When you are in your resort at Disney, there are a few things to think about. Of course, you need to know how to keep your things safe at Disney, A lot of people wonder about tipping! Tipping is something that many people do at Disney. We previously gave some ideas on who you can tip, and when, but one thing that constantly comes up is Mousekeeping. Not everyone knows what to expect when it comes to getting your room cleaned at Disney, and that can lead to some problems.
If you choose to have your room cleaned while at Disney, it is, of course, your own personal preference if you choose to leave a tip for Mousekeeping, however if you do, or if you don't, here are a few other things to think about during your stay that might make your experience, (and those cleaning your room) better.
1. Be careful where you leave your money
Money left by the TV, the nightstand, table or the bed is usually considered one of the areas a tip is left. If you AREN'T leaving a tip, don't leave your money in plain sight or one of those "usual" areas if you aren't in the room. It may be mistaken for a tip. There have been a few stories of people losing large amounts because it was thought to be a tip.
2. Coins are great, but heavy!
These workers are moving from room to room on the go! If you leave your tip in coins, I'm sure it's appreciated, but does weigh down the pockets! Maybe save those quarters and pennies for the penny press machines?
3. Watch your small stuff!
It should always go without saying, but put your things in a locking suitcase, or in the room safe if they have value to you. It would stink if not because of theft, but because of not noticing, that something small rolled away! It's pretty easy for jewelry or pins or other little knick knacks to fall and not be noticed!
4. Throw away your trash
Just because you get a room cleaning daily, does not mean that they will pick up your trash for you. If it's in the bin, it will get taken away, but if your trash is left on the floor, on a table or other surface it won't be cleaned for you. In warmer areas especially, if you let your trash or uneaten food sit, it is an invitation for bugs, lingering smells and accidents waiting to happen, like when a melted dole whip spills on your phone.
5. If you see them, smile!
If you see the person cleaning your room, smile, and say thank you! It might not be a big deal to you, but it means a lot to them, that their hard work is appreciated! On that note, if you are checking out, and have some unopened waters, juices or snacks, maybe leave a note with them on the table, for Mousekeeping to enjoy, or share. Who doesn't enjoy a surprise snack?
6. If you do tip, considering tipping daily
If you do choose to leave a tip, think about doing it daily. Our last trip, we had a new person every day in our room. Some just cleaned it, others left the Pixie Dust in the form of Mickey in the towels, or Minnie's Bow out of the bathmat. While tipping doesn't guarantee Pixie Dust, it does show appreciation to that person cleaning up the ick so many others have left behind!
7. If you do have a problem, be polite
If something isn't right, your Disney Resort is going to make it right, and quickly, but before getting angry that you don't have enough towels, or there was something moved in your room, take slow breaths, call or go down to the lobby, and speak to a manager. I have watched as those who were polite, even joking about a bad situation walked away with extra fastpasses, while those yelling, got their problem fixed, and that was it.
8. On the other side, if someone is outstanding, let the Manager know!
Cast Compliments are always appreciated, and for many, are essential to advancing up the ladder in their jobs! If someone went out of their way for you, take a minute to acknowledge it!
Using some of these tips will hopefully give you a better in room Resort experience next time you go so all of your expectations are met, and exceeded!