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Southern4sure
06-21-2004, 05:34 PM
I emailed WDW asking what their procedures are concerning "in room cooking". Here is the email reply. I just wanted to share this. I'm not trying to "police" anyone.....but you have to understand the dangers involved any why some of us are concerned.

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Dear Teresa,

Thank you for contacting the Walt Disney WorldŽ Resort.

We are pleased to learn that you and your family are planning to visit our Vacation Kingdom.
Cooking items and appliances such as you describe are not permitted in Disney Resort rooms. Guests violating this policy (and Florida Fire Code statutes) will get a visit from Resort Security.

If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact
us. Please include your full
name, E-Mail address, and reservation number if applicable on all
correspondence.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Betsy Mayer

Online Guest Service
Walt Disney World
PO Box 101000
Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830-0100


Message:
I have read online at Disboards.com in the budget forum how people bring mini fridges, mircowaves, crockpots, electric skillets and so forth into resort rooms to "cook" within their room. Is this
acceptable? I would think this would be a fire hazard. What about ventilization? I do not what to smell someone "cooking" during my stay in July. The smell of food should be at the restaurants, not in your hotel room. What steps does WDW take to prevent these people from putting innocent families in potential jeopardy?

Thank you, Teresa

GAIL HAYDEN
06-21-2004, 06:26 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to ask that question and for sharing the answers.
Hopefully, this will make a difference for those who are planning this very dangerous venture.
I am like you, I don't want those smells in my room. :)

epcotfan
06-21-2004, 06:46 PM
Thank you for taking the time to write Disney and post their response! :earsgirl: After debating this subject over the years it is good to see an official Disney answer.

DMRick
06-21-2004, 07:06 PM
I posted mine last year. It was actually different from yours (no threat about security), although along the same lines. But you know what? When that group was cooking last year in the room and on the walkway (they had a crowd, and the crock pot was inside (I think it held the hot dog sauce) and the George Foreman grill was outside with the door open dripping grease)..after numerous calls by many people, no one even came.

ducklite
06-21-2004, 07:31 PM
DMRick, that is disheartening to hear. I think at that point a trip to the front desk to speak with a manager would have been in order.

*************, thanks for posting.

Gail, as I so often do, I agree with you, it is a very dangerous practice, and I hope it will change some peoples minds.

ecpcotfan, you are right--it's good to see an "official" answer!

Anne

floridagirrl2
06-21-2004, 07:46 PM
I'm wondering if they did not read your letter very carefully?? I thought Disney supplied mini-fridges for the room for a fee.

ducklite
06-21-2004, 08:14 PM
Originally posted by floridagirrl2
I'm wondering if they did not read your letter very carefully?? I thought Disney supplied mini-fridges for the room for a fee.

They supply their fridges, which they know are properly grounded, use the amount of power that the room can handle, etc. Bringing in an outside fridge they do'nt knwo if these factors are still true.

That said, I don't think WDW really has an issue with you bringing your fridge--exceot that you are using "their electric" to run it.

I think they are much more concerned with the use of cooking items. Hot plates, crock pots, Forman Grills, electric skillets., toasters, toaster ovens, etc. The things that could easily start a fire, or create grease or aroma's which many other guests might not enjoy smelling.

Anne

candykisses
06-21-2004, 08:28 PM
I'm glad we have an official answer. I really don't want to come back to my room and smell some of the things people have posted that they cook. Tuna anything...EWWWWWW

GAIL HAYDEN
06-21-2004, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by floridagirrl2
I'm wondering if they did not read your letter very carefully?? I thought Disney supplied mini-fridges for the room for a fee.

yes, they do, but, they are supplied by Disney and checked out by them. They know what they are putting in the room. Last thing you need is someone bringing an appliance that is not up to code or totally unsafe.

disneysnowflake
06-22-2004, 06:18 AM
Last year when we went to Atlanta, we paid over $130 a night for a room. There was a group of folks staying there for a sporting event.
The lady made pork and saurerkraut in her room in a crock pot for them to all eat when they got back around 1am.

That absolutely stunk through the entire floor.

M. Eisner
06-22-2004, 07:18 AM
At times this whole business of trying to save money at WDW gets out of hand. Crockpots, skillets, toasters. It's getting to be like Ma and Pa Kettle visit Disney World! I just had a great idea... Next visit I'm bringing my tent and pitching it on the beach by the Grand Floridian. Just build a camp fire, bring some hot dogs and viola, instant hotel savings that I can use to buy a jar to hold my change in.

barb45
06-22-2004, 07:48 AM
I'm glad you got the official response too - it might sway some people to think before they bring this kind of stuff. Others I think will just carry on as before. It is inconsiderate as far as the odors go but so dangerous for everyone when you think of the fire hazard (that's what bothers me the most). You always read about deadly hotel fires and it is so horrible. If you can afford a trip to Disney then budget for some cheap meals or DON"T GO. We do usually have cereal and fruit or pop tarts in our room in the morning but absolutely no cooking.

Pinnie
06-22-2004, 07:55 AM
Thank you so much for taking the time to get the "official" policy and post it here.

If people want to cook on their vacation, stay in a DVC unit or off site in one of the establishments that provides a kitchen!

EWWWW on the kraut smell. I would have had to check out if I came back and smelled that!

pinnie

Lewisc
06-22-2004, 08:12 AM
Plenty of places for people who want to cook: FW, DVC studio's (rent points), offsite suite hotels, condos and even vacation homes.

Really no reason why people who want to cook can't rent suitable accomodations.

If I smelled the pork and kraut I think I'd demand another room. The hotels are more likely to police the rules if guests who are bothered complain.

Sandy Feet
06-22-2004, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by M. Eisner
At times this whole business of trying to save money at WDW gets out of hand. Crockpots, skillets, toasters. It's getting to be like Ma and Pa Kettle visit Disney World! I just had a great idea... Next visit I'm bringing my tent and pitching it on the beach by the Grand Floridian. Just build a camp fire, bring some hot dogs and viola, instant hotel savings that I can use to buy a jar to hold my change in.

ROFL:hyper:

Pongo69
06-22-2004, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by M. Eisner
At times this whole business of trying to save money at WDW gets out of hand. Crockpots, skillets, toasters. It's getting to be like Ma and Pa Kettle visit Disney World! I just had a great idea... Next visit I'm bringing my tent and pitching it on the beach by the Grand Floridian. Just build a camp fire, bring some hot dogs and viola, instant hotel savings that I can use to buy a jar to hold my change in.

:tongue: :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:

I was thinking more on the line of Hatfields and McCoys:bounce:

Seriously, I don't see how some people do it. There is NO WAY IN HADES would I ever step over the line by cooking in a hotel /resort room when it's prohibited. The financial risk involved is too substantial and that's not including the loss of life or injury that could occur if you forget to unplug an appliance or cause an electrical fire within the walls.
I don't think SOME people think about these things. When the damage is done all the super "budgeting" in the world couldn't cover that loss
NOT WORTH IT in my opinion.

Now before someone get their britches in a knot, I'm not knocking anyone for budgeting their trip. I set so much money aside for everything we do in florida and then some.

Imho, if money is that tight where I didn't want to spend money on food in the parks, I know for sure I would either stay somewhere with a kitchenette/full kitchen or not go until later.

Now I will rent a fridge to keep snacks in such as jello and fruit cups for late late night snaking, but to fire up a cooking stove NO WAY :eek:

KristiKelly
06-22-2004, 03:12 PM
no need to pack all those appliances when you can cook waffles, toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. on the iron provided by WDW resort.:teeth: :teeth:

The only thing we've ever taken has been a cooler that we refill with ice daily.

Me? Cook on vacation? I don't think so!!!

Southern4sure
06-22-2004, 06:07 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by KristiKelly
[B]no need to pack all those appliances when you can cook waffles, toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. on the iron provided by WDW resort.:teeth: :teeth:


We are suppose to be informing of the dangers of in room cooking.....not giving suggestions on how and what to use for budget cooking in room!.......LOL..:hyper:

I am planning on taking a copy of WDW reply with me IF I need it, I will have it to show the hotel manager. I know this isnt what some want to hear and Im certainly not trying to cause trouble or start anything. Im just amazed at what lengths people are going through to save a few dollars and not thinking or caring how dangerous it is for everyone else.


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ceecee
06-22-2004, 08:38 PM
If people want to cook I think they should stay somewhere with a kitchenette...if not onsite then look offsite. I don't enjoy cooking on vacation and I don't think the total of the savings is worth the trouble.

Purrrrfecta
06-22-2004, 08:46 PM
I am not trying to be the devil's advocate here, but why is it that other hotels offer microwaves and mini friges, and Disney says it is against their policy?

I am not talking about the stinch of hot dogs and kraut or anything. I just me the fire hazard etc.

mike2u
06-22-2004, 08:53 PM
I'm on a tight budget with a family of five and were are going to Disney in Mid August and plan to bring a portable Frig. For what i would pay to rent the Frig from Disney for the week i already saved in purchasing this frig. It also works in the car so we can keep the drinks and snacks cold on the ride down. I don't see a problem with a portable frig, but appliances like grills, toaster ovens, microwaves is a little extreme i think.

barb45
06-22-2004, 08:58 PM
I was in a hotel that had a fire from some idiot leaving a towel too close to the coffee maker. We were up one floor and down the hall and didn't know what happened until the next day (very scary). Even scarier was that my daughter and her husband were spending their wedding night very close to that room. The thought of how tragic that night could have been makes me sick.

On the other hand, I laughed at the iron idea!! Reminded me of the time we were in the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway and my husband melted the cheese on his sandwich with a heat gun in between practice sessions.

jgates
06-22-2004, 09:23 PM
Even though it is going against what Disney is saying, the micros/fridges don't really bother me at all. The other electrical appliances make me a little nervous though.

The last 2 hotels we stayed at where I requested a fridge for my insulin, the microwave was part of the unit on top - so each time we were actually provided both without charge.

GAIL HAYDEN
06-22-2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Purrrrfecta
I am not trying to be the devil's advocate here, but why is it that other hotels offer microwaves and mini friges, and Disney says it is against their policy?

I am not talking about the stinch of hot dogs and kraut or anything. I just me the fire hazard etc.

Because Disney is not set up like other hotels. They don't have the permits other hotels do. They are probably not wired for those extra appliances. They are, and you can get, able to have mini fridges in the room. And.....it is their policy. They don't have to go with other hotels' or resorts' policies.

GAIL HAYDEN
06-22-2004, 10:08 PM
The last 2 hotels we stayed at where I requested a fridge for my insulin, the microwave was part of the unit on top - so each time we were actually provided both without charge.
Was this at Disney?

crisi
06-23-2004, 06:20 AM
The fire code is probably arond things like crock pots, toaster ovens and grills. All these things are pretty serious fire hazzards. It probably does not address fridges and microwaves - unless from an electrical load standpoint (Disney's older hotels weren't wired for everyone to have a fridge and a laptop and a microwave and a coffee maker).

Disney's policy may then extend fire code further to microwaves and fridges not supplied by Disney. This may be from an electrical standpoint. It may be from a wear and tear standpoint (mini fridges are heavy and going to ding up their walls), it may be for profit (they'd probably like to encourage you to eat their food), because they don't like dealing with complaints from neighbors about the smell, or maybe just cause they can.

Although the spirit of the original message is clear, it isn't terribly specific (I am not arguing for bringing your toaster oven), and its possible that Disney would have a bigger problem with some appliances than others.

MermaidsMom
06-23-2004, 06:47 AM
Ewww, sauerkraut in a hotel room? Where do you clean all of this up? In the bathroom sink? Ewww!

ducklite
06-23-2004, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by Purrrrfecta
I am not trying to be the devil's advocate here, but why is it that other hotels offer microwaves and mini friges, and Disney says it is against their policy?

I am not talking about the stinch of hot dogs and kraut or anything. I just me the fire hazard etc.

Disney DOES offer the chance to rent a minifridge. The policy seems to be against people bringing their own, which could draw to much power for the outlet it's plugged into, thus creating the hazard of an electrical fire or tripping a breaker.

As far as the microwaves, the places that offer them have them "built in". Thus they are approved for use by the local fire marshall, situated on a heat resistant surface, etc. There is no appropriate place in most WDW hotels for the, other than those which come equipped with them.

Anne

my3kids
06-23-2004, 08:09 AM
I really don't see those small coolers that plug into the car and into the wall sockets as being a problem. I can't image anyone would ever question those. They seem to be as common place around here as camcorders for vacationing families. It would be nice to have cold drinks in the car for a long drive and be able to use it at the destination also. Especially with babies, that sure would be safer than hoping ice keeps the baby food a the safe, cold temperature.

That said, I can not imagine taking a crock pot or electric wok to cook in a room. My goodness, me the queen of bargain hunting wouldn't have even considered that one. People really set up kitchens in hotel rooms??? I think I'm glad I'm doing the concierge thing next time. I'd rather smell what they have cooked up for us than saurerkraut from the next balcony over. Eewww.

carone0318
06-23-2004, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by Purrrrfecta
I am not trying to be the devil's advocate here, but why is it that other hotels offer microwaves and mini friges, and Disney says it is against their policy?

I am not talking about the stinch of hot dogs and kraut or anything. I just me the fire hazard etc.

I know many have mentioned fire codes and such, but another reason why Disney might say it is against their policy is because they want you to eat in their restaurants. The "other hotels" that do offer the microwave and fridge, well that is all that they have to entice you. If that is what one is interested in then they should stay at those other hotels. Disney is not a cheap vacation. Yeah, through these boards, you can find some deals, but in the end it is still more expensive than many other trips that most families plan. It's Disney's resorts and they can make the rules. I think that the fire codes and stuff although also true, is just the "PC" answer that protects their bottom line. There is a pretty hefty profit to be made with their food and drink. Rules are made to followed, not broken. Unfortunately there are many who get a rush out of seeing how far they can bend the rules. Hopefully with this thread the guessing will be out and many can see the rules that Disney established and should follow.

crisi
06-23-2004, 10:03 AM
And more than that, cooking in your room costs them more than just lost profit. It increases maintenance costs. Florida has a bug problem, food in rooms makes it more difficult to manage. They don't want mice. They don't want spilled BBQ sauce on the carpet that would require cleaning or anyone to spill their mini ravoli on the bedspread. The smell of sauerkraut is going to cause guest complaints to the front desk from the neighbors - which is something they use to measure customer satisfaction.

madison66
06-23-2004, 12:50 PM
I will admit that dh and I take a softside cooler and a cooler that plugs into our car cigarette lighter. He also has the adapter that allows it to be plugged into a wall socket. It's the size of a 6 pk of bottled soda. We used it to keep milk, hummus and mayo. The softside cooler we used to keep fruit and salad veggies...each day I refilled that with ice. We ate our morning cereal in the room and some afternoons and evenings we had a salad when we didn't feel like having lunch or dinner at the parks.

We are budget travellers so we're used to it.

I remember several years ago when I first started reading this board that people commented bringing or using the iron in the room to make grilled cheese sandwiches. Others commented that they brought those 70's style popcorn makers which they would use the bottom part as a skillet/hot plate to make scrambled eggs. I thought those were clever ideas, but I was too lazy to actually cook in the room.

Madison :)

timonnpumba
06-23-2004, 06:27 PM
I would have to agree, the sauerkraut in the crock pot is going a bit to far. The smell would just be horrible! I can see using the coolers and adding the ice for drinks, etc but cooking in the room is to much. If you need to cook, why can't you use the microwaves or toaster ovens in the food courts? Maybe all the resorts don't have them in their food courts but I know the All Star Resorts do. I saw people using them in the morning to heat things up that they bought from home and in the evening using the microwaves to make those microwaveable pizzas, and popcorn, etc.

Purrrrfecta
06-23-2004, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by ducklite
Disney DOES offer the chance to rent a minifridge. The policy seems to be against people bringing their own, which could draw to much power for the outlet it's plugged into, thus creating the hazard of an electrical fire or tripping a breaker.

As far as the microwaves, the places that offer them have them "built in". Thus they are approved for use by the local fire marshall, situated on a heat resistant surface, etc. There is no appropriate place in most WDW hotels for the, other than those which come equipped with them.

Anne

Thanks, Anne
That is what I was trying to understand.