In part one of The DVC Villa Kitchens series, I showed you the tools you’ll have to work with if you’re cooking in a Walt Disney World Vacation Club villa kitchen. Here in part two, I’m going to show you what foods you’ll have ready access to cook.
If you have a car, your own or a rental, you can easily make a stop at a local supermarket to get any of your favorite food items. There are also a number of local Orlando area services that will deliver grocery items to your hotel. Among the most popular of these is Garden Grocer at gardengrocer.com. I’ll get to exploring those options in my next post. For now, I’m going to go over what types of foods you’ll typically find for sale at your WDW resort hotel.
What Groceries Will I Find At My Disney Vacation Club Resort?
The good news for guests wanting to do some bare bones cooking during their vacation is that the resorts that house the villa-style rooms all have a mini convenience store section in their gift shops and all DVC resorts also offer guests the chance to order groceries ahead of time to be in the room when they arrive.
The foods and supplies listed below can be found at the Disney World resorts that host Disney Vacation Club villas: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Contemporary (Bay Lake Tower), Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, and Wilderness Lodge.
Typically, the items you’ll find in the convenience store at the resort are the same items you can pre-order using the resort’s grocery order form.
Of course guests staying at any WDW property are welcome to make purchases at these shops. There may be slight variations on brand or package size of each item depending on when you travel, but in ten years of two to five annual DVC resort stays per year, I have found the overall offerings to be very consistent.
You can count on finding all the fixins for an American-style breakfast, from simple toast and fruit to hardier helpings of eggs and bacon. Breakfast items typically available include:
- Boxed cereal, regular and single-serve sizes
- Frozen waffles
- Loaf bread: white and wheat
- English muffins
- Boxed pancake mix
- Maple-flavored syrup
- Quick oatmeal
- Boxed grits
- Frozen toaster waffles
- Cream cheese
- Fresh eggs
- Yoplait yogurt
- Pop tarts
- Fruit: single apples, oranges, and bananas
- Packaged bagels
- Boxed Entenmann’s doughnuts
Packaged goods for Lunch/Dinner
Most of the selection here is shelf-stable or frozen. With the exception of bread and fruit, not much is perishable.
- Canned ravioli and Spaghettios
- Canned baked beans
- Jarred peanut butter and jelly
- Boxed dry pasta
- Jarred pasta sauce
- Canned soup
- Boxed crackers
- Canned tuna
- Boxed macaroni and cheese mix
- Hot pockets or frozen burritos
- Frozen pizza
- Frozen French fries or tater tots
- Single serve and “family size” frozen dinners such as fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, lasagna or chicken nuggets
- Hot dogs
- Packaged sliced luncheon meats: turkey, ham, bologna, salami
- Sliced and chunk cheese
- Single serve size prepared green salad
- Cut fruit cup
- Hamburger and hotdog buns
- Canned peas
Snacks and Desserts
- Microwave popcorn
- Lay’s potato chips
- Vanilla wafers
- Boxed Entenmann’s cookies
- Beef jerky
- Jarred salsa
- Jarred cheese sauce
- Single-serve novelty ice cream bars
- Pints of ice cream
- Many Disney-branded sweets
- Many Disney-branded crunchy snacks
- Supermarket quality wine
- Small bottles of spirits: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, etc.
- Mixers: Club soda, tonic, ginger ale
- Domestic and imported beers
- Tea bags
- Half & half
- Half gallons: orange juice, whole milk, skim milk, 1% milk
- Single servings: chocolate milk, strawberry milk, soy milk, orange juice, apple juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, V8
- Single servings: Coca Cola family soft drinks – Coke, Diet Coke, Vitamin Water, Nestea iced tea, Minute Maid lemonade, Powerade, Dasani water, Barq’s root beer
- Two liter: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
- Gallon-size bottled water
- Folgers ground coffee
- Instant coffee powder
Because I am evil, I’m personally not above improvising some of the items from the list below by using what’s available at the resort quick-service restaurants. For example, if I just need one little smear of mustard for a hot dog, I feel comfortable taking a single-serve mustard packet from the quick serve condiment racks. However, if you’re feeding a crowd, it makes sense to go ahead and buy the bottle.
- Paper plates, bowls, cups
- Plastic forks, knives, spoons
- Zip top bags
- Jarred baby food
- Good Start baby formula
- Condiments: ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, shaker-style parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, BBQ sauce, steak sauce
- Chocolate syrup
- Jarred pickle slices
- Vegetable oil
- Charcoal briquettes
- Sugar and equal
- Styrofoam cooler
- Paper napkins
- Garbage bags
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic wrap
- Coffee filters
A glance at this list quickly tells you what you WON’T find at the DVC resort shops: vegetables, fresh meat, spices, baking ingredients, and ethnic foods.
If you want to cook in your DVC villas using those items, you’ll have to go off property to find them. I also haven’t mentioned what the convenience of grocery shopping at your resort will cost you. More on that in the next post in this series.