Disney works hard to keep their Guests happy while they’re on vacation. And that wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the thousands of Cast Members employed by the Walt Disney Company.
Mousekeepers, the affectionate name for the Housekeepers employed by Disney, are those employees that often get overlooked.
Sadly, many Guests just think of them as the people who change their sheets and towels. But, they really do go the extra mile when it comes to sprinkling that extra bit of magic into your day.
Because of that, I always make sure to tip Mousekeeping. It’s the least I can do to let them know they are an important part of my Disney vacations.
Tips For Tipping Mousekeeping at Disney
“How much should I tip Mousekeeping?”
Tipping is not mandatory, so you should always tip what you feel is acceptable.
That being said, if you are going to leave a tip, it is customary to tip at least $1 per Guest per night.
Tipping daily vs at the end of your trip
Clients will often ask me if it’s better to give a little tip each day or leave a much larger tip at the end of your trip.
Because you may not get the same Mousekeeper every day, I always recommend leaving a little tip each day. That way, you ensure that everyone who has helped clean up your room is recognized for their hard work.
Clearly mark your envelope
Mousekeepers will not take anything unless you let them know it’s for them.
They would hate to assume that it was a tip, just to find out later that you had cleaned out your pockets and forgot to put the money away before you left the room.
Decorating your envelopes are not only fun, it’s a cute way to let Mousekeepers know how much they are appreciated.
Leave your tip where you know Mousekeepers will see it
Speaking from experience, leaving the tip on the bed is the only place my tip is accepted 100% of the time.
Mousekeepers don’t want to disturb your personal belongings. So, if you leave your tip amongst personal items on tables and counters, they just may not see it.
Never expect something in return
Sometimes Mousekeepers will leave little surprises. Sometimes they don’t.
Just because you leave a tip, it doesn’t guarantee that something will be left in the room for you.
It used to be customary for Disney to leave little “character towels” for each Guest that stayed in the Disney Resorts. However, I haven’t seen or heard of them doing this for some time now.
It is much more likely that you will receive a handwritten thank you note or you will come back to find that something fun has been done to items in your room.
Over the years, my kids’ stuffed animals have been found hanging in the curtains, watching tv, reading a book, and so much more.
While it’s something we look forward to seeing when we get back to our room, we certainly don’t expect it to happen every time.
But when it does, we just think of it as a nice surprise.