It’s one of the most common questions that people ask. Is the Rapid Fill Refillable Mug sold at Walt Disney World resort hotels a good deal or not? Well, for some the answer to that question is easy because the mug is already included in their Disney Dining Plan package. But for those who have to pay out of pocket for the mug, that question gets a little more ambiguous. Today, I’m here to answer those burning questions you may have about the Rapid Fill Refillable Mug system.
What is the Rapid Fill Refillable Mug?
The Rapid Fill Refillable Mug is a hard plastic mug that can be found at Walt Disney World resort hotels. These mugs come with a cute outside design and many different colors, which can be helpful if the whole family has a mug to let everyone know who’s mug is who’s. In addition, during the Halloween and holiday seasons, Disney has been introducing mugs with special designs specific for the occasion! Each mug contains an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip in the bottom of the cup. This is very important to know….more on that in a second.
Mugs that are purchased are good for up to 14 consecutive days after buying them. Wait…what do you mean they are good for up to 14 days? How can a mug expire? Well, remember that RFID chip I talked about? It is programmed when the Rapid Fill Refillable Mug is purchased. This chip is what ends up dispensing your soda from the fountain. (Again, I’ll explain more about this in a second.)
One thing to note when purchasing your mug: They are activated for use for a full calendar day; not based off a 24 hour period. This means that if you bought your mug at 10:00 p.m. and used it, the first use day will end at 11:59 p.m. that evening. This is not really giving you the full value of your mug.
What Beverages Are Included with a Refillable Mug Purchase?
Guests can use the Rapid Fill Refillable Mug for about 14 oz of soda, hot chocolate, hot tea, iced tea, and coffee. Soda options include Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Barq’s Root Beer, and Minute Maid Lemonade. Of course, options change. Make sure to look at the offerings before purchasing the mug to make sure what you really want is indeed being offered.
Not included with the purchase of your refillable mug: milk, fruit juice, or alcoholic beverages
How Much Do Mugs Cost?
The cost of a Rapid Fill Refillable Mug is $19.99, plus tax and Disney says these mugs are valid for the entire length of your stay, up to 14 days. The price for the mug is the same whether you are staying for 2 days or if you are staying at the resort for 14. Those Guests who have purchased a Disney Dining Plan will receive a Refillable Mug that is included with the price of the dining plan.
In addition, Disney has recently added a new version of the refillable mug. This is a stainless steel version that is vacuum insulated that costs $29.99, or if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can upgrade to this type of mug for an additional $10.
Where Can I Purchase and Use the Refillable Mugs?
These mugs and refill stations can be found 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. At select resorts, there may be more than one Refillable Mug Refill Station.
- 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 and BoardWalk Bakery
- Caribbean Beach Resort: Centertown Market
- 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)
- Riviera Resort: Bar Riva, Primo Piatto
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Artist’s Palette, On the Rocks Pool Bar and Backstretch Pool Bar
- Wilderness Lodge: Roaring Forks
- Yacht Club Resort: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill, Beach Club Marketplace
What are the Refillable Mug Refill Stations?
Once your mug has been activated, Guests should head to the refillable mug self-service beverage station. Here, Guests will need to place their Rapid Fill Refillable Mug on the hard plastic tray that is located on the beverage station underneath the beverage they are looking to consume. Doing this allows the soda machine to read the RFID chip that is located in the bottom of the mug.
The soda dispenser allows you to fill your mug up one full pour. Once the mug has reached its capacity, the dispenser’s screen will alert the guest with a message that says the fill is complete. If you want to refill your cup immediately, you must wait for 2 minutes to refill the same mug. You will not be allowed to refill before that period and you will be alerted to how much time remains until your next refill is available.
In addition, guests can also choose to refill their mug with coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa and iced tea. Refills of coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa and iced tea are not dispensed via the Rapid Fill system and instead can be filled from pots and machines next to the soda dispensers.
Do I Have to be Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort to Purchase a Mug?
Rapid Fill Refillable Mugs can actually be purchased by anyone, not just Disney Resort Hotel Guests. So, feel free to purchase one, if you think you’ll use it.
Can I Only Use the Mug at the Resort I Purchased at One Resort at Another Walt Disney World Resort Hotel I’m Not Staying at?
Yes! You can use your Rapid Fill Refillable Mug at any Walt Disney World Resort Hotel! Not just at the hotel you purchased the mug at. For example, I bought my mug at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort, but made a trip over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and was able to fill it up at both resorts!
Can I use the Resort Refillable Mug at the Theme Parks?
Plain and simple answer – no. The resort refillable mugs are not able to be refilled in the theme parks or at the water parks.
Are the Mugs Microwavable and Dishwasher Safe?
Thanks to the RFID chip found in the bottom of the mug, they are not microwavable. Don’t put it in the microwave unless you’d like to set the place on fire!
The mugs are dishwasher safe though.
Can I Bring the Refillable Mugs Back on my Next Trip and Still Receive Refills?
While the answer to this question at one time might have been different, the answer now is a clear hard no. The beverage stations won’t refill anything without an active RFID chip, which technically expires 14 days after purchasing the mug. If you do have an older Rapid Fill mug (with a RFID chip) from the previous year, you can bring it back and activate it for your current resort stay. You will not receive a discount, however, for reusing your older mug.
What is My Break Even Point?
If you plan on purchasing beverages 6 times overall throughout your trip, a refillable mug may be in your best interest. Clearly, the more days you stay and the more stops at the fountain you make, the better your value is. I personally found have found that the value was there, plus now I have a great Disney-themed souvenir that I get to use at home!
Do you typically get refillable mugs on your Walt Disney World vacation or do you skip them? Have questions about this program? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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