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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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Old 11-08-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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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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Old 11-08-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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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   #6
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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, 01:46 PM   #7
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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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You know I thought the same thing would happen before my August/September trip but I encounted just the oposite.
The servers seemed thrilled to know that we had the card and I thought maybe they were happy that they knew they would get at least an 18% tip.
Either way, it paid for itself and will be going back in March and using it again.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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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   #9
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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, 02:13 PM   #10
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The way I see it, is you'd be tipping at least 15-20% anyway. At least you should, unless the service was terrible. So once you factor that in, you really are saving the full 20%.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:59 PM   #11
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The way I see it, is you'd be tipping at least 15-20% anyway. At least you should, unless the service was terrible. So once you factor that in, you really are saving the full 20%.
Exactly,and also, as opposed to AP restaurant discounts and DVC restaurant discounts, the 20% TIW discount is the only one that applies to alcohol! We aren't alcoholics but for 6 people, a before dinner drink and a glass of wine with dinner can be steep at Disney and 20% helps!
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:10 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.
This goes for us too!

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:24 PM   #13
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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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Old 11-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #14
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Echoing previous posters - I've been using the card and its predecessors for years and have never received bad service as a result of using the discount. I provide the card with my credit card when it comes time to pay, so the server wouldn't know I have it, anyway, until the end of the meal.

As for the discount, I've certainly never had a WDW meal bad enough to not leave a tip, so yes, I'm absolutely receiving the full 20% discount, since I'd tip between 15-20% anyway.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:56 PM   #15
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Thanks, I will just have to factor in how many times we will be eating out. The discounts will have to be enough to cover the cost of the TIW.
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