Lea R. (NDM#114) (4 Posts)

Lea grew up as a Walt Disney World fanatic. Her first trip to the park was back in 1977. She went back just about every summer and couldn’t get enough! When Lea had children, she began to expose them to all things Disney, and now they love it as much as she does! Lea and her husband have been Disney Vacation Club members since 2005. Their home resort is Saratoga Springs, but their favorite resort is Villas at Wilderness Lodge. Lea is a Disney travel planner and an Outside Sales Agent with Destinations to Explore (www.magicalmousecapades.com). She also works full-time outside the home. She is a Charter Year member of D23 and a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. Her blogs can be found at www.magicalmousecapades.wordpress.com and al www.leasmousecapades.wordpress.com.

One of the first things I tell people when they ask me why I like to stay in my Disney Vacation Villa is the fact that it has a full kitchen (the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas). I get many different responses, but my favorite to answer is “Who Wants to Cook on Vacation?”  The answer is: ME!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t cook much at home so I really don’t want to go on vacation to do more cooking, but with that being said, having the availability of a full kitchen is great. DVC allows us to pre-order groceries (yes, a little more expensive but SO convenient) to have them delivered to our room after we check-in. Do we have full meals delivered? Nope. Disney has a wealth of great restaurants, and we want to eat there. So what do we have delivered? Soda. Waffles and syrup. Bread. Peanut Butter. Cereal. Milk.

I have kids that tend to be slow moving in the morning. It’s so nice knowing that while the four of us are getting ready, I can get the kids fed. Having something that they are used to eating is nice, too. We usually get the Disney Dining Plan when we go on a family trip. We’ve determined that using our meal credits for breakfasts just doesn’t make sense. We’re not big breakfast eaters so we would rather use our credits for lunches and dinners, which leaves breakfast in the villa!

Having the kitchen is so convenient, and it’s a great way to save money! We use the refrigerator, the toaster, the microwave, and yes, even the stove and the oven at times. It’s wonderful if you have young babies that you are traveling with that you need to store milk or formula for. It’s nice if you need to heat up a bottle. It’s great to make popcorn after a long day in the parks.

So, yes, I love my kitchen. And yes, I want to “cook” on vacation.

Contributed by: Lea Robinson (NDM#114) Lea is the DDL Disney Vacation Club Blogger and creator of Lea’s Mousecapades


  1. Lea,

    I love having a villa also when we stay in WDW, it really makes us feel like we are home, I know in the past we always ate in a park or resort, but with cost of eatting out we have cut back on that and there are some evenings we plan to go back to the resort grab dinner, if it just be burgers, a salad or a frozen pizza we got while we pick our supplies up at the super walmart. 

  2. And I thought I was the only one that enjoyed cooking at WDW!  It really saves us money to have a kitchen and keeps us from all the eating out meals.  I enjoy a home (ok – villa) cooked meal after all the eating out.  Having a kitchen also lets us have coffee and breakfast in the morning to start our day out right.

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