Groceries at Disney World

Groceries at Disney World

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What should/can I bring?  Obviously this is largely going to depend on your party size, what you want to accomplish with these groceries, and how you are getting to WDW.   The truth is, going to Disney on a budget means having groceries during your trip. It is a complicated dance figuring out exactly what you need and how not to waste a bunch of food and money and that is why I am here.  When planning your Disney vacation on a budget, follow these guidelines and you will win every time.

After a lot of researching, test runs, and discussing option with my family and friends, I’ve come up with a pretty standard list that can be adjusted to fit your needs.  This list will best fit a 7 day trip. There are some differences based on how you get are getting to Disney (3 hour flight, vs 3 hour drive), if you have a car while you are there, and where you are staying. We’ll have a few combinations to get the job done such as bringing things in your checked luggage, grocery delivery, and buying a few provisions at your Disney resort store.

Every Disney resort will have at least a mini fridge and a resort store with necessities. 

If you are not staying at a Disney resort I suggest you call the location you are staying at and find out if there will be a refrigerator in the room and if the resort has a store that sells the basics such as milk, bread, etc.

I will occasionally order enough pizza to cover two days from Flippers, they will deliver to your resort.  Make sure to try the breadsticks.

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How: Flying in

Car: No

Substituting which meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Bring from Home (in the checked luggage)

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Ziplock bags to bring snacks to parks

Buy from Resort Store

  • Sliced Bread
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese or Milk for cereal or BOTH
  • Beer/Spirit of choice
  • Cold cuts

Grocery Delivery

Favorite Cereal

-Coffee/Caffeine

-Snacks (Individual pretzel pouches, granola bars, cookies, nuts, etc)

-Water

Don’t forget the option for pizza delivery and left overs if you have a microwave.

How: Flying in

Car: No

Substituting which meals:  On the DDP so only one meal

Breakfast is going to be the easiest to substitute, why?  There are going to be times you want to eat this meal on the go and you can eat well easily. 

Applesauce, yogurt, etc cant be had on the go. Only Disney villas have toasters but you might be like me and completely okay with bagels that are not toasted with butter or cream cheese  Or you can have your favorite cereal with milk. 

How: Flying in

Car: Yes

Substituting which meals:  Doesn’t matter for this list, adjust accordingly

You have a car, meaning you can go to your nearest Publix or Walmart.  This can still be tricky, I once went to Public and spent so much money I should have just eaten out.  Publix Get the essentials and know you can go back.  Realize that this vacation might be a no juice and only water vacation.  I prefer Gatorade when I go to the parks but I now stick to water since that can really add up. 

Use the list above as an example. 

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How: Driving

Car: Yes, obviously

Substituting which meals:  Doesn’t matter for this list, adjust accordingly

Again, having a car gives you a lot of flexibility in what you can buy and how you get it.  Whether that is bringing the groceries with you, or going out to the nearest store to buy some.  You can find some options above and remember, it is better to under buy and go back than waste food.

I know there were a lot more Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riversidetips than an actual list but I hope this gives you a good place to start.

Extra Tip

Mugs with unlimited refills can be purchased from any Disney Resort, these really make sense if your room is near a filling station, so check first and remember not every single person in your party needs to have one. 

DSC_0245My name is Krystel, and I am here to share the joy Disney gives me.  If you want to learn more about planning the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation visit Planning The Magic.  I’ve spent a lot of time creating the perfect  Disney On A Budget eBook because I really want everyone to have a magical vacation within reach.

9 thoughts on “Groceries at Disney World

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    Great tips. When we went to Disney we had the meal plan so i just brought breakfast items.

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    Nice!

    We just buy everything at Disney and don’t bother with groceries. But I know lots of people do.

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    Great tips. I always buy groceries on vacation, with three kids eating out gets expensive.

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    These look like really great tips for people who do Disney on budget or prefer to prepare their own food. Can’t wait to visit Disney soon!

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    That is something we always try to do to save money. Bringing in our own food for breakfast, snacks, and maybe a couple of either lunches or dinners is a way to relax a little more at the resort and enjoy some down time.

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    Eating out can definitely add up! These are great tips for buying groceries.

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    We buy a few groceries here and there while we are at Disney but most of the time is at the park. Great ideas!

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    I have never really thought to get groceries when at an amusement park. I guess I need to!

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    I have not been to Disney in a while but am all down for saving every where I can. Awesome~

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