Gratuity


#1

I was about to make my adrs but I have a quick question first. Is gratuity automatically included on all parties of six or more? I know it is when using the dining plan so I assume this means on all parties of six or more.
Thanks everyone!-Becky


#2

They add 18% on the dining plan for parties of 6 or more and for items which you order that are nor included in the dinind plan - the GOOD drinks etc.)


#3

LOL… the “GOOD” drinks.


#4

So, If you aren’t using the dining plan the 18% will be added to the bill for six or more?


#5

When your party consists of 6 or more guests, under all conditions, an 18% tip will be automatically added to your bill. Whether you are on a dining plan, you are a member of Disney Dining Experience, or you are paying out of pocket. Period. Also if you are a member of Disney Dining Experience (now called Tables in Wonderland) and use your membership for the 20% discount, an 18% tip is automatically added to your bill regardless of party size, even if it’s just you and no one else.


#6

Wow, I can imagine that Disney is receiving lots of complaints about DDE being required to leave an automatic 18% tip!


#7

Yes that is correct.

I think it’s pretty fair unless you get really bad service.


#8

I agree and I love using the “Tables in Wonderland” (but I totally hate the new name!!). I don’t have to figure out the tip, I just pay the bottom line!! Easy!!


#9

Well, combined with AP holders being able to book room only and add the dining plan for even a single night stay, I haven’t bothered to renew my DDE membership. But in truth, you would have to leave a tip no matter what, and the discount always was a wash when you factor in the tip. It just stinks that you’re forced to tip at 18% regardless of service quality. I also have quibbles with 18% tips for buffet meals.


#10

We just got and had dinner for 6 every night there and they automatically tack on 18%.


#11

Interestingly enough, at O’Hana, our server split it up between the 2 parties. He rang them in as a party of 4 and a party of 2. We left him a larger tip because he did this. All the rest added the 18% automatically.


#12

So, since my last trip was MAY :eek: did they change this?

When I was there in May there was THREE lines at the bottom of the bill, one with a recommended amount for 18%, then recommended amount for 20% then a blank line to fill in what you wanted too!!

So now they add the 18% or is this JUST parties of 6?


#13

For parties of 6 or more, 18% tip automatically added in all cases. (If you are paying out-of-pocket, Disney Dining Plan, or Disney Dining Experience (Tables in Wonderland)

If you are using Disney Dining Experience (Tables in Wonderland) 18% is automatically added no matter the party size. i.e. 1+

If you are paying out of pocket, i.e. cash, credit card, room charge. etc. then 18% is only automatically if you are a party of 6 or more. If there are 5 or few people at your table then no automatic tip is added.

If you are in a situation where the 18% is automatically added and you feel that the service was sub-par, ask to speak to a manager. I am sure they can and will adjust the bill accordingly. There has been a couple of times when I have been at a Disney restaurant and thought the service was sub-standard. I asked to speak to a manager and the manager adjusted my bill by 10% or so or offered us desert. This was not in an automatic tip situation. Also, I have worked in restaurants and it takes a lot to tick me off service wise. I also take in account if perhaps the server was triple sat, or if the restaurant was understaffed for the amount of customers they were serving.


#14

But one should always double check to see IF it was added. We ate at Cape May for dinner and we got the 20% discount, but no tip was added. If we hadn’t checked we would have left and not left anything for the tip.


#15

We left the 18-25% at all our restaurants except one. I feel our servers actually deserved the tip. Le Cellier bill came to an 18% tip of $18 and our server did NOT bring more pretzel bread when we asked, only brought my DH one refil, me none - and we asked, and was extremely slow and showed MUCH more attention to the large table beside us. I left him $10 and felt that was more than enough.

This is one thing I don’t like about automatic tips, some servers don’t give you the attention you should get.


#16

You can always remove the tip if the service justifies it. Just ask for the mananger.

I have no problem tipping for good service but…I have been know to leave a single penny as a message for LOUSY SERVICE which wasn’t at WDW.


#17

[QUOTE=mickeysgirlz;890183]So, since my last trip was MAY :eek: did they change this?

When I was there in May there was THREE lines at the bottom of the bill, one with a recommended amount for 18%, then recommended amount for 20% then a blank line to fill in what you wanted too!!

So now they add the 18% or is this JUST parties of 6?[/QUOTE]

No, it’s just for parties of 6 or more and it has been that way for many years now.
The automatic tip for parties of any size is only, I REPEAT ONLY if you are a member of Disney Dining Experience/Tables in Wonderland and you use your membership discount and that rule changed on Jan 1 of this year.


#18

We just recently got back and were charged as a party 6, 18% gratuity, even though we were two parties of 3 sitting together. They separated the billd between the two rooms each meal and charged us separately the 18% on our portion of the bill only.

On two nights, when my picky eater didn’t eat, the waitresses very nicely charged us as a party of 5, so the tip was up to us! that was Ohana and akershaus, if I recall…


#19

[QUOTE=crazy4tink;890870]We just recently got back and were charged as a party 6, 18% gratuity, even though we were two parties of 3 sitting together. They separated the billd between the two rooms each meal and charged us separately the 18% on our portion of the bill only.

On two nights, when my picky eater didn’t eat, the waitresses very nicely charged us as a party of 5, so the tip was up to us! that was Ohana and akershaus, if I recall…[/QUOTE]
The way I understand it is if you have 6 or at a table regardless of how the bill is split.They do this at many local restaurants also.


#20

I wonder what the base sallary is at most wdw restaurants for wait staff. Does anyone know? I know the tip is split between a few people, I have just always been curious.