8 ways to get groceries for your Disney World trip
So 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.