Grocery Delivery at Walt Disney World
Over the years, I have gotten lots of great money saving advice from my readers! In this post, I’m going to share some of the tips and tricks they have passed along regarding grocery purchasing and delivery while staying at a Disney resort.
If you’ve chosen to skip the Disney meal plan and don’t want to splurge on the Disney restaurants, counter service, or quick service food options, you will probably need groceries! Most Disney hotel rooms and off site hotel rooms have mini fridges now, perfect for storing a few groceries. Many hotel rooms also come with microwaves, but you’ll want to ask when you book.
Weather you fly or drive to Disney World, you may not feel like running to a grocery store first thing. Grocery delivery services have become more and more popular over the years, which makes saving money on groceries a no-brainer!
Here are a few services to try:
Hotel Room Meals
What kind of meals can you make using a hotel mini fridge and microwave? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Ham or turkey sandwiches
- Romen Noodles
- Easy Mac
- Canned Soup
- Tuna salad sandwiches
- Hummus and pita bread or pretzels
- Cheese and crackers
- Hot dogs
- Chips and Salsa
- If you can somehow pack a crock-pot or rice cooker in your luggage, your possibilities are endless!
Have you every tried cooking something in a coffee pot?
What about making a panini using an iron? A little bit of creativity goes a long way!
I love the idea of storing food in the mini fridge but I think we would be flying. Is there a place close to buy to purchase groceries or did you pack them with you? Or maybe only had them when you drove?
Great question. When we drove, we obviously had a car to drive to a nearby grocery store. When we’ve flown, my grandparents that live near by were able to bring us food. What I can tell you, is that the food court there at the resort does sell loaves of bread, milk, etc. but at a higher than normal price. I’ve thought many times that if my grandparents were not there, I could always try packing dry goods in a suitcase and carry a loaf of bread in my purse! I’d pack cereal, pop tarts, peanut butter and jelly, etc. You can’t carry-on any liquids, so it kind of rules out a cooler full of dairy with ice, etc. Check google maps, trip adviser, or the Disney mom panel: http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/ for ideas!
Other Reader Answers:
If you are driving, there are grocers outside of the Disney Park and as noted there are grocers who will deliver to the park, but you have to be in the room to accept the delivery so that ties up your time in the park. -Lynell
If you have AAA, I think you can get a driving map on the website or at their office/store that gives driving directions,mileage, bathroom stops, tolls, road construction updates, etc. Look up grocery stores on the web before you go – the FL supermarket chain is Publix, but walmart and target also have groceries.look for addresses before you go. -Polly
We Are Bringing Some Shelf Stable Milk With Us On our Upcoming Disney Vacation. I’ve Been Buying It for A Few Weeks Now To Get The Kids Use To It. They Seem To Like It. I Honestly Don’t Think They Know The Difference. But Its Cheaper Then Buying Milk There And Doesn’t Have To Be Refrigerated Till Its Opened. -Nicole
I have never been to Disney but am planning to go next year. I did however, just return from Universal Studios and as far as groceries and exras I noticed that there are plenty of grocery stores, Walmart, Target and even a few Dollar Trees which are personally a favorite of mine!!! Also using sites like swagbucks and different apps throughout the time leading up to your trip you can get different gift cards and some even pay you through PayPal which you can use to book most flights, hotels, ect!!! -Ashley
The fridges are now standard in every Disney Resort room. Grocery delivery is available for a small fee from a couple places. (We’ve used Wegoshop for the past several years and have heard great things about Gardengrocer as well. We use them to deliver cases of water, and a few perishable/ crushable items like milk, bread, fresh fruit…we pack PB & J, small cereal boxes, canned snacks, candy, etc in our checked bags – Southwest offers 2 checked bags for free per ticketed passenger, and participate as a preferred airline, which means you can curbside check in your bags AT YOUR RESORT before getting on the free shuttle back to the airport) -Anonymous
Have you prepared meals in a hotel room before?
Have you saved money by having groceries delivered to your Disney hotel room?
What advice would you like to share?
I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!