UPDATE: We have learned that most edible purchases from the Shop Disney Parks app are NOT eligible for shipping. It appears that food items may be added to the electronic shopping carts erroneously, and attempts at purchasing edibles will likely be blocked. Guests can continue to utilize the in-Park food finding options in the app.
Have you had a chance to check out the new Shop Disney Parks app?
‘Cuz it’s actually pretty cool! At a quick glance, it doesn’t seem much different from the online Disney Store.
But it turns out there’s a lot more to it… like, A LOT.
Sure, there’s plenty of great Park merchandise (for instance several, if not just about all, of the items from Marketplace Co-op can be found).
But Disney FOOD plays a pretty major role, too! Do you see it? The “Snacks and Groceries” option in the categories below?
The app is designed for use both in Disney World and at home to help you find items (food and otherwise) more easily while in Disney World, or you can have some things shipped when you need a little magic sent right to you.
But first: don’t say I didn’t warn you… there is a LOT of stuff in here — as in, once you install the app on your device, get ready to lose an entire afternoon looking at pretty much everything under the hot Florida sun at Disney World!
Using the App When You’re In The Parks
So, let’s say you’re in Epcot. A few trips back, you found some uniquely flavored Toffee Candies for a fun snack. But now, you can’t recall where they were in the park.
That’s when you scroll through the Snacks and Groceries section of the app and find it. It may take a while, though! Like I said (twice already 😉 ), LOTSA STUFF. But choices can be narrowed under subheadings like “Candy” and Chocolate.”
Once you see an item of interest, just select it to find product info. You’ll see the Banana Split Eclair Toffee Candies comes up as an In-store Purchase Only.
Scroll down a little further on the screen, and you’ll see “Find on Map.”
Once you click it… TA-DA!! Your item is at the Tea Caddy in the United Kingdom Pavilion!
This is kind of fun even if you’re not in the parks. You can scroll through the app pre-vacation and check out some of the items that you’ve never noticed while onsite before and add them to your To-Try list!
But it’s important to note that many of the perishable food items are listed on the app, but are not available for shipping to your house. So, yeah, before you start placing orders for a bunch of Mickey Ice Cream Bars for dinner next week…
… not so much. He’s onsite only, too. BUT, don’t get too discouraged if you find yourself far from Florida…
Using the App At Home
I gotta say I was surprised the amount of things that ARE eligible for shipping, as designated by the “Add to Bag” and “Order Now” options that become available for items that can be shipped.
Like — seriously — Astronaut Ice Cream from the Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay!
Iced Cookies, too, from Cinderella to Boba Fett :). Perfect for you kiddo’s next birthday party!
Think of the possibilities… stocking stuffers for the holidays! A pre-trip build-up-the-excitement package! A regular Thursday and you really want some licorice, but it’s just GOTTA Be Mickey-shaped!
Check it out, play around a little. I think you might be pretty surprised at some things you’re able to find!
What do you think of the new Shop Disney Parks app? Please let us know with a comment!