Let’s face it — it’s not just the rides and characters that we’re looking forward to when we’re headed to Disney World…it’s the food too! But, eating at Disney isn’t always convenient or cheap. So, while we might not be able to resist the cupcakes and Dole Whip, we do have a few tricks up our sleeve to save some money and feed the little ones before the “hanger” takes over…grocery delivery!
All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels allow you to have groceries delivered straight to your hotel room, but it’s not always a straightforward process.
Opting for grocery delivery opens up options beyond the traditional (and oftentimes unhealthy) foods to include fresh fruits and vegetables and ingredients needed for a family favorite recipe. And, if you are staying in one of the Disney Deluxe Villas, equipped with full kitchens, you have the freedom to prepare your own meals whenever you wish.
Unexpected situations, such as falling ill while on vacation, can also make grocery delivery a valuable service. Having groceries brought straight to your room ensures you have everything you need without the hassle of leaving Disney World.
So, whether it’s to manage your food budget better, accommodate dietary restrictions, or simply enjoy a home-cooked meal, here’s how to have groceries delivered to your Disney World hotel!
Grocery Delivery Services Available at Walt Disney World
Ordering groceries to your Disney World hotel is the same as ordering grocery delivery to your home in a lot of ways. First, you’ll need to choose your preferred grocery delivery service and follow the steps to get everything ordered.
Grocery Delivery Options
Currently, Disney does not have a preferred grocery delivery service. So, you can just pick the one that you’re already familiar with or try something new! Here is a FULL LIST of grocery services that currently deliver to Walt Disney World:
- Amazon Fresh
- Garden Grocer
- Whole Foods
Each option varies in terms of delivery fees, minimum order amounts, and service fees. For example, some services might have delivery fees as low as $0.99 or up to $10, and service fees can reach up to 18%.
How the Service Works
If this is your first time getting groceries delivered, here’s a quick overview of the steps you’ll need to follow to order:
- Download the app or go to the delivery service website.
- Select Your Groceries: Choose from a wide range of products, from basic snacks to full meals.
- Schedule Delivery Time: Deliveries are often made to the front desk or concierge of your hotel and it is easier if you’re present for the delivery.
- Checkout: Keep in mind that there will likely be delivery fees added onto your order. These can be waived on larger orders—for instance, orders over $200 with Garden Grocer. It is also customary to tip the delivery driver for the service, so be sure to add that to your budget.
Before finalizing your order, always check for any minimum requirements, memberships, and service fees. Proper planning ensures that your groceries arrive when and where you need them, without any surprises.
How To Order Grocery Delivery at Disney World
From planning a grocery list to choosing your delivery service to ensuring it gets delivered to the right place, here’s everything you need to remember when having groceries delivered to your Disney World hotel.
Creating a Grocery List
Start by thinking about what items you’ll need to keep your energy levels high and your taste buds happy during your Disney adventure. Make sure to include snacks like energy bars or trail mix, essential drinks such as water and your favorite sodas, on-the-go breakfast foods including cereal, and simple meal options such as pasta that you can easily whip up in your resort room on your grocery list.
Even if you’re just ordering the basics, it can save you a lot of money on snacks and help you steer clear of any hanger induced tantrums if you order groceries.
Selecting a Delivery Service
We’ve mentioned all the delivery services that you can choose from above, but it’s worth going over again. Remember to choose the one that you like best! You have a variety of third-party services for grocery delivery, including Amazon Fresh, InstaCart, Walmart, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Publix.
Choosing a Delivery Time
It’s important to align your delivery time with your vacation schedule. We usually find it easiest to aim to schedule delivery shortly after your expected arrival at the resort to ensure that you are present or that the front desk can store it for you. Many delivery providers offer specific time slots so you can plan your day accordingly.
Navigating the Disney Resort Delivery Process
The key to a smooth delivery process is getting the address and delivery instructions right. Here’s what you need to know.
Resort Address and Delivery Instructions
First things first, locate your Disney World hotel’s address on its “Overview” page online and input it as the delivery address — not your home! This is one of the easiest mistakes to make and it isn’t a fun one. Write down or screenshot the address and your selected delivery window – this way you won’t mix up any details when it’s time to order.
Receiving Your Groceries
The first thing to know about your grocery delivery is that you won’t be able to have them delivered directly to your hotel room door. Because Disney does not partner with any grocery delivery services, they’re only able to deliver groceries to the hotel lobby to drop them off with you or at Bell Services.
We recommend scheduling your grocery delivery for a time that you plan to be at the hotel to pick it up. This makes things a bit simpler, especially if you’re ordering any alcohol that requires an ID to verify your age or any groceries that require refrigeration.
While Bell Services can take your delivery, it’s important to note that a small fee may be added to your room. This can vary, so call your resort beforehand to confirm policies and fees. If your room isn’t ready, don’t fret! Bell Services can refrigerate your perishables temporarily, but you’ll need to sort them first.
If you do opt to have your groceries delivered to Bell Services, you can contact the front desk when you arrive to have them bring it up to your room. This usually comes at no extra charge, but that can change.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some affordable grocery delivery options for Disney World resorts?
Instacart and Amazon Prime Now are popular choices for affordable grocery delivery to Disney World hotels. They offer competitive prices and a wide variety of products.
Are there any recommended services for delivering groceries during my Disney World vacation?
We have had good experiences with services like Instacart, Amazon Prime Now, and Garden Grocer. Each service offers different advantages, including convenience, selection, and ease of use.
Is it possible to have groceries from Amazon delivered to my Disney World Resort hotel?
Yes, your Disney World Resort hotel can accept deliveries from Amazon. When your order arrives, it will be held by the hotel until you are ready to pick it up if you’re not available to come to the lobby when it arrives.
Can alcohol be included in my grocery delivery to Walt Disney World?
Yes, alcohol delivery is possible through certain grocery delivery services such as Instacart, provided you meet the legal age requirement and follow any specific Disney resort policies. Keep in mind that you will likely be required to show ID when the groceries are delivered, so you’ll need to ensure you’re at the hotel when they arrive.