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Disney World tipping can get a little confusing. We share all of the tipping and non tipping at Walt Disney World. Plus, you can print a free checklist to help plan for tipping during your Disney World vacation.
Disney World Tipping for Transportation
Disney provides a lot of transportation options during a Disney World vacation. One of our favorites is Disney’s Magical Express.
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 Magical Express 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.
If you are taking a towncar or limo from the airport to Disney World, we recommend tipping $3-4 per leg of your trip.
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 bus drivers, monorail drivers, and boat captains is not accepted.
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.
The Minnie Van service is run through Lyft. The whole payment process is all on the app. Once your driver drops you off, you can tip your Minnie Van driver. Lyft gives you options on the app, so it is simple to tip your driver.
Disney Luggage Delivery
Disney Value and Moderate Resorts offer luggage delivery instead of bellman services. You do not tip the luggage delivery.
The Bell Services at Disney Deluxe Resorts or other hotels accept $1-2 per bag.
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.
Disney World Tipping for Dining
The tipping standard for bartenders at lounges, bars, or poolside bars is 15-20% gratuity.
Servers for Table Service Meals
The tipping standard for servers is 15-20% gratuity.If you purchased a Disney Dining Plan or Meal Deal, gratuity is not included. Be sure you tip the wait staff at the theme park and resort restaurants between 15-20%. If you have a party of 6 or more people, 18% gratuity is normally automatically added.
If you book a dinner show (like Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Spirit of Aloha Luau, or Mickey’s Backyard BBQ) at Disney World, gratuity is included with the price of your experience.
Be sure you always tip on the total bill (before tax). If you take advantage of a discount like Tables in Wonderland or Annual Passholder, be sure you tip on the total (before the discount). Servers make minimum wage, so they depend on the tips for their income.
Tipping at the Disney Resorts
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?
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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Disney World Tipping for Activities
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 Services or Salon Services
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%.
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
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.
Counter Service Restaurants
If you grab a meal at one of the quick service restaurants at the Disney Theme Parks or Disney Resorts, you do not have to tip.
Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique
For the younger kids, you may book an experience at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (BBB). This is a salon for kids.
The BBB is like a salon, but you do not not tip at this experience.
The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom is similar to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It is similar to a salon, but you do not tip at this experience.
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.
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.
Sometimes you may catch Disney delivering your Disney World docs or a gift from Disney Florist. You do not tip these Disney Cast Members.
Tipping is always based on good service. We hope the ultimate guide to tipping at Disney World in Florida helps you plan your amazing family vacation.