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Disney World Tables in Wonderland is a great way of getting a discount on dining at Disney World if you are a Florida resident, Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member.
Tables in Wonderland
Formerly known as the Disney Dining Experience, Tables in Wonderland gives cardholders a 20% on food and beverage purchases at most Disney World restaurants.
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Surprisingly the 20% discount also includes alcoholic beverages when you use your Tables of Wonderland card.
How Much Does Tables in Wonderland Cost?
The Tables in Wonderland card is a significant discount and those eligible should definitely consider if the $150 annual cost of the card is a good choice.
The cost is $175 for Florida residents who are not annual pass holders.
Disney Tables in Wonderland is open to those eligible aged 21 and over. You have to show proof of eligibility at Guest Services locations to purchase the card.
Each Tables in Wonderland card is good for food and dining purchases for up to 10 guests per card. You can get a second card at a cost of $50.
To be eligible for a second Tables in Wonderland Card you must both live at the same address and both be aged 21 or over.
Also if you lose your card you will be charged $50 for a replacement.
It used to be that you could extend your card validity for up to 13 months as it expired on the last day of the month in which you bought it. So if you bought it on 1st March 2017 it would expire 31st March 2018.
Unfortunately, that loophole has now been closed and your Tables in Wonderland card is valid for 12 months from the day that you bought it.
How To Purchase Tables in Wonderland
The easiest way to purchase a Tables in Wonderland Membership is to go to Guest Services at any of the four Disney World Parks.
You can also call (407) 566-5858. However, you will have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks for your Card to be delivered if you purchase by phone.
What do you need to prove you are eligible for Tables in Wonderland?
- Florida Residents need a valid photo ID and proof of Florida residence.
- Annual Passholders need a valid photo ID and your Disney World Annual Pass.
- Disney Vacation Club Members need a valid photo ID and a Disney Vacation Club Membership ID or Membership Card.
Tables in Wonderland Gratuity
For all Tables in Wonderland purchases an 18% gratuity will will added to the check.
This gratuity is added on to the pre-discount amount.
Therefore, if the check is $100 in full the gratuity will be $18. The check will be discounted to $80. If you add the tip the total is $98.
Some people use this calculation to say that Tables in Wonderland only gives you a 2% discount.
However, this simply doesn’t hold up. Most guests are adding a gratuity of around 18% anyway.
So in the example you would normally pay $118. However, the Tables in Wonderland card holder would pay $98.
Yes, I agree it doesn’t work out to 20%. The percentage discount amount will depend upon the gratuity percentage. It’s not 20% exactly, but it’s still a big saving.
Will Tables in Wonderland Save You Money?
Depending upon the way that you dine at Disney World it may be that the Tables in Wonderland card is a better deal than the Disney Dining Plan if you are staying at a Disney resort.
You do not need to be staying at a Disney resort to use your Tables in Wonderland membership.
It is also a better deal than using your Disney World Annual Pass dining discount.
Gone are the days when your Disney World AP could get you up to 20% off many of the Disney World restaurants. For most Disney World restaurants now the maximum discount with an AP of whatever type is 10%.
Therefore the additional 10% making a total of 20% discount off Disney World dining could make it worth it if you plan to dine at Disney World fairly often.
Anyone who has dined at Walt Disney World knows that your check can very quickly reach a high level! A 20% discount off that has to be an attractive proposition.
How much do you have to spend to break even if you purchase a Tables in Wonderland Card?
If we do not take into account any other possible discounts a Florida resident would have to spend $875 at eligible Disney World restaurants to start to feel the benefit of the discounts.
That math is a bit more complicated for an Annual Passholder as they would already get a 10% discount for most restaurants. If we ignore this and simply factor in the price of purchasing the Tables in Wonderland Card you will get to feel the benefit at a $750 spending point.
DVC Members will also hit the break-even point and go into savings mode at $750 spent in Disney World Restaurants.
For anyone who has ever dined at Walt Disney World, you know that $750 isn’t that difficult to spend! Particularly when you know that you can use the Tables in Wonderland discount for up to 10 guests for a year. You can even stretch that to 20 guests if you have 2 cards.
It is tempting to compare the Tables in Wonderland savings with the Disney Dining Plan. However, I think that this is the wrong approach as it is a very different concept.
There are those who adore the Disney Dining Plan and would not visit Disney World without it. However, it is a very different concept to the Tables in Wonderland Card.
The first and very obvious difference is that you do not have to be staying at a Disney World Hotel Resort to have a Tables in Wonderland Card. However, this is an essential requirement to be eligible to purchase a Disney Dining Plan.
Many guests save money with the Disney Dining Plan. However, within that concept is the fact that you are trying to save money on meals for the whole day. Therefore you are counting discounts on snacks and quick service meals.
Tables in Wonderland will not save you anything on a Mickey Bar. However, it will save you money on most of the restaurants at Walt Disney World if you want a full-service meal.
I think that trying to compare savings with the Disney Dining Plan as against the Tables in Wonderland Card is like comparing apples to oranges. It just isn’t talking about the same thing.
Tables in Wonderland is a great idea for certain Disney World guests. The biggest savers will be those who love Disney World and live close by.
These guests probably aren’t going to stay in a Disney World hotel. They will just drive from home.
They may have a Florida Annual Pass but if they are going to dine frequently in Disney World restaurants that 20% discount is very tempting. Particularly if they have up to 9 friends to help them enjoy that discount!
How can you save if you will dine with more than 10 guests including yourself? If you buy the additional Tables in Wonderland card for $50 the discount can extend for up to 20 guests.
This is probably not that common a scenario, but if you know this is going to apply to you and you are eligible you really should think about buying a second Tables in Wonderland card.
Tables in Wonderland Blackout Dates
There are blackout dates when you cannot use the Tables in Wonderland discount.
As might be expected, the Tables in Wonderland card can’t be used on
- Mother’s Day
- Easter Sunday,
- Independence Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day.
Tables in Wonderland Benefits
Aside from the 20% discount at many Disney World table service restaurants, Tables in Wonderland cardholders also have other benefits.
- Free Valet Parking at Disney Springs and Walt Disney World Hotel Resorts when you are dining with a Tables in Wonderland reservation. This is for one vehicle per membership.
- Free Disney World theme park parking for the sole purpose of dining at a Disney World park restaurant using your Tables in Wonderland Card.
- If you arrive at a Disney theme park before 5 pm you will have to pay for parking at the Auto Plaza (unless you have an Annual Pass which gets you free parking). You will then visit Guest Services on your way out of the Disney World park after your meal. If it is less than 3 hours you will be reimbursed for your parking. If it is more, then you won’t get your money back.
- If you arrive at a Disney World theme park after 5 pm just show your Tables in Wonderland Card at the Auto Plaza and they will let you in for free. No need to claim it back.
The bottom line is that parking is only free or reimbursed if you are using it for the purpose of dining with your Tables in Wonderland Card.
You can’t spend a whole day in the Disney parks, add on dining and then expect free parking. It isn’t going to happen.
Tables in Wonderland Restaurant List 2019
Not all of the Disney World restaurants accept the Tables in Wonderland discount card.
Here is a list of Tables in Wonderland Restaurants 2019.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- Be Our Guest Restaurant (Dinner Only)
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- The Crystal Palace
- Jungle Navigation Co Ltd Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- Akershus Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Chefs de France (lunch only)
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- The Garden Grill
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Restaurant Marrakesh
- Rose and Crown Dining Room
- Rose and Crown Pub
- San Angel Inn Restaurante
- Spice Road Table
- Tokyo Dining
- Tutto Italia Ristorante
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood and Vine
- Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano
- Sci-Fi Dine in Theater
- Tune-In Lounge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Flame Tree Barbecue
- Nomad Lounge
- Tiffins Restaurant
- Tusker House Restaurant
- Enzo’s Hideaway
- Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
- Dockside Margaritas
- House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (excludes Sunday Brunch)
- Frontera Cocina (lunch only)
- Mario and Enzo’s Ristorante
- Morimoto Asia
- Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
- Planet Hollywood (includes merchandise but excludes Stargazers Happy Hour
- Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
- Splitsville Dining Room (excludes bowling and merchandise)
- STK Orlando
- Terralina Crafter Italian
Disney’s All Star Movie 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
- Victoria Falls Lounge
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Landscape of Flavors
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Beaches and Cream Soda Shop (excludes take out)
- Cape May Cafe
- Martha’s Vineyard
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
- Belle Vue Lounge (excludes breakfast)
- Big River Grille and Brewing Works
- ESPN Club
- Flying Fish
- Trattoria al Forno
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 and Campground
- Crockett’s Tavern
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review (8.30 pm show only)
- Trail’s End Restaurant (excludes take out shop)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- 1900m Park Fare
- Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room
- Grand Floridian Cafe
- Mizner’s Lounge
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Olivia’s Cafe
- Gurgling Suitcase
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Kona Cafe
- Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (late only)
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 Wilderness Lodge
- Territory Lounge
- Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Ale and Compass Lounge
- Ale and Compass Restaurant
- Crew’s Cup Lounge
- Yachtsman Steakhouse
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
- Garden Grove
- Il Mulino
- Shula’s Steak House
- Todd English’s Bluezoo
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
- The Green Cabin Room
- Wind and Waves Bar
- Wind and Waves Grill
Sadly Victoria and Albert’s will no longer accept the Tables in Wonderland card from August 1st 2014 onwards.
Have you ever been a member of Tables of Wonderland?
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