It’s surprising the amount of times I see people question tipping at Disney World, and these are people within the United States. I can imagine how many questions people from around the world have on the topic as a lot of countries don’t tip at all.
Here I’ve compiled a list of people you should tip and suggestions for how much. Of course the number one thing to keep in mind about tipping is that it is directly related to the service you received. Those who provide outstanding service should be given a better tip than those who provide mediocre or poor service.
Customary tips for housekeeping at any hotel range from $1-$5 per night. You can leave this tip each morning when you head out for housekeeping to find when they come by later or you can leave the tip for your entire stay on the last morning you’re there before you check out. Either way is fine.
Resort Room-Service Waiter
If you order food to your room, you should tip the person who brings it to you even if a service charge is already added to your bill. $1-$3 per delivery is recommended.
If concierge completes a service for you at your resort, tipping them is also appreciated. A tip around $5 is usual.
Luggage Assistance (Bellhops)
At a Disney resort the bellhops are called luggage assistants and they’re usually located right at the entrance to every resort. They have a few responsibilities and it’s customary to tip them for pretty much all of them. They bring your luggage to your room along with anything you order to the resort such as groceries or packages. They will assist with loading and unloading luggage from your vehicle. They will also store things for you in their back room. For example, the day we leave we have to be out of the room in the morning but still want to go to the park for the day until our flight at night so we leave our carry-on luggage with them. Lastly, they take care of any laundry or dry-cleaning you need done. Sometimes you’re not always around to tip them as they will leave things right in your room and that’s OK but if you are around it’s customary to tip them $1-$3 per bag. If it’s a more general service like holding your things or taking care of laundry, $2 is fine.
Valet Parking Attendants
$2-$3 when your vehicle is returned to you is fine.
This applies to table service sit-down meals, not quick service. (Though if you receive exceptional service from a cast member at a quick service location, feel free to tip!) Waitstaff is generally tipped 15-20% of your bill. Some use before taxes and some use after taxes, either way is still considered acceptable. For those of you on the dining plan, you still need to tip! Your check with the amount of your meal had you not been using the dining plan will still be brought to you so you can decide what it is appropriate for a tip.
A typical tip for a bartender is $1-$5 per round depending on the amount of drinks in the round. So for 2 drinks, $1 is fine. As the amount of drinks in the round increases so should the tip.
This also applies to Uber, Lyft and Minnie Van drivers. There are two ways you can tip your driver. You can do 10-20% of your fair or you can round your fair up. Like if it comes out to be $7 or $8 you can round to $10.
Magical Express Driver
You will see signs on the bus that tipping is excepted. It’s completely up to you whether you actually do. If the driver helps with our luggage or stroller and he’s particularly attentive and engaged I’ll give a tip. Otherwise it’s ok not to tip.
Getting a massage, mani/pedi or haircut? It’s typical to tip the person performing the service. 10% is the usual but more may be warranted for great service.
Tipping at Starbucks and other coffee establishments is common but not an obligation. Most people will tip the spare change they get back from their purchase (just the coins). If you didn’t pay in cash it’s ok to not tip too.
Always remember that tipping should reflect the service and while rare there could be instances where a very low tip or even no tip is offered. Service would have to be pretty bad to not give a tip. Also, keep in mind that you shouldn’t base your tip off of experiences outside of the persons control. In other words, if the waitress brings your steak and it’s cooked wrong when you cut it, that’s not in her control and shouldn’t be considered when tipping.
If you have any other questions about tipping, don’t be afraid to ask. While it’s inappropriate to ask about the amount, asking how to tip (cash vs. credit) or where to leave tip is acceptable.