Rapid Fill - Refillable Mugs: Everything
You Ever Wanted to Know
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
A new refillable mug system has been implemented at Walt Disney World Resort hotels called Rapid Fill. The Rapid Fill mugs employ a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded into the bottom of the mugs that can be programmed for multiple days. Guests will select a specific time frame for the mugs to be activated, which can include anywhere from one, two, or three days. For the ultimate convenience, choose the length of stay option, which can be up good for up to 14 consecutive days. If a guest is staying longer than 14 days, they may then have the option of adding additional days, as long as it's within the trip's current length of stay.
The prices of the mugs will vary based on Guest preference for number of days for refills:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 consecutive days
- $14.99 for 3 consecutive days
- $17.99 for length of stay (up to 14 consecutive days)
Rapid Fill mugs can be purchased by anyone, not just Disney Resort Guests, in the food courts of most resorts. Some resorts do not have a food court, so these mugs are also available at select quick service restaurants, pool bars or other locations. The Rapid Fill mugs are hard plastic insulated cups and typically change designs from year to year. For 2014, the mugs feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Clarabelle Cow and are available in the following colors: purple, red, yellow and blue. If you have an older Rapid Fill mug (with a RFID chip) from the previous year, you can bring it back and activate it for your resort stay. You will not receive a discount, however, for reusing your older mug. Mugs purchased prior to August 2013 when the Rapid Fill program began or that lack a RFID chip, can not be reactivated.
When you first purchase your mug, the security tag holding the lid onto the mug will be clipped off at the check-out stand by a Cast Member. Once you've purchased your mug, head over to the beverage station and look for a sink to rinse out any storage debris and dust that may have accumulated before your purchase. Once "neat and pretty" you can then fill your mug with any of the offerings that are available at the beverage station.
Keep in mind that mugs are activated for a calendar day, not a 24 hour period. So, if for example, you bought a mug at 9 pm and used it that first day, the mug's first day use will end at 11:59 pm that same evening. Whenever the mug is used for the first time, regardless of time of day, the mug will expire that day at midnight.
The Rapid Fill mugs can be used not only at the resort it was purchased, but at any Rapid Fill machine any Disney-owned resort on property. So, you are welcome to take your mug with you should you resort-hop. Just keep in mind that you must still be within the number of consecutive days that were purchased for your mug.
Disney Dining Plan Guests will receive this mug as part of their package - a Rapid Fill mug will be included for each member of your party at no additional charge. Just use the Dining Plan on your Key to the World card or MagicBand to "pay" for the mug wherever they are sold at your resort.
How The Rapid Fill Mugs Work
The mugs work when they are placed flat on the stand below the soda dispenser, which allows the machine to read the RFID chip inside the mug. The soda dispensers will let you fill your mug up one full pour, roughly 16 oz. Once the Rapid Fill mug has reached its "fill capacity," the dispenser's screen alerts the guest with a "Fill Complete" message. Guests must then wait for 2 minutes to refill the same mug. If a guest tries to fill the mug prior to the 2 minute "no fill" period, the screen will alert the guests to the amount of time remaining before the next refill can be dispensed.
The new Rapid Fill policy applies only to the soda selections dispensed by the Rapid Fill machines. Guests may fill their mugs with the Coca-Cola products offered, including Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Fanta Orange, Barq's Root Beer, HiC Punch, Minute Maid Lemonade, Powerade. Refills of coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa and iced tea are not dispensed via the new Rapid Fill system. These beverages are available, however, with unlimited refills when you purchase the Rapid Fill mug.
For those guests who wish to fill a water bottle, or any other container with water, they may still do so with no restrictions. Ice and water remain free!
The Rapid Fill mugs will not get you milk or fruit juice from any food court, nor will it work for alcoholic beverages at the pool bars or in the sit-down restaurants if your resort has one.
Resort Locations To Purchase Rapid Fill Mugs
- All Star Movies Resort: World Premiere Food Court
- All Star Music Resort: Intermission Food Court
- All Star Sports Resort: End Zone Food Court
- Animal Kingdom Lodge: Mara
- Animal Kingdom Villas: Johari Treasures, Maji Pool Bar
- Art of Animation Resort: Landscape of Flavors Food Court and The Drop Off Pool Bar
- Bay Lake Tower: Cove Bar
- Beach Club Resort: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar & Grill, Beach Club Marketplace
- Boardwalk Inn: Leaping Horse Libations, Seashore Sweets and BoardWalk Bakery
- Caribbean Beach Resort: Old Port Royale
- Contemporary Resort: Contempo Cafe
- Coronado Springs Resort: Pepper Market, Siesta Poolside
- Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: Trail's End Restaurant, Meadow's Pool
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa : Gasparilla Island Grill
- Old Key West: Goods-to-Go, Turtle Shack
- Polynesian Resort: Captain Cook's Snack Company
- Pop Century Resort: Everything Pop
- Port Orleans Resort: Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory (French Quarter) and Riverside Mill (Riverside)
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Artist's Palette, The Rocks and Backstretch Pool Bars
- Wilderness Lodge: Roaring Forks
- Yacht Club Resort: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Hurricane Hanna's Waterside Bar & Grill, Beach Club Marketplace
What About Paper Cups?
The new Rapid Fill Beverage Stations will also impact guests who buy paper cups. One-time purchase paper cups are also RFID-enabled, but they work a little differently than the mugs. The paper cup can be refilled for one hour, up to 3 times. The cup will then deactivate after one hour or 3 refills, whichever comes first. The LCD screens found on the beverage dispensers will keep track of what you’ve already poured and will tell you how many refills you have left. Paper cups are also confined to the time limit of 2 minutes.
Rapid Fill mugs may only be purchased at Walt Disney World Resort hotels with self-service beverage stations. The resort refillable mugs are not refillable in the theme parks or at the water parks. While the water parks do have a refillable mug system, currently the water park mug is only valid in water parks. Because of the RFID chip embedded in the Rapid Fill mugs, they cannot be microwaved. With this program, any old mug from a previous vacation will not work to activate the new soda machines. Guests must purchase new Rapid Fill mugs for each Walt Disney World visit.
Is It Worth It?
Ah, the eternal question. There is a certain amount of personal preference involved, but then again there are some empirical statistics that may make a difference as well.
First of all, how long are you staying at Walt Disney World? The longer your stay, the more economical the mug becomes as it evens out after visiting the beverage stations anywhere between 6-8 trips.
If you drink a lot of coffee or tea, it could be a good value too. While the Moderates and Deluxes offer a 4-cup coffee pot in the room, that may not be enough for some guests. (The Value resorts do not feature a coffee pot in the room.) If you enjoy a good cup of joe, or a piping cup of tea, you may want to consider purchasing the mug.
How far from a refill station is your room located? Is your family typically in a hurry to get to the parks? Or is a leisurely walk back to your room to deposit your mug after breakfast just fine with you? Each family will have to work out the statistics to decide if purchasing a Rapid Fill mug is going to be worth it money-wise for you.
How about adding a little Magic to your daily grind? Here's where sentiment meets practicality: How many pins do you buy at $8-$12 each and put away until your next vacation? How many plush dolls? How many Vinylmation? If you're anything like me, you happily spend souvenir money on things that end up just in a display case, on a shelf, or packed away for your vacation. I love souvenirs, but I also like being able to put my money to work for me. That's why the mugs can be a good deal, even at home, since you can use them in a very practical way, every day. They are pretty rough and tumble, dishwasher safe, (do not microwave them!) and very portable, which makes them a usable souvenir and, unlike a t-shirt, one that you're unlikely to grow out of.
For even more money saving food and beverage tips, visit our Dining Tips page.