There are many options for grocery delivery in Orlando and on Walt Disney World property, including Amazon Prime Now, Garden Grocer, and Instacart.
In this post I’ll explain your options, describe my experience with getting groceries delivered right to our Disney World resort and share tips for having the best possible experience with grocery delivery in Orlando.
You can save a bunch of money at Walt Disney World by getting some basic groceries delivered instead of buying them in your resort food court.
Plus I’ll show you how to get $10 in free groceries on your next trip!
Options for Grocery Delivery in Orlando
Garden Grocer is a grocery delivery service that has been operating in the Disney World area for over 10 years. They only deliver to Walt Disney World resorts (excluding the Swan and Dolphin) and the Wyndham resorts closest to Disney World.
You choose from 5,000 items listed on their site (or app) and they will shop for you and deliver to your resort.
While the selection is wide, the prices are significantly more than you would pay in-store. For example, bananas are $0.49 each from Garden Grocer.
You also must choose from time slots that are available for delivery. Same day delivery costs $30 (if there are slots available), next day delivery is $20, and beyond that delivery is $14.
Amazon Prime Now delivers to the Walt Disney World area (finally – it took a while for the service to get out there). 2-hour delivery is free with a $20 minimum order, but you must be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the service.
At this point, you can choose select items from Whole Foods, but you can’t shop at a particular grocery store.
You can have a huge array of other items delivered as well, from personal care to electronics.
A $5 tip for the driver will automatically be added to your bill, but you can adjust it up and down accordingly.
And finally, Instacart is an app and service that offers 1-hour grocery delivery from an array of stores. In the Orlando area, you can choose to shop at Publix, Whole Foods, CVS, Publix Liquors, or Costco.
If you’ve never used Instacart before, I’d suggest waiting to sign up until right before your vacation.
There is a $10 minimum order per store, and there is a delivery fee that depends on the size of your order. In general, the fee will range from $5 – $8.
My Experience With Disney World Grocery Delivery
I tried out ordering from Publix with Instacart on our last trip to Disney World.
I had the order delivered to our resort (Animal Kingdom Lodge) on our first full day there and overall had a great experience with the service. (Learn how we rent DVC points and stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge for only $150/night in this post!)
First, I loved that I got the exact same prices as I would have in-store. This includes sales!
You can even “clip” digital coupons and get the same specials that are offered in-store.
The Instacart app had all of the items I was looking for, including the soy milk that Amazon Now did not have when I checked.
I got fresh fruit at a MUCH lower price than in the food court – for example, bananas were $0.21 each, compared to $1.69 each at the food court!
The earliest I was able to get groceries delivered from Instacart was 11 am. I placed my order pre-7am and the first delivery time was 11 am-noon that day.
While you may be able to get delivery within an hour later in the day, you’ll have to wait if you order in the morning.
It was easy to select Animal Kingdom Lodge as my delivery location, and you can enter your room number if you have it.
If you don’t have your room number yet, you can still place an order under your name.
I got updates on my phone as my order was closer to being delivered.
I recommend enabling notifications in the app to get updates, even if you normally don’t like app updates like me.
Where to Pick Up A Grocery Delivery at Your Resort
When you get a notification that your order was delivered, you can pick it up at any time from the Bell Service desk at your resort.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to get it at the front desk like I did (oops). If your order needs to stay cold, Bell Services will keep it in a fridge until you pick it up or they deliver it.
I got free delivery on my order but I was charged a 10% service fee ($1.92 on my $19.21 order).
Is Disney World Grocery Delivery Free?
Well, it used to be. But Disney World recently started charging guests a $6 fee to have bell services bring a grocery delivery to your hotel room. I believe this will show as a room charge on your folio at checkout.
If you have groceries delivered and pick them up from bell services yourself, you will NOT be charged the delivery fee.
The fee only applies if bell services delivers your order to your room. The $6 charge is per grocery order, not per bag of groceries.
So if you want to save money, either meet your Instacart delivery person in the lobby or pick your order up yourself at bell services.
Disney World Grocery Delivery Summary
I was overall very pleased with my savings and the efficiency of getting groceries delivered to our resort with Instacart. I saved over $30 just on the yogurt, fruit, and milk I ordered compared to what I would have spent in the food court!
If you are going to eat more meals in your room, you could potentially save way more by using grocery delivery in Orlando.
I think Instacart offers the best value and ease of use of all grocery delivery options at Walt Disney World. If you have any questions about grocery delivery, just send me a message on my Facebook page and I’ll get right back to you!
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