7 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Refillable Mugs at Walt Disney World

You will see Refillable Mugs everywhere while you are at Walt Disney World. They’re hard to miss. The mugs have a picture of Mickey and his friends and a brightly colored top. You can purchase the mugs at any of the Walt Disney World resorts. If you’ve seen them but aren’t sure what they’re all about, here are seven secrets that might help to answer your questions.

7. Dishwasher and Microwave Safe

Refillable Mugs make great souvenirs. You will want to keep using your mug once you return home. You’ll be happy to know that the mugs are microwave safe, and can be cleaned on the top shelf of the dishwasher. You will want to keep the mugs out of the microwave and dishwasher while you’re at Walt Disney World. Either one will ruin the RDIF chip on the bottom of the mug, which is needed during your stay.

6. Variety of Beverages

Once you have your mug, you’re not limited to using it for a certain beverage. You can fill it up with your morning coffee, enjoy ice cold Sprite in the middle of the day when you return to your resort for a nap, and then enjoy hot cocoa right before bed. You can mix and match beverages as well, so if you like your Coke mixed with lemonade that’s not a problem. Remember that Coca Cola products are used at Walt Disney World. One thing you can’t do is fill your mug with alcohol. If you head to the pool bar they won’t fill your mug with beer for you.

5. Get Your Mug for Free

If you’d like a free mug, all that you have to do is to sign up for the Disney Dining Plan. Refillable Mugs are part of what you will receive, and they’ll be good for your entire stay. There are times when the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan is offered for free, and that includes the mug. Certain restrictions apply.

4. Only Option Is Length of Stay

It used to be that you could purchase a mug for one day or for a couple of days. That is no longer the case. Now you can purchase your mug only for the length of your stay. That means that someone spending a weekend at Walt Disney World will pay the same amount as someone who is taking a two week trip. You do not need to be staying at a Walt Disney World resort in order to purchase a mug, but since you’ll be charged the full price for only one day it may not be cost efficient.

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3. Great for Resort Hopping

Once you have your mug, you can fill it at any of the Walt Disney World resorts. You do not need to use it only at the resort where you are staying. That makes the mugs perfect if you plan to do some resort hopping. Bring your mug along and fill it up whenever you get thirsty. The resort needs to be owned by Walt Disney World, resorts such as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin do not participate because they are not owned by Disney.

2. The “Just One Fill” Myth

One major complaint that guests have about Refillable Mugs is that they cannot be used in the theme parks. You can bring your mug to the park with you if you’d like, but you won’t be able to fill it with anything but water. There is also a myth that you can fill the mugs up in the parks once per day. That is not true, the mugs won’t work at all in the parks. If you hear about Refillable Mugs and the water parks you might be tempted to bring your mug. You still won’t be able to fill it. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Parks have their own Refillable Mug program, and the two are not interchangeable.

1. The Handles Are Gone

When the current Refillable Mug program rolled out, the mugs had brightly colored tops and handles. The latest mugs do not have handles. That might not seem like a big deal, until you try to hold several mugs at once. Without the handles you won’t be able to easily clip the mugs to your backpack either. The handle-less mugs might fit better into your car cup holder, but many guests found the mugs with handles more convenient while at Walt Disney World.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.