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Opting out of Mousekeeping options

by Linda

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“Hi Dad,
Family of 3 going to WDW staying at Pop Century in Late August. Heard rumours about opting out of the Mousekeeping service in lieu of $20 a day gift cards. Where can these gift cards be used? Is it for future travel or can it be used for our stay?

Can’t wait to go back!!!

Mousekeeping and opting out

The decades of the Pop Century

Staying in the Pop Century is cool! – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Hi Linda,

Congratulations. YOU’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD, and staying at my favorite place.

Dad’s Pop Century page

You’ve asked a good question and one that doesn’t have a firm answer because Disney is changing things all the time. I will say that we’ve been offered it a time or two, but we like a clean room and fresh towels.

Let me start with a bunch of disclaimers. This is subject to change without notice. Not all resorts participate in the program. The opting out of Mousekeeping is not offered all the time. The amount of money that is on the gift card varies. You may or may not be offered the opt out. Who knows what Disney will do tomorrow.

Get the idea?

A test of the opt out of Mousekeeping program started last year. There’s a lot of talk about it, but Disney has never offered any firm details or comittments to the program.

What to do

When you arrive, if you are interested in opting out, call Mousekeeping and ask if opting out is an option. If they say yes, they will offer you a gift card. The amount will probably by $10 per day and won’t include the last day. You can NOT opt out of the first or last day. So if you are staying 5 days, your gift card will be for $30.

As I said in the disclaimers these rules are flexible, might change and might not even be available.

The Disney Gift Cards are standard Disney Gift Cards. They don’t have any restrictions on them and don’t expire so yes, you could use them down the line.

Oh, and someone from Disney will check your room every day.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is the opting out of Mousekeeping program is not a done deal. It’s not always available and is not something you should plan on. Think of it as a nice bonus.


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Comments for

Aug 20, 2019 Beware
by: Anonymous

We’ve done this 2 yrs in a row. As Dad says, someone will check your room daily. Unfortunately for us, housekeeping disregarded the “room occupied” sign and tried to enter the room during nap time…and woke my kids. When I complained to the cast member who ignored the sign, she said ppl forget to take the sign down when they go to the park so they knock anyway.

I complained to the resort manager who stated no one should be knocking if the room occupied sign is up. He was very apologetic and said he’d follow up with housekeeping. I love this option. Hoping on our next visit we will have I disrupted nap times.

Feb 20, 2019 Opting out giftcard question
by: Anonymous

If you choose to opt out in exchange for the gift card, when do you receive the card? Is it upon arrival so that you can use it during your trip? Or not until check out?
Thank you!

Dad Answers

You get it while you are there.

Jun 29, 2018 DVC
by: Hollie

DVC members can’t really opt out since we don’t get mousekeeping until we are there 4 or more days. So all it saves is a tip for us. I do clean the room, wash dishes, etc because keeping the kitchen clean is something DVC members have to do or it will be noted.

Jun 27, 2018 Opting out of Mousekeeping.
by: Lisa

We just returned from a 6 days stay in pop century and opted out for a $50 gift card which sounded very nice. Downside was the new rooms which have laminate wood look floors now instead of carpeting. After a day the floors were awful to walk on and left your feet dirty and made it difficult to keep the beds clean.

Bathroom floor was worse and I thought we were pretty clean people. Lol! Never again! Just my opinion but the new floors, which I suppose are to make cleaning easier and better for people with allergies, are awful.

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