Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing some lesser known Disney tips.
I love to shop and it seems like when I travel to the Disney Parks, I find a lot of things I just can’t seem to live without. My husband also finds things he wants to take home and, of course, so does my son. The problem? Besides having enough money to pay for it all, who wants to lug around our purchases all day, especially on attractions? I could wait until the end of the day, but with so many stores around the property carrying different items, odds are, I won’t make it back to the correct store… especially at Epcot at all the shops around World Showcase. What’s a girl to do? No worries, Disney provides a lot of options including in-park package pick-up, resort delivery, and home shipping.
Package Pick-Up This is the one free option that’s available to everyone visiting the parks. When paying for your purchase, simply let the cast member know that you’d like package pick-up. Each park (whether at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort) has a location near the entrance/exit that will then hold your package. Epcot has two – one near the main entrance and one near International Gateway if you’re headed to one of the Epcot resorts. The cast member will let you know how long it will take for your package to be ready to be picked up and have you complete a form (that includes your home contact info in case you forget to pick up your purchases). Usually, it takes about three hours for your package to be ready so be sure to do your shopping early enough in the day that you will still be in the park at pick-up time. Also, be sure to keep track of your copy of the form/receipt as you will need it at pick-up.
Resort Delivery If you’re staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort properties, some Disney Springs hotels, or Disneyland Resort properties, you can have your purchases delivered to your resort. This is a free service. Your packages won’t go to your room (unless you’re staying on the Concierge level in some properties) but will be available in one of the gift shops in the resort (the front desk or most cast members can tell you which one, but it’s usually the main one near the front desk). These packages will be available for pick-up the day after you’ve made your purchase, usually in the afternoon, so be sure to do this early in your vacation as it won’t work out well the last day or two of your trip. Again, when paying for your purchase, let the cast member know that you want it shipped to your resort. They will give you a form to fill out and let you know approximately when your package will arrive at your resort. Also, just like in-park package pick-up, be sure to keep track of your copy of the form/receipt as you will need it at pick-up.
Shipping Home This is an especially great option for large purchases that won’t fit in your suitcase or fragile items. Again, when making your purchase, simply let the cast member know you want your purchase shipped home. They will have you complete the same form as in the other two options, but this time, you won’t need to go anywhere to pick it up as it will arrive at your door at home. You can choose between ground or express shipping. In my experience, Disney packages these items really well. I’ve even had a set of water glasses make it to my home unscathed. If something doesn’t make it, which I’ve had happen only once, Disney replaced it for free with a simple phone call to them. There is an additional fee for shipping based on the total cost of your items and whether you’ve chosen ground or express, but from what I’ve found, it’s no more expensive than shipping on your own and a lot more convenient.
What about Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) purchases? There is no package pick-up available at Disney Springs, but Disney-owned shops and most of the non-Disney shops will do resort delivery or ship to your home. Simply ask to be sure.
Is there anything that Disney won’t ship or allow in package pick-up? The most notable is anything that is edible. Even if it’s packaged and shrinkwrapped, food is generally not allowed. Those neat, but large popcorn containers, even if they’ve never had popcorn in them also are not allowed.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Blue | Lesser Known Disney Tips Loop:
- 1st Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Disneyland Insider Tips -Make the Most of Your First Two Hours in the Park
- 2nd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | With Package Pick-Up & Shipping, Disney Makes It Easy to Get That Perfect Souvenir Home
- 3rd Stop – Dad for Disney | Top Walt Disney World Transportation Shortcuts
- 4th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Five Benefits of Staying in Magic Kingdom After Closing