We’re gearing up for a HOT summer in Disney World!
And if you’ll be in the parks, you’ll want to prepare for crowds and pack plenty of sunscreen. But one of our top tips for staying safe in the summer is to make sure you stay hydrated. Disney has previously offered FREE cups of water in the parks, and we’re here today with an updated guide on where to find ’em!
Before we dig into where to get that free ice water, we’ve got a note on Quick Service restaurants. Before the parks reopened, you could pop into any Quick Service spot and ask for that cup of water. Now, due to capacity restrictions, Cast Members will not let most people inside indoor locations just for water. This could change sometime soon, as we have seen many changes happening around the parks. But for now, if you have a Mobile Order at that location, you WILL still be able to get that free cup — just ask for it when you pick up your food! Otherwise, the Cast Member at the door will likely direct you to the closest alternative location (which we’re listing below).
Now, let’s get started!
There are a few outdoor carts where you’ll be able to snag that water: at Joffrey’s kiosks as well as the popcorn carts on the Hub (the area around Cinderella Castle). Just keep in mind that other popcorn carts around the park do not have free ice water — they only sell it bottled.
And as we mentioned, remember that you can always ask for free cups of water to go with your Mobile Order.
Over in the World Showcase, head to Refreshment Outpost, Yorkshire County Fish Shop, Fife and Drum Tavern, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Sommerfest, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, and La Cantina de San Angel.
Just note that you cannot find free water at any of the Festival booths around the park — they only sell bottles of Dasani.
On to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! First of all, you’ll be able to find trays at the front of 2 Quick Service restaurants: PizzeRizzo and Backlot Express. Just pop inside and grab your cup of water! We’ve also seen them out sometimes at ABC Commissary, but not consistently.
Recently, we also noticed that Backlot Express has started offering a self-serve water station outside the restaurant, instead of those trays inside.
We’ll be sure to let you know if we see these popping up anywhere else around the parks.
Make sure to take full advantage of these offerings and stay hydrated!
Lastly, we’re stopping by Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As with all the other parks, you’ll be able to get free cups of water at all Joffrey’s kiosks and the park’s Starbucks (in this case, Creature Comforts).
Otherwise, you can grab a quick sip at Terra Treats, Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Mr. Kamal’s, Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe, Anandapur Ice Cream Truck, Trek Snacks, Dino-Bite Snacks, Trilo-Bites, Isle of Java, or The Feeding Ground.
Notably, Pandora doesn’t offer any free cups of water except at Satu’li Canteen — but you’ll need to have placed a Mobile Order to get inside. Instead, you’ll find multiple water refill stations scattered throughout the land.
Our top tip for getting the most out of these free cups of water is to bring your own reusable water bottle. You can empty the cups into your bottle and tote ’em around with you all day long! Then, when your bottle is empty, stop by one of these locations to refill it. These cups of ice water are often cooler and taste WAY fresher than what you’d get out of a water fountain.
We’ll keep bringing you more Disney tips and tricks, so stay tuned to DFB!
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Have you ever taken advantage of free water cups in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!