Dining at Walt Disney World can be one of the best parts of your trip and it can also be one of the most expensive. There are ways to curtail that, such as bringing in your own snacks, but at some point you’re going to have to (or want to) eat a meal in one of those fantastic sit down restaurants. After all, you’re on vacation, right? Today I will share with you one of the best-kept secrets at Walt Disney World – Tables In Wonderland.
Cost Of Tables In Wonderland
“$175 for Florida Residents
$150 for Walt Disney World® Resort Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members
Add a second membership for your spouse or partner for only $50 more!”
Source: Tables In Wonderland website
To be fair, we got a deal on Tables In Wonderland when they had a sale. Even at these prices, I’d consider the membership card a deal. At many sit down restaurants, including locations in Disney Springs, you can get a 20% discount. The card automatically tips your waiter 18%, but you’d already be paying a tip anyway. The discount applies to you and up to 9 other party members.
Since we are two people, our dining bill can sometimes be $70 and up for just entrees. Our $70 bill, after 18% gratuity, becomes $66.08. Doesn’t seem like huge savings, right? But, consider this- if we didn’t have Tables In Wonderland, and we tipped at the same gratuity rate, our bill would become $82.60. All together, we are truly saving $16.52. At the current rate of $150 for a Tables in Wonderland membership for passholders or DVC members (we are both), we would need to eat at Disney about 9 times to break even.
9 times. That’s it. If you have an even larger party, with a larger bill, you’ll break even faster. A family with double our bill would break even after only 4.5 meals. Everything else is a savings. Enjoy the Tables in Wonderland program for a full year starting at date of purchase. The card is easy to use, just remember to carry it with you everywhere. I keep mine in my wallet in a zippered compartment that I rarely go into.
It Gets Better
Tables in Wonderland CAN be used on alcohol! And, Tables In Wonderland can also be used in conjunction with a dining plan on anything extra that isn’t already included!
If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World resort, those on property meals may be included if you are dining at one of the qualifying restaurants. A full list of participating restaurants is even included with your membership card, so that you always have it at your fingertips. Just keep in mind there are block-out dates for some restaurants which include most major holidays.
Click the images below for current qualified restaurants at resorts. *Subject to change
Some of the experiences we’ve enjoyed using Tables In Wonderland at: Grand Floridian Cafe, Cinderella’s Royal Table (Character dining), The Crystal Palace (More Character dining), 50’s Prime Time Cafe, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, Tusker House (Even More Character dining), Le Cellier Steakhouse, and San Angel Inn Restaurante. It’s safe to say this membership has paid for itself, and has become a real money saver for us.
Click the image below to see a full listing of current Tables in Wonderland locations inside the Disney parks and Disney Springs. *Subject to change
Tell us how you plan to make the most out of a Tables in Wonderland membership in the comments below!