The Rules About Refillable Mugs in Disney World

Let’s face it. Disney World is hot, and you need to stay cool!

Refillable Resort Mugs

You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to hydration like buying a bottle of water at a snack cart or maybe your favorite refresher from either Starbucks or Joffrey’s in the parks. But we wanted to go over another option for you that might just be the bee’s knees. We’re talking about refillable mugs!

You can get a refillable mug at any of the resorts at Disney World, and you can even find them in the water parks, too, but let’s go over the rules on how to use them, and then you can decide if a refillable mug will be your end-all-be-all.

Let’s talk about what a refillable mug is.

Not to state the obvious, but it’s a mug that you can refill (with certain rules). These mugs are actually insulated and themed collectibles.

New 100th Anniversary Refillable Resort Mugs!

They’re also called a Rapid-Fill Mug, which is a 16oz insulated coffee mug that can be purchased for $21.99. Guests can use it at their resort (or at any other participating Disney resort) for the length of their stay, up to 14 days.

Resort Refillable Mug

These are kind of “smart” mugs that are powered by an RFID bar code, which deactivates the mug once your stay is complete, so no getting free drinks on Day 15. What you’ll do to make it work is place your cup under the stand below the drink dispenser at one of the Disney World resorts, the RFID bar code will be read, and then it’ll begin filling it. You’ve got your standard options like soft drinks, coffee, and tea.

Now let’s go over a couple of important things to keep in mind when considering purchasing a Rapid Fill refillable mug.

You’ve Only Got 14 Days. Let’s repeat that.  Only 14 Days.

Just know that on that 15th day, the barcode in the mug deactivates, and will no longer be refillable. The beverage machine simply will not work for it.

Get your drinks here!

You can’t bring your same mug back year after year and re-use. You MIGHT (KEYWORD: MIGHT) be able to bring the same mug back and reactivate its chip, but we’ve heard a lot of mixed responses on this — so we highly advise that you just plan to buy a new one for your next trip.

There is a Time Delay.

How many times have you paused when filling up your mug to let the drink settle? Well, that will mess you up here.

Rapid Fill Desp

You have to fill the drink up entirely in one go. If you stop, you’ll have to wait 2 minutes before the machine will allow you to fill again.

They Can’t Be Refilled In The Parks.

Heads up because this is IMPORTANT in making your decision about whether a refillable mug is worth it: You cannot refill these in the Disney World Parks. You can take them to the parks, but you won’t be able to fill them with any soft drinks (just your own water).

Rapid Fill Station

The pro tip is to refill them before you head out from the resort and remember, you can fill them at any of the Disney World resorts.

After the 14 days, They’re Perfect for the Parks.

That brings us to our last point. After the 14-day time frame is up, they’re still perfectly good mugs, so bring them to the parks!

Refillable mugs at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

As we said earlier, they have unique designs and make great souvenirs. Oh, and don’t forget that you can get free water at the parks. Pretty handy, right?!

Well, what do you think? Will you be getting a refillable mug on your next trip? Let us know in the comments below and keep following along for all the latest Disney tips and tricks.

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11 Replies to “The Rules About Refillable Mugs in Disney World”

  1. The 100th anniversary mugs are a great design. But I’m disappointed that the mugs are all the same across the resorts. Years ago, each resort has its own signature mug. I still use my “Wilderness Lodge” themed mug that I bought in 2002.

  2. Last time I was at Pop Century this April/May got the new 100 anniversary mug. Ask about mug and they said it was going to be sold this year. Asked about when I return,coming up here in less than 2 weeks,if I could bring it with me to use and they said yes but I would have to pay like $14 to reactivate. Is this true??

    1. Hi Bill! Yes, you will have to pay to reactivate the mug and it’s the same price as buying a new mug.

  3. Bought refillable mugs 30 plus yrs ago thT were refillable forever. Guess they are not good anymore

  4. Definitely, but buy it day one! If you wait a day or two, plan to visit the closest hotel to your park to refill. OFTEN!

  5. DFB says you can fill with coffee or tea at the resort as well as what’s in the machines. Here you say only the machines. Just wondering.

  6. If you are staying at multiple resorts or have different reservations(but consecutive days), can you purchase the mug during your first reservation and still use it during the next reservation?
    Example staying at Coronado Springs in the tower for a night then changing to regular Coronado springs after)

    1. Yes! You can use your mug at any resort during your stay, including resorts that you’re not staying in.

  7. We always buy a new mug each trip. You can absolutely use them for coffee and iced tea at the resorts. My wife has been using the Disney mugs for coffee for the last 20 years same for me and Iced Tea. I don’t drink sodas. I do drink seltzer and know that you can press the seltzer button on Sprite and get seltzer at any time. It’s treated like water and doesn’t seem to adhere to chip regulations for some reason.