My household is alive with excitement because with winter (seemingly) coming to an end, we have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming warm weather months. With our next Walt Disney World vacation just weeks away, I am busy planning everything down to the last detail. Dining reservations have been made and I feel confident about them. FastPass+ selections have been made but I will probably change them a half dozen times. The Disney savings jar is filling up. The trip is paid off. The flight has been booked. We started with a countdown of more than 200 days and now we’re down to single digit weeks! Now… we wait.
We will be flying down, staying on property, and relying solely on Disney transportation this time. For our last visit, we had the luxury of meeting up with relatives who’d driven and took advantage of driving to the store to stock up on snacks. While we love being immersed in the Disney atmosphere, we don’t always want to get up and out for breakfast or drop several dollars per item on a snack – 9 days times 4 people adds up fast at $3-5 per item. We won’t have the dining plan (I’ll report back about that after the trip) but we still want to have a variety of options.
While browsing Amazon one day, I came across snack care packages. Each box contains about 40 individually wrapped, non-perishable items (like granola bars, bags of pretzels, mixed nuts, etc.) averaging $1 apiece. There are several different types of care packages that are eligible for free shipping containing healthy organic snacks, junk food, and everything in between. Did you know that you can have items shipped to Disney a week before your stay and pick them up at check-in? This would be a great option for someone who needed disposable items that take up a lot of suitcase space, such as diapers.
I am a big fan of coffee, but I prefer it with flavored creamer. Last time I visited WDW, I was disappointed in the coffee available but didn’t want to spend $5 every day for my fancy flavored iced coffee from the dining hall or in the parks. You can have 12 bottles of delicious iced coffee shipped for free for less than $2 per bottle. Apple juice can be shipped free for less than $1 per 5.5 ounce can. I plan to stock our room’s mini-fridge with drinks and have enough snacks for us to each have 2 per day to last us throughout our trip. Don’t worry, we’ll save money and stomach space for Dole Whips and Mickey ice cream bars!
What have you shipped to Disney?
Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.