WDW official response conerning in room cooking

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  1. Southern4sure

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    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.

    Southern4sure




    Dear Teresa,

    Thank you for contacting the Walt Disney World® 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


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    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
     
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  3. GAIL HAYDEN

    GAIL HAYDEN DVC Member since '92

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    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. :)
     
  4. epcotfan

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    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.
     
  5. DMRick

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    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.
     
  6. ducklite

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    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.

    Southern4sure, 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
     
  7. floridagirrl2

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    I'm wondering if they did not read your letter very carefully?? I thought Disney supplied mini-fridges for the room for a fee.
     
  8. ducklite

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    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
     
  9. candykisses

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    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
     
  10. GAIL HAYDEN

    GAIL HAYDEN DVC Member since '92

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    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.
     
  11. disneysnowflake

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    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.
     
  12. M. Eisner

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    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.
     
  13. barb45

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    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.
     
  14. Pinnie

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    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
     
  15. Lewisc

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    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.
     
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    ROFL:hyper:
     
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    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:
     
  18. KristiKelly

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    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!!!
     
  19. Southern4sure

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  20. ceecee

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    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.
     
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    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.
     

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