Tips & Tricks for How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney!
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Going on vacation is not usually a cheap event. Going on a Disney vacation is almost NEVER a cheap event. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a frugal person. I don’t like spending money needlessly. I always cringe a little bit when I see the cost of a vacation to Disneyland or Disney World. When my husband sees the price tag, I always have to remind him that we are paying for quality and extraordinary experiences, not to mention creating life-lasting memories with our family on our Disney vacation. See what I did there? You’re on board now too, aren’t you? Although a Disney Vacation involves a lot of money in my opinion, there are some ways you can save some of that hard earned cash.
Last year, while planning our vacation to Disney World, I noticed that the airline we had previously flown on, decided to start charging for checked baggage. Really annoying, by the way. On previous trips, we had been able to bring one checked bag and one carry-on bag for each person. With most airlines now, that is not at option. On average, a checked bag will now cost you at least $20-$25 per bag. When you have a family of five, that can really add up. You also have to consider the weight of your suitcase. Most airlines will charge if your bag is over their weight limit.
For our last trip, I was packing for a baby. Anyone with a baby, knows that babies need A LOT of stuff. I began looking at our vacation checklist to see if there were things that could be crossed off the list to save money on baggage but, no luck. Most of the things on the list were necessities and either needed to be packed before, or purchased when we arrived.
As planning time went on, I did my daily online check on My Disney Experience for dining reservations and fast passes, etc. Eventually, I made it over to Amazon, and I had an “aha” moment. I thought, “I wonder if I can order products from Amazon and have them delivered to my resort at Disney World?” I know, crazy right?
After a little research, I found out that it is possible to have packages delivered to a Disney Resort. There are a couple of resorts that will charge to receive your package because they are also convention centers, so make sure you check with your specific resort before placing your order. If you are staying off property, you will also want to check with your hotel to see if they will receive packages for you.
I was pretty excited to learn about this. There were so many things that could be shipped through Amazon thus, saving me from checking more bags at the airport! I ended up ordering my items two different ways from Amazon. I ordered a few things with Amazon Prime Two-Day Shipping and the rest with Amazon Prime Pantry. This is How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney.
How Amazon Prime Pantry Works
If you’ve never used Prime Pantry before, it’s basically an online grocery store. You order a box, fill it up and ship it for $5.99. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, there is a deal where you can order 5 qualifying items from their list and your box ships for free. Their list is pretty extensive and I was easily able to find 5 things that I would have ordered anyway. Each item that you add to the box, takes up a percentage of the box. It will say at the top of your screen how much of your box you have left. I was able to order a package of diapers, 10 packages of baby wipes, a variety bag of chips, pretzels, fruit snacks, air fresheners, Pop Tarts, breakfast bars, granola bars, licorice, and more and didn’t even fill my entire box. Something to also consider, if you decide to use Prime Pantry, is that two-day shipping does not apply. I ordered my items about 5 days before my arrival date and my box arrived at the resort the night before I did.
How to Send and Amazon Package to Your Resort/Hotel:
- Decide what items you can have shipped to save room in your suitcase.
- Place your order on amazon.com 2-3 days before your vacation if using two-day shipping or 5-6 days before if using Prime Pantry.
- Address your package like this:
- Your Name c/o CaribbeanBeach Hold Arrival 5/2/16
900 CAYMAN WAY
ORLANDO, FL 32830-8411
- Your Name c/o CaribbeanBeach Hold Arrival 5/2/16
- Check your email to make sure your package arrives.
- When checking in at your hotel, ask about your package. Mine was actually being held with Bell Services and was delivered to my room a few minutes after I arrived.
That’s pretty much it. Pretty easy. By doing this, I was able to get snacks, diapers, water, etc. to my resort without lugging them all through the airport with me. Not only did I save myself the hassle of packing all of those items, I also saved money and stress. I didn’t have to worry about paying for extra baggage or how much my suitcase weighed. Win win. It was also a fun little treat to receive a big box when you arrive at Disney World. You would have thought it was Christmas morning for my kids when they opened the Amazon boxes!
That is How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney! I hope this tip can be useful to you. Try it out on your next Disney vacation! If you’re heading to Disney World this month, make sure you check out the tips from May the Fourth Be With You: Disney World in May!
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