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Old 03-29-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Sending down a package

I know that this question has been asked before but I guess I did not pay attention. I want to send a small package down to Disney before I get there. I did read somewhere that UPS was better than sending it USPS. Something about UPS going directly to the hotel as opposed to USPS going to a central area before it is redirected to the hotel. Has anyone had a problem, and also how far in advance should I send down my package.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:11 AM   #2
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I was kinda wondering the same thing but I think I am going to go ahead and send my stuff UPS and we will be arriving on April 10 so I plan on sending it out this afternoon!
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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I think your right. UPS is the best way to go. I will be shipping my box about week before we arrive. I hope it's there waiting. I have never shipped before, but it seems alot of people have.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:01 PM   #4
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We are shipping a box down via UPS, most economical and you can track it the entire time
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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I've done this almost every trip I've even pre-printed a label to send stuff back home once and packed tape to seal up the box. Worked perfectly!

I usually do FedEx Ground just because it is cheaper for me but UPS is the same deal. What I do is check online and calculate shipment time and then figure out when I need to ship it. I ship it for the package to arrive 2 days before I do so they don't have to store it for too long.

One tip - I had a CM offer me this tip the first time we did this and it has worked really well for us. Make your box readily identifiable. Either use a product type box or (what I do) let your kids decorate the box. Mine do Disney stickers and draw pictures on it. That way when you are at the desk, you can say "I need to pick up a package. It's the Samsung DVD player box" or "it's the box with all the stickers and a child's drawing of Mickey on the sides." That way they can find it really quickly. We usually get a few comments on our box too, which the kids love!
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:04 AM   #6
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A few notes : Bottles of water and cans of soda will probably cost you more to ship than they cost you originally. I recommend for those heavier items, take a hike over to the HESS Station across from DTD (it's a short walk across the street) and grab the heavy items you need there and take the bus from DTD back to your resort. You'll probably save some cash this way.

DO NOT SEND BY USPS ... Won't work, well truthfully, it will work but very very very very slowly.. Must be UPS or FEDEX.

And 32830 is for Lake Buena Vista, FL - take Orlando out of the address.

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Don't ship it through the Post Office... Here is why... The US Post Office does NOT recognize Disney streets, any and all mail being sent to Disney through the US Post Office will go to the PO Box (regardless of how you address it) as the post office does not deliver to Disney directly. From the PO Box it is sorted into sections and then specific locations before it is delivered out to property. This can take quite a bit of time.

UPs, Fed Ex, DHL, any kind of courier service will deliver directly to the hotel. My suggestion would be to get the package ready and send it out about 7 days prior to your arrival (you can send it further out if you like they will hold it). If you give yourself enough time you can ship it ground service which is the cheapest.

As for who to address it to you would want to address it like this:

The name of the person who is the LEAD name on the reservation (may not be you, but it is easier to find that way)
C/O the hotel you are staying at/ Front Desk
The address of the hotel
And put HOLD for guest check in and the date (you can put the res # too if you want, but it is not really needed).

So it would look something like this

John Smith
C/O Disney's Wilderness Lodge Front Desk
Hold for guest arrival 4/02
901 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830

Here is a list of the resort address' (again this can ONLY be used for courier services, US Post office will not deliver to the property directly)

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
1991 West Buena Vista Drive
Phone: 407-939-7000
Disney’s All Star Music Resort 1801 West Buena Vista Drive
Phone: 407-939-6000
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort 1701 West Buena Vista Drive
Phone: 407-939-5000
Disney's Pop Century Resort 1050 Century Drive
Phone: 407-938-4000
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 900 Cayman Way
Phone: 407-934-3400
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Phone: 407-939-1000
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter 2201 Orleans Drive
Phone: 407-934-5000
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside 1251 Riverside Drive
Phone: 407-934-6000
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 2901 Osceola Pkwy.
Phone: 407-938-3000
Disney’s Contemporary Resort 4600 North World Drive
Phone: 407-824-1000
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 4401 Floridian Way
Phone: 407-824-3000
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 901 Timberline Dr.
Phone: 407-824-3200
Disney’s Polynesian Resort 1600 Seven Seas Drive
Phone: 407-824-2000
Disney’s Beach Club Resort 1800 West Epcot Resort Blvd.
Phone: 407-934-8000
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 1700 Epcot Resort Blvd.
Phone: 407-934-7000
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn 2101 North W Epcot Resort Blvd.
Phone: 407-939-5100
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort/Campground 4510 N Ft. Wilderness Trail
Phone: 407-824-2900
Disney’s Old Key West Resort 1510 North Cove Rd.
Phone: 407-827-7700
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort 1960 Broadway
Phone: 407-827-1100

Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resort Blvd.
Phone: 407-934-4000
Walt Disney World Swan 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd.
Phone: 407-934-3000

Shades of Green 1950 W. Magnolia Palm Dr.
Phone: 407-824-3400


All hotels are in Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (Except Animal Kingdom Lodge which is Bay Lake, FL 32830).
There ya go!
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:10 AM   #7
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Curious question:

Is this more economical compared to ordering groceries delivered?

what are the benefits to mailing vs ordering?
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Curious question:

Is this more economical compared to ordering groceries delivered?

what are the benefits to mailing vs ordering?
Two things: if you cut coupons and use them on the things you will ship, there is a savings there. Also, shipping more than just non-perishables ... many people send additional items to save on luggage space.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:27 PM   #9
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I don't usually ship to cut cost but more to cut down on stuff I have to pack! I toss in some granola bars and stuff if there is room. I have a "Disney box" in my closet that has things like mister fans, autograph books, ponchos, lanyards with the trading pins etc. I pull out what we need and fill in with stuff like sunscreen, baby wipes, diapers (thankfully this trip I only have to bring pullups for night time and by next trip HOPEFULLY nothing!), sandwich bags with laundry detergent and stuff like that.

I ship it to arrive 2 days before us...enough ahead that I can verify that it gets there and still pack stuff if need be but not so far ahead that they have to store it at the resort for a long time.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:32 PM   #10
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same theory, less fun

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One tip - I had a CM offer me this tip the first time we did this and it has worked really well for us. Make your box readily identifiable. Either use a product type box or (what I do) let your kids decorate the box. Mine do Disney stickers and draw pictures on it. That way when you are at the desk, you can say "I need to pick up a package. It's the Samsung DVD player box" or "it's the box with all the stickers and a child's drawing of Mickey on the sides." That way they can find it really quickly. We usually get a few comments on our box too, which the kids love!
I wrote my last name on every side of the box, so that they could see it no matter which way it was facing. (I assumed there could have been another box on top of it, so they might not have been able to see the label.) I got that tip here. This person's idea sound like more fun, though.
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I don't usually ship to cut cost but more to cut down on stuff I have to pack! I toss in some granola bars and stuff if there is room. I have a "Disney box" in my closet that has things like mister fans, autograph books, ponchos, lanyards with the trading pins etc. I pull out what we need and fill in with stuff like sunscreen, baby wipes, diapers (thankfully this trip I only have to bring pullups for night time and by next trip HOPEFULLY nothing!), sandwich bags with laundry detergent and stuff like that.

I ship it to arrive 2 days before us...enough ahead that I can verify that it gets there and still pack stuff if need be but not so far ahead that they have to store it at the resort for a long time.
very interesting. I woulda never thought to ship.

What is the cost about to do your shipping? do you use fed ex or UPS or regular mail>
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What is the cost about to do your shipping? do you use fed ex or UPS or regular mail>
I use FedEx Ground most of the time b/c it is cheaper than UPS for me. Only once has it cost me more than $10. Most of the time it is $7 or $8.

As I said, sometimes I print a return label too. I stick it in the box and throw in a roll of packing tape. Before we go home I check with the front desk to find out if they have a FedEx pickup at the resort. They usually do and just have me leave it at bell services. Once or twice I called FedEx to schedule a pickup. That way the box meets us at home a couple of days later.

It's cheaper than checked bag fees now!
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