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Discussion in 'Restaurants, Dining, Dining Plans' started by Britchick, Feb 25, 2009.

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    keep hearing this being mentioned, can someone tell me what it is please

    thanks
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    It's a dining discount card for people who are Florida residents or AP holders. You get 20% off food and drinks at a good majority of the table service restaurants.
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    including victoria & albert :D
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    We are gettin it this year - we have bought 3x 21 day disney tickets and I am having a basic annual pass with our DVC discount which means we can buy a tables in wonderland card -it should save us a fair bit :yes:
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    They will automatically add back in 18% for the tip so just be warned. They don't typically tell you either so I bet some people end up tipping twice!
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    The only sad part is that they now place an enforced gratuity on every bill where the card is used :( I always considered it as a device to just pay for the tip anyway but anytime I see an automatically added gratuity it annoys me
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    :yes: We tend to tip around that much anyway so it shouldn't make much difference to us but I can see how people could be confused by it.
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    there's a little bit of % creep taking effect too. V&A (and somewhere else I can't remember) for example auto-charge 20% not 18. Now, not that I resent it, you'd have to be a pretty bitter person not to tip at least 20% to v&a *BUT* nevertheless, it should be optional and at your discretion.
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    that might be something we would be interested in then, thanks :thumbsup:

    Lisa what was the difference in price between the AP and 21 day tickets? although i guess it depends on the exchange rate
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    Really? I haven't been to V&A so I haven't seen the 20%.

    I found that Disney was actually cheating it's servers by adding the 18% in. I apparently tip more than that.

    A yes, a tip should always be optional and at one's own discretion. I think they started adding it in because people were tipping on the discounted rate. Other places tend to add in the tip if you are using a coupon as well.
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    yep and at the start I was a little hmmmmm about it but then I realised that 20% is probably the absolute minimum tip that people consider at v&a. I suspect if you tipped less than 20 they really would come over and ask what was wrong (in a very polite and well meaning way).

    sooooo given that many people will assume that whatever's been put on the bill is what is expected, their tip level probably really would have gone down artificially.

    So I can understand it.

    Still don't agree with the practice of the enforced tip but still :D
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    OK our 21 day tickets were £249 per adult.

    The premium AP is around $637 and the basic is around $499.
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    at todays rate that would be worth it- especially if you weren't staying onsite and needed parking- and 10% off in WOD!
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    I'm going shopping with Lisa! :)
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    how much does the discount card cost?
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    Only at the lounges and sit down restaurants. You can get a 20% discount at the food courts also with NO TIP.

    But you could always add more tip if you so desired.

    $65
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    I always tip more than 18% so Im good with that..itll save me money!
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    Yep, same here we've had the DDE/TIW card for several years now. We always tip on the original amount, and it was always at least 20% so the auto gratuity of 18% was less than what we'd pay anyway.

    We do, on certain occasions add in more, but since I don't like the auto part of the gratuity, I usually let the 18% ride. :shrug:

    Personally, I consider it a dining fee when it is automatically added, and not a true gratuity. One of those touchy subjects.

    We did have a waiter voice disappointment when we presented the TIW card. He felt that he was going to be cheated his 20% tip. Had he not been so snarky about it, I would have certainly adjusted the tip, but given his attitude I took the time to explain to him that from a guest's point of view, Disney was directing the gratuity and if he had objections to that, he should take them up with the decision makers at Disney. He did have the good grace to look ashamed of himself.

    There is the rare server (Ricardo, at YSH) who will not allow you to add more to the final bill. We keep cash for those dedicated CMs and leave it along with the signed bill.

    All in all we like TIW. :yes: (Far better than the DDP, I might add. But you knew that was coming)! :lol:

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