I know what some of y’all are thinking.
“I just spent a couple grand on this epic vacation. Why am I going to shell out even more money for tips on meals and housekeeping?”
I get it. I do. The value of a dollar is plummeting while the cost is living is steadily rising. This Disney trip of yours might be “once in a lifetime”, and you struggled to save for many years in order to even make it happen. I envy those who are able to visit Disney World whenever they like, without even batting an eye at their finances. I go every year, but it takes a lot of sacrificing for a couple months to afford the trip.
One thing that you’ve gotta understand is that service at Disney World is unmatched. Yes, it costs a lot, but Disney World does not operate run of the mill restaurants or resorts. Even with the value resorts, you’re going to see an undeniable presence by staff to ensure your safety, comfort and enjoyment. Got a food allergy? The servers and chefs at Disney World are ON IT like butter in a skillet.
In this post, I’ve included a couple tipping tips to make your Disney World experience a little less stressful.
1. It is common courtesy to tip your servers, housekeeping (affectionately referred to as “mousekeeping” at WDW), and bell services. Other cast members are not typically allowed to accept tips. If a cast member does a great job during your visit and isn’t able to accept tips, the best thing you can do is drop a complimentary note at Guest Services. Be sure to get the cast member’s name and city, if you can!
2. If your mousekeeper visits daily, you should also tip daily. It is normal to tip $1 per person plus another $1…per day. Meaning, with my family of four, I would tip $5 per day.
3. Although tipping your server isn’t mandatory (unless your party size is a certain size), it’s ideal to tip at least 20% for good service, more if your service is impeccable. During my previous trip to WDW, my server at Garden Grill was PHENOMENAL. I didn’t even have to ask for more turkey and mashed potatoes. He just KNEW. I could never dine at any restaurant and tip a measly $2, on property or off.
4. Even if you’re on the Dining Plan, you still should tip at least 20%.
5. You can use Disney gift cards for tipping. It’s just like money.
6. On your receipt at most Disney table service restaurants, there is a suggested tips section at the bottom. No need to whip out the calculator!
7. You do not need to tip at quick service restaurants.
8. If you plan on visiting Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirate League, Harmony Barber Shop or Ivy Trellis Salon, you should tip 20% of the package price.
I think that about covers everything you need to know about tipping at Disney World. Keep in mind that servers are often paid below minimum wage and rely on tips to make a living. If you have any other tips, feel free to comment below!