Tipping during travels can always get a little confusing. Traveling at Disney World can be a lot more confusing. Many regular tipping jobs at Disney World do not accept tips. We share all of the tipping and non tipping at Disney World.
Tipping at Disney World During Transportation
Disney’s Magical Express: If you are taking advantage of Disney’s Magical Express, you may want to tip. This service is run by Mears Transportation (which is a 3rd party vendor not Disney.) If you are just riding Disney’s Magical Express, it is up to your discretion if you want to tip the driver. I normally do not tip the driver, unless he/she helps with my bags. If they help with your bags or strollers, I tip $1-2 per bag.
Towncar/Limousine: If you are taking a towncar or limo from the airport to Disney World, we recommend tipping $3-4 per leg of your trip.
Disney Transportation: When you stay at a Disney World Resort, you can take advantage of transportation throughout Disney. This transportation can be via bus, monorail, or boat. Tipping for this transportation is not accepted.
Lyft/Uber: If you take a Lyft or Uber for your transportation, you do have the option of adding gratuity at the end of the experience. In the apps, you can just select the tip amount. They make it nice and easy to tip the correct amount.
Disney Luggage Delivery: Disney Value and Moderate Resorts offer luggage delivery instead of bellman services. You do not tip the luggage delivery.
Bellman: The Bellman at Disney Deluxe Resorts or other hotels accept $1-2 per bag.
Valet: Tipping for valet at the Disney Deluxe Resort is $2-5, only when you pick up the car. Tipping is not required when you drop off the car.
Tipping at Disney World for Dining & Meals
Bartenders/Servers: The tipping standard for bartenders/servers is 10-20% gratuity. If you purchased a Disney Dining Plan or Meal Deal, gratuity is not included. If you have a party of 6 or more people, 18% gratuity is normally automatically added.
Tipping at the Disney Resorts
Housekeeping: The housekeeping at Disney Resort is sometimes called Mousekeeping (by Disney fans.) You can leave $1-3 per night for your housekeeper based on service and hotel. I also suggest tipping daily vs the end of your vacation. The housekeeping staff can change each day.
Call Housekeeping for Extra Coffee or Items: If you get to your room and find out you need more pillows, blankets, or even extra coffee; you may call Housekeeping or the Front Desk. You will want to tip the Cast Member $1-3 once they deliver your requested items. This one surprises a lot of travelers! Does it surprise you?
Pizza Delivery: To save some money, many guests order pizza or dinner off site. If you order off site delivery, you will want to tip 10-20%. I prefer 20%, because these off site deliveries go through a lot of extra hoops to deliver your food vs just delivering to a home.
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Tipping at Disney World During Activities
Fishing Excursions & Sammy Duvall’s: There are certain activities at Disney World that are not owned and operated by Disney. This includes the fishing excursions and Sammy Duvall’s Water Sports. These are run by an outside vendor and tipping is appreciated.
Spa/Salons: The standard gratuity is 15-20% for spa and salon treatments.
Tennis Lesson/Golf Lessons: If you take a private tennis or golf lesson, you can tip your instructor 15%.
Children Programming: If you leave your kiddos at one of the Children Programming locations, you may feel the need to tip them (like a babysitter.) However, you do not tip these Cast Members. If you use an outside company like Kids Nite Out, you will want to tip the babysitter a little extra. You can tip from 10-20%.
Cast Members You Do NOT Tip
Lifeguards: As a past lifeguard, we were often offered tips. However, we always had to refuse the gratuity. Lifeguards do not accept tips.
Front Desk & Guest Services: These Cast Member positions are there to help you. I know Guest Services may seem like a Concierge type experience (where you may tip) but you do not.
Disney Tours: With the Disney group tours or private tours, you do not tip your Guest Relations tour guide. These Cast Members are amazing and you will want to tip them. However, this is just part of the Disney magic.
Magical Moments: Disney Cast Members sometimes offer “magical moments” for you and your family. As a past Tower of Terror Cast Member, we would make a child a Bellman for the Day. This is just a fun “magical moment.” Do not worry about tipping the Cast Member. That is just part of the magic of Disney World.
Doorman at Disney Deluxe Resorts: There are just a few doorman at the Disney Deluxe Resorts. If they are just welcoming you to Disney World, you do not have to tip them. They are part of the show.
Disney Florist or Runner: Sometimes you may catch Disney delivering your Disney World docs or a gift from Disney Florist. You do not tip these Disney Cast Members.
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