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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarbowski View Post
    Why is checkout day different? And what if you're only there one night.
    Because they’re prepping the room for the benefit of the next guest.

    If I’m there one night, I don’t tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarbowski View Post
    Why is checkout day different? And what if you're only there one night.
    With DVC there's a lot more for housekeeping to do at the end of the stay to get the room ready for the next guest beyond changing the sheets and towels so I tip a little more at the end of the stay to reflect that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgarbowski View Post
    Why is checkout day different? And what if you're only there one night.
    I usually leave more on check out day, because they have more to do. Usually during a normal hotel stay they don't do a full cleaning every day, change bedding, scrub out the room totally, etc. But they will do those things between guests. So I tend to leave more on check out day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I take a piece of the scratch paper and write ďHOUSEKEEPING - Thanks!Ē and tuck the bill into it.
    This is us. That's why there's free pad of paper and pen, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geek1997 View Post
    This is us. That's why there's free pad of paper and pen, right?
    I thought it was to write "Can we please have extra shampoo?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DopeyRunr View Post
    I thought it was to write "Can we please have extra shampoo?"
    Ha! I usually use the notepad too. Now that I have toddlers I’m always looking for ways to keep them busy. My son has been very into helping lately, so I figured he’d like to be in charge of something - tightly supervised of course since money is involved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DopeyRunr View Post
    I thought it was to write "Can we please have extra shampoo?"
    Wrong they’re drawing pages for kids.
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    The amounts being quoted here seemed awfully high so I asked two people I know who are Disney Vacation Club members.

    My friend's mother said, during the ten years before retirement, they would usually tip $3 for every full service day they had during their stay and leave it in one lump sum at the end of their stay. Since retirement, they only tip for exceptional service and haven't seen any (she is of the opinion Disney has gone down hill terribly in the last five years).

    My extended family member said they probably leave about $10 for a ten day or less stay and $20 for an eleven day or greater stay but don't really think about it so if they only have, say, $7 in small bills when checking-out, that is what they leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All about me View Post
    The amounts being quoted here seemed awfully high so I asked two people I know who are Disney Vacation Club members.

    My friend's mother said, during the ten years before retirement, they would usually tip $3 for every full service day they had during their stay and leave it in one lump sum at the end of their stay. Since retirement, they only tip for exceptional service and haven't seen any (she is of the opinion Disney has gone down hill terribly in the last five years).

    My extended family member said they probably leave about $10 for a ten day or less stay and $20 for an eleven day or greater stay but don't really think about it so if they only have, say, $7 in small bills when checking-out, that is what they leave.
    You're making distinctions between leaving $3 or $5 or even $10 or $20? During a vacation that's costing thousands of dollars? You seem to be making this into a contest.

    My thinking is just leave the money for those who really need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All about me View Post
    Since retirement, they only tip for exceptional service and haven't seen any (she is of the opinion Disney has gone down hill terribly in the last five years).
    I agree with George and I tried to make a similar point above. Additionally, the view that tipping is only reserved for “exceptional service” completely disregards the way compensation works in the service industry. If you dislike the system (and there and MANY reasons to dislike the system), taking it out on the lowest paid workers is a really crappy way to show it.
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    We always stay for a week a 1BR with 2 people in it, I would be inclined to:

    Leave $2 per trash-only day
    Leave $5 for trash+towel day
    Leave $10 for check-out day.

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    Mousekeeping is not a tipped position. It is stated in their contract. We pay dues to cover housekeeping. If you want to tip these people, great. But they are not supposed to be taking tips. Blast away....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnoble View Post
    We always stay for a week a 1BR with 2 people in it, I would be inclined to:

    Leave $2 per trash-only day
    Leave $5 for trash+towel day
    Leave $10 for check-out day.
    I like this. Good plan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhite2 View Post
    Mousekeeping is not a tipped position. It is stated in their contract. We pay dues to cover housekeeping. If you want to tip these people, great. But they are not supposed to be taking tips. Blast away....
    I doubt they've signed an agreement not to take tips. We also pay dues to have bell and valet services available at our disposal; I tip them too.

    How did you get a copy of their contract?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhite2 View Post
    Mousekeeping is not a tipped position. It is stated in their contract.
    A quick search shows this official answer from Walt Disney World regarding whether it's appropriate to leave a tip for housekeeping ("mousekeeping"):

    The general etiquette for gratuity for housekeeping ranges from $1-$5 a day. Since you may have many "mousekeepers" throughout your stay, you may want to leave your gratuity every night, although leaving one tip at the end of the week is also acceptable. Tipping is never required, but it is greatly appreciated for all of their hard work.
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    I've heard the "not a tipped position" before, and I've never been able to find anyone who could point to evidence for it beyond "that's what people on the DIS Budget Board say."

    If you are someone who routinely doesn't tip hotel cleaning staff, I'm judging you. Hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnoble View Post
    I've heard the "not a tipped position" before, and I've never been able to find anyone who could point to evidence for it beyond "that's what people on the DIS Budget Board say."

    If you are someone who routinely doesn't tip hotel cleaning staff, I'm judging you. Hard.
    Iíve never heard that before and it seems very silly. We didnít have cash for a bell person when we were at hotel up in Maine this spring. We went out of our way to find out who it was and left him something the next day on our way out. Tipping is part of the vacation budget!!

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    These threads always deteriorate into arguments. Avoiding talk of sex, politics, religion, and money is generally expected in polite conversation, and this forum is pretty good about self-policing when it comes to the first three—well, two really. This place is pretty family-friendly. Anyway, how one spends their money is just as personal.

    There’s nothing special or unique to DVC when it comes to tipping. If someone is not sure how, when, how much to tip in any given situation, can we please encourage them to please just google it and read one of the tens of thousands of published articles on it, or search forums for prior threads. Trust me, this issue has been covered.
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    Just wait until the issue of buffet vs. full-service comes up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolarookie View Post
    There’s nothing special or unique to DVC when it comes to tipping.
    In the context of Walt Disney World accommodations, there often is: housekeeping is responsible for cleaning a full kitchen, and often, multiple bedrooms. That's far different from cleaning a studio with one or two beds, and in my opinion, warrants a higher level of gratuity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DopeyRunr View Post
    In the context of Walt Disney World accommodations, there often is: housekeeping is responsible for cleaning a full kitchen, and often, multiple bedrooms. That's far different from cleaning a studio with one or two beds, and in my opinion, warrants a higher level of gratuity.
    This is exactly why I asked. We are new to DVC. Weíre staying in a one bedroom villa and Iím used to daily service in a regular room. I appreciate everyoneís feedback and it was very helpful for me!! Especially those cute envelopes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bnoble View Post
    Just wait until the issue of buffet vs. full-service comes up!
    I donít know anything about this argument but Iím afraid to even ask!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DopeyRunr View Post
    In the context of Walt Disney World accommodations, there often is: housekeeping is responsible for cleaning a full kitchen, and often, multiple bedrooms. That's far different from cleaning a studio with one or two beds, and in my opinion, warrants a higher level of gratuity.
    I get it, but that wasn’t really my point. Discussion regarding how one “ought to” spend discretionary funds, tipping (which is also the issue in the full service vs buffet debate) causes arguments. My point was you can google “tipping mouse keeping in DVC” and get a whole page of results and avoid the inevitable.
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    True, and you could google almost every question anyone asks here and find a similar question already answered.
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    Yes, but they don’t result in arguing.
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