Disney World Resorts offer Disney Refillable Mugs for guests to purchase and use for free refills! Here we are answering the most Frequently Asked Questions about the Disney Refillable Mug Program (also known as Rapid Fill).
IMPORTANT UPDATE Upon the Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort:
Walt Disney World Resort hotels began reopening to guests on June 22, 2020 with new health and safety measures in place in light of the global health situation. The Refillable Mug Program is still offered to guests. However, guests may not refill their own mugs — a Cast Member will assist with the new process, and we have updated the information on this page accordingly.
Disney Refillable Mugs Overview
“Refillable mugs” are 16 oz. insulated coffee mugs sold at Disney hotels. Guests are entitled to unlimited free refills on fountain drinks, coffee, and tea from participating beverage locations at Disney resorts for their length of stay.
The Rapid Fill program began in August 2013 and allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a Resort mug which can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code which enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete.
Mugs used to be considered collectibles, with each Disney resort offering unique patterns for their mugs. But starting with the Year of a Million Dreams, the mugs have been one standard design and shape no matter where you purchase them. That said, there are occasional changes in design.
What do the current mugs look like?
March 2019 brought the debut of two new mugs featuring Mickey Mouse and Pixar pals.
We’ve also seen seasonal variations such as Halloween and Happy Holidays mugs (though non-seasonal mugs remain a choice for those who don’t wish to bring home a seasonal mug).
It should be noted that in August of 2016, a new version of the Refillable Mug was spotted in select Disney World Resorts. At the time, the mugs featured the Fab Five entering through the Disney World gates as seen in the pictures below.
The change, however, was to the structure of the cup as opposed to the graphic design. They were handle-free.
For a time, it seemed that the plan was only to offer handle-free mugs. Read all about it here. However, as of November 2016, mugs with handles began to appear again, possibly due to customer demand. Currently, Disney World Resort mugs are back to being available with handles (with the exception of the upgraded mugs as discussed in the next section).
In late 2019, guests were presented for the first time with the option to “upgrade” their refillable mug for an additional $10.00.
The stainless steel Disney Skyliner Mug was available at the four different Resorts which feature Disney Skyliner stations (Pop Century, Art of Animation, Riviera Resort, and Caribbean Beach Resort).
Several Resorts outside of the Disney Skyliner line also featured an upgrade option with a Star Wars-themed mug.
So, keep your eyes peeled for additional options on your trip!
Disney Refillable Mug FAQ
I’m not on a Disney Dining Plan, so I’ll be purchasing my mug separately. How much do they cost?
Previously, Disney World Resort guests were able to purchase mugs based on various length-of-stay scenarios (i.e. $8.99 for 1 Day, $11.99 for 2 Days, $14.99 for 3 Days, $17.99 for Length of Stay). Now, refillable mugs are available for one flat price of $19.99 for length of resort stay, no matter how many days.
I’m resort hopping. Do I need to purchase a new mug at my second resort?
Nope! Upon purchase, simply purchase the amount of total days that you’ll be staying on Walt Disney World property. Note that if you are switching to a non-Disney-owned resort (for example, WDW Swan and Dolphin), then you’ll only want to purchase for the part of your stay that is at a Disney-owned resort.
What beverages are available for Disney Refillable Mug refills?
You can have your mug refilled with coffee, iced or hot tea, soda-pop (these will be ALL Coca-Cola products — Disney does not sell Pepsi products due to Coke’s long-time sponsorship agreement), and hot chocolate.
*COOL INFO:* It’s interesting to note that most refillable mug stations have some sort of Hi-C lemonade/fruit punch option OR red/blue Powerade.
What beverages aren’t available for Disney Refillable Mug refills?
Most notably, milk and “real” fruit juice (e.g. no OJ or Apple Juice).
Will they refill my frozen margarita at the pool bar?
No. But you get points for creativity.
Where can I buy the mugs and get refills?
Purchase/Refill stations are located in food courts, quick service locations, and pool bars at all Value/Moderate/Deluxe resorts. Check with your resort front desk to be sure you know of all the locations at your hotel where you can get refills.
Note that upon the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort hotels — which began on June 22, 2020 — self-service stations are not available for guests to use.
Guests will, instead, present their Refillable Mug to a Cast Member, who will scan it for validity. The Cast Member will then fill a disposable cup (with your choice of eligible beverage). From there, guests may drink from the given disposable cup OR pour it into their Refillable Mug themselves to enjoy. No matter what, drink refills are still free with a valid mug!
Do I get a Disney Refillable Mug if I’m using the Disney Dining Plan?
Yes! As of 2012, all Disney Dining Plans now offer refillable mugs for everyone on the plan.
May I only use the Disney Refillable Mug at my resort?
No. Mugs may be used at any Disney-owned resort on property.
While you can’t use your resort mug in the parks (unless you’re getting water), you CAN purchase refillable mugs in the water parks.
Can I save my mug when I get home and bring it back to use on all my subsequent Disney trips?
No. The RFID chip will not function (and, at this time, cannot be reactivated) on your next vacation.
If I’m paying an exorbitant amount for my room and there are Disney Refillable Mugs already in there, does that mean they’re free?
The mugs are never free (unless you get them as part of an already paid for Dining Plan). The cost will be placed on your bill as a charge.
Okay. So how do I use my Rapid Fill mug with RFID bar code?
It’s easy! As of June 22, 2020, simply present your mug to a Cast Member at a participating Refillable Beverage station. They will scan the bar code to make sure your Refillable Mug is still valid for free refills. From there, they will give you a disposable cup filled with your choice of beverage to either drink from or pour into your Refillable Mug… all for free with a valid mug!
Guests may also be interested to learn about how the Refillable Mug worked prior to the new health and safety measures at the Resorts. You can find our step-by-step directions for the previous process here.
Do YOU buy the mugs, DisneyFoodBlog?
You know, I used to buy the mugs at every resort as collectibles, but I always ended up in rooms far away from the refillable mug stations and never really used the mugs enough to justify the purchase. That said, when I’ve taken trips to Disney World where my primary activity has been reading by the pool, having the mug for free refills has been a real blessing!
If you can’t live without your coffee, or if you need a travel mug for your morning commute at home, buy the mug. It’s fun to see that little Mickey face every morning!
Rapid Fill mugs are here to stay!
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