Disney World Grocery Delivery: What You Need to Know + How To Get $10 Free

on January 27, 2018

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Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

There are many options for Disney World grocery delivery, 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 some tips for having the best possible experience.

You can save a bunch of money at Walt Disney World by getting some basic grocery 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!

Disney World Grocery Delivery Options

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 basically choose from 5,000 items listed on their site (or app) and they will shop for you and deliver them 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. You’ll get $10 off your first order when you sign up through any link on this page (these are my referral links), so make a note to come back a few days before you leave!

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 Grocery Delivery Disney World

Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

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 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!

Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

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 a 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. 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 Groceries Delivered at Disney World Resorts

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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.

As I was putting my items away in our room, I noticed that I had been given a smaller container of blueberries than I ordered. I was prompted in the app to give a rating and review of my order, and I noted there that the wrong item delivered.

That same day I received an email from Instacart apologizing and giving me a full refund of the item that was delivered incorrectly.

I got free delivery on my order but I was charged a 10% service fee ($1.92 on my $19.21 order).

Grocery Delivery at Disney World Summary

Grocery Delivery at Disney World! How to get it for FREE + everything else you need to know about getting groceries delivered right to your resort hotel at Walt Disney World. #disneyworld #familytravel

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.

Both Prime Now and Instacart will deliver to any location in the Disney World area – any hotel (on and off-property) and rental vacation homes. You can sign up for Instacart right before your trip and get $10 off plus free delivery on your first order.

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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  • PegP

    Please note that if you are going to have a delivery to your Disney resort, you will pay for it. And I’m talking over and above what you might pay for shipping. Disney charges you for that convenience.

    I had an ordered delivered to our resort last year from Amazon Prime Pantry. Everything was in one box. The resort charged me $10.

    June 28, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Leah

      Sorry to hear that Peg. I had heard of Disney charging $5 for packages delivered via mail (or UPS, etc.) but $10 is crazy. Since Instacart isn’t handled by the front desk in any way you won’t be charged a package handling fee (you pick it up at the baggage desk). So that makes me lean towards Instacart even more!

      June 28, 2018 at 12:09 pm Reply
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  • Kristin

    You can turn off that service fee charge right before you check out and only tip your deliverer directly. I use Instacart all the time and just change it to 0 and then add my tip and review in after delivery.

    Thanks for this review. I’ve been debating on what service to use while we are in Disney in April.

    March 15, 2018 at 12:49 am Reply
    • Leah

      Thanks for the helpful info, Kristin. I used Instacart again at Disney last week and it was excellent.

      March 15, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply

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