Are you not familiar with Tables in Wonderland? Well, before the Disney Dining Plan came about, this discount card was called the Disney Dining Experience. Tables in Wonderland is a way for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Florida residents to save money on their dining.
The card costs $75 for Annual Passholders and $100 for Florida residents that are non-Annual Passholders, but you must be 21 years or older to purchase. Tables in Wonderland gives you 20% off on all food and beverage (including alcohol) purchases at participating restaurants and is good for up to 10 people. Most of the restaurants that are table service are included, and it even includes restaurants that the Disney Dining Plan does not. Many of the restaurants at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Victoria and Albert’s, Portobello, Paradiso 37, Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, House of Blues, Fulton’s Crab House, Grand View Tea Room and Bistro de Paris are all included. In addition, many of the lounges at the resorts, Tune-In Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, some of the counter service locations like Flame Tree BBQ and Yak and Yeti. Click here for a full list of locations.
Besides the 20% off, when dining at resorts you get the additional perk of complimentary resort valet services. This can save you $12-$15 depending on which resort you are dining at. This alone adds up quickly. After your meal, just show your dining receipt to the Valet Stand with your Tables in Wonderland card and you are good to go… no cost for valeting.
A few things to note. There is an automatic gratuity of 18% added to your bill, no matter the party size. However, you are tipping your server anyways and I’ve never found this to be a problem because 99% of the time I receive great or excellent service at the Disney restaurants. Also, there are times of the year when you can’t use your card such as Mother’s Day, July 4th, Thankgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Also, the card can’t be used on the Fantasmic Dinner Package, Candlelight Processional Package, Food and Wine Festival Packages or special events.
However, just because you decide to get the Tables in Wonderland doesn’t mean you can’t get the Disney Dining Plan too. In fact, you can use the Tables in Wonderland card to cover items that aren’t being taken care of by the Disney Dining Plan, such as alcoholic drinks and appetizers (unless you are on the Deluxe Plan in which appetizers are included).
If you are planning to dine at Victoria and Albert’s, get the card. The reason being is if a couple dines at Victoria and Albert’s and adds on the wine pairing… you have broken even. As a side note, you can’t use this card at the Chef’s Table or in Queen Victoria’s Room.
If you are a Florida resident, visit Walt Disney World often or travel to Orlando for business this card has the potential to save you a lot of money. Between dining at Victoria and Albert’s last year (because of the card) during one of our five trips and my husband’s business trips, the card saved us a lot of money. So I highly recommend picking one up. You’ll find it to be a money saver!
Kristen Hoetzel from Cooking With Mickey or on twitter at Twitter @CookingwMickey
- Walt Disney World’s Tables in Wonderland Dining Locations (chipandco.com)
- Disney Dining Comparison: Tables in Wonderland vs. Disney Dining Plan (chipandco.com)