As we wind down 2013, we are taking a look back at some of our most popular articles from the past several months. Over the next couple of weeks, we will re-share these tips and tricks, so our newest fans can check them out, or so those of you who have been with us from the beginning can check them out again!
Today’s article comes from August 9 and it offers some great tips about packing for your Disney World vacation. Enjoy!
If you have ever packed a bag for a week of vacation anywhere, you are well aware of the joys of trying to fit everything you need for your whole trip into 1 bag that cannot weigh more than 50 lbs. One DWDads suggestion to alleviate some of this headache is to ship some items directly to your resort and pick them up at check in. So you ask what can I ship?
Just as Kmart states in their commercial, you can basically ship ANYTHING to your resort (including your pants) within a few days of your arrival and it will be waiting for you when you check in. For our last trip our family shipped many items including 2 cases of bottled water (about $10 shipped for 24 bottles on Amazon.com) which makes them about .40 each vs. $2.50 in the parks – SAVINGS $2+ per bottle.
Other items which are great for shipping are baby items. For a 10 day stay we needed 40-50 diapers and wipes for our 2 year old. Since the volume of that box is so large and most airlines charge for bags these days, why not buy a small case from an online retailer and ship directly to the resort. We are PRIME members of Amazon.com so we get 2 day shipping on all Prime items to any location in the continental US for free.
Here are some items I found useful from Amazon.com:
Glow sticks $9.49 (100 glow sticks @ < $.10 each)
NutriGrain Bars – $15 (48 bars for .31 each)
Bottled water, snacks, and baby items, are popular items to ship to your resort, but just about anything can be shipped to Disney. In 2010 we were in Disney for my wife’s birthday, and I shopped online for her birthday gifts – new sandals, and a necklace and had them shipped to the resort. Once we arrived, I slipped them into a gift bag with some tissue and Presto she had birthday presents. Another idea is to ship some Disney book/toy/stickers to the resort to have waiting for your child when they check-in. There really is no limit to how you can use online shopping to enhance your trip.
Here are some simple rules for shipping to your resort:
- Make sure you have the correct physical address of your resort (LINK), and your name arrival date are clearly labeled.
- Shipments must be sent via courier services (UPS, FedEx, DHL) since US Postal Service (USPS) won’t deliver to the property
- Do the research ahead of time and schedule your deliveries to arrive a few days before your check-in date so that the items are waiting for you upon arrival.
Here is a list of the resort addresses (again this can ONLY be used for courier services, US Post office will not deliver to the property directly)*All hotels are in Lake Buena Vista, FL32830 (Except Animal Kingdom Lodge which is Bay Lake, FL 32830). Disney’s All Star Movies Resort 1991 West Buena Vista Drive Disney’s All Star Music Resort 1801 West Buena Vista Drive Disney’s All Star Sports Resort 1701 West Buena Vista Drive Disney’s Art of Animation address: 1850 Animation Way Disney’s Pop Century Resort 1050 Century Drive Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 900 Cayman Way Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 1000 West Buena Vista Drive Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter 2201 Orleans Drive Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside 1251 Riverside Drive Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 2901 Osceola Pkwy.* Disney’s Contemporary Resort 4600 North World Drive Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 4401 Floridian Way Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 901 Timberline Dr. Disney’s Polynesian Resort 1600 Seven Seas Drive Disney’s Beach Club Resort 1800 West Epcot Resort Blvd. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 1700 Epcot Resort Blvd. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn 2101 North W Epcot Resort Blvd. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort/Campground 4510 N Ft. Wilderness Trail Disney’s Old Key West Resort 1510 North Cove Rd. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort 1960 Broadway WaltDisney World Dolphin 1500 Epcot Resort Blvd. WaltDisney World Swan 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Shades of Green 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr.
- DW Dads Best of 2013: The Importance of Rope Drop (dwdads.com)