Many guests looking to save a bit of money on Disney food and dining expenses can save a bit of money by having quick breakfast options, water bottles or snacks in the room. Even if you don’t have a car, you have a number of options for Walt Disney World area grocery delivery services.
On-Property Grocery Options
The gift shops at most of the Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and the other resorts listed above usually have a larger selection of grocery items. While not as inexpensive as some local shopping options, it is a convenient way to buy a few staples and snacks, etc. For those camping at Fort Wilderness or staying in a cabin, the Settlement Trading Post sells gifts, sundries, groceries, snacks and beverages.
A few Vehicle-for-Hire companies will include a 30-minute free grocery stop with any roundtrip airport transportation. The shopping trip is included in the price but must be scheduled in advance. Click here to see a complete list of exclusive TheMouseForLess discounts on private transportation.
Grocery Delivery Services
There are also several independent grocery services that will deliver to the Disney resorts. These services will leave deliveries with bell services if customers are not present. Some delivery services will leave items that can spoil in a cooler. It’s also been reported that bell services at some (if not all) resorts have a refrigerator/freezer unit for storing perishable items. It’s best to inquire with resorts and grocery services prior to purchase as to how perishables will be stored. Even if you don’t have cooking facilities at your resort, ordering bulky items like baby supplies (diapers, formula and wipes) or cases of bottled water can be a packing lifesaver. Recommended grocery services are listed and described below:
Note: The Swan and Dolphin resort, which is not owned by Disney, does not allow the delivery of groceries on the premises by any outside service.
GardenGrocer.com: This service is often mentioned by Disney veterans as being reliable and reasonable. Shopping is done online and payment can be made in advance by credit card or PayPal. There is also an option to call in your credit card info and a cash-on-delivery option that require your attendance. Deliveries are made from 8:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week and can be scheduled days in advance. Garden Grocer has a large selection of products including baby items and alcoholic beverages and even an aisle called “Park Essentials”.
As this service gains in popularity, it is suggested that placing orders several weeks in advance can ensure that delivery for your arrival date is available–especially for busy times like Christmas, President’s Week, MLK, Thanksgiving, etc. Garden Grocer leaves groceries with Bell Services, carefully packaged, with the perishable items packaged separately and ensures that Bell Services holds perishables in cold storage. Delivery is $2 for orders over $200 and is $14 for those under $200. The minimum order amount for Garden Grocer is $40. Tipping is optional. There is also a restocking fee on orders canceled within 48 hours of scheduled delivery. Orders canceled prior to 48 hours incur no fee.
Another option is to shop before leaving home and ship supplies to your resort. Disney resorts will accept packages if a reservation can be confirmed. Food goods to consider shipping are cold and hot cereals, Pop-Tarts, pasta, dry sauces and gravies that can be reconstituted, instant mashed potatoes, bread, powdered drink mix, and snacks. Use this list of resort phone numbers to call for specific resort shipping information. There have also been reports of vacationers purchasing cases of bottled water online at Staples at some great prices and having it delivered. Be sure to include the lead name on your reservation, the reservation number and arrival date with your resort address.
Another shipping option is to use Amazon.com’s Grocery Department. Items are often discounted and shipping is free if you are an Amazon Prime member. Cases of bottled water are available. Aseptically sealed milk is available that does not require refrigeration until after it’s opened.
Note: Disney may charge guests for shipped parcels when staying at Disney resorts with business centers. These include Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Handling fees range from $3-$10 depending on weight. Regular resort guests may not have to pay handling fees, however. It’s best to call the resort before shipping anything and ask if there will be a handling charge and how to avoid it.
Resorts with Kitchens and Kitchenettes
Disney’s Deluxe Villa accommodations can add to your vacation dollar if you’re willing to spend at least part of your vacation in the kitchen. These are the only units with full kitchens, other than the Fort Wilderness Cabins (which are considered a Moderate resort). The Deluxe Villas are limited and should be booked as far as possible in advance. We suggest using the services of a Disney specialized travel agency to help find the resort that best meets your needs. The following Disney resorts have rooms that include full kitchens and kitchenettes.
- Beach Club Villas
- Boardwalk Villas
- Old Key West
- Saratoga Springs (including Treehouse Villas)
- Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Villas at Wilderness Lodge
- Bay Lake Tower (Contemporary Resort)
- Cabins at Fort Wilderness
All one-bedroom and larger Villas at these resorts and the cabins at Fort Wilderness include a complete equipped kitchen with eating area, full-size fridge, microwave, stove, oven, toaster, dishwasher, coffee maker and a complete set of cookware, dishes, silverware, and assorted other kitchen utensils. Studios in the Villas include a kitchenette that contains an under-the-counter fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, a few cabinets and a small sink. There should be glasses and mugs but Studios are only supplied with paper bowls and plates and plastic cutlery, and no cookware of any kind. There is a small table in the studio, but no real eating area such as those found in the one-bedroom and larger villas. The kitchenette in the Studios is probably best utilized for preparing breakfasts, snacks and possibly reheating leftovers and is not really suited to full meal preparation.
For other less elaborate cooking facilities, Disney has Family Suites at All Star Music Resort and Art of Animation Resort. Family Suites can accommodate up to six people and come equipped with a kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator (4.3 cu. ft), and coffee pot for simple in-room food preparation. Follow this link to view photos of the All Star Music Family Suites. The thing to keep in mind when purchasing groceries for these resorts is that refrigerators here are dormitory style, and one must severely limit the size (no larger than a half-gallon for milk) and amount of frozen and refrigerated items.
The biggest drawback to cooking at these resorts is that convenient shopping options for purchasing reasonably priced groceries is limited. Disney veterans have used a number of strategies to overcome the shopping problem while sticking to their meal budgets. The obvious solution for those with a car is to drive to a local Publix or Super Walmart to shop (see our Shopping Locally section). Since Disney has made it convenient for vacationers to visit without the need for a car, many don’t have this luxury. In this situation there are at least a few approaches to consider.