Walt Disney World
A lot of people ask about tipping. Who
to tip? How much to tip? The following are suggested amounts for tipping given by some
members of INTERCOT. These are only suggestions and you need not feel obligated to tip
these amounts. Remember tipping is for service that you have been pleased with.
While 15%-20% tipping is not mandatory
in the U.S. it is very standard. If your service was lacking so that you feel you should
not leave a tip-speak to a manager. Something may be wrong and it would be better to
notify them of the problem rather than just disappoint the server and let them go on with
their work. If you have an exceptionally wonderful server be sure to also notify someone
of your experience. Also, be sure to check your bill to see if a tip has been already
included. If your service is exceptional in this case
you may wish to leave
additional gratuity on top of the included tip. Guests Services has forms and postage paid
envelopes for this kind of comment and so will the hotel Guest Services Areas.
For Town Cars
Some always tip the amount of
suitcases they have. One intercotee offers this suggestion: "Make two envelopes - one
says Tip: airport to resort, and one says Tip: resort to airport. Then when you are ready
to tip, just hand them the sealed envelope. You could also have one more sealed envelope
that says Towncar: payment. When you get in the towncar, just hand the driver that
envelope." This helps you be prepared and not have to fumble for the amount of tip
you want to give. Nothing is worse than to not have the correct change you want to leave
the driver for a tip.
Use the same suggestion for
housekeeping. You could tip one dollar per person in the room per day. If you are staying,
lets say check in on Monday, check out of Saturday. Make an envelope that says: Tuesday:
housekeeping, one for Wednesday: Housekeeping, one for Thursday: Housekeeping, and a last
one for Friday: Housekeeping-then each morning before you leave, put the correct day's
envelope in the bathroom sink. Not everyone tips the housekeeping staff but in WDW they
try to show excellent service to you and your family and they deserve to be compensated.
Some may say-"Why not leave a large tip at the end of the week?" Remember that
you may not have the same housekeeper everyday
you would hate for someone else to get
the tips from the whole week of service.
Standard tip is $1 per bag, also if
your bags are delivered to your room versus you carrying them, tip the bellhop $1 per bag.
We suggest tipping just the same as
regular for the housekeeping. $1.00 per person in the room, per day. You may want to also
make up an additional envelope that says "Night service" and gave that to the
night person who comes in about 7pm-ish, and turns down the beds, empties the trash, and
leaves the poem and candy on the pillow. You probably do not want to leave as much as the
day person-try to find out if you will have the same night service person the whole week.
If so you could leave a flat rate of $5 or $10 for 4 or 5 days.
All other concierge tipping is frowned
on - the people at the concierge desk will not take a tip of any form.
For Grand Floridian Spa
At the Grand Floridian Spa, there is a
"service" charge built into the price to cover the "tip", however,
some feel the need to always tip about 10-15% more. It all depends on how long the massage
was, and how "good" it was. If the bill is charged to your room, you can just
add the additional tip to the charge slip.