News: Changes to Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Program in Walt Disney World

Over the weekend, Disney announced changes coming to its popular Tables in Wonderland discount dining program. The changes were effective Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Tables in Wonderland Membership Card

If you aren’t familiar with the program, guests purchase a card annually, which offers the following benefits:

  • 20% Discount on food and beverage at participating restaurants. The discounts include alcohol.
  • Complimentary Resort Valet Parking as well as complimentary Theme Park Parking, for the express purpose of dining.
  • Invitations to exclusive special events. These events carry an extra cost.

While the basic benefits are not changing, the price for the card is increasing significantly. Florida residents will now pay $175 per year for the card, while Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will now pay $150 annually. The prices are up from $125 and $100, respectively. There are no discounted renewal rates for the Tables in Wonderland Card.

Tables in Wonderland will also continue to observe Black Out Dates instituted in 2014. These include the following: [Read more…]

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Reminder: September 2013 Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available for ALL GUESTS!

It’s official!! A Disney World Free Dining offer is now available for check-in dates 9/2 – 9/25 in September 2013! This means that guests taking advantage of the offer will get a free Disney Dining Plan with their Magic Your Way package.

Must Arrive Between 9/2-9/25

The offer is currently available only for guests ARRIVING September 2 to September 25, 2013. Our understanding is that a minimum stay of 3 nights is required. The package may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

This means that even if you arrive late in the offer window, you will still be able to apply free dining to your entire stay. For example, if you arrive on September 25th, you can still have free dining for your whole trip, up to 14 days.

We currently don’t have any knowledge as to whether the free dining offer will be extended in either direction.

Must Stay at a Disney-Owned Resort on Property

Guests must stay at a Disney-Owned Resort. If you stay at a Value Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

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Tip from the DFB Guide: Three Great Ways to Save on Food at Disney World

Let’s face it — rising food costs are negatively impacting our budgets — and that’s especially true at Walt Disney World!

With years of Disney dining experiences between our “ears” ;-), we’ve learned some cost-saving measures that can truly help. And since we’re all about sharing (unless we’ve got our hands on our favorite school bread), we want to let you in on great ways to save on food during your next Disney vacation.

In our The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book, we have a whole chapter about budgeting and saving at Disney World. Pick up your copy here for an extra $4 off using code 2013 for a limited time!

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3 Great Ways to Save on Dining at Disney World

Here are just a few of the great ways to save on food when visiting Walt Disney World that we included in the DFB Guide to help you stretch your vacation dollars.

1. Eat breakfast as your biggest meal.
Before heading to your first attraction, feast on a hearty breakfast. Breakfast can not only be exceptionally filling (and can be healthier than lunch or dinner), it’s the least expensive time of day to dine in Disney World! So fill up on breakfast and have a few snacks instead of big lunches and dinners as you go through the day.

Even character meals are less pricey at breakfast!

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

2. Ask about an “entree-only” price at counter service locations.
Counter Service menus usually include side items, and the prices reflect those extras. Don’t really feel like fries with your cheeseburger? Ask a Cast Member if there’s an entree-only price. You may be able to knock off the extra cost (and calories!) of those fries when you order an entree with no sides!

Go ahead and ask to hold the fries!

3. Dine off-site or at non-Disney owned locations.
It’s no secret that once you enter those purple gates of Walt Disney World that food costs soar. Dining at an off-site location will offer the greatest savings in your dining budget — even if you add the cost of taxi to get there.

Or you can seek out restaurants that are not owned by Disney but still conveniently located on Disney property. While not always a guaranteed slam dunk of savings, these can occasionally offer cheaper options. One great choice is Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney!

What Other Ways Can We Save?

These budget-busting tips are in addition to dozens of other money-saving strategies we list in The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 — like where to get free samples, how to quench your thirst for less, foods you can bring with you, where to get discounts and coupons, when to visit for the best savings, [Read more…]