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Old 03-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Is TIW worth the cost?

I am wondering if I should invest in one.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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That's an impossible question to answer for someone else It would depend on where you plan to eat. What you plan to eat. How many trips/ADRs, etc!

The spreadsheet that's listed in a thread on the DDP board breaks out DDP, OOP and TIW. It's a great resource to really analyze your costs. I'd recommend checking that out.
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If you eat at a lot of TS restaurants as opposed to QS (there are only a handful that accept TIW), its a good investment. There is a formula for the break even point-somewhere between $500-$600 is where the break even is (depending on whether you buy at the AP rate ($100) or FL resident ($125).

If you have a large family and eat at a few sigs or travel there a few times a year its well worth it. If you have a car also the valet parking perk comes in handy (no charge to valet at the resorts-don't forget to tip of course).

I do wish more QS places took it (but then I'm sure it would cost more). We became members years ago when it first started...it was $25 a year!!!! Those were the days! LOL!
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How often do you go to the parks?
How often do you eat TS while you're there?
How many people are in your party?
Do you often eat CS at AK, or eat at value food courts?

These are the major questions that factor into TIW. At a cost of $100, you would need to eat just shy of $500 of menu-priced food in order to break even. The larger your family/party size, the more TSes you eat, and the more days you visit per year, the more that number swings to the positive.

I can tell you that "we" bought a TIW card in January. "We" = card is in my name, but cost was split between myself and two good friends, since we will all benefit. One of the friends has yet to go to WDW and we have already nearly recouped our costs! We had a long weekend trip in January - four nights with four adults at Pop - with multiple meals at the food court. That trip also included three TS meals. Two of those were just me and a friend, but the third was a mid-priced (ie, not everyone ate filet) meal at Le Cellier for six.

In Feb, same friend and I went back. We ate a meal at AK, the two of us went to Beaches & Cream, and we ate a mid-to-high priced meal at Captain's Grille with friend's aunt and uncle.

We are now at $98 saved. (!!!) I expected to break even most of the way through a week-long trip in April, after our Jan long weekend. (The Feb long weekend was not planned and we did not plan to eat TS.)

If we hadn't stayed value... it would have taken longer.
If we hadn't had those two big meals... it would have taken longer.
If we only took a single trip... it would not have made sense.

The answer will differ for everyone. The most fool-proof way is to pick "example" prices for each meal you plan to eat TS, at AK CS and value food courts, and add them up. When you hit $500, stop, it will save you money. If you don't hit $500, then it won't.
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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 or DVC Member ($100) is $469.48
Resident (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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We found it to be well worth it. We bought TiW when it was still $75. We will make 3 trips this year. The first was 10 days, the second 5 days, and the third 8 days. During the first trip, the discounts were pretty much the cost of the card. It really depends on your situation. The second two trips were all savings.
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We bought it last year and it saved us a lot. We are: an 8 day drip - 4 adults, a 5 day trip 2 adults and a 7 day trip 2 adults. We went 3 times within 12 months and we recouped the cost on the first trip. All the rest were savings.
We enjoy a TS meal each evening and have beer and wine with dinner. We ate CS at AK, which was included.
You didn't tell us who is in your party, how many times in 13 months you will go and how often you will eat TS or if you like "adult" beverages.
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It's been worth it for us each time we've bought it. We really enjoy eating at the signature restaurants and don't do many quick service places, so for us it makes sense. We will use the TIW for breakfasts (we enjoy the character breakfasts!), eat a pretzel or some popcorn for lunch, and then usually have a signature meal at night, or at least a sit down meal somewhere like The Plaza.
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tablesinwonderland.com gives lots of info and all the restaurants that accept it.

Family of 3, not big eaters (except for the 8 year old), and we hit the $500 expenditure mark in one trip. One TS per day, some meals in the room, a few snacks and some CS meals (used the TIW at Sassagoula and AOA food court)...
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This is an easy answer. Assuming you pay $100 for the card, you break even when you spend $500. You save after that.

We actually save a little more because we would tip 20% if not using TIW. I rarely bother adding extra tip (unless the service is superior or my baby makes a big mess) since they automatically add 18%.

I just skimmed through other answers but saw mention of CS and snacks. As far as I know TIW is only good for TS restaurants.
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Originally Posted by dr&momto2boys View Post
This is an easy answer. Assuming you pay $100 for the card, you break even when you spend $500. You save after that.

We actually save a little more because we would tip 20% if not using TIW. I rarely bother adding extra tip (unless the service is superior or my baby makes a big mess) since they automatically add 18%.

I just skimmed through other answers but saw mention of CS and snacks. As far as I know TIW is only good for TS restaurants.
For CS, You can use it at FlameTree and Pizzafari at AK. Also at the food courts at the Values.

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It depends on your groups make up and how long you are staying in WDW and how you eat and/or drink at meals. If you spend over $500 in Ts meals (including adult beverages) then it's worth it.
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It's worked out great for us. We use it for all TS dinners, and for Valet parking. It's good on alcohol and food. We do spend more than $500 a year on TS dining.
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For CS, You can use it at FlameTree and Pizzafari at AK. Also at the food courts at the Values.
Food court at SSR too.
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I've been using TIW

ever since I played golf with a guy at Disney who was buying beer and hot dogs on the course and he used the card to get 20% off....which he in turn tipped the beverage cart person.

I got my first one for $25 and have bought one every year since! We make 3-4 trips a year for 5 nights and eat 1 TS meal a day and we will have 1-2 breakfasts each trip at Trails End or Olivia's. We always save way more than the cost of the card

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