Tables in Wonderland
Tables in Wonderland – Is It Worth It?
Tables in Wonderland gives members a 20% discount on food and alcohol at Walt Disney World. You read that correctly, there is a way to get a discount on alcohol at Disney. However, it is only available to Florida Residents, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. There is also an annual fee associated with Tables in Wonderland. We have been Tables in Wonderland members for 4 years. This post includes what Tables in Wonderland is, the pros and cons of purchasing it, and our recommendations.
What Is Tables In Wonderland?
The main benefit of Tables In Wonderland is the discount that is applied to food and alcohol at Walt Disney World. The discount is 20% off of all food and drinks at select Disney World restaurants and dinner shows. The discount applies to over 100 locations at Disney World. Most of the locations are table service restaurants. However, it does include a couple of bars and few quick-service locations. While this may seem like a lot of restaurants, there are still many locations not included. One that we wish was included, that currently is not, is Trader Sam’s. For the full list of restaurants covered, click here.
In addition to discounts on food and drinks, members receive invitations to special dining events. We have not yet attended a Tables in Wonderland special event, so we cannot speak to whether they are worth the price. The events often cost $200 to $300 and are themed around food. One current example is a dining experience at the Contemporary Chef’s Table. Guest enjoy a champagne reception and a 6-course meal. This event costs $259 per guest and is only available to Tables in Wonderland members.
The last benefit is complimentary hotel valet and theme park parking. The website details that this parking should only be used when guests are parking for dining purposes. We do not rent a car when we visit Disney World, so this benefit is not a factor for us.
How Does It Work?
The membership is tied to one individual. When at a participating restaurant, the individual whose name is on the membership must be present, show an ID and their Tables in Wonderland card, and be the one to pay. The discount covers all food and alcohol for up to 10 individuals.
The discount also applies to select dinner shows, such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. For these reservations, the member should call Disney dining and reserve the show as they normally would. Inform the cast member about the Tables in Wonderland discount and pre-pay for the show. When you are at the show, the Tables in Wonderland member shows their ID and Tables in Wonderland card and the discount will be applied.
How Much Does It Cost?
Tables in Wonderland is not free. This means you have to consider whether the benefits are worth the costs. We provide more details on the pros and cons below. Currently, Tables in Wonderland costs $175 for Florida Residents and $150 for Disney Passholders and DVC members. Therefore as an annual passholder or DVC member, you would need to spend $750 at the participating restaurants in Disney to break even. The membership lasts for one year.
You can add a spouse/partner to a membership for an additional $50. This additional cost is only worth if you and your spouse do not plan on being together when using the Tables in Wonderland membership.
You can purchase Tables in Wonderland at Guest Relations at any of the 4 Disney World parks or at Guest Relations in Disney Springs. You can also call and purchase the Tables in Wonderland membership. Any time that we have purchased Tables in Wonderland, we have done it in person. The membership starts from the date of purchase, so we normally wait until we are at Disney to get the full value from the membership. If you purchase Tables in Wonderland in person, they will give you your membership card at the time of purchase.
Things To Be Aware Of
If you are an Annual Passholder or DVC member, you get a discount on many of the same restaurants that you do with Tables in Wonderland. When you are deciding on whether or not Tables in Wonderland is right for you, do not ignore the discounts that you get with any of your current memberships or passes. Currently annual passesholders receive a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at participating restaurants. Tables in Wonderland gives you 20% off everything, including alcohol. Another big difference is that Tables in Wonderland covers up to 10 people at a given meal (whereas annual passholders only get 4 people).
There are blackout dates associated with the Tables in Wonderland discounts. The current black-out dates on Disney World’s website include: Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
When you use Tables in Wonderland, there is a 20% discount off of all food and beverages. However, there is also an 18% tip added to the bill. This tip will be applied to any use at a participating table service restaurants. The 18% tip is not included at participating counter service locations. For us, this factor is not a big deal because we would tip at the table service restaurant anyways. Just be aware that it is already included in your bill.
Tables in Wonderland cannot be applied to a Disney dining package. However, if you are at a meal and using dining credits, the member could use Tables in Wonderland to purchase alcohol separately and apply the discount to anything not covered by the dining plan.
Is It Worth It?
The answer to this question, depends on a few additional aspects. We have broken them into mini-categories below. We hope these aspects help you decide if Tables in Wonderland is right for you.
Tables in Wonderland gains a lot of value when you travel to Disney World with a large group. Since the discount applies to up to 10 individuals, the sheer number of people that the discount applies to results in the benefits adding up quickly. A meal and drinks at California Grill for 10 adults can easily be over $750. Since the break-even price for annual passholders is $750, getting Tables for this situation would be a no-brainer. The discount from the group meal would cover the cost of the membership and then any other meals/drinks that you use Tables in Wonderland for the rest of the year is bonus money saved.
If you tend to drink a lot of alcohol when at Disney World, the benefits of the Tables in Wonderland membership can add up quickly. The thing to be aware of, is what participating bars are covered. The bars we most frequently use Tables in Wonderland at are Rose and Crown, Mizner’s Lounge, Tambu Lounge, and Nomad Lounge. Sadly, Tables in Wonderland is NOT accepted at Trader Sam’s and NOT accepted at most of the alcohol stops when drinking around the world at Epoct.
If you go to Disney often or if you take long trips to Disney World, the value from Tables in Wonderland will add up quickly. The more visits you make to the participating restaurants, the more benefits you gain from the membership.
Disney Dining Plans:
If you use a Disney World dining plan when you travel to Disney, we would not recommend getting Tables in Wonderland. Since the dining plan covers your meals, it will be much harder to spend the money to make the purchase of Tables in Wonderland worth it.
Festival Booths and Snacks:
If Disney snacks and Epcot festival food are your main food staples when at Disney World, we would probably not recommend Tables in Wonderland. Tables in Wonderland gets the most value when the member goes to table service restaurants and participating bars.
Our Overall Recommendation
We have been very happy with our Tables in Wonderland membership. It always helps when you get the check at Disney and it isn’t quite as much as you thought it would be because you have that bonus discount. Does this mean it is worth it for everyone? No. If you tend to only eat snacks or at Epcot festivals, we would not recommend Tables. If you do not drink alcohol, it may also be harder to get your money’s worth. Go through our items above and decide if you think it is right for you. Remember that $750 break-even point for annual passholders and DVC members. If you have a Tables in Wonderland membership, we would love to hear about your experiences – Please comment below!
More information about Tables in Wonderland can be found here https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/tables-in-wonderland/
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