Shipping to DVC
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I have done this several times. I am not sure how big the package is that you are shipping (in my case, it was a pretty big box with clothes, supplies, etc.). I would probably give it about a 5-7 days to be safe. That is shipping it either via fed ex or ups ground and having it go from your location to WDW and get processed and sent out to resort. You can more for quicker delivery, if that is necessary. Hope that that helps.
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1. Do NOT ship via USPS. US mail addressed to all Walt Disney World locations first goes to a mail center where it is sorted and re-routed to its final destination. Much greater likelihood of it being misdirected or lost in the shuffle. Send direct to the resort via UPS, FedEx or similar carrier.
2. Note that resorts which have convention facilities will often charge you for delivery of the package. A couple years ago, Disney outsourced its internal package handling to Ikon systems who runs the business centers are convention hotels. Ikon is permitted to charge guests for handling the packages. Cost starts around $10 and varies depending upon weight. Impacted DVC resorts include BoardWalk, Contemporary (BLT) and Beach Club.
It also really depends on how much you are willing to spend to ship your items down there. You can always overnight the package, but at that price it would be cheaper to just pay for the extra bag on your flight...lol.
I went to our UPS store near our home and asked apox how long it takes to ship to WDW for the cheapest price. Then once packed up, I made sure to allow for an extra day just to make sure it was there once we arrived.
And just to add one more thing: Don't ship your package too far in advance, however, as your package waits at Bell Services (which is who you would call once you're checked in to have your package delivered to your room ) and they only have so much room to store packages, etc. Shipping something in excess of 1-2 days in advance of when you're package is expected to arrive is usually sufficient time and not a burden on the resort; e.g. we used UPS Ground and then tacked on a extra day to the expected arrival date quoted by the carrier.
As far as labeling your package, it's best to include the following information/address it as follows:
John Smith Hold for Guest Arrival on 10/11/11 Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort 2901 Osceola Parkway Bay Lake, FL 32830
We have shipped packages several times with no problems. We always ship with UPS, and they can tell you how long it will take for the package to get to the resort. For our next trip in October, I will get an additional label from UPS and ship the box back home.
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I ship all of our stuff every trip. I send one or two large boxes, depending on what kids are with us, we never take luggage. I ship from home with my UPS or Fed Ex accounts and print my labels both directions. Disney has never charged us to receive our packages. (we are DVC but we did this even when were were regular resort guests too) You need at least three days to go ground shipping, but five is safer. I always address as a PP suggested, with our names and arrival date. Fed Ex delivers ground shipments on Saturdays and UPS does not, so you may want to take that into account. It is the easiest way to travel in my opinion and with baggage fees the way they are, seems reasonable to me.