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Old 01-20-2013, 06:40 PM   #16
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Here is a working example, using $100.00 as the original bill to make the math show up easily. Note this is for Table Service. At Counter Service there is no gratuity added.

100.00 - Original Menu Amount
*20.00 - Discount
*80.00 - Subtotal
*18.00 - Gratuity Added based on $100
**5.20 - Sales Tax on $80
103.20 - Final amount charged, takes into consideration discount, gratuity and tax.

Without TiW Discount (and still figuring 18% Gratuity)

100.00 - Original Menu Amount
*18.00 - Gratuity
**6.50 - Sales Tax on $100
124.50 - Total

$21.30 - Savings using TiW Card.

(Note - At Victoria and Albert's the added gratuity is 20% instead of 18%.)
* Ignore the asterisks; they are there only so the columns/numbers line up properly.

For the complete list of locations and the rules, go to www.tablesinwonderland.com which is the Official Disney site.

Based on the new pricing, the following is the break-even point for menu pricing (assuming you will routinely give an 18% tip:
AP Holder ($100) is $469.48
Resident or DVC Member (not AP holder) ($125) is $586.85
Both of the above take into consideration that the Sales Tax is also discounted.
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I prefer the Tables in Wonderland card to the dining plan

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Originally Posted by JennaDeeDooDah View Post
My husband and I have been doing math all day and looking at restaurants where we are planning on dining. I'm such a dork. I made a spreadsheet with each of our restaurants listed, the maximum price at that restaurant, the minimum price, the median, the mode, and what the price is of each entree my husband and I are most likely to order. Then, I calculated in the price of alcohol if it is a restaurant where we are most likely to order alcohol (hello, Biergarten!). From there, I calculated what kind of discount TIW would likely give us, as well as what kind of discount we would get if we ordered only the minimum or only the maximum. It is clearly the better deal for us. The AP discount doesn't work as well for us as it is only available for lunch on M-F at Epcot and that is where we eat the majority of our meals, but not always for lunch and not always on weekdays. It also has no discounts at Magic Kingdom. Not a good deal for us. TiW, though, is a great deal for us. My husband loves his beer and I am quite the fan of wine around the world

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There is one final caveat. There are blackout dates, and they are usually the major holidays and major "dining out" holidays. So besides the usual Christmas Eve and Day, NYE and NY Day, there's also Mother's Day and Independence Day. You can't use the discount on those days.

The Tables in Wonderland website spells that out, as well.

If you plan to buy your annual pass and TiW card at the same time, it's really best to find the Guest Relations window at the parks, and not the regular ticket windows. Ticket windows are not set up to sell TiW. But all Guest Relation windows CAN sell the AP, and then sell you TiW.

Unless things changed in 2013, I've always had a 13th month expiration on the card. The last time I bought a card was in December 2011. My TiW card expiration date was not in December 2012, but January 31st, 2013.

So it is possible TiW policy changed. But if that's the case, both your annual pass and TiW card will expire on the same day, "worst case scenario".
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