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New Changes to Disney Resort Luggage Transfer Policy

New Changes to Disney Resort Luggage Transfer Policy

There is a new change to the luggage transfer policy at Disney World. Read on for details.

If you’ve ever done a “split stay” at Walt Disney World, you may have utilized Disney’s convenient luggage transfer services.

Luggage Transfer

When moving from one Disney owned and operated resort to another, Disney will happily transfer your luggage to your new resort!

Bell Services at Disney’s Polynesian resort

Previously, guests could transfer just about anything via the luggage transfer service. I (Rebecca) recall personally having inflatable innertubes transferred back in 2017!

Check out our guide to utilizing luggage transfer service here.

Even the Swan and Dolphin, while not officially Disney resorts, can also accommodate luggage transfers to Disney resorts! One of our writers had this done earlier this year.

New Policy

This new policy impacts anyone looking to transfer any item outside of luggage.

The best suitcase I’ve ever had!

Now, it looks like Disney plans to limit the luggage transfer to luggage only. Most notably, they will no longer transfer any food or perishable items.

Many guests have begun to take advantage of grocery delivery services. If those guests have part of their stay booked at another resort, they now must transfer those items themselves.

Impact

It’s likely not a very big impact for most Disney World guests. Most of us only enjoy one resort per stay.

However, Disney Vacation Club owners often book split stays due to limited availability.

disney's wilderness lodge

Additionally, because the Disney Vacation Club Villas offer at least a kitchenette, these guests are more likely to have groceries that need moved.

As far as we know, any Disney resort will continue to hold your perishable items for you until your room is ready. This only impacts moving the food from one place to another.

Bay Lake Tower Studio Kitchenette

If you’ve utilized luggage transfer services, you likely know it takes many hours for the transfer to happen. This is likely chief among the reasons they are discontinuing the practice.

Your food may sit in a hot van for hours on its way to your new destination, and no one wants food that’s been sitting in a hot van all day.

What do you think of this change? Will it affect your next stay? Let us know in the comments on Facebook!

-Rebecca W Davis


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Kim

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Using Disney's luggage transfer service to move perishables between resorts has always been a horrible idea. I'm surprised the people above did not cause their family members to become ill.

Tyler Edwards

Sunday 31st of July 2022

Staring to wonder why I bought into DVC. Seems like every perk I was expecting to be there for years to come when I bought is slowly dissapearing.

Katie Kabelowsky

Friday 30th of July 2021

When does this start? Like immediately?

DVCmike

Monday 26th of July 2021

Couldn’t agree more. I get the practicality of it but the little things that are being taken away are starting to add up. Ending Magical Express has us thinking about getting a car which will have us going offsite more for dining and shopping. I will still go don’t get me wrong but I feel bad for the families Disney is pricing out of the magic.

DVCmike

Monday 26th of July 2021

Well it’s not a big thing but it’s one of the small things that makes Disney different. We do split stays all the time and love being able to have our perishables delivered to our second resort. Having to carry them all on a bus/boat/monorail/Skyliner to the next resort first before going about our day is a major disadvantage. I know some say wait for things to go back to normal but they typically don’t restore a benefit once it’s gone. All these little perks that get taken away make offsite hotels more desirable especially since the price has gone up and not down for Disney resorts.

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