Friday, May 14, 2010

Discount Disney--Tables In Wonderland

Tables in Wonderland is a great way to save some money on your Disney vacations.  This plan was formerly known as the Disney Dining Experience and shouldn't be confused with the dining plans currently available.  Tables in Wonderland (TiW) is a discount program available to annual passholders and Florida residents.  The current prices are $75 per year for annual passholders and $100 for non-AP Florida residents.  The cardholder and up to 9 other people in the party will get a 20% discount on food and beverage, including alcohol, at participating table service restaurants at all meals.  An 18% gratuity is added to the check.  Free valet parking when visiting a resort for dining is another perk of the program.  TiW members are invited to special themed, limited availability events each month. 

TiW isn't for everyone, but if you make longer trips to Walt Disney World and eat most days at a table service restaurant, the card pays for itself quickly.  I bought Tables in Wonderland for my dad's birthday just prior to our April 2010 trip.  He is an annual passholder so my cost was $75.  We had five adults in our group, so essentially one person was free at each meal.  In less than 2 character breakfasts and one Tusker House lunch, the card was paid for and the rest was savings.  My parents had extended their stay and continued to save on their meals after the rest of us headed home.  On our fall trip, we'll have four adults and will realize more savings.

The list of restaurants participating in the program varies from year to year.  The official Disney website does not disclose the list, but here it is according to Tables in Wonderland Restaurants 2010

What has been your experience with Tables in Wonderland?  We found it to be a good value, easy to use, and available at all the places we wanted to dine anyway.

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