Disney World Resort hotels offer Disney Refillable Mugs for guests to purchase and use for free refills throughout their vacation! Here we are answering the most Frequently Asked Questions about the Disney World Resort Refillable Mug Program.
Disney Refillable Mugs Overview
“Refillable mugs” are 16 oz. insulated coffee mugs sold at Disney hotels in the Resort’s primary Counter Service location. 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 standardized 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).
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 is 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 were not available for guests to use.
Guests instead presented their Refillable Mug to a Cast Member, who would scan it for validity. The Cast Member then filled 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.
This measure began to be removed from participating locations, however, in April 2021, and guests are currently able to refill their own mugs at the self-service stations in many locations throughout the Resort.
Do I get a Disney Refillable Mug if I’m using the Disney Dining Plan?
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.
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?
You can find our step-by-step directions for the 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!