I’ve always enjoyed cooking and would classify myself as someone who can decently find his way around a kitchen. While I may be in the minority on this one, I find it relaxing to come home, jump into the kitchen, and unwind from a long day of work. With that being said, it tends to be the last thing I ever think about doing when visiting Walt Disney World.
A survey posted recently over on the DVC Fan Facebook Group indicates that while many share my sentiment, we all (in one way or another) utilize the kitchen in our Disney Vacation Club accommodations as a way to reduce cost and make a Walt Disney World Vacation more affordable. For many, this can be as simple as breakfast in the morning or a late night snack. Others choose to unwind over a sandwich at lunch or prepare a family meal to sit and enjoy at dinner.
Whatever your preference may be, there are a few things to consider before arriving for your next stay:
First, keep in mind that if you are planning to embrace your inner Masaharu Morimoto cooking skills, you will need to book at least a 1-bedroom accommodation at your DVC resort. This level and higher of accommodations include fully equipped kitchen areas with all the pots, pans, plates, and utensils you will likely need to whip up an Iron Chef winning meal. Staying in a studio, however, will leave you wondering how many minutes on high you will need to ‘nuke’ the raw chicken you bought for dinner in the microwave.
Next, be sure to have a plan in place for your meals throughout the week if you are looking at save money by eating in. Several years ago my wife, Amy, and I purchased a chalk board that we hang in our kitchen at home to plan our dinners. When we remember to use it, it saves us from falling back on the idea of ordering takeout or going out to eat. The same can be said when you’re at Walt Disney World. If you don’t plan ahead, the pork dumplings and pineapple coconut bread at ‘Ohana will start calling your name.
Finally, look into utilizing a grocery delivery service for food and other essentials you would like to have in your room while on property. Although I have never personally used the service, Amazon Prime Now provides Free delivery within 2 hours on all orders over $35. With their Whole Foods partnership, this means many great products are just a click away. I recently took a second to compare these prices with what Disney was charging in the Zawadi Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House:
- $4.29 – 12oz. Peanut Butter (Marketplace) vs. $2.49 – 16oz. Peanut Butter (Amazon)
- $4.19 – 12oz. Jelly (Marketplace) v. $3.99 – 17.5oz. Jelly (Amazon)
- $4.57 – Loaf Whole Grain Bread (Marketplace) vs. $2.99 – 8 Grain Bread (Amazon)
- $4.29 – 2 Liter Coke (Marketplace) vs. $1.79 – 2 Liter Coke (Amazon)
- $5.75 – 1.5 liter Dasani Water (Marketplace) vs. $2.49 – 1.5 liter FIJI Water (Amazon)
- $4.29 – 9.75oz. Doritos (Marketplace) vs. $2.99 – 9.75oz. Doritos (Amazon)
- $1.99 – Travel Size Colgate Toothpaste (Marketplace) vs. $2.99 – Full Size Colgate Toothpaste (Amazon)
- $2.99 – Single Colgate Toothbrush (Marketplace) vs. $3.99 – Colgate Twin Pack (Amazon)
While these are just a few brief examples, they quickly show the savings associated with utilizing this delivery service even when factoring in the recently added $6 bell services delivery fee.
Although I have no plans to be cooking in the near future, it is nice to know that this option is available within Disney Vacation Club accommodations if desired. Would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any experience with grocery delivery to your DVC resort!