A nice and exclusive money saving benefit to Florida Residents, Disney Vacation Club Members and annual passholders is the ability to purchase a Tables in Wonderland discount card. The card focuses on the dining experiences at the parks & resorts, to encourage regular visitors to eat at the parks & resorts.
The card’s main benefit is that it gets the holder and up to 10 people in their party 20% off dining at most restaurants at Walt Disney World. The 20% off discount even includes alcohol but adds in a 18% gratuity automatically when using the discount.
The card does cost $100 for annual passholders and $125 for DVC & Florida residents so is the card worth the cost? Let’s take a look at all of the benefits of being a cardholder and break down some of the math to see if it makes sense.
Tables in Wonderland Card Benefits
The biggest perk of the Tables in Wonderland card is the 20% off all food & alcohol purchases at most restaurants at Walt Disney World. In addition to the food discount there are other perks to the card as well.
- 20% discount on all food and beverage purchases (including alcohol) at over 100 participating restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort. Discount is valid for a party of up to 10 Guests including the member.
- Complimentary Resort Valet and Theme Park parking for dining purposes
- Invitations to special events, such as happy hours, dessert parties, and dinners.
Obviously the biggest perk of the card is the dining discount but if you are frequently visiting the resorts the free valet parking perk is a nice addition as well.
The special dining events generally are events exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members but usually are an extra expense, and many times fairly pricey as well.
Is Tables in Wonderland Worth the Cost?
The Tables in Wonderland card isn’t cheap – you’ll be paying either $125 for Florida Residents & Disney Vacation Club Members or $100 for annual passholders. Anytime we purchase a discount card we want to make sure that eventually we’ll come out ahead with the discounts. What will be the break even point that makes purchasing the card worth the initial fee?
In order to see if the card would be worth the cost we will have to see how much would need to be spent on dining to make back the cost of the card.
- If you paid $125 for the card your break even point would be after you spend $650 in dining to break even ($625 * 20% discount = $125).
- For those who paid $100 for the card your break even would be $500 spend in dining ($500 * 20% discount = $100).
That is a hefty amount of money to spend on food but it easily attainable for a family or if you go to the parks regularly. Before you make the purchase make sure you do the math to see if it will work in your favor.
A few words of caution about the Tables in Wonderland card:
- To replace a lost or stolen card will cost you a hefty $50 so keep that card in a safe location!
- Blackout dates are in place for the busiest of days where the card’s perks will not be valid: Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
- The cardholder must be present at the meal for the discount to be valid, you can’t hand your card off to a friend or family member to get the discounts. The cardholder also must pay for the meal for the discount to be applied.
Tables in Wonderland Participating Locations
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort – World Premiere Food Court
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Intermission Food Court
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort – End Zone Food Court
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma – Flavors of Africa, Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar, Jiko – The Cooking Place, Sanaa, Victoria Falls
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Landscape of Flavors
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (excludes take-out shop), Cape May Cafe, Martha’s Vineyard Lounge
Disney’s BoardWalk – Belle Vue Lounge (excludes breakfast), Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ESPN® Club, Flying Fish Cafe, Kouzzina by Cat Cora®
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Shutters at Old Port Royale
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – California Grill, Chef Mickey’s, Outer Rim, The Wave… of American Flavors
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Maya Grill
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Crockett’s Tavern, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (restrictions apply), Trail’s End Restaurant (Excludes take out shop)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Garden View Tea Room, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mizner’s Lounge, Narcoossee’s, Victoria & Albert’s (excludes Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room)
Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Olivia’s Cafe
Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course – Sand Trap Bar & Grill
Disney’s Polynesian Resort – ‘Ohana, Kona Cafe, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Late show only), Tambu Lounge
Disney’s Pop Century Resort – Everything Pop Shopping and Dining (excludes merchandise from shop)
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter – Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Scat Cat’s Club
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – Boatwright’s Dining Hall, River Roost
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – The Artist’s Palette, The Turf Club Bar and Grill; The Turf Club Lounge
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – The Green Cabin Room, Shutters, Sonya’s (Excludes Sunday Brunch)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point, Territory Lounge, Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Ale and Compass Lounge, Captain’s Grille, Crew’s Cup Lounge, Yachtsman Steakhouse
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Garden Grove, Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Kimonos, Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo
Magic Kingdom® Park – Be Our Guest Restaurant (Dinner Only), Cinderella’s Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace, The Plaza Restaurant, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Epcot® – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn Restaurante, The Garden Grill Restaurant, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood & Vine, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Tune-In Lounge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Tusker House Restaurant
Downtown Disney® Marketplace – Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant, Fulton’s Crab House
Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island – Paradiso 37 Taste of the Americas, Portobello, Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant
Downtown Disney® West Side – Bongos Cuban Café®, House Of Blues® (Excludes Sunday Brunch), Planet Hollywood®, Splitsville™ (Excludes merchandise and bowling), Wolfgang Puck® Café
ESPN Wide World of Sports® – ESPN Wide World of Sports® Grill
Do you know if you can use your disney rewards visa 10% discount along with the TIW discount?
Good question – generally you are only able to use one coupon/offer at a time when paying so I would say this probably wouldn’t work but worth a shot!
It’s worth noting that many restaurants already offer a 10% discount to passholders, meaning Tables in Wonderland costs $100 initially, and only offers an additional 10% off at those locations.
Maybe I am reading this wrong… you “save” 20% but then they add on 18% gratuity. So if I am understanding this correctly… you save 2%?? Lets say they give you the discount and then add the 18%…
MEAL COST – $100
TIW Discount – $20
Added Tip – $14.40
Money saved by using TiW – $5.60
Actual % saved – 5.6%
Assuming you planned to tip 18% for your service the discount would still apply. However, If you decided the service was only worth a $5.00 tip you are not going to see the savings.
I’ll be completely honest. Most of the Disney Dining experiences are worth a $5 tip to me. So the savings isn’t that amazing after really looking at the numbers.
You are the type of people I cringe going out. $5 tip really? If you cannot afford to eat out don’t. Don’t be cheap with the hard working waiters & waitresses