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Old 04-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #16
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Ah, yes. We haven't gotten a dining plan since then. We've found the TIW card to be much more of a savings for us. We got three trips (March 2012, August 2012, and March 2013) with one card!
We found TIW and renting points at a deluxe with an Ap to be a much better deal than staying at a moderate with free dining.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #17
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Just to clarify, you would not be able to add free dining onto an already discounted room. You can't stack discounts. You could pay for dining.
Oh, I got that! I just meant I was relieved to learn that you could get dining, period. I had thought you needed to buy a room-and-ticket package in order to be able to add on dining. So I didn't know if AP holders could get the dining plan at all.

Next question, everyone!

We're planning 3 trips in the next twelve months. May 26 - June 1, December 1 - 7, and sometime in early May next year. That's why we're planning to upgrade our tickets to APs when we get there next month.

I have three lunch ADRs for our trip in May, but other than that we plan to eat breakfast in our rooms (yay, porridge!) and dinner at quick service. Would a Table in Wonderlands card be useful to us?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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A TIW card is good for 13 months (about). So, you buy it in May and use it for all your trips from May through next May. So, yes, buy it in May.

I bought our last one on 10/19/2012. It expires 11/30/2013.
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Oh, I got that! I just meant I was relieved to learn that you could get dining, period. I had thought you needed to buy a room-and-ticket package in order to be able to add on dining. So I didn't know if AP holders could get the dining plan at all.

Next question, everyone!

We're planning 3 trips in the next twelve months. May 26 - June 1, December 1 - 7, and sometime in early May next year. That's why we're planning to upgrade our tickets to APs when we get there next month.

I have three lunch ADRs for our trip in May, but other than that we plan to eat breakfast in our rooms (yay, porridge!) and dinner at quick service. Would a Table in Wonderlands card be useful to us?
A TiW card costs $100 for an AP holder and is good for 13 months, so the general rule if thumb is if you will spend more than $500 at participating locations during that time you will save money with the TiW. Note that the card is good for food and beverage (including alcohol) purchases at virtually all TS restaurants and bars, at the food courts at the value resorts, and at the three WDW-owned CS restaurants (Pizzafari, Flame Tree BBQ and Restaurantosaurus) at AK.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:08 PM   #20
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Oh, I got that! I just meant I was relieved to learn that you could get dining, period. I had thought you needed to buy a room-and-ticket package in order to be able to add on dining. So I didn't know if AP holders could get the dining plan at all.

Next question, everyone!

We're planning 3 trips in the next twelve months. May 26 - June 1, December 1 - 7, and sometime in early May next year. That's why we're planning to upgrade our tickets to APs when we get there next month.

I have three lunch ADRs for our trip in May, but other than that we plan to eat breakfast in our rooms (yay, porridge!) and dinner at quick service. Would a Table in Wonderlands card be useful to us?
It's a matter of doing the math. Make an estimate of how much you would spend and what the discount would be on that spending and compare it to the cost of the TIW card.
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You can get free dining...but you'll have to buy tickets. There is no exception to the ticket purchase requirement for free dining.

and it's a minimum 3 night stay for free dining, plus at least 2 day tickets for everybody age 3 or over. It used to be 1 day tickets, in 2009 it was changed to 2 day tickets.

AP holders can get a ticketless package with room and dining so you can get the dining with no extra outlay for tickets, if you pay for the dining. This is not available for free dining.

The above posters are correct in that there has been no general public free dining offer so far that includes any dates in 2013. Just targeted offers like bouncebacks and PIN codes.

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I have three lunch ADRs for our trip in May, but other than that we plan to eat breakfast in our rooms (yay, porridge!) and dinner at quick service. Would a Table in Wonderlands card be useful to us?
It's mostly accepted at table service - not counter service. There are only 10 counter service restaurants at WDW that accept it. Out of those, only 3 are in a park - and they are all at Animal Kingdom.

If, over your 3 trips over the membership period, you will spend more than $500 on eligible food and beverages, then a TIW card will result in a return on your purchase.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #22
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Back to the question about is only one person has to get the 2-day ticket for free dining. Every person in the room gets the ticket as part of the package so, OP and her spouse would have to pay for 2 2-day tickets.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:38 PM   #23
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Okay, seriously considering the TiW card now. Thanks!

I've just got some math to do...

So far as I can tell from reading over TiW... pros are the 20 percent off at table service, and it includes Animal Kingdom and the Pop food court and drinks. Cons, that automatic 18 percent gratuity tacked on at TS - my husband really likes to decide his own tips. And the AP gives us 10 percent off all our food purchases anyway.

Hmm...
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Just to clarify - AP does NOT give 10% discount on every place. Some are only for lunch.

Check that before you decide about TIW.
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Who are these non-public people that were offered free dining? j/k

I assume that what you meant is that 'bounce back' offers for 2013 free dining were made, but it hasn't been opened up as a regular offer.
Yep, that's exactly what I meant, plus anyone who got a pin code.
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Just to clarify - AP does NOT give 10% discount on every place. Some are only for lunch.

Check that before you decide about TIW.
I actually would go further to say that the restaurants offering an AP discount are very limited and most offer the discount ONLY at lunch. Also the discount applies to food and non-alcoholic beverages only.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:07 PM   #27
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Just to clarify - AP does NOT give 10% discount on every place. Some are only for lunch.

Check that before you decide about TIW.
Thanks for the heads' up! That's helpful to know.

I think AP holders get a discount at all quick service locations, correct?

Edited to add... I was sure I saw that somewhere, but now I can't find it.
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I think AP holders get a discount at all quick service locations, correct?
Also not true.
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And the AP gives us 10 percent off all our food purchases anyway.
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I think AP holders get a discount at all quick service locations, correct?

As others have said, both of these are incorrect. Here's a link to the dining discounts for AP which are more limited and much more restaurant specific:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/pa...ing-discounts/
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As others have said, both of these are incorrect. Here's a link to the dining discounts for AP which are more limited and much more restaurant specific:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/pa...ing-discounts/
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