I recently shared advice on the importance of creating a Disney Budget. Today, I am covering the subject of tipping Cast Members. Walt Disney World Tipping Etiquette can be seen as a guide to help you be prepared should you want to tip and recommendations for the amount to tip!
Magical Express and Other Forms of Transportation
Magical Express is an AMAZING service. It’s a FREE service however, if you choose to have your luggage with you, it will need to be stored in the undercarriage. Your Bus Driver will load the luggage so it is done in a way that is organized and safe. When you are dropped at your resort or at MCO, it is traditionally suggested to tip the Bus Driver $1 per bag.
Taxis or Uber drivers typically expect 15% of the fare. If you are using Valet Parking, it is usually acceptable to give the driver $1-2 each time that they bring your car to you.
Any time Bell Services comes to your room or assists you with luggage, it is generally acceptable to use the $1/bag rule.
When you are checking your luggage at the Resort Airline Check-In service, you treat these Cast Members as you would airport porters. Typically, $1/bag is the suggestion.
To see our post about tipping Mousekeeping, check out 4 Tips for Tipping Disney’s Mousekeeping
Disney makes planning your Advanced Dining Reservations easy with the Disney Dining Plan. However, some Guests seem confused when it comes to tipping. Even when you have the Disney Dining Plan, you should tip your server. Traditionally, servers receive 15-20% on the amount of the meal. Disney does automatically charge parties of 6 or more, 18% of the meal total. Additionally, on your bill for your meal there will be a “suggested tip” area to help you know how much to leave for your server.
Also, don’t forget to tip your bartender if you grab a drink from the pool bar!
In the Parks
If your little one is getting a makeover at the Harmony Barber Shop, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirate’s League, then you may also choose to tip the Cast Member who is performing this service 15-20%. Additionally, you should only tip on the service provided. If you purchase a costume, do not take that cost into consideration of your tip amount.
DIStracted Tip: Please remember that it is not acceptable to tip many Cast Members in attraction or merchandise areas.
Of course, tipping is always a personal choice. If you feel that someone exceeds your expectations, you are always free to tip more! If you have any questions about tipping, feel free to leave a comment and let us help you!