The Tables in Wonderland dining discount membership is available for purchase by Florida residents for $100 or annual passholders for $75. Our previous trip in November we had purchased annual passes for ourselves, and realized that with the trips we have tentatively scheduled over the next year, the dining discount could be worth it. So, on our last “adults only” trip in January, we purchased the Tables in Wonderland dining discount card. Here is what we learned…
Benefits of Tables in Wonderland
Tables in Wonderland (TIW) gives you 20% off on food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages!) at almost all Table Service restaurants, some Counter Service (Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue and Restaurantosaurus in Animal Kingdom), the late showings of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Spirit of Aloha, and the value resorts food court restaurants. Because TIW includes alcoholic beverages, it is also honored for just drinks at most of the lounges at the deluxe resorts and, our favorite place for a drink, The Rose and Crown Pub in the UK Pavilion.
With the TIW discount, at Table Service restaurants, an 18% gratuity is automatically added to your bill. Usually the service at any Disney establishment is worth that amount and it is a “suggested” amount to add at the bottom of any receipt, so if you take that into consideration, your discount is a full 20%. If though, you tend to tip at the more standard 15% level, then the TIW discount is a bit less. This 18% gratuity is also added to a bar tab, so if you usually only give a couple of bucks for a $20 pour of 18 year single malt scotch, your savings may not be as great. If you use your Tables in Wonderland card at Victoria and Albert’s, a full 20% gratuity is automatically added, but with the cost of Victoria & Albert’s, saving the gratuity alone here could easily pay for your TIW membership.
TIW membership also includes:
- Complimentary resort valet parking services for the sole purpose of dining. This benefit is good for one vehicle per membership card.
- Complimentary Theme Park parking for the sole purpose of dining. If you arrive before 5:00pm, you will pay for parking at the Toll Plaza. On your way out of the Theme Park, visit Guest Relations and if it has been less than 3 hours, show your membership card and dining receipt for reimbursement for parking. After 5:00 p.m., members can show their membership card at the toll plaza to enter the parking lot. Theme park admission is required for dining in all Theme Park restaurant locations. On Block-Out dates, there will be a charge for parking and valet services.
Currently, the Block-out dates for Tables in Wonderland are: Mothers Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Also, there is a $50 replacement fee for lost or stolen cards, so take good care if this card!
When you get your card, it comes with the latest version of the booklet listing the participating locations. You can also ask for this booklet at any guest services location. Note that the info in the booklet can change at any time, so if you have a TIW membership and are considering visiting a location that is not on the list, always ask!
Our experience with Tables in Wonderland
The first use of Tables in Wonderland was on our 5 day January trip. We made no advance dining reservations, just deciding to “wing it” when it came to meals. We were able to get into 4 Table Service restaurants without reservations; Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom, Via Napoli and Tokyo Dining in Epcot and The Cape May Café at Beach Club Resort. Normally getting into a Table Service without ADR’s is unheard of, but the end of January is not a peak season and it was just the two of us, so that worked to our advantage. We were also staying at Pop Century, so we used the TIW discount for a couple of quick breakfasts before we headed out to the parks. One morning we enjoyed Pizzafari which, unbeknownst to most visitors, serves a full breakfast. (We’ve had breakfast there twice and were the only people in the restaurant!) We also took advantage of the full discount (no tip added) at Flame Tree Barbeque which, in my opinion, is one of the best values in the parks, their food is excellent and the portions are worth the money even without a discount. This being an “adult only” trip, we also took advantage of a couple of the lounges, Todd English’s bluezoo, Martha’s Vineyard in The Beach Club and of course the Rose and Crown.
Our actual savings from Tables in Wonderland
So in total we used our TIW discount at 10 different establishments. With only the two of us we saved $61.53 just in those 5 days based on our usual 15% tip. If we normally tipped 18%, the savings would have been $71.68. We already have an 8 day trip with the kids scheduled for August, and we are tentatively planning another trip during the Food and Wine Festival in October. We should have no problem seeing significant savings from our TIW membership.
Our advice for purchasing Tables in Wonderland
If you travel to Disney World often enough to justify an annual pass, and enjoy eating at a few table service restaurants on each visit, I highly recommend purchasing the $75.00 Tables in Wonderland dining discount. As a Florida resident that is not an annual passholder you will have to decide for yourself if you can use a TIW membership enough to see a return on your $100 purchase. If you dine regularly at Signature restaurants, especially those at the resorts and Downtown Disney where you don’t need park admission, you could certainly see significant savings. If you only go a few days a year but you have a large family that likes to eat at table service restaurants, you may also be able to see some savings, but do your research first.
For official details regarding TIW, see the Disney TIW web page. This page is intended for Florida residents only and it may ask you for a zip code. Here is one that will work: 32801