While this post will focus on Mousekeeping at the Disney resorts, it can apply to all resort stays and the housekeeping services provided wherever you are staying! Housekeeping at all Disney Resort properties is affectionately called “Mousekeeping“. They work tirelessly to keep the magic alive for your family after you leave the parks and return back to your room. Coming back to a freshly cleaned room is something that many visitors take for granted and we tend to forget about the person responsible for ‘magically’ creating a clean, calm space for you to relax in!
Take a few moments on your next trip, whether it is to a Disney resort or elsewhere and tip the housekeepers that work so hard to clean up after you! Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:
1. Tip everyday. Leaving a tip every day instead of at the end of your trip ensures that the person cleaning that day is the one who will be rewarded. The same staff does not work every single day so leave something daily!
2. The recommended amount for tipping is $1-$2 dollars per day per person staying in the room. We are a family of 5 so I do leave at least $5 per day for my mousekeeper. This is just a good rule of thumb but feel free to leave more if you feel the service is exceptional!
3. Remember that having a mousekeeper leave a special ‘towel animal‘ is not a required duty of the staff. Disney guests have come to expect these services instead of appreciating the surprise if you are lucky enough to get one! I have returned to my room many times at Walt Disney World to find different towel animals, pillow arrangements and usually some kind of ‘scene’ created with my kids’ toys and souvenirs! This is just an added bonus to the already beautifully cleaned room!
4. If you do have a problem, and feel that housekeeping has not been done properly, contact the front desk and calmly explain the issue. I am sure that any hotel will be happy to fix whatever problem has occurred!
5. Don’t get mad at Mousekeeping when you get the Disney Eviction Notice. All vacations much come to an end. If you see your Mousekeeping make sure to thank them as you are leaving. If they have gone above and beyond their duties let the front desk know. While they appreciate the money telling a Manager or Cast Member on your way out goes a long way too!
Here’s what TripAdvisor recommends to travelers in America:
- Hotel housekeeping/maid service: $2-3 per night up to $5, more in high-end hotels. Also more if there are more than 3 people in a room or suite. Leave the tip on your pillow or in a similar obvious place with a note that says thank you. Leave the tip each day when you leave the room, rather than at the end of your stay, because your room might get cleaned by different people each day, depending on staff schedules. If you have additional items delivered to your room, such as extra pillows, hangers, luggage racks, tip the person who brings them $2 or $3.
- Tipping housekeeping is an ongoing debate for many people. It is a very personal decision on your trip to tip or not to tip. Just remember that they are people who are working hard to clean up after you so please take moment and a dollar or 2 to recognize the service. It is really not a lot, but it is certainly appreciated by them!
So do you tip while on vacation? How much do you usually leave?