Walt Disney World Implements Package Handling Fees

Having goods shipped from Amazon to your Walt Disney World resort room might seem like an economical way to save but you may have to add a few more dollars to the budget next time.  

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Disney mail handling policies were recently revised to include a $5 handling fee for all outside packages addressed to guests.  The revised policy reads as follows:

Guests staying at Walt Disney World resort hotels can receive mail throughout their stay. Occasionally, some Guests choose to ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.

If you intend to receive mail during your vacation, be sure the letter or package:

  • Includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel
  • Clearly features the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival

Please note that a $5 per package handling fee may apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room.

Back in 2009, Disney previously implemented package handling fees for convention resorts.  

Amazon's expansion into delivery of grocery and other retail products has undoubtedly fueled this move.  Resort package volumes continue to rise, along with the accompanying handling, storage and room delivery costs.  

These fees reportedly do not apply to personal items handled by resort bell services.  Among the exemptions are grocery deliveries from services like WeGoShop and Amazon Prime Now, Owner's Lockers, motorized scooters and stroller rentals.  Packages shipped to resorts using major freight carriers like UPS, FedEx and US Postal Service are subject to the storage and handling fees.

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Walt Disney World Implements Package Handling Fees -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2016 Dec 08 08:54:25 AM
Can "Disney Prime" be far away?

"Yes.... for just one low low Magical Annual Fee of $99.95 you can Magically avoid the Magical Handling fees * other less wealthy Guests Magically pay to receive an UnMagical Package from Amazon. For a limited time be one of the first 25,000,000 customers to sign up and receive a Magically Magical Limited Edition Fab Five Sticker of your choice""

* Limited to the first 20 packages.

Note: AP, DVC and TiWL discounts do not apply.
Re: Walt Disney World Implements Package Handling Fees -- denlo
2016 Dec 08 11:12:36 AM
I don't really blame Disney on this one. I know a large number of guests that ship to the resort started doing so because of the increase in fees for checked luggage. Now they ship everything they can think of including snacks, Disney souvenirs for the kiddies, shampoo and other toiletry items. Now groceries via Amazon are shipped too. At $5 per package that could add up since Amazon ships in multiple boxes.

And now [URL="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/12/06/no-more-free-overhead-bin-on-united-is-a-fee-for-oxygen-next/?utm_term=.b75c40aee98b"]United Airlines announced[/URL] that it will be eliminating the use of overhead bins for Basic Economy Class guests. Or you can upgrade to an economy level that gives you the privilege of using the overhead bin for one bag. So what else will guests be shipping to their WDW Resort?
You know.. -- Feenwager
2016 Dec 08 11:48:19 AM
...when I see people picking up microwaves from bell services it's hard for me to fault Disney here.
Re: Walt Disney World Implements Package Handling Fees -- denlo
2016 Dec 08 05:06:18 PM
Feenwager wrote:
...when I see people picking up microwaves from bell services it's hard for me to fault Disney here.

It is possible they only used a microwave box.
Nope -- Feenwager
2016 Dec 08 05:32:01 PM
I'm taking actual microwaves delivered from Amazon.
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