If you have visited Walt Disney World recently, there is a good chance that you have seen brightly colored mugs with a picture of Mickey and the gang on them. These are Refillable Mugs. They are sold at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Here are nine things that you need to know about the Refillable Mug Program.
9. Won’t Work in the Theme Parks
One common misconception about Refillable Mugs is that you can use your mug in the theme parks or at Disney Springs. That is not the case. You can fill the mug up with water, but that is about it. You might have also heard that you can use Refillable Mugs in the two Walt Disney World water parks. That is also wrong. There are Refillable Mugs at the water parks, but it is a different program. You will need to purchase a different mug if you want to keep filling up at either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
8. Will Work at Other Disney Resorts
You might wonder what good Refillable Mugs are if you can’t use them in the theme parks. You can use them at any of the Walt Disney World owned resorts, it does not have to be the resort you are staying at. That means that you should bring your mug with you if you intend to go resort hopping. It is also handy to have if you plan to spend a day relaxing by the pool. One thing that you will need to keep in mind, only Disney owned resorts participate. You won’t be able to fill up your mug at Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin.
7. Don’t Need to Be Staying on Property, But…
Unlike the Disney Dining Plan, you do not have to stay on Walt Disney World property in order to purchase and use a Refillable Mug, but there is a catch. Since the only purchase option is length of stay, your mug will only be good the day that you buy it if you’re staying off property.
6. Can Mix Beverages
Another misconception about Refillable Mugs is that you can’t mix beverages because you need to wait until you receive the “filled” message. If you like mixing it up that is indeed possible. Just add a little bit, move your mug, add a little bit more, and continue until you have a mix that you like and you receive the “filled” message. You can also use your mug for hot beverages. Walt Disney World uses Coca Cola products.
5. No Alcohol
If you’re hoping to refill your mug with something a little bit stronger than coffee, that’s not allowed. Alcohol is never a Refillable Mug option, and Cast Members are not allowed to fill mugs with alcohol, even if you pay for it.
4. They Don’t Hold All That Much
One common question about Refillable Mugs is how much do they hold? Disney will not give a direct answer to this question. The truthful answer is that they do not really hold all that much. The best estimate is that they hold between 12 and 16 ounces. Disney does change the design from time to time, which is why that number isn’t exact.
3. Dishwasher and Microwave Safe
Refillable Mugs are made so that you can use them in the microwave. They are also top rack dishwasher safe. You’ll need to wait until you get home, though, because either of these activities will destroy the RDIF chip on the bottom of the mug, rendering it useless at Disney.
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2 Disney Dining Plan
If you purchase any version of the Disney Dining Plan, Refillable Mugs for your entire party will be included in the price. You do not need to purchase the plan in order to get a mug, you can purchase one on its own. It will be good for the length of your stay.
1. Disney Does Sometimes Listen
Sometimes it feels like Disney executives do not listen to the little guy, but that is not always the case. Refillable Mugs are a good example of where they did indeed listen. In 2016, a new version of the mugs rolled out, and they did not have handles. While some guests liked the sleek, new design, the overwhelming majority wanted the handles back. Without handles, it was difficult to hold several mugs in one hand, and they also could not be clipped to a backpack. Disney listened, and a few months later Refillable Mugs with handles returned, as if they had always been there.