We all know Disney is a magical place. Have you ever thought about the people behind the scenes that create the magic? Thousands of Cast Members work tirelessly each day to make sure the pixie dust is never-ending. Ever noticed how your resort room is almost always clean when you return from a long day in the parks? You can thank Mousekeeping for that.
What is Mousekeeping?
Mousekeeping is a term used to refer to the amazing housekeeping staff at Disney resort hotels. These are the Cast Members who go the extra mile to make sure your resort room is clean and stocked with toiletries. Sometimes if you are lucky you may also find a towel Mickey or animal.
Tips for Mousekeeping
- Tip Every Day. My family always tips Mousekeeping on a daily basis. The rule of thumb is to tip a minimum of $1.00 per person in your room, per day. We are a family of four and we leave a minimum of $5.00 per day. If your Mousekeepers went above and beyond, feel free to leave a little extra.
- Use a Clearly Marked Envelope. Mousekeeping is not allowed to touch money that is left out on a table. You must specifically mark it as a tip. We recommend using a Mousekeeping envelope, like the one shown above. You can download our template here.
- Towel Characters Are not Guaranteed. Not all Mousekeepers leave towel animals in your room. If you are fortunate enough to receive one consider it extra pixie dust. Leaving a tip will not guarantee a towel animal in your room.
DIStracted Tip: If you find a towel animal in your room it is yours to keep.
- Leave Notes. Feel free to leave a personal note asking for additional towels, shampoo, soap, etc. I almost always leave a note requesting extra coffee pods. They are happy to accommodate you.
DIStracted Tip: Sometimes they will even write you back. DIStracted Renee, returned to her room at Disney’s Kidani Village to find a sweet little note along with several Disney figurines and pins.
Do you tip your Mousekeepers? Sadly, many Disney guests do not tip. Yes, I know you paid an arm and a leg to come to Disney. However, do you tip your servers when you eat in restaurants? This is the same concept. You are paying someone for the service they provide to you.