Instacart Disney World: Grocery Delivery To Your Hotel

on January 4, 2019

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Here are my Instacart Disney World tips for getting groceries delivered right to your Disney resort!

Instacart Grocery Delivery Basics

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Instacart is a website and app that allows you to order groceries (and other supplies) from local grocery stores.

You can shop the aisles of the store right from your phone. After you put your order together, an Instacart shopper goes to the store and purchases your items for you. Then your shopper (or sometimes another Instacart shopper) delivers your order to you at whatever location you specify.

You can often get your items delivered in as little as one hour, or you can schedule your order to be delivered up to 6 days in advance.

Does Instacart Deliver to Disney World? 

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Yes! Instacart delivers to Orlando, including the hotels located in and around Disney World. They will also deliver to condos, rental homes, and timeshares.

We now always save money on our Disney trips by ordering some basic groceries instead of buying them at the hotel. While there are other grocery delivery services available at Disney World, Instacart offers the most options and the best prices.

AND you’ll get $10 off your first order when you sign up for Instacart through any of my links on this page!

Putting Together Your Instacart Order

You can put together an Instacart order from the Instacart website or in the app on your mobile device.

The first thing you will need to know is the zip code in Disney World – it is 32830. If you are staying at a hotel outside of Disney World, this may be different so have your hotel’s address handy.

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You can place an order from Publix (a popular grocery store in Florida), Whole Foods, CVS, or BJ’s Wholesale.  You can order from either ABC or Publix Liquors (wine and beer can be delivered from the grocery stores.)

The minimum order from each store is $10.

Instacart Disney World Cost & Fees

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I have placed many orders from Publix through Instacart while at Disney World. Some items we commonly order are:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Breakfast food to eat in our room (oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, protein bars, etc.)
  • Snacks to take into the parks
  • Juice boxes
  • Cream for our coffee
  • Beer and wine
  • Sunscreen

I’ve even ordered other random items such as medicine when my daughter caught a cold, bubble solution for her bubble wand, and swim floats to use at the pool.

In my experience, groceries are VERY reasonably priced when using Instacart to order from Publix. For example, bananas cost $0.18 each from Instacart, compared to $1.99 in Disney food courts. You can even get the same sales available in the store!

If your order is over $35 then a delivery fee of $3.99 will be applied. The delivery fee for an order under $35 varies depending on the size of your order and the time period during which you want it delivered. The range seems to be from $5.99 to $10.99.

You will have to pay the delivery fee for each store you order from unless your order qualifies for free delivery.

The other costs associated with an Instacart Disney World order are a 5% service fee (with a $2 minimum) and a recommended 5% tip (with a $2 minimum).

I think these fees are a small price to pay for the convenience of getting groceries delivered. I also know that we save far more than we send compared to what we would pay for these items at our hotel!

Instacart Disney World Delivery Process

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When you are putting together your Instacart order, you will select a window of time during which your groceries will be delivered. Your delivery fee may vary depending on how soon you want your items delivered.

After you select your delivery window, you can change it up until your shopper starts putting your order together. We have been delayed before and I have changed the delivery time without any issue.

If you are staying at a Disney World on property resort, you will NOT have to be present when your order is delivered, unless your order includes alcohol. If you are staying at a hotel not owned by Disney, my experience has been that you have to present to pick up any order.

Instacart shoppers are able to drop your order off at the Bell Services desk at your Disney resort, and Bell Services will hold your order for you until you are ready to pick it up or have it brought up to your room. They have refrigerators to keep your cold items cold, so you don’t have to worry about your milk spoiling.

If you have any alcohol in your order, you WILL have to be present with your ID to pick up your order in person.

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You will notifications throughout the process of your Instacart order. You will be notified when your shopper begins shopping and if any of the items you have ordered are out of stock.

Your shopper will sometimes find a replacement and you can choose to accept it or have them not replace the item – but this happens in real time so you have to be ready to act quickly.

If you are meeting your Instacart shopper to pick up your order, you will get a text from them asking where they can meet you. I always opt to meet at a specific location inside the lobby or right outside.

Where To Pick Up Your Instacart Order

bell services desk at DIsney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

If you aren’t present for your delivery, you can pick up your order later at your resort’s Bell Desk.

Note that this is NOT the same as the check-in or front desk of your resort! If you don’t know where the Bell Desk is at your Disney resort, just ask any cast member (the term for a Disney employee).

If you can’t get down to the Bell Desk, you can call the desk from your room and ask them to deliver your grocery order to your room. On one occasion, I had a bad experience with my order at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.  I had to call several times until they were able to locate my order, so if this happens to you, just be persistent!

Just be sure to tip your bell services cast member if you have your order brought to your room. I try to have $5 handy for a tip anytime bell services come to my room.

Does Disney Charge For Grocery Delivery?

Disney World resorts have instituted a $5 package delivery fee if you have items shipped to your hotel from Amazon or another retailer. These boxes will be held behind the front desk and given to you at check-in or you will get a call from the front desk if they arrive during your stay.

Since Instacart orders never touch the front desk, the package delivery fee does not apply. Your Disney resort won’t charge you a fee to have your groceries delivered.

How To Get Free Instacart Delivery

free delivery button on Instacart app

Instacart is often running promotions for free delivery on your order if you meet a spending requirement. They are worthing checking out – I have received free delivery several times just by buying from certain brands. They should appear at the top of the app or site.

If you want to learn about the other Disney World grocery delivery options and how they compare to Instacart check out this post. 

Any questions about Instacart Disney World grocery delivery? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in my FREE private Facebook group for my Disney-only blog and podcast, The Budget Mouse.

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