Recently some guests have been offered the opportunity to trade Mousekeeping for a gift card. This program is not something Disney is announcing on their website nor does it apply to every resort. The amount offered on the gift card has ranged from $15 per night to $20 per night.
Would you trade Mousekeeping for a gift card?
Mousekeeping is what a lot of Disney fans call the housekeeping department at Walt Disney Word resorts. It is not an official term but it is a cute one!
Mousekeeping performs all the normal tasks you would expect from housekeeping at a hotel anywhere. They make the beds, replace the towels and washcloths, and empty the trash. They might also do a little bit of straightening up.
So would you or should you trade Mousekeeping for a gift card? That depends on you. Are you the kind of person who loves to come back to beds made and the room looking fresh? Or are you the kind of person who puts the “Do Not Disturb” sign out every day anyway?
If you always put the “Do Not Disturb” sign out anyway I guess this is a no-brainer. But if you are the kind of person who prefers to have some come neaten up for you every day you have to ask yourself is that clean room worth $15-20 per night? There are no right or wrong answers.
Even if you do take the offer you can still get fresh towels and such. You just have to ask for them.
How much can you get and which resorts are participating?
Because Disney is not promoting this offer on the official Disney Website the only information available is from friends, co-workers, and posts on internet forums. So take everything that follows as a may be true and may be false.
From information I have this offer has been made at Pop Century and the All-Star resorts. There may be more and there may not be. The offer is made when you check-in and is an all or nothing proposition. You cannot opt to have Mousekeeping on some days and not others.
Different people have reported different amounts. The most recent and reliable source I have says Disney is offering $15 per night but I have seen reports of $20 too.
Why would Disney let you trade Mousekeeping for a gift card?
Guests have been complaining a lot lately about Mousekeeping. Rooms are not as clean. Rooms are not available until late. Most people have assumed Disney reduced staff to save money then spread the work load out.
There may be some truth to this but what if that is not the whole story? Disney is currently offering bonuses to people who accept a job in housekeeping. The bonus is $500 for both full and part time positions. (If you happen to be interested here is a link to the right page.)
So maybe the truth is Disney just cannot keep enough people on staff. To keep guests happy while they hire and train more people it makes sense (in the short-term) to get guests to voluntarily forgo housekeeping services.