Snagging that reservation for Be Our Guest at 180 out or scoring a table at Cinderella’s Royal Table at the last minute gives a WDW planner an adrenaline rush. Now that you have all those fantastic dining reservations, the reality of cost starts weaseling its way into your thoughts. But, our Military TravelingMom, Renee, is here to help you discover Walt Disney World dining discounts so you don’t have to sacrifices your hard won 180 days out victory!
Complete List of Disney World Dining Discounts
Whenever I plan a trip I look for ways to save money. Walt Disney World trips are no different. I find that dining is a huge part of our expenses when traveling, especially at WDW. Luckily, there are many ways to save on dining throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. These include:
- Tables in Wonderland
- Annual Passholders
- Disney Vacation Club
- Chase Disney Visa
- Landry’s Select Club
- Levy Restaurants Preferred
- Military Discounts
Tables in Wonderland
Tables in Wonderland (TIW) is a card that can be purchased by annual passholders, Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members and Florida residents. The current cost for a TIW card is $175 for Florida residents and $150 for annual passholders and DVC members. A second membership card can be purchased for spouses for just $50.
The Table in Wonderland card offers a whopping 20% discount on all food and beverage purchases (including alcohol) at most restaurants on Disney property, including many located in Disney Springs. But make sure to check the dates as the TIW card discounts are subject to blackout dates.
TravelingMom Tip: On the Disney Dining Plan? Tables in Wonderland discount can be used in conjunction with the DDP. Anything that is not included on the dining plan is eligible for the 20% off. This includes appetizers and alcoholic beverages.
The card is good for up to 10 guests including the cardholder. If you have purchased the optional second card the discount can be stretched up to 20 guests. But do keep in mind that no matter the party size, 18% gratuity is added.
Go HERE for a list of blackout dates and Disney World restaurants that accept the TIW card.
Being an annual passholder not only allows frequent visits to the Disney World parks, but it also opens the door for WDW dining discounts. And discounts offered to AP holders are pretty good. When we were annual pass holders, we used the discount all the time and I have to say it was nice to see the lower bill after a good meal!
AP holders can take advantage of a 10 to 20% food and beverage discounts all around Disney World. Unlike the Tables In Wonderland card, the annual pass discount does NOT apply to alcoholic drinks.
The annual pass discount is available year round with no blackout dates.
Disney Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Club members are eligible for a wide range of discounts on Walt Disney World property. The dining discounts are almost on par with those available for annual pass holders. Most of the restaurants offer a 10% discount for DVC members, but there are a handful that offer 15 or 20%.
My husband and I are members of the Disney Vacation Club, and we use the dining discount quite frequently. We have found that some of the restaurants give 20% off during lunch, but only 10% during dinner.
TravelingMom Tip: Lunch can go as late at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. so opt for a late lunch to cash in on the extra savings!
The Disney Vacation Club discount is not valid on alcoholic beverages but doesn’t add in the mandatory gratuity as the TIW card does.
A complete list of participating restaurants can be found HERE.
Chase Disney Visa
Holders of the Chase Disney Visa card are eligible for a 10% dining discount. The list of restaurants that extend the discount is short and sweet, but like I always say “something is better than nothing!”
To take advantage of the discount at the handful of Walt Disney World dining locations, you have to pay with the Chase Disney Visa or with the rewards redemption card and let the waiter/waitress know that you are wanting to take advantage of the discount.
The full list of restaurants can be found on the Chase Disney Visa website.
Landry’s Select Club
Not exactly a “discount,” but it is my absolute favorite dining club! The Landry’s Select Club is available at most Landry’s owned restaurants. The Landry’s brand is extensive and includes Saltgrass Steakhouse, Claim Jumper plus many more. Those in Disney World are Rainforest Cafe, T-REX and Yak and Yeti.
Joining the Select Club is easy and can be done at a restaurant or from home. It costs $25 to initially join, but the $25 is given back in a “welcome reward” almost immediately to use on your next visit.
Similar to most other reward clubs, you earn one point for every $1 spent (depending on the state, alcoholic beverages may or may not be included). And for every 250 points earned Landry’s Select Club members get a $25 reward. Each club member also receives a $25 reward for their birthday month.
TravelingMom Tip: Rewards are sweet… But they are not my favorite benefit of joining the Landry’s Select Club. Club members get priority seating. So that hour or two wait – Yeah, it usually gets cut down to 30 minutes or less (sometimes it may be longer).
So, if Rainforest Cafe or T-REX is a must do for your kids while visiting Disney World, you have nothing to lose by joining the Landry’s Select Club!
Levy Restaurants Preferred
The Levy Loyalty program is similar to the Landry’s Select Club. Loyalty members get one point for every $1 spent and once 250 points accumulated they earn a $25 reward. Members also get a $25 birthday reward each year.
There are two Levy restaurants located at Disney Springs – Paddlefish and Terralina Crafted Italian.
Military, AARP, AAA, and D23 members
Disney World doesn’t offer military discounts on dining. Which means there are no discounts available at any Disney owned restaurant or those located in the Disney hotels.
But there are Disney Springs restaurants that honor the military by giving a discount on food. Most range from 10-20% off, but the best discount can be found at House of Blues where they offer a HUGE savings of 25%!
AARP members can get 10% off at select Landry’s restaurants including Rainforest Cafe. Unfortunately, this discount does not include Yak and Yeti or T-REX.
Those with an AAA membership can save 20% (does not include beverages) at dining locations located at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
D23 Gold members can save 15% off food and $10 off the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.
Bonus Dining Tip
Character breakfasts are the highlight of any Disney trip. Kids jump up from their seats for pictures and autographs while parents enjoy a nice cup of coffee. But they can be a little much on the budget.
Luckily, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista saves the day with their special character meals each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And is under $27 per adult and kids 11 and under are less than $13.
Served buffet style (with FULL-size Mickey waffles) Wyndham LBV’s character breakfast is the best bang for your buck when it comes to character meals.
Plus, did I mention they have FULL-size Mickey waffles?
Disney vacations can be expensive, but WDW dining doesn’t have to be! We qualify for multiple discounts and I am always playing with the numbers to find the best discount. My best piece of advice is ASK. Walt Disney World dining discounts are forever changing. It never hurts to ask if any particular restaurant offers a discount you may qualify for.