View Full Version : how much to tip

07-09-2010, 10:45 AM
I was just wonder how much the percentage is for tipping, the last time I was at Disney was 08, so I figure it has changed some, i believe last time it was 10% or 15%, maybe I really dont remember, so I was just wondering so I can put money aside for tips at our ts meals and then how much for those buffets?

07-09-2010, 11:14 AM
Not too much has changed regarding tipping in restaurants and buffets.

The IRS assumes an automatic tax on tips of 10%, so if there is no tip, the server loses money.

The general guideline is 15% for table service, although 20% is quite common. Buffets tend to earn a bit less in tips as people perceive themselves as doing the work of the server. However, my personal belief is that those servers work harder clearing plates, bringing drink refills and the like so I tip them at the same level as full service.

However, many folks think 12% is sufficient.

If for some reason you feel you need to not leave a tip, then speaking with a manager is the best recourse. Any server who has not earned a tip needs to have her/his work practices looked at (and hopefully improved).

Other tipping situations such as cabbies, ect. use the 10% amount and call it good.

Can you tell I really dislike the whole tipping scheme? :sorry:

07-09-2010, 11:21 AM
another tip hater here :yes: but anyway as Tink says hate or not, it's the way things are so ....

I try for 20% these days and go higher for good service and lose % for poor service. I WILL go lower than 10% if the service is rubbish and I don't generally waste my holiday time explaining why to anyone (though it's absolutely true that such behaviour probably won't educate the server, they'll just think we were mean)

The other thing that I can think of which has changed is that the practice of automatically including a tip has become much more widespread :( so check your bill before you add any more tip on top. You may well find that a % has been automatically added.

07-09-2010, 11:25 AM
Yes, yes, yes, good point Keith. Check the bill carefully as all sorts of places do now add on an automatic gratuity. When that is the case, I call it good and be done with it (with the sole exception of one particular server at the Yachtsman's Steakhouse, where I always add more).

I like the "I'm on holiday and not going to discuss unpleasant matters with anyone" approach too. However, Keith does make another valid point, if you don't let someone know of your displeasure the server really won't do anything other than think you didn't know how to tip properly. So, if it matters to you (and really, why should it) speak to a manager, or not as you please! :D

07-09-2010, 03:44 PM
We gave 15% as a general rule and more if the service was especially good.

so check your bill before you add any more tip on top. You may well find that a % has been automatically added.

I'll second that... Always read the bill before paying.

07-09-2010, 04:31 PM
And make sure to tip on only the cost of the meal/drinks. Don't include the tax when calculating the tip...

08-09-2010, 03:33 PM
At the beginning of the meal the TIP starts at 15%. Depending on the server it can increase or decrease from there.

I generally TIP on the whole bill just to make it easier. Tax is only 6.5% so on a $50 check the tax is $3.25. I only end up tipping an additional forty nine cents.

08-09-2010, 04:23 PM
I have a tendency to make sure that whatever I tip rounds off the bill to a whole number. So for example on a bill that read $61.97 I would probably tip either $12.03 or $13.03 and probably the latter since I don't like to mess with deducting the tax first. Unless the server is really bad 20% is my starting point because it is easier to figure than 18% or even 15%.

08-09-2010, 06:58 PM
I usually round too. Why deal with all the cents? However, tipping is based on the service.

I also really dislike tipping in general. Why do I have to tip my hairdresser for a job she is getting paid to do? Why tip the cab driver if he's getting paid for driving in the first place....I asked to get from point A to point B, and that's what they did, so why tip them?

08-09-2010, 08:32 PM
On our recent trip to WDW we generally tipped based on twice the tax cost on the bill, and rounded upwards as appropriate. Seemed to work ok, requiring minimal brain-activity to calculate after a long day out, and did not result in us getting chased down the street by any annoyed servers :D