Is Tables in Wonderland Worth It?
You may have heard about a dining discount at Walt Disney World called Tables in Wonderland. What is it, and is it worth it?
What is Tables in Wonderland?
Tables in Wonderland is a dining discount card that frequent guests can purchase. It gives 20% off food & beverages at over 100 restaurants at Walt Disney World.
It's accepted at almost all table service restaurants (there are a few exceptions). In addition, because there are no table service at the Value resorts or Port Orleans French Quarter, Tables in Wonderland can also be used at the quick service at those resorts!
Bon Voyage Breakfast
Free valet parking during your meal is also included. (A $33 value) And an automatic18% gratuity added to the bill, which is convenient.
Not all guests can purchase Tables in Wonderland. It’s meant for those who return often: Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Florida residents.
The cost of the card is $150 for Annual Passholders or Disney Vacation Club Members, and $175 for Florida Residents.
The card purchase is good for the remainder of the month that you purchase it, plus 13 months. I purchased mine January 21, 2020 and it expires February 28, 2021.
In the past, I never purchased Tables in Wonderland because I couldn’t make the numbers work. I have the annual passholder discount which already saves 10% on table service, and we don’t drink alcohol. However, my annual pass expires January 28, 2020, yet this discount will continue for the entire next year that I don’t have an annual pass. Plus, we were planning to do a lot of table service meals on this trip - about one a day the entire week, including 2 signature meals and a character breakfast. So between this trip and the few others I have planned for the next 13 months, I think I will come out ahead with the card.
I kept all my receipts so I could add it up and see.
Here’s how it worked on this trip:
Trip 1 - January 2020, 8 nights - 2 adults and one child under 10:
This was a week-long, somewhat dining-heavy trip.
Here are the table service restaurants we visited:
- Via Napoli
- Kona Cafe
- Trattoria al Forno (character breakfast)
- Sebastian’s Bistro
- Jiko - A Cooking Place
- Toppolino’s Terrace
That’s 7 table service meals, including 2 signature and one character breakfast.
Using Tables in Wonderland saved us $125.55 on our meals.
I only need to save $24.45 more (or spend $122.25 on TS meals) over the next 13 months to get back what I spent on the card and start the real savings.
The AP discount would have saved $62.78 on this trip, but nothing on the next one.
Other trips I'm planning before the card expires:
Trip 2 - June 2020, 7 nights - 1 adult, 1 teenage boy, 1 kid over 10, 1 under 10
Just a couple of table service are expected.
Trip 3 - January 2021, 5-7 nights - 2 adults, 1 child under 10
At least 4-5 table service meals expected.
Trip 4 - February 2021 for Princess Half Marathon
At least one TS expected.
Overall, I’m confident to say that Tables in Wonderland will provide a great value for me for this year. I recommend taking a look at your plans and how you plan to dine to see whether it makes sense for you.
Tables in Wonderland is Good if:
- You have multiple trips coming within 13 months and plan on several table service meals.
- Your AP is expiring you're not planning to renew it for awhile
- You have a large party. TIW covers 10 people, whereas the AP discount covers only 4.
It's not the best for:
- A small party with plans for few table service meals.
- One trip per year, unless you make those annual trips 13 months or less apart and plan to have enough table service meals.
- Those who already have an AP or DVC discount don’t plan to do many table service meals and/or don’t drink alcohol. You’ll already be getting 10% off your table service meals and would have to spend double to get in the black with TiW.
How to Purchase Tables in Wonderland To purchase, visit Guest Relations at one of the four Disney Parks, or at Disney Springs. Make sure to bring DVC card, proof of Florida residence, or annual pass, and your photo ID. Florida Residents and Annual Passholders may also purchase by phone by calling (407) 566-5858. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
Tip: If you purchase it over the phone you’ll receive a plastic card instead of the paper one you’ll receive when buying it at the parks. However, you’ll need to allow 3-4 weeks to receive it, and your TIW membership starts the day you purchase it.
Use discounted Disney Gift Cards to purchase, whether you get it in person or over the phone.
The 18% gratuity is on the original cost of food before discount.
The 6.5% tax is on the discounted food total.
There are a few blockout dates: Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
If you lose your card or want to get one for your spouse, it will cost $50.