When staying at a Disney World resort, especially if you have flown in or don’t have a car on property, one of ways you can save money is by ordering from a Disney World grocery delivery service for grocery items such as water, soda, snacks, breakfast items, etc. Obviously, if you have your vehicle on property, you can swing by the grocery store on your way in to pick up whatever you may need. However, if you are flying and do not plan to rent a car, or you don’t want to take an Uber or Lyft to the local grocery store, you can still have your grocery order delivered right to your Disney World resort. Disney World grocery delivery is a relatively new thing for many, and while Disney World itself does not offer grocery delivery (yet), there are several different companies that do. Below we are going to discuss the order delivery services available at Disney World, including pricing, special features, which ones we have personally tried (and our personal favorite), and how these delivery services differ from each other.
(These grocery order delivery methods only apply to Disney World resorts. Obviously, you can also have your grocery order delivered if you are staying at an offsite hotel, but each hotel will have a different delivery policy, whereas Disney World resort processes and policies will be the same across the board regarding grocery delivery services.)
A new grocery delivery service that has popped up at Disney World and was brought to our attention is Shipt.com. This is different from some other grocery delivery services that cater to Disney World in that it’s actually a membership service, so you do have to pay a monthly fee to use them. However, you can use it anywhere in the U.S. (where they deliver so you have to check your area) including Disney World resorts. So, if you plan on having grocery delivery to your home often, you can also use it to deliver items while you are on vacation at Disney World, as well. There is no minimum order amount and delivery is free if the order is over $34. Shipt.com also offers a free two-week trial so you can try it before you commit.
4. Garden Grocer
Garden Grocer has been around probably the longest and were among the originators of grocery delivery at Disney World. The grocery items available for delivery, however, is limited by what they offer on their website and they tend to have a limited inventory compared to some of the newer companies offering grocery delivery to Disney World resorts. So if you need something that is not featured on their website, you’re either out of luck, or you need to order that item from someplace else. They charge a $14.00 delivery fee, but there is no minimum order amount.
You may have heard of Walmart, just maybe. They recently started a delivery service that is now offering grocery delivery to Disney World. They charge between $7.95 and $11.95 per order, depending on how much you purchase, and you must order at least $30.00 worth of items. We haven’t tried this one yet as I don’t think it was available the last time we were at Disney World, but we will definitely try this one out on a future trip and update this article when we do. We put this at #3 on our list because we have heard some good things about their grocery delivery service to Disney World resorts from others and given they have a solid reputation, it seems to be a solid option, but just wanted to put it out there that we haven’t tried Walmart’s grocery delivery as of yet.
One advantage of Amazon Prime Now over some of the other grocery delivery services at Disney World is Amazon Prime Now lets you order not only grocery items, but also items like shampoo, toothpaste, etc. So you have a lot of options beyond even just grocery items. This can be huge if you’re anything like us and find yourself all checked into your Disney World hotel and then you remember you forgot something vital that you need. It’s much cheaper typically to order it from Amazon Prime Now vs going down to the Disney World gift shop in the lobby. You can just have your item or items delivered along with your grocery order to your Disney World resort.
While this may not be an issue as many people already have one but you must have an Amazon Prime membership, which is around $119/year (you can get a free trial by clicking here). You can place your order via the Amazon Prime Now App (it’s a separate app from the normal Amazon app) or by going to the Prime Now section on the Amazon website for same-day delivery. There are two options: free delivery in a two-hour window (when you purchase $35.00 worth of items, or you end up paying a delivery fee), or $7.99 for delivery within one hour.
Once you place your order you will be notified of your order details, including the delivery time that you set and the address to the Disney World resort. You are notified via the app when someone is starting to pick your order, when they are on their way to deliver your items and then once they have delivered your order to your Disney World resort. It’s all pretty seamless and straight forward. Amazon Prime Now is a great option when it comes to grocery delivery as we have used them multiple times during our trips to Disney World and have had no issues with their service.
**Special Note** There are promo codes that Amazon will offer sometimes as well but on one of our Disney World trips while using the app, it offered a promo code for 20% off your total order. So after putting $40 or $50 worth of items in our cart, I went to checkout and use the discount code and it wouldn’t accept the code. Apparently, it was only good for items that were sold through Amazon itself, and not through 3rd party sellers (just like some items are eligible for free Prime shipping and others aren’t. Most of the items eligible are sold through Amazon). There is no way to tell on the app at this time which items are sold directly from Amazon and which are sold through a different seller. This was a while ago and they may have updated their app since then, but this is still something you want to keep in mind.
InstaCart is our favorite Disney World grocery delivery service but the difference between InstaCart and Amazon Prime Now isn’t much. You don’t have to have a membership to use InstaCart, but they do have a premium version that gets you free delivery and some other perks. Also, InstaCart’s pricing is dependent upon what time of the day or even the time of year that you place your order. So during a busier time of the day, there will be a higher delivery charge. However, your order minimum is only $10.00. The thing that sets them apart from the rest and is cool about InstaCart is that is is basically like having your own personal shopper; the person doing the shopping for you will actually contact you if they have a question about your order.
For instance, say you ordered a certain kind of cereal and while they are picking out all your items, they notice that the cereal you wanted is sold out. They will contact you through the app (it’s basically like text messaging) and ask you if you would like to have that brand substituted with another brand. You even have the option of contacting them if you have already placed your grocery order and would like to add or remove an item (as long as your item isn’t out for delivery yet).
On one of our trips to Disney World we had placed an InstaCart order and while on our way to the parks I remembered that I forgot contact solution. So I hopped onto the app and messaged them to ask if they could add it to our grocery order. Our shopper said it was no problem and even took pictures of several brands to find out which one I wanted. I think between the time I placed the order to when I received the text message letting me know “Joe” was picking the order was about five minutes. Our grocery order was on its way for delivery to the resort in less than an hour. The whole process was pretty quick and seamless. They even take a picture of your grocery delivery being placed in bell services and text it to you via the app to let you know your grocery order has arrived.
Ultimately the difference between Amazon Prime Now and Instacart isn’t huge but the level of customer service and accessibility you get with InstaCart just makes the whole experience fantastic, which is why it’s ultimately our favorite grocery delivery service at Disney World.
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Some Common Questions People Have About Disney World Grocery Delivery Service
These are questions that we hear a lot from listeners and others who have never used Disney World grocery delivery at the Happiest Place on Earth! If you have other questions we don’t cover here, always feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
Can I Order Alcohol to My Disney World Resort Through Grocery Delivery Services?
Shipt, Garden Grocer, Amazon Prime Now and InstaCart all deliver alcohol to Disney World resorts. I’m not sure about Walmart as we haven’t been able to try their grocery delivery service to Disney World resorts yet.
Does Disney World Charge For Grocery Delivery?
This is where it can get a little confusing, as there is a difference between grocery delivery and regular package delivery to Disney World resorts, as Disney handles those two things differently. If you have items sent to your Disney World resort through the mail, you will be charged $5.00 per package. There is no charge for items delivered by couriers, such as any of the grocery delivery services mentioned above, to Bell Services at your Disney World resort. However, if you would prefer Bell Services to deliver your grocery order to your room, Disney World does charge a $6.00 delivery fee.
Also, you will need to get the delivery address from the Disney World resort – this is different from the address you will get if you plug the resort’s name into Google Maps. When you check into your Disney World resort, you’ll need to ask someone at the front desk or call down and ask them what the grocery delivery address is, and that will be the address you will use to place your grocery delivery order. If you try to use the physical address listed on say Google Maps, at least with InstaCart, it will reject the address. So always check with the front desk.
Do Grocery Delivery Services Deliver To Your Disney World Room?
Your Disney World resort’s Bell Services will deliver your food to your room for a $6 fee but they will not always put cold items like milk and other perishables in your room fridge. Unless it’s just not advantageous for you, we recommend just going to get your grocery order from Bell Services yourself for a couple of reasons. First off, you don’t have to pay the $6 (plus any tip to the worker). Second, Bell Services at Disney World resorts isn’t always really quick and efficient with their delivery times, and you may be stuck waiting on them for longer than you anticipate or care to.
When Should I Place My Grocery Delivery Service Order For My Disney World Vacation?
Most of these grocery delivery services are day of, so it really depends on how you have your day scheduled. If it is your travel day, you could always put your order in while waiting at the airport or for Magical Express to your Disney World resort. That way you are not waiting in your room for your delivery and you can head out straight to one of Disney World parks! Your grocery order might actually beat you to the resort. Now with Walmart delivery, they are pretty popular and you might want to place your grocery order a day ahead of time so you have a better chance at snagging a delivery spot for arrival day.
Garden Grocer offers a discount for ordering up to 60-days beforehand. So if you know you are going to be putting in a grocery delivery order and you already know what you want, you can save money on your grocery order. Ultimately, it never hurts to do it a few days or weeks ahead of time, but usually placing your grocery delivery order the day of should be fine.
Do Disney World Rooms Have Microwaves & Fridges?
It depends on where you’re staying on what type of room your staying in. There is a microwave in all of the Disney Vacation Club rooms, and in the suites at All Star Movies and Art of Animation. All rooms on Disney World property include at least a mini-fridge, and some have full size refrigerators. However, the mini-fridges are pretty small, and they do not fit a full gallon of milk. They can hold a half gallon of milk and maybe a couple cans of soda or water bottles. They’re just not very big or deep. And they aren’t very cold, either. And forget about trying to keep anything frozen!
On one of our last trips to Disney World, we ended up using our own cooler and using the ice from the resort to keep all our stuff cold – much colder than in the fridge and we had more space for milk, drinks and other cold items.
When you’re on vacation at Disney World, time is very important. You want to spend as much time enjoying your vacation with your family, enjoying the parks, with as little stress as possible. Investing in grocery delivery to your Disney World resort can help you maximize your time. Why leave the Disney World bubble to go to Walmart and pay for a Uber or Lyft to take you back and forth from the resort, wasting at least 1-2 hours of your time, when you could take 5 minutes to order everything you need from a convenient app? Yes, it might cost you slightly more for delivery, but think of it as a convenience tax. Your time is valuable, whether you’re at Disney World or life in general. So enjoy more of it and don’t stress about it if you don’t have to.
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