We’ve packed tons of great Disney Dining info into our The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013! Today, let’s check out another great tip from the Guide!
Disney Refillable Mugs: Worth the Cost?
With another price hike last year, refillable resort mugs at Disney World resorts now cost $15.49 plus tax.
Those with the Disney Dining Plan get theirs for free, but the rest of us would need to pay out of pocket for the mugs, which are infinitely refillable at certain locations within your resort during your length of stay.
Worth it? Well… yes and no. We’ve got both arguments represented below, so take a look to see which camp you fit into!
Refillable Mugs And Park Commandos
If you spend the majority of your time at the parks, the refillable mug may not be worth the out-of-pocket cost for your family. Consider these circumstances before you buy:
If your family is full of park commandos, you’re probably racing out to each theme park opening in the early morning and returning to your resort shortly before the food court closes. Your refillable mug will spend more time sitting in your resort room than actually in use, since you can’t refill in the theme parks.
Distance to refill station can be far
After traipsing with the kids in the parks all day, it may be a lot of extra steps from your room to the mug refill station.
And remember, many resorts don’t have an option for refills after the counter-service spots close around 11pm or midnight. That means no refills after evening Extra Magic Hours in most parks.
Could save cash by buying offsite
If you’ve driven to the Mouse’s House from your hometown, or rented a vehicle once you landed in Orlando, you may want to stop at a nearby offsite store to pick up bottled beverages to yield the greatest savings. Remember, you can’t get milk or regular juice in your refillable mugs, so with small kids that could be an issue.
And isn’t it nice to return to a room where a cold beverage is right there waiting for you? Remember that all resort rooms now offer small refrigerators.
Using this method of savings, you can even start your day with free coffee with your in-room coffeemaker, then head to the parks with your own budget-friendly beverage! Grab an extra bottled water from your stash if it’s a hot Florida day.
Refillable Mugs For Resort Days and Souvenirs
However, if your Walt Disney World vacation is geared to relaxing by the pool and enjoying your resort’s amenities, then the refillable mug may be worthy of your out-of-pocket dollars.
Do the math
You’ll need to do the math for your own family. Calculate how many refills you’re likely to get with your 12 oz. mug, then multiply that number by the cost of purchasing a small drink in the food court or counter-service location — or purchasing drinks and water at a nearby grocery store off-site.
A little souvenir
Many folks consider the refillable mugs to be great Disney souvenirs that they can get some use out of during their stay. If this is the case for you, then a mug might be a great choice for a useful take-home reminder of your vacation!
Find this information and lots more info about refillable mugs at the Walt Disney World resorts in the The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013! Use code 2013 for a $4 discount for a limited time!
Does your family purchase refillable mugs? What other cost-saving tips can you share with us! Let us know in the comments below!