5 Times We Regret Getting a Refillable Mug at Disney World Hotels

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Magic Kingdom

You may be a fan of getting a refillable popcorn bucket to get a discount on your next fill-up! Or you may like getting a resort refillable mug! While these are great perks, and the money you save on refills can add up, we have regretted purchasing the refillable mug.

If you are staying at a Disney World hotel, you may notice a sign for a refillable mug. These mugs are known as either Rapid Refill Mugs or refillable mug and are $21.99 each. These mugs are good to use during the length of stay (up to 14 days), and you can refill your mug over and over again at any drink refill station at ANY of the resorts. While this may seem like a great deal, there are some things that people do not think about when they purchase the mug. Here are five times that our team has regretted getting the refillable mug.

Disney World Refillable Mugs

When We Stay at Certain Resorts

Not all Disney World resorts are equally spaced out. Some are so spread out that the resort has multiple bus stops. 

Disney’s Old Key West

For example, resorts like Caribbean Beach, Old Key West, Coronado Springs, Fort WildernessSaratoga Springs, and the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs are extremely spread out.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

This means that you will either have to walk or take a bus over to the main quick service area of your resort to refill your mug. This can be a pain, especially in the morning when you are trying to get ready to start your day, as well as in the evening when you just want to rest. 

Coronado Springs Drink Station

If you or someone in your family is dedicated to always going to refill drinks, even if it is a hike to get there, then the refillable mug may be for you. In our experience, if we stay at a resort that is spread out, we skip on getting a refillable mug since it can be a hassle to go back and forth for refills. 

Caribbean Beach Resort

When We Only Go to the Parks

As we mentioned before, the refillable mug can only be refilled at resorts. Your mug will work at your resort, as well as others on property, but it will not work anywhere in the parks.

Drink Refill Station at Wilderness Lodge

If you want to bring your mug filled up to the park, you totally can! You just will not be able to refill it until you are back at a resort.

Spaceship Earth

This can be disappointing, and some people do not always read the sign to know that the mugs cannot be refilled in the park.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

If you and your party plan to not have many resort days and instead spend your time in the park, we say the refillable mug is a skip. If refills started to be allowed in the park, then maybe the mug would be worth it. For us, we would rather not deal with carrying a mug that cannot be used when we are in the parks.

Refillable Mug

When We Don’t Love the Drink Options

The resort refillable mug allows you to get refills on soda (Coke products), coffee, and tea at the resorts. Some resorts like the Grand Floridian have Coke Freestyle machines, giving you more drink options.

Resort Refillable Mugs

Some of our team skip the refillable mug because they do not like the coffee and tea options that are offered. 

Drinks Options

If you are the type of person where the resort coffee just won’t cut it for you, then we recommend skipping on the mug. If you are going to spend money at Starbucks or Joffery’s to start off your morning, we think it is better that you save your money and do not also buy the mug. 

Morning Stabucks is a must for some people — and resort coffee may not cut it.

If you are a fan of resort coffee or Gold Peak Tea, then the refillable mug might be perfect for you! For us, we know we are going to be buying other caffeinated drinks, so we don’t always see the value in getting the refillable mug.

Disney World Refillable Mugs

We Don’t Want to Deal with Dishes

You are on vacation! The last thing you want to have to think of doing is cleaning. If you get a refillable mug, you might find yourself on dish duty multiple times a day. The drink stations usually have a small sink for you to rinse out your mug, but sometimes, it does not get the job done. Or you could wash it in the sink at your resort.

Kitchen Sink at BoardWalk Inn

If each member of your party has a mug, that is a lot of dishes to deal with. Plus, if you forget to wash them, you might get a taste of the soda you had the evening before with your morning coffee.

Refillable Mugs

For us, we do not want to have to deal with dishes and it is a big reason why we have regretted getting a refillable mug.

Refillable Mugs

Buying Multiple Mugs

If you and your party each want a mug, it can get expensive. The refillable mug only has value based on how much you use it. 

Does your whole party need a mug?

If someone in your party loves soda and will go get refills, then it might be worth it to them. If someone in your party mainly drinks water and does not care for soda, then getting a mug would not be worth it for them.

Get your drinks here!

If there are people in your party who would not get much use out of them, we say only buy the mug for the people who will use it. 

Refillable mugs!

Regardless of how much you use your refillable mug, you get to go home with a souvenir, as the cup is yours to keep. But for us, these five times have taught us that the mug is not always worth the money. 

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6 Replies to “5 Times We Regret Getting a Refillable Mug at Disney World Hotels”

  1. As long as I’m staying at least 2 nights, I can get my money’s worth out of a refillable mug. I usually fill it before heading to the parks, and then if I don’t finish my drink at lunch or dinner, I have that mug I can pour it into to take with me. Cast members will usually let you take it into attractions because it has a cover. I do wish you could fill them at the parks as well, and I wish you could bring it back on your next trip and re-activate it for a lower price than buying a new one. I already have so many mugs at home that sometimes I’ll leave the mug behind when my trip is over.

  2. If Disney were interested in fulfilling some of its stated commitments to waste reduction, they would not only allow the mugs to be refilled on parks, they would give you the option of an RFID sticker that you could add to your own preferred beverage mug or container.

    I’ll be never forget riding it’s a small world and seeing a Dasani water bottle floating past our boat. I know that some of the beverage situation in the parks has been locked in by long term contracts with Coca-Cola, and prepackaged items are logistically easier in many situations.

    But man, as someone who visited Epcot as a child and thought “This place is the future,” Disney’s pivot away from pushing technology forward is just disappointing.

  3. Lower prices. U know they will be lost. R they spillproof how many ounces. Y cant they be used at the resorts like properties. R u out pricing people from attending. I don’t do rides family does why can’t there be a non rider price. I see shows maybe but not really.

  4. I stayed at Carribean Beach last year and was surprised how easy it is to refill mugs due to the stations out by each building area so make sure to check the resort map for fill spots when deciding.