Groceries at Disney World (Everything you need to know)

 groceries at disney worldGroceries at Disney World

Getting groceries is one of the best tips I can give to anyone regarding any trip or vacation but especially a Disney one. Groceries at Disney World are so important, that I’d like to tell you a personal story (feel free to skip this next paragraph).

I went to Disney very last minute one year for New Years.  New Years 2016.  I also let someone else do the planning of this vacation because I was accompanying them.  Long story, long.  We didn’t get groceries and didn’t have a car.  In the 3 days, I spent at Disney World with my significant other I spent over $1,000 on food.  Want to know what I usually spend on food for two on a seven day Disney World vacation? $710

Use my terrible mistake as a lesson learned for yourself.  Groceries at Disney World are a must.

There are multiple ways to get groceries at Disney World.  Let’s discuss them all and some possible grocery lists that your family can use.

Grocery Delivery to Disney World

First things first, let’s discuss how to mail packages to Disney World.  Here’s the address to use to ship to Disney World:

Name on reservation
Disney Resort Name
Arrival date: 9/1/2018
123 Example St
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

I’ve listed resort address at the end of this section.

For these next two methods, you need Amazon prime.  If you have it already, great.  If you don’t you can use this link to get 30 days of Amazon Prime for free and can make sure those 30 days covers your Disney trip.

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Personally, I do have Amazon Prime and think it worth the $99/year.  Budget tip: you can add a few credit cards and addresses to the Amazon account so you can technically share it.  I split the cost with a friend.

Amazon Prime Pantry

Amazon Prime Pantry is one of my favorite ways to get my groceries to Disney World.  You can find every non-perishable item on Amazon and have it shipped to your resort.

Amazon Prime Pantry offers items that would go in your pantry, I know that’s probably obvious so no milk or cheese here.

Here’s how it works:  Every prime pantry box is up to 45 lbs of items.  You can fill it with as many or as few items as you want.

Each pantry box has a flat rate shipping fee of $7.99 which isn’t bad for $45 lbs.

Common Pantry Items

  • Bottled water
  • Other drinks like soda and juice
  • Snacks
    • Granola bars
    • Nuts
    • Cookies
    • Donuts
    • Trail mix
  • Noodles, mac n cheese
  • Pancake mix
  • Cereal
  • Household and pet items

When to order: A week before your arrival date.  Amazon Pantry might quote you a 2-3 shipping period but don’t rely on it.  I’ve learned this the hard way.  If you’re ordering more than 10lbs worth of groceries, they will change the shipping method to UPS Ground which can take up to a week.

Amazone Prime Now

Amazon Prime Now offers delivery of your package in just two hours. This is a free service for Amazon Prime members, similar to Amazon Prime Pantry.

You can use this service to order groceries, health, and household products, alcohol and more.

With orders over $35 delivery is free.  If you want it in an hour, it’s $7.99.

When to order:  A few hours before you need it.

Tip: A lot of people seem to have success placing their order once they land at the Orlando International Airport. Don’t pay for the 1-hour delivery because the order actually gets delivered to the hotel’s front desk.  Expect the delivery of your order to take a few hours so I would go about your day and worry about later.  The Amazon Prime Now app lets you track your order and receive location updates.

Garden Grocer

Please note the Garden Grocer is unable to deliver to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Garden Grocer is a website where you have over 5,000 grocery items to choose from that are then delivered to your Disney Resort.  When you are placing the order you also select a delivery date and time period.  There is a $40 minimum and $14 delivery fee.

Garden Grocer only delivers to Disney Resort but similar to Amazon Prime delivery, you don’t have to be there as the food goes to the resort’s front desk first.

They also offer the delivery of beer and alcohol

When to order: At least 15 days in advance to receive a small discount.

Other Ways to get Groceries at Disney World

Uber

If you’ve been around my site before then you know that I’m a huge fan of using Uber at Disney World.

But last October I became an even bigger fan.  I want to Disney World for Halloween and didn’t do a good job looking at the weather before I left.  It was pretty cool in Orlando, like high 60s and I had all hot weather clothing.  Any sweaters and pants I could buy at the Disney World Resort were going to be expensive, and there were 4 of us.  So we Ubered to the Walmart a few miles away from Disney World and got a few things for 4 people and spent less than $100.  Including things we didn’t need, like a bottle of wine.

groceries at disney world

I mention the closest grocery store to Disney World and now you know you can Uber there and just about anywhere else you need to go.

Convenience Store

There are two gas stations with convenience stores at Disney World.  One is near Disney Springs the other is near the Boardwalk resort.  Similar to a 711 or a Wawa, there are a few things you can get here like frozen pizza, milk, etc.  They also sell beer and wine.

Obviously, you’re going to pay a little more money for groceries here but the convenience of the location might be worth it for you.

I once stayed off site at the Ramada and walked to the 711 store across the street for some water and beer.  I didn’t have to pay for an Uber so I was ok with the slightly inflated prices.

Disney Resort Stores

All Disney Resorts have a guest shop, and more offsite hotels do too.  At Disney, you can always find a few essentials at the stop like milk, bread, etc.

Fun tip: The DVC resorts or deluxe villa resorts have way more grocery options because those rooms come with full kitchens.  Figure out which Disney deluxe villa resort you are closest to if your store doesn’t have what you need.  With a little work you can get there for free on a Disney bus (will probably take at least an hour round trip).

Checked Luggage

Since a checked baggage doesn’t have liquid limits, you can pretty much pack what you want.  I wouldn’t bring anything that needs refrigeration but fresh fruit and packaged items are definitely a go.

Walmart Grocery Pick Up

There are a lot of stores that now offer the option to order your groceries online and pick up in store.  When Walmart started doing this in 2017, everyone was happy because their prices are so great.  When you place your order online, you pick a date and time period for it to be ready.  Then you had to Walmart to the pickup location and they bring all the bags out to you.

I do this at home because I’m not a fan of shopping (at all) and when I order online I can find the best deals.

This option is easiest when you have your own car but you can use Uber to do this too.

Disney Resort Addresses

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
1901 West Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s All Star Music Resort
1801 West Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
1701 West Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
1850 Animation Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Pop Century Resort
1050 Century Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
2201 Orleans Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
1251 Riverside Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Pkwy. Bay Lake, FL 32830

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
901 Timberline Dr., Lake Buena Vista FL 32830

Disney’s Polynesian Resort
1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista FL 32830

Disney’s Beach Club Resort
1800 West Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resort Blvd.Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
2101 North W Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort/Campground
4510 N Ft. Wilderness Trail Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Old Key West Resort
1510 North Cove Rd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
1960 Broadway Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Walt Disney World Swan
1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Shades of Green
1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Closest Grocery Store to Disney World

Disney consists of over 30,000 acres so the closest grocery store to someone staying at Saratoga Springs is not the closest grocery store to someone staying at Fort Wilderness Lodge.

My suggestion is to download the Google Maps app if you don’t already have it.  I am a huge iPhone fan and own one but Google Maps is better than regular Maps.  Once you download the app type in Publix to find the closest one to you.

Publix

8145 Vineland Ave Orlando, FL 32821 and 29 Blake Blvd, Celebration, FL 34747

Walmart

3250 Vineland Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Disney World Grocery List

When you’re buying groceries for your Disney Vacation, the trick is to keep it simple.  You can’t get everyone’s favorite juice or cereal because then you’ll end up overbuying and wasting a lot of food.

  1. Water – an essential
  2. Breakfast – Disney World vacationers are usually too excited and busy for a sit-down breakfast every day. Pick a breakfast that works for everyone
    1. Bagels and cream cheese (my go-to)
    2. Cereal with milk
    3. Microwaveable oatmeal
    4. Muffins
    5. Microwaveable bacon with a croissant
    6. Fruit and cheese
  3. Snacks – you need snacks to take with you to the parks, bring to the pool, and eat in the room. Here again, you want to pick two to three snacks everyone in the family can enjoy.
    1. Granola
    2. Trail Mix
    3. Chips ( I get the variety box/bag)
    4. Cookies
    5. Mini donuts (my favorite)
  4. Consider what you’re doing for Lunch.  Do you need cold cuts and bread to make sandwiches?

My Usual Disney World Grocery List: 

  • Water
  • Crystal Light Fruit Punch Packets
  • Mini powdered donuts
  • Granola Bars
  • Bagel
  • Cream Cheese
  • Possibly chips
  • Redbull

Disney World Groceries Scenarios/Examples

After a lot of researching, test runs, and discussing the option with my family and friends, I’ve come up with a pretty standard list that can be adjusted to fit your needs.  I shared that above. 

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.

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 leftovers 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.  Use my example Disney World grocery lift if you need help or a place to start.

How: Driving

Car: Yes

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.

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. 

disneys rapid refill mug

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9 thoughts on “Groceries at Disney World (Everything you need to know)

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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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