I see a lot of questions floating around in Disney-themed Facebook groups about the rapid refill mugs that guests can use at Walt Disney World Resort. I usually spend some time chatting with my clients about how the mugs work, and I even carry one around with me when I get together with folks to plan their vacation, so I can show it to them and they'll know exactly what to expect! I thought it would be handy to have this set of frequently asked questions and answers all about Disney's rapid refill mugs for folks to look at before their trip to Walt Disney World. If you find this helpful, please feel free to share with your other family members or friends who are traveling with you, or in the Disney Facebook groups where you hang out!
What exactly are these plastic Disney mugs I keep seeing and hearing about?
A rapid refill mug is a refillable mug that each guest can use during their stay at Walt Disney World.
How much do the rapid refill mugs cost?
The rapid refill mugs are included with any Disney dining plan for guests age 3 and up. However, they can also be purchased separately upon arrival at your Disney resort hotel to be used during your stay. The cost varies from year to year, but as of the time of writing this article, the mugs cost $18.99 USD plus sales tax, per guest, for use throughout your resort stay.
Where do I get my rapid refill mug?
After you've checked into your Disney resort hotel, you can visit the quick service dining location to pick up your rapid refill mug. If your vacation package includes a dining plan, then your mug is already paid for, and you will simply scan your Magic Band at check-out when you've selected your mug in order to activate it. I usually suggest each family member choose a different colour lid so that you can easily keep track of whose mug is whose!
Where can I refill my rapid refill mug?
Your rapid refill mug can be filled at any refill station at any Walt Disney World resort hotel. This includes hotels where you aren't a guest, as long as it is being used during your stay. For example, you might be a guest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, but having a meal at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. You can still fill your mug at the Grand Floridian even though your reservation is held at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Can I take my rapid refill mug with me into the parks?
While you are welcome to bring your mug with you into any Disney theme park, they are not refillable inside the theme parks, with the exception of tap water. You are welcome to ask a Disney Cast Member for a complimentary cup of ice water, which you can then pour into your rapid refill mug to drink.
Many guests like to fill their mug on the way out of their resort hotel for the day and enjoy a cold drink or coffee on the way to the theme parks. This way, their mug is already with them upon their return to the resort after a fun and busy day, and can easily be refilled on the way back to their hotel room.
You can also fill your cup with ice on the way out of your resort and take that with you. It'll be ice water in no time.
A lot of guests prefer not to bother carrying their mugs into the parks, since they can be a little bit bulky. I've seen folks clip them to a bag or backpack using a carabiner clip, and this seems to work well as long as the mug is empty.
A stroller cup holder is also a good spot to keep your rapid refill mug when wandering through the parks.
What can I put in my rapid refill mug?
The refill stations at all of the resorts typically have a selection of soda, lemonade, iced tea, a sports/energy drink such as Powerade, coffee, tea and water.
My husband and I have also used our mugs to carry our own wine, beer or my personal favourite, Lime-a-Rita, down to enjoy at the pool.
How do I clean my rapid refill mug between uses?
The refill stations located throughout the resorts feature a "mug wash station" where you can rinse your mug for the next use.
Some guests also like to bring a small container of dish soap for use in their resort hotel room for a more thorough cleaning.
Are there places where I can't refill my mug?
Yes. Your rapid refill mug is not refillable at the Disney theme parks or at Disney's water parks.
How secure are the lids on the rapid refill mugs?
The lids go on pretty tightly, but there is a hole in the lid for drinking, so the mug is not air-tight. If you put it in a bag or backpack with liquid inside, there's a pretty good chance it will leak. The hole is large enough for a standard-sized straw.
What design will be on my rapid refill mug?
The design on the mugs changes from time to time.
Can I use a mug from a past vacation the next time I visit Walt Disney World?
No. The mug contains an RFID chip that will only allow the refill station to add drinks to the cup during your specific stay.
Can I take my mug home with me?
Of course! We use our rapid refill mugs all the time. They're really handy for taking coffee out of the house, or just for kids to drink from. It's always been really helpful to have a cup with a lid on it for children in the house, and these are no exception. Plus, it's a fun reminder of your time at Walt Disney World, and a little bit of Disney always brings a smile to the faces in our home.
Have you visited Walt Disney World and used a rapid refill mug? How did you enjoy using it? Please share in the comments below!
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Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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