TiW - How does it work?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by Mom2six, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Mom2six

    Mom2six DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2011
    How does the Tables in Wonderland card work? We are considering annual passes, but are really debating because of the dining plan. If we get a TiW card, how exactly does that work? How many do we need to buy - does each person need a separate card? We go as a family of 9 (me, DH, 6 kids, and my sister). Does it really save any money after paying to buy it? As a large group, we are automatically charged 18% for tip. Is the 18% before or after the discount? (Not trying to get out of paying the tip - just curious on how it works. We usually tip on the non-discounted amount anyway.)
  2. MinnieGirl33

    MinnieGirl33 Hockey Mom

    May 16, 2003
    One card can be applied for up to 10 guests on the same check being paid by the cardholder.


    IIRC, the gratuity is calculated based on the pre-discounted, pre-tax amount but don't hold me to it.

    Break even point will be ~$375 for AP holders (cost $75) & ~$500 for FL Residents (cost $100).

    As a party of 9 I would think you could break even after one dinner.
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  4. MVC1225

    MVC1225 Mouseketeer

    Sep 1, 2011
    One card works for the cardholder and up to 9 other people (total of 10) so you would only need one card. Note that the cardholder must be present when using the card and they may ask for ID. The tip is on the non-discounted amount but the tax is on the discounted amount.

    For example without TiW:

    $200 food and drinks
    $36 tip (based on 18%)
    $13 tax (based on 6.5%)
    $249 total

    Same Meal with TiW:

    $160 food and drinks (20% off the $200 above)
    $36 tip (based on 18% of non-discounted amount of $200)
    $10.40 tax (based on 6.5% of $160)
    $206.40 total

    You saved $42.60 by using TiW.
  5. Barbydoll8

    Barbydoll8 Offical Disney Dork

    Apr 29, 2011
    Like the other posters said, it applies up to 9 people present with you and includes discounts on alcohol as dining plan does not.

    If you are not a 3 meal a day plus snack family, I don't see why TIW wouldn't work well for you. I prefer TS to CS in the world and frankly, find that most TS isn't really that much more than CS and I get 20% off for most TS places. My tip is included and I save, save, save.

    W/ only me and DH, I break even at 3 TS meals and we usually do more than that.
  6. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    Also, TiW applies to wine and adult beverages when ordered in restaurants. That portion of the bill can add up quickly, and is always an extra added charge when on the DP.
  7. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    TIW is accepted at ten, and only ten, CS restaurants. If you prefer CS to TS it will not help you much.

    It is blacked out on 8 days per year (that day only, not surrounding days), usually major holidays.
  8. kopppa33

    kopppa33 Mouseketeer

    Oct 1, 2012
    Who can get a TIW card is it available to everyone. Does it save money? We are from IL and making our first Disney trip Dh, me and 2 girls. Not sure if I should get it or am even qualified for it.
  9. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    You must be a FL resident, a DVC owner, or annual pass holder.
  10. Cheshire Figment

    Cheshire Figment <font color=red><marquee behavior=alternate>Friend

    Jan 12, 2001
    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.

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