When you hear “vacation destination gift shop” your mind may immediately go to cheap trinkets and tacky tees. And while the Walt Disney World resort gift shops do stock an ample supply of kitschy merch, they also carry a wide assortment of grocery toiletry items that can help your vacation run more smoothly. What should you expect to find? Read on for details.
Looking for more general merch info? You might be interested in Ten Things to Know About Your Disney World Hotel Gift Shop.
Hours vary, but expect to find the gift shops open from about 9:00 a.m. until about 10:00 p.m. If the gift shop is closed, you might be able to find some of the things you need in the packaged goods section of your resort food court, which may open at about 7:00 a.m.
For groceries, you’ll find most priced about 5% – 10% higher than the average grocery store in Central Florida. On a recent visit we saw Philadelphia Cream Cheese priced at $4.29, a Lunchable at $4.49, and a half gallon of milk is $3.99. Pricing will be uniform at all the hotels. If you plan on major food shopping, you may want to check the prices of other vendors or delivery services, but there’s no need to comparison shop different locations within Disney World. Items such as packaged snacks that are also sold in the theme parks will have the same price there as well.
If you have an annual pass or Disney Vacation Club membership, note that the discounts you receive with those affiliations may apply to food and related items purchased in the gift shops. We’ve had less luck getting DVC and AP discounts in the resort food courts. This means that if you’re buying, say, a 20 oz. bottle of Diet Coke, it may effectively be less expensive to get it at the gift shop than the nearby restaurant. It never hurts to ask.
Hotel gift shop food for sale includes dry packaged goods, refrigerated items, and frozen items, but there is very little in the way of fresh produce or unprocessed meat. You’ll find a selection of whole fruits (apples, oranges, and bananas) and a small and vastly overpriced section of berries or cut fruit. For vegetables, you might find frozen broccoli in some freezer cases. The only fresh vegetables I’ve ever seen in the Disney hotel gift shops are small containers of cut carrots and celery (sold at most locations), plus whole potatoes and tomatoes (sold only at the Fort Wilderness trading posts).
For toiletries and baby gear, you can expect to find a wide range of items in the resort gift shop. But medication may be in two-dose packs or small bottles, and the package sizes generally prioritize space on shelves to stock a wide range of stuff over the size of the individual package.
How do gift shops differ between Disney World resorts?
Most of the differences you’ll notice will be in the themed merchandise, which isn’t what we’re talking about today. In general, toiletry and sundry offerings are typically uniform through the gift shops at all the Disney hotels, though you may find flavor variation in something like baby food. The brands of beer and bottled mixed drinks may also vary between resorts.
The hotels that include rooms with cooking facilities such as Disney Vacation Club villas or family suites with kitchenettes may offer a few more items that have to be heated (microwave dinners) or cooked (raw eggs or raw bacon) than those with only standard hotel rooms, but otherwise the selection will be similar throughout all Disney resorts.
What’s on Your Resort Gift Shop Shelves?
A picture is worth a thousand words. In addition to the lists below, tap into the galleries below to page through photos of the grocery and toiletry options you’ll find at your Disney resort gift shop. All photos were taken at Walt Disney World resort gift shops in 2023 and 2024.
Food for sale at your Disney World resort gift shop
The gift shops at Disney resorts have supplies to make a basic breakfast or lunch in your room. You probably won’t be getting all your vitamins and fiber, but you certainly won’t starve. Expect to find:
- Snacks foods, typically including: potato chips, pretzels, crackers, cookies, pop tarts, prepared and microwaveable popcorn, marshmallows, salsa, and cheese dip
- Dry groceries, typically including: bakery items (loaves of bread, bagels, muffins, donut); dry pasta, jarred sauce, and commercial parmesan cheese; apple sauce; beef jerky; condiments and kitchen staples (ketchup, mustard, peanut butter, jelly, maple syrup, salt & pepper, cooking spray); packaged candy and nutes; canned soup; cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix.
- Basic kitchen supplies, typically including: coffee filters, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, dishwashing soap, ziptop bags
- Coffee and tea basics, typically including: Sugar, creamer, coffee, tea
- Refrigerated groceries, typically including: eggs, milk (see below for details), cheese, yogurt, butter, cream cheese, lunch meat, bacon or sausage.
- Frozen groceries, typically including: pizza, tater tots, burritos, novelty ice cream bars, ice cream pints, waffles
If you need things like small quantities of paper plates, napkins, or disposable utensils, try asking at your resort’s food court or quick service restaurant and they’ll likely give you a few at no charge.
Toiletries and sundries at your Disney resort gift shop
The gift shops have you covered if you forget something basic or if you want to save space in your carry-on luggage. Expect to find:
- Baby supplies, typically including: Swim diapers (limited sizes), diapers (limited sizes), diaper cream, pacifiers, bottles, Pull-Ups (limited sizes), baby powder, baby wipes, baby food (extremely limited varieties), Pedialyte. Note that most of these baby supplies can also be purchased in the baby care centers in the theme parks.
- Over the counter medications, typically including: cough drops, allergy remedies, pain relievers (aspirin, Advil and Tylenol in adult and child formulations), cough and cold remedies, eye drops, hydrocortisone cream and antibiotic ointment, bandaids, digestive distress remedies
- Personal care supplies, typically including: sunscreen, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, feminine hygiene supplies, condoms, razors, shaving cream, bug spray, cotton swabs, nail clippers and files, lip balm, tissues, deodorant, mouthwash, tweezers, shoe inserts, ear plugs, aloe vera gel, alcohol pads. combs
- Electronics accessories and miscellaneous, typically including: Batteries, charging cords, international converters, disposable cameras, sewing kits, eyeglass repair kits, corkscrew
If you happen to be out in the parks when a minor mishap strikes, be sure to stop by the first aid center (check the park map for the location). The aid stations carry many basic non-prescription remedies. And if your needs are not covered by the items listed here, or if you need a prescription medication, you can also get drugstore items delivered to your hotel from Turner Drugs. They can be reached through turnerdrug.com or 407-828-8125.
The beverage case at your Disney World resort gift shop
All the Walt Disney World resort hotels have at least one location with a refrigerator case stocked with beverages. Sometimes this is located in the resort food court, sometimes in the hotel gift shop, and usually both.
The exact mix of beverage choices varies by resort and, of course, can change from time to time. There are, however, some general consistencies. Expect to find:
- Milk (cow’s milk), typically including: half gallon jugs of nonfat milk, whole milk, 1% milk, 2% milk; single serving containers of whole milk; flavored coffee creamer
- Milk (flavored), typically including: Nesquik strawberry, Nesquik chocolate
- Milk (plant-based), typically including: single-serve containers of almond milk (Silk or Pacific brand), vanilla and chocolate soy milk (Silk or Pearl brand)
- Water, typically including: Dasani in many different size containers, single-serve SmartWater, single-serve carbonated Pellegrino water
- Coconut water, typically including: Zico brand plain and watermelon coconut water
- Flavored non-juice, non-carbonated drinks, typically including: Powerade blue, red, and yellow; Vitamin Water red and orange
- Iced tea, typically including: Gold Peak Sweet Tea, Gold Peak Unsweet Tea, Honest-T Green Tea, Honest-T Pomegranate Blueberry Tea
- Juice, typically including: half gallon carton Minute Maid orange juice; single-serve bottles of Simply Orange OJ, Minute Maid grapefruit juice, Minute Maid apple juice, Minute Maid tomato juice or V-8, Minute Maid cran-apple, Odwalla mango tango, Odwalla blueberry monster
- Energy drinks, typically including: Monster, Monster Ultra
- Mixers, typically including: club soda, ginger ale
- Wine, typically including: Single-serve, lidded glasses of Copa brand Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Mosacato, White Zinfandel; full bottles of white wine, the brands vary by hotel
- Beer and hard cider, typically including: Corona, Coors, Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, Blue Moon, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
- Single-serve mixed drinks or similar, typically including: Smirnoff Ice, Seagram’s Escape Peach, Seagram’s Escape Wild Berries, Blue Marble Marble-rita, Malibu Pineapple Cocktail, Malibu Pink Lemonade Cocktail, White Claw (several flavors), Kahlua Mudslide, Jose Cuervo Mini Margarita
If you’re looking for a niche beverage, it could be worth your time to walk over to a nearby sister resort (or have your hotel concierge call the gift shops and food courts of a few nearby hotels) to see if you can find it. For example, I recently found that the beer and bottled mixed drink selections had several differences among the three All-Star resorts and among the two Port Orleans resorts.
In addition to beverages in the refrigerator case, there are also some non-refrigerated drinks on shelves. There you can typically find bottles of red wine, multi-serving bottles of hard alcohol (these are usually behind the register), and single-serve containers of Gerber baby formula.
Do you typically purchase some vacation items at your resort gift shop? Is there anything you routinely get there? Let us know in the comments!