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Hello! I'm back with a question!

Hello friends. I would like to apologise for being absent again for a while and for not completing my trip report yet! No excuses, but by way of explanation I think after our last trip, we had such an amazing time, it was bitter sweet to think about it being over. Post Disney blues maybe?

Suddenly our big trip is less than 3 months away. I need to get back into the swing of things!
So, I have been slow on sorting our ADR's for 9 people but seem to have got away with it as I managed to book Cape May Cafe and Il Mulino (and a date night for me and Dave at Narcoosees).

My sister wanted to book Cinderella's Royal table for breakfast. I researched it for her and then her husband rang up to book the one date that was available during our stay, but they wanted full payment including gratuity for 9 people today. I have never come across this before? Is this standard procedure? They don't want to pay up front which I totally understand so they have decided not to book. Would love your feedback on this.

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yeah i think its only for Cinderellas royal table because its so popular when i was researching it did the same for me - luckily we are on the dining plan so it gave us the option of reserving that way because we aren't actually paying for the meal but for non dining plan requests i think you have to pay

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I almost booked Cinderella for either lunch or dinner, can't remember which, and encountered the same thing with paying in full up front. It's the only WDW restaurant I know of that demands payment months in advance. So, no thanks, Cindy, we're doing Akershus instead.

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Also, all of the dinner shows require payment when you book if not on the dining plan.

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Thank you for the replies and explanations.

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I don't know for sure because I've never booked there, but I believe that if you need to cancel your reservation, as long as you do it at least 24 hours in advance, you'd be able to get a full refund. I would check with Disney just to make sure first.

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You have to pay gratuity in advance, too? That seems odd...how do you know how your service is going to be? I know we had to pay Hoop dee Doo in advance but I don't remember paying the gratuity up front.

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Allie wrote:
You have to pay gratuity in advance, too? That seems odd...how do you know how your service is going to be? I know we had to pay Hoop dee Doo in advance but I don't remember paying the gratuity up front.


Allie, it's thanks to your great trip report review of Hoop dee doo that my DH and I are going to go for the first time this year. Thank you for that, and I hope I enjoy the Sangria as much as you did laugh

I don't really like it when gratuity is automatically added, although as a former waitress, I can definitely appreciate it because some people just DON'T TIP! But I like to know which places add gratuity onto the price.
According to the Disney 2014 Dining Plan:
1. Gratuity is not included in the price of any meal except at Dinner Shows, Private In-Room Dining and Cinderella's Royal Table.
2. An 18% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more
3. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for items you order that are not included in the Disney Dining Plan (e.g. alcoholic beverages).

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Allie wrote:
You have to pay gratuity in advance, too? That seems odd...how do you know how your service is going to be? I know we had to pay Hoop dee Doo in advance but I don't remember paying the gratuity up front.

Paying the gratuity in advance is probably because of the size of the party (9 people).

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Allie wrote:
You have to pay gratuity in advance, too? That seems odd...how do you know how your service is going to be? I know we had to pay Hoop dee Doo in advance but I don't remember paying the gratuity up front.


Allie, it's thanks to your great trip report review of Hoop dee doo that my DH and I are going to go for the first time this year. Thank you for that, and I hope I enjoy the Sangria as much as you did laugh

laugh awesome You will love it! The show alone is worth it!

Now that I think about it, I don't remember paying for anything while we were there so maybe the gratuity was included in the advanced price. Though I did indulge in quite a bit of that sangria so that could be wrong... biggrin

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crazycatperson wrote:
I almost booked Cinderella for either lunch or dinner, can't remember which, and encountered the same thing with paying in full up front. It's the only WDW restaurant I know of that demands payment months in advance. So, no thanks, Cindy, we're doing Akershus instead.

I did the Same, Crazycatperson. And we loved Akershus! Smile muchlove

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Allie wrote:
AnnielovesDisney wrote:
Allie wrote:
You have to pay gratuity in advance, too? That seems odd...how do you know how your service is going to be? I know we had to pay Hoop dee Doo in advance but I don't remember paying the gratuity up front.


Allie, it's thanks to your great trip report review of Hoop dee doo that my DH and I are going to go for the first time this year. Thank you for that, and I hope I enjoy the Sangria as much as you did laugh

laugh awesome You will love it! The show alone is worth it!

Now that I think about it, I don't remember paying for anything while we were there so maybe the gratuity was included in the advanced price. Though I did indulge in quite a bit of that sangria so that could be wrong... biggrin

Allie you are right. I saw Hoop Dee Doo Revue last October and did not have to leave a tip. Considering that you pay more than $60 pp for the dinner and show I know I didn't have to leave a tip.