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Old 11-08-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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Tables in Wonderland... am I missing something?

I see that the card gets you 20% off your meals at participating resaurants. Thats cool but then it adds 18% on your food bill. So really you are saving 2%? Am I missing something? I do not see this as a deal. That 2% will not cover the price I paid for the TIW Card....
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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I see that the card gets you 20% off your meals at participating resaurants. Thats cool but then it adds 18% on your food bill. So really you are saving 2%? Am I missing something? I do not see this as a deal. That 2% will not cover the price I paid for the TIW Card....
Assuming you normally tip the recommended amount of 18% on top of the total for your meal, you save on the tips plus another 2%.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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we always tip well so we love having the added 18% on the ticket and then we also save on alcohol. I believe if you spend $375 the card pays for itself. We can do that in one sitting in Disney if there are 4 of us (all adults). Last week we dropped that several times...or at least close to it...we ate a Cali Grill, Derby, Bluezoo and Shula's.
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we always tip well so we love having the added 18% on the ticket and then we also save on alcohol. I believe if you spend $375 the card pays for itself. We can do that in one sitting in Disney if there are 4 of us (all adults). Last week we dropped that several times...or at least close to it...we ate a Cali Grill, Derby, Bluezoo and Shula's.
Correct me if I'm wrong but TIW is 75.00 if purchased with an AP and 100.00 if just a DVC discount.If that's correct then either spending 375.00 or 400.00 lets you break even.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:53 PM   #5
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My DSiL and I took a trip in Oct 2011 and bought AP's. My dad was treating the entire extended family to a trip in June 2012 so I decided to buy a TiW. We used it at a few restaurants and lounges, but we had a split stay and used the DxDDP for 2 nights/3 days which covered most of our TS meals.

When we went in 2012, my DSiL decided to buy a TiW card too. We used the cards for our group meals (splitting the check sinc we were a group of 13-15). In just two meals, we recouped the cost of the cards. Our total at Chef Mickey's was $492 before tax so our discount was abour $98. Then our dinner at O'Hana was about $350 before tax and that discount was abou $70. Besides those two group meals, we also ate with groups of 4-10 at LeCellier, Garden Grill, Sanaa, Boma, Olivia's, 50's Prime Time Cafe and Coral Reef. Obviously, we saved a LOT by using our TiW cards.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but TIW is 75.00 if purchased with an AP and 100.00 if just a DVC discount.If that's correct then either spending 375.00 or 400.00 lets you break even.
Just to be clear, to break even on a DVC $100 TIW card, you need to spend $500, not $400.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:20 AM   #7
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If you eat a lot of quick service or eat in your room a lot, TIW really isn't worth it. And, as was said above, if you don't tip, it isn't worth it - but lets not go there.

If you eat a lot of sit down dinners - especially signature - or buffets, it can be worth it. Add a larger party, a group who will order a drink or wine with dinner, a evening or two in a lounge, a DVC family who is down for several weeks every year - and a lot of DVCers think that the TiW is one of the best deals going.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #8
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Assuming you normally tip the recommended amount of 18% on top of the total for your meal, you save on the tips plus another 2%.
The TIW should not affect your costs either way if you would normally tip 18%. There is no savings unless you tip 18% but would otherwise tip more and no cost unless you would have tipped less than the recommended amounts. Tips should normally be calculated based on the pre-discount amount.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:36 PM   #9
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I see that the card gets you 20% off your meals at participating resaurants. Thats cool but then it adds 18% on your food bill. So really you are saving 2%? Am I missing something? I do not see this as a deal. That 2% will not cover the price I paid for the TIW Card....
IMO TIW is another Disney idea that has lowered the dining experience. If the server knows that they are guaranteed the 18% tip, there isn't any incentive to earn the tip. A tip is a reward for providing excellent service, not a automatic payment that allows companies to pay the minimum wage.

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IMO TIW is another Disney idea that has lowered the dining experience. If the server knows that they are guaranteed the 18% tip, there isn't any incentive to earn the tip. A tip is a reward for providing excellent service, not a automatic payment that allows companies to pay the minimum wage.

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Do you have the tell them that you have the card before you order? I have the same concerns as you about servers not treating you the same if they know they're guaranteed a nice tip.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #11
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I've never had poor service using the TiW and I always tell them before I order that I have it. Usually when they ask if I'm on the DDP, I tell them.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #12
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I've never had poor service using the TiW and I always tell them before I order that I have it. Usually when they ask if I'm on the DDP, I tell them.
Ditto.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:05 PM   #13
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Do you have the tell them that you have the card before you order? I have the same concerns as you about servers not treating you the same if they know they're guaranteed a nice tip.
No, you don't.

The first times we used ours, I would say "just Tables in Wonderland", but after a bit I realized they did NOT mean that, when they asked if we were on a dining plan. But even when I was telling them up front, at no time did I get bad service that I recall.


Dh generally will tip 20%. TIW automatically adds 18%. So yeah, we're saving money if he doesn't add a bit on.


OP, in case you don't know, it does NOT add that 18% to the Quick Service places that are covered with the TIW card. So if you're thinking it does, rest assured!

And if you are having abysmal service and don't want the tip to be that high, please oh please, speak to a manager *right then*. Not only will you be allowed to change the tip, but you might be able to nip that bad service in the bud!
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #14
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I've never had poor service using the TiW and I always tell them before I order that I have it. Usually when they ask if I'm on the DDP, I tell them.
This goes for us too!

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:24 PM   #15
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I've never had poor service using the TiW and I always tell them before I order that I have it. Usually when they ask if I'm on the DDP, I tell them.
Same with us.
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