisneyWife2015

    DisneyWife2015 Earning My Ears

    May 3, 2016
    Do you know if there's a way to request to pay all of the tip at the table even when paying separately? For instance, my parents and niece are joining us for a few days on our trip this year and we've made ADR for 2 TS meals with them. They are going to pay for their own meals, but we want to cover all of the tip. Does that make sense? Should we just put all the gratuity on our check and then maybe write a note to the server letting them know on the other receipt? Or what would you suggest?
  3. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw DIS Veteran Moderator

    Jan 3, 2001
    Yes, I'd put the entire gratuity on your bill and just let your server know. If you're paying the gratuity with cash, you could include separate gratuities with each dining receipt.
    DisneyWife2015 and Alesia like this.
  4. MamaBelle4

    MamaBelle4 DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2016
    Is there a way to split the tip? My in laws are coming with us and we are a party of 9. While I wouldn't mind covering the tip here and there, for 8 people (plus infant) and 6 TS meals, it will add up FAST. We are on the dining plan for the first time, so I'm not sure how our bills will come. I assume they will come automatically as one.

    We plan to pay for tips with our MB. I don't know what my MIL intends.
  5. Alesia

    Alesia DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2007
    Just ask for separate checks

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