8 ways to get groceries for your Disney World trip

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8 ways to get groceries for your Disney World trip from WDWPrepSchool.comSo you’re planning a trip to Disney World and would like a few groceries to have in your room.

How will you get them? There are lots of options, each with its own benefits.

Let’s take a look at 8 different ways to get groceries when visiting Disney World and the pros/cons of each…

Note: The Swan and Dolphin reportedly will not accept deliveries from grocery delivery services.

1. Garden Grocer

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What it is: A grocery delivery service. You place an order by shopping on their website. At checkout, you specify a delivery window that you’d like.
Cost: The price of the food plus $14 delivery fee. Tipping is optional. $40 minimum order.
Pros: reliable service with relatively low delivery fee
Cons: you’re restricted to the items on their site

http://www.gardengrocer.com

2. WeGoShop

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What it is: WeGoShop is a grocery delivery service that will shop at Publix, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods, Sams Club, Costco and/or Walmart. You choose your 30 minute delivery window at checkout.
Cost: depends on the total of your order

Up to $50.00 $19.00 shop & delivery service fee
Between $50.00 and $100.00 $24.00 shop & delivery service fee
Between $100.00 and $200.00 $29.00 shop & delivery service fee
Between $200.00 and $300.00 $39.00 shop & delivery service fee
Over $300.00 13% of grocery receipt(s) total, shop & delivery service fee

 
Shopping at more than 1 store is an additional $5 per store. 10% gratuity is added for orders left at bell services. Tipping outside of that is optional.

Pros: lots of options for stores and you can specify any products you’d like from those stores
Cons: delivery fee is more expensive than other options, won’t know your total bill ahead of time

http://www.wegoshop.com/location15.html

3. Staples.com

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What it is: well, it is an office supply store but it also happens to sell some food items. At checkout, have the package shipped to your hotel. See Disney World resort shipping info at the end of this post.
Cost: delivery is free on all orders (must sign up for their free rewards program)
Pros: free delivery, especially convenient if your main goal is heavy items like bottled water
Cons: limited selection, including no perishable goods

http://www.staples.com/Coffee-Water-Snacks/cat_SC1684

Stinky water
Orlando water has kind of a sulfur smell to it which is why so many people buy bottled water to have during their Disney World trip. You’ll want to drink plenty during your stay so just consider how and where you’ll get your water.

4. Hess gas stations

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What it is: gas stations located on-site at Disney World – there is a location across the street from Downtown Disney and 1 across from the Boardwalk Resort
Cost: usually slightly higher than a grocery store, as all gas station items are, but no delivery fees to worry about
Pros: convenient if you’re staying at a Boardwalk area resort or will be near Downtown Disney, prices are mostly reasonable
Cons: limited selection as with any gas station but if you’re just looking for some beverages and a few snacks, it might work for you

5. Taxi

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What it is: if you don’t have your own car, you can catch a taxi from your hotel to the store you’d like to shop
Cost: varies, depending on hotel and store location
Pros: you can get exactly what you want, where you want
Cons: can be expensive, takes time out of your trip

6. Limo

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What it is: take a limo to the grocery store to shop in style! Just kidding. Kinda.

If you happen to book a limo to take you from the airport to your hotel, many companies will allow you to request a short grocery stop. Be sure to have a grocery list ready so you don’t waste their time. The feeling of having a limo waiting outside for you while you grocery shop is both awesome and strange.
Cost: a little over $200 roundtrip, grocery stop is complimentary but request it when you book
Pros: convenient to buy your own stuff without much trip disruption
Cons: expensive, unless you are already planning on booking a limo

7. Checked luggage

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What it is: Just luggage! That you put food in!

I’ve always packed food in our luggage and this surprises people for some reason. Fresh fruit, boxed soy milk (that doesn’t require refrigeration) and obviously packaged items are all easy to pack. You usually have to check the bag rather than carrying it on because of the liquid limits of carry-on bags. Just make sure your luggage meets the weight requirements. People flying internationally will need to consult airline rules on transporting food.
Cost: If you fly Southwest or have some kind of elite status on an airline, you might get free checked bags. Even if you have to pay, it might be worth it for convenience and to save on delivery charges.
Pros: easy to have your food items with you and not to have to coordinate the delivery
Cons: can’t easily have perishable goods (though you could pack them with ice packs like you do a lunch), might have to pay fees

8. Ship it!

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What is it: Of course, you can either ship your own package right to your resort or have it shipped from a company like Staples, Walmart, etc.

How to address your package:
Your name (or whoever’s name is on the hotel reservation)
c/o Your Disney World Hotel’s front desk
Arrival date: 3/1/2013
123 Some St.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

When to order: About a week before your trip will usually work but will depend on the shipping method and origin. To be safe, try to get it there a couple days before your trip.

Mailing addresses for Disney World resorts are tricky so be sure to use the following if you mail anything.

Asterisks below mean that the hotel is considered a convention hotel and you may be charged a fee for a package to be delivered.

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, 1991 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Music Resort, 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, 1701 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Pop Century Resort, 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Pkwy., Bay Lake, FL 32830
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, 901 Timberline Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Polynesian Resort, 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Resort, 1800 West Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, 1700 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, 2101 North W Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830*
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort/Campground, 4510 N Ft. Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Old Key West Resort, 1510 North Cove Rd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Walt Disney World Dolphin, 1500 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Walt Disney World Swan, 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Shades of Green, 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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I’ve tried 6 of the methods mentioned above and have had good luck with all of them so it’s hard to go wrong. If you need some ideas on what to order, be sure to check out the Ultimate Packing List which has some food items listed.



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lisa October 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

Staying at disney movies in december. I was going to use garden grocer but was told by disney that they do not accept the packages. I would have to be in my room to accept? Dissapointing.

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Joanne November 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

Not what my info says. Maybe it’s just for your resort. My son used them and had a delivery before they arrived at the Beach Club and he’s doing it again for December at the Grand Fl.

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Trish October 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I just tried to order via Amazon pantry and the items won’t ship to the resort… :o(

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kassie October 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I was in WDW last week and we came up really short on soda. I hopped on to Amazon Pantry, found what we wanted, and then went to ship. It wouldn’t ship to the resort!! However, I tried again the next day, had another item that was NOT pantry to deliver (ponchos), and was able to have both delivered to the resort without issue. We are Prime members and the pantry items took 3 days instead of the traditional 2 with Prime.

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Katie October 24, 2014 at 9:39 am

don’t have access to unlimited drinks with your free Disney Mug that you get when you book your trip? We are going to WDW soon and I didn’t add soda to my list because I thought we could get it at the resort with the mugs.

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Jen November 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I assume they don’t have the dining plan package. The refillable mug is free with the dining plan but $18 (less for trips less than a few days) without. I don’t drink much other than water so won’t be buying one during our stay. But you should be fine to get all the fountain drinks (coffee and iced tea) that you want while at resorts with your mug!

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Leslie Chilton September 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Your site has been amazing while I have planned our first family trip to WDW!!! Just ordered some water and breakfast items for us through Amazon Prime Pantry. Surprisingly some items were cheaper than you would find in the grocery store and shipping was a flat rate of $5.99. I signed up for Amazon Prime for a free 30 day trial. Great option for families who are flying and trying to keep luggage to a minimum!

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Sally September 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

We used Garden Grocer last year and it was stocked in our kitchen and frig before we even checked in. Everything we ordered was there and good quality. I was concerned about fruit and a few other items, but they lasted all week. Worth the delivery fee and tip and saved us so much time. We purchased the Disney dining plan with 2 meals a day, but it was nice to be able to eat breakfast and hit the parks or have some snacks and light meals for when we didn’t have reservations or hanging out in the room.

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Shay June 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm

There is some misinformation about Garden Grocer – items not on the site CAN be requested. Either by emailing them after the order is placed or in the comment area upon checkout. If they can find it, usually they’ll get it for you and they’ll let you know the price. The catch is that the $40 minimum has to be items on the site. So, I guess that can be listed as the con instead. Credit card info isn’t kept on file, so you would have to call that info in once they say they can get the item. I worked for them a few years ago, so I know they’re willing to work with you unless it’s something completely outlandish.
The other good thing about them is that if you run out of items, they’ll do another delivery with no delivery fee. These items can be ordered over the phone and delivered the next day. I’m having a family reunion of 15 people later in the year and will most likely be using the service. That has to say something….

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Gilbert June 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Absolute! very nice option for grocery online or 30 mins stop with pre-arranged trip planning, specially to WDW in Orlando, FL.

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Brenda May 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Hi! Love the advice and have a quick question. I am going down and staying in the all-star movie and was wondering what everyone recommends for small appliances. I don’t think we have a coffee maker or refrigerator. I was thinking of bringing a hot water kettle and maybe a toaster? Any ideas to help save money on buying all meals for 7 days? Thanks :)

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Shannon Albert May 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

You will have a refrigerator, but just no microwave.

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Mary Jean May 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I was thinking about ordering on Amazon. I have Prime, so I’d order Prime-eligible items. I like the Staples idea for water, though. For some reason water is quite expensive on Amazon…maybe to cover the shipping cost.

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Jocelyn Marshall May 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Amazon now has PrimePantry which has cases of water for 3.88 for 24/16.9 oz. btls. You fill up your “pantry box” until it’s full and it is 5.99 flat rate shipping. If you used it to get more items it would certainly be worth it. :)

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Melanie May 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

We used Garden Grocer 2 years ago and LOVED it. We are getting ready to place our order for our trip coming up in a month. The convienence of having your groceries delivered saves on packing space in the luggage and the headache of worry about going somewhere to get it. We like to relax and enjoy our vacations. We are a budget family so I did not see cost wise that it was anything different than we would have paid at the gas station or resort.

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r lamorte April 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

good idea to take your empty luggage to the hess gas station, fill it up with groceries and roll it back to your epcot area resorts. dont forget the beer, alot cheper than at the resorts!!!

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Vin May 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

I like the idea of going to Hess. I will be in Downtown Disney next Monday June 2,’14 and wanted to know where the gas station is near Downtown Disney. Can you tell me where to find it?

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Courtney April 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

I know this is an older post, but I have a quick question. For everyone who has used the Garden Grocer, when are you making the order? Are you making the order the day of your arrival or earlier than that? May sound stupid, but I have never used this service before and will be using it this year. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Shannon Albert April 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I like to have groceries delivered on arrival day.

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Melanie May 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm

We usually place the order 2-4 weeks in advance and have it delievered the day we arrive.

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Nicole March 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

We used Garden Grocer when we stayed at the cabins at Ft Wilderness last year and we were very pleased. We ordered mostly breakfast foods, beer, wine, water and snacks. I found the selection just fine for what we needed. Everything was put in the fridge in our cabin when we arrived. I also packed non-perishables in our suitcases. All the space freed up left more room for souvenirs.

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Eileen June 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Hi! We’ll be staying at Ft. Wilderness Cabins in July. Did you have the food delivered on your check-in day?

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Eileen June 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Never mind- I went on the Garden Grocer site and they have it all very well explained. Such a comfort to know we won’t have to remember and find room in our van for these grocery items!

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Kelly March 6, 2014 at 8:54 pm

We have used Garden Grocer twice & couldn’t have been happier. The selection was great & it was delivered and waiting for us just as we checked in. We have also used the markets at the resort on shorter stays and were pleased. If staying longer have items delivered.

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Andrea March 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

Within the hour, I just placed my first Garden Grocer order. Though a listed con is that your selection is limited, I liked the set up of their page with the exact items pictured and drop down menu for quantity. We only ordered waters, teas, Cokes, and snack type stuff. Had to spend $40 and we were right at $40 and some change. I don’t foresee any issues and am glad to not have to pay extra or fight the vending machines to take dollars. :)

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Jennifer Neil February 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Canadian readers! Please know that there are some regulations on what you can take to the U.S. in your luggage. Here’s a link to the regulations:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/82/~/travelers-bringing-food-into-the-u.s.-for-personal-use

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Clare February 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

That applies to all international visitors- we’re travelling from the UK, and have decided not to risk bringing anything that needs declaring on entry!

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Kim January 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

When we go down next year we plan on using SAMs club pick n pull. We will order online the day before we leave and they will pull it all. We will walk in and pick up quick. Only works for SAMs club members, of course, but another option.

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Janie December 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Do you know if USPS Priority Mail delivers directly to a resort? I’ve read they do and I’ve also read they do not. I am traveling with just a carry on and would like to send snacks and toiletries ahead of time. Thanks…

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Shannon Albert December 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Yeah, I’m pretty sure they will do that without much trouble at all. Just use the addresses shown above.

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bridget November 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

use the generic address or the address to the resort above?

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Meg September 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

Order from amazon and ship directly. If you are an amazon prime, free shipping and only takes a couple ays!
Also, The rates for “limos” can be cheaper than whats referred to above depending on family size. Round trip towncar service via Tiffany towncar is $1115 or $135 for a larger van with 30 min stop at grocery store included. Have used them successfully and was happy with service.

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Shannon Albert September 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

Amazon Prime only ships free to your home address.

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Tina Jenkins September 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I use prime and ship to all kinds of different addresses. As long as it says its prime eligible I don’t think they care where you ship it.

Tina

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Shannon Albert September 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I think they may have changed the way they work then. At one time, you could only ship to 1 address which allowed people to ship to their own house for cheap/free but not to other places. Looks like you can do it to other places now as well which is fantastic.

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SaraBeth Levesh June 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

We have Prime and ship to all sorts of addresses. When I’m buying gifts for my daughter, I have them shipped to my next door neighbor. I send gifts to my nieces all the time at a different address.

infinity March 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I’m guessing that’s a typo and you meant $115 or $135 and not $1115. :)

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Trina August 24, 2013 at 7:57 am

Try Kelly’s Personal Disney Shopper (kellyspds.com). We used them on our last trip and it was delivered the night before to our resort and stored in the fridge. Just had to pick it up when we arrived. Very reasonably priced.

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darlene August 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Order a case of water and snacks from amazon.com with free delivery for orders over 25.00

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Beth April 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Just ordered water from Staples. In order to get the free shipping, you must sign up for both an account and the Rewards program. I also had to order the brand available in my local region and then after submitting the order, edit my cart to add the brand name sold in FL. Its a few extra steps but worth it if you are used to bottled water.

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Peter February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Mouse House Concierge.

They shop for you and deliver. We used them last time we were down, delivered to the resort (Y&BC) and the cruise line (dream). Can’t thank them enough for all they did for us (huge mess up w/ airline/trip canceled and reschedule), still got our stuff months later.

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Nikki October 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

Another option is buying your groceries directly from your Disney hotel! I work at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and there we have a store called ‘Fantasia Market’ that has all your basic grocery needs while on vacations. For a $10 fee, we’ll even have your food put away and waiting for you in your room when you arrive! Just thought I would share that option with you!

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Kristin October 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

Fabulous post! We usually go the good old fashioned route and pack a bunch of bulk items in the car on the way down and then make a Publix/Walmart/Winn Dixie run when we get there for the perishables! Since we always stay in the Villas (this time will be a FW Cabin) we like to have all of our necessities in the kitchen!

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