OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
But, if (like me) you have an incredibly picky eater…or your hubby won’t survive vacation without Mountain Dew…or you don’t want to waste your precious checked luggage on a case of water…you may want to consider purchasing groceries while vacationing in Orlando.
Some guests prefer to rent a car (or take a taxi) to visit the nearest Publix or Wal-Mart. This is certainly an option, (and if you already have a car it’s the cheapest) but it can be time consuming. Friends have reported spending nearly a half-day traveling off-property, shopping, and then driving back to their resort.
If you don’t want to spend valuable vacation time shopping for groceries there are some great options.
If you happen to be staying at one of the 12 Walt Disney World® Resort properties that host Disney Vacation Club® (DVC) accommodations, many of the basics can be found at a small market at each resort.
Or, if you are a DVC member, you can order from the resort in advance of your arrival and have those groceries delivered directly to your room. I have found the prices for these options to be high and the selection limited. However, in a pinch convenience can be key.
There are also off-property delivery options, which offer a much wider selection, at a more reasonable price.
The year our son celebrated his first birthday day at Walt Disney World® we ordered supplies from WeGoShop.com. Using their service, guests send a complete shopping list and they will visit as many stores as needed (at a cost) to complete it and then deliver everything to the resort.
The morning our family arrived in Orlando they called my cell (I was checking in.) The WeGoShop representative asked me to meet her in front of the resort, where she was parked. Opening the hatch, she proceeded to go through each of our six bags of groceries. It was a staggeringly hot September day, and I was melting (I can’t imagine the groceries were doing any better) while she went through each item on my list and checked it off her’s. Leaving our bags on the curb, I asked Bell Services for help to collect and store them. Once we were in our room with the bags I realized the strawberries were rotten. Everything else was in order and as requested. I can’t say I was thrilled with this particular service.
I’d heard good things, from several sources, about GardenGrocer.com. So, I placed my next order (and all subsequent orders) with them. Unlike WeGoShop.com, GardenGrocer.com offers a website with items to save as favorites or add to the cart.
Once everything needed is in the cart and submitted, guests receive a call confirming the order and asking if they have any questions. I was worried because our son is very particular (super-picky is the technical term) and I couldn’t find some of the items I needed among their inventory. But a quickly answered email assured me that, if I added those items in the notes section of my order, they would do their best to get them. In all of our visits, they’ve come through with all but one special request (which, even I have a hard time finding at home.)
On our most recent visit, we were on the Magical Express on our way to Walt Disney World® when they sent a text and voice mail advising our order had been delivered and was with Bell Services whenever we were ready for them. Clean and easy!
A special note from our most recent trip…a few days into our vacation my mother thought the bottled tea she’d been drinking tasted “off” and realized it had expired. I called GardenGrocer and let them know. They apologized, refunded me for all seven bottles, and sent seven new bottles over to the resort free-of-charge. I thought that was particularly good customer service, and was very pleased with the way it was handled.
The way I figure it, with such a great option, why spend precious vacation time grocery shopping? Let the experts handle it for you. So, on your next Walt Disney World® Resort vacation there’s no need to go without. From “soup to nuts” you can have it all delivered right to your doorstep!